We've had some great visitors this past semster, most recently John Thackara who brought a bushel (or four) to use his delightful gardening metaphor which is working its way around our thoughts. Stimulating ideas about projects and people; throwing out thoughts to illustrate what the world is doing; pointing to where the innovative and pragmatic action is.
At CMU he have a great talk on opportunities in the restorative economy - the best antidote to the kinds of stultifying eco-porn that gets admonished around many places, or equally the kinds of worth-worship that absorbs any airtime from less sexy and more local domestic initiatives.
Meeting him first, years ago at the Doors of Perception in Amsterdam days, he brings people into a gentle state of explorations, and has the gift of being able to be a host in someone else's town - making and expanding connections, and creating conviviality with ease and grace.
Which makes him a wonderful guest. In a week he's be back in the US in NY to explore his XSchool concept with Cameron Tonkinwise of the New School and later this year at the Mayo Clinic's Transform event.
Catch him if you can.