Friday, September 22, 2006

Thinking Ahead Conference

I attended a wonderful conference called "Thinking Ahead" at the Salt Lake City Public Library two weeks ago. If you ever find yourself in Salt Lake, or in Utah, or in the American West in general, don't miss the Salt Lake City Public Library. It's absolutely incredible. Anyway, I've been meaning to post some of the great quotes I heard there ever since, and today, I finally found a little time.

First, the mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson, welcomed us with a heartfelt address. The money quote: "This (the Library) is the place where democracy happens."

Leslie Burger, ALA President: "I believe that people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." (See Leslie's post on this conference on her blog.)

Gary Strong from UCLA called on us to create "a general delivery system of equality."

Marilynne Gardner, Seattle Public Library: "Politics is not just glad-handing --- it's relationships, it's credibility, it's information."

Thomas Frey, DaVinci Institute: "Our images of the future determine our actions today. The future creates the present."

Conferences that give you that much to think about are rare! Thanks to Nancy Tessman and the outstanding crew at the Salt Lake City Public Library for hosting and managing this excellent event.

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