We are all richer than we think we are and there is no need to compare ourselves to the top one per cent and remain unhappy. I think that it is important to teach our next generation to be happy with what we have and pursue a knowledge path as opposed to a monetary path. It is important to value small gestures, local innovations, and above all, integrity. We read, watch and react to the corrupt and the unruly, but for every one of these bad examples, there are thousands who stand out. But we have no opportunity to see them, celebrate them, or become ambitious about becoming heroes ourselves.
For me, looking at the future — imagining the many threads and influences coming from not just the usual suspects but also still-unknown people around the world — is what takes my breath away. Think of our world now, where the machines we work on are built in China, programmed by an east Asian teenager, and explained to us by a young woman in India. And think of the world to come — where some of the most important ideas for the next century could come from a girl living in a remote village, or a boy still in kindergarten.
We need platforms to encourage not only innovations but also informed debates. We need to centerstage not only the winners but also those who work behind the curtains.
We, the 99 percent, look forward to the Goa THINKfest from tomorrow.
Because the revolution will not be televised. But it will be tweeted.
Welcome to Goa THINKfest!
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