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No problem is too big to tackle

Original post made on Jul 3, 2012

The Churchill Club recently held the first annual Great Silicon Valley Oxford Union Debate on the motion, "This House Believes That the Problems of Tomorrow Are Too Big for the Entrepreneurs of Today".

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger
on Jul 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Angela Hey is a registered user.

You can see Matt Flannery and John Wood being interviewed by Dave Iverson Web Link


Posted by Joe DiNucci, a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

A few points: First, the trivial one: The Proposition was not narrowly defeated. The vote reported the night of the debate was 55% Opposed. Turns out that was based on a margin of 4 votes out of a total vote of less than 90 people - out of a room full of 520 people. The only thing that did not work that night was ther voting technology! A later survey turned up a margin of 55-45 in favor, though again the number voting was less than 100.

More significantly, the stories cited above are truly inspiring. I've loved living in the Valley for 32 years precisely because of that spirit of restless innovation. And the twist here is how some seasoned and successful entrepreneurs have brought that spirit and some low-tech solutions to solev problems. Terrific. Light those candles, by all means. But tackling and really solving massive issues like dwindling energy supplies, lopsided food distribution and more will require alignment of the energetic innovators, government policies and even some of the those old, massive and death-resistant mega-corporations.

Thanks for a provcative and fresh insight.