When I launched this blog in 2005, it was for a simple reason: to begin the thinking of trying to reflect upon what was right and what was wrong. I began it as a debate and it somehow took a life of its' own. I have worked to evolve it not only as a forum to talk about what is wrong, but about what is right. It also led me to launch my current affairs blog (http://www.outsiderviews.com) to build upon the work here and to somehow evolve this blog into more of a long term vision on what is within the realm of the possible.
Some of the ideas that I hope to build upon was further inspired by the Time Magazine Special on 10 Ideas that are changing the world (http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1720049,00.html, retrieved July 14, 2008). I wanted to note these ten ideas, conduct periodic research and report on some of the emerging trends. Here are the ideas as reported by Time Magazine:
1) Common Wealth; 2) The End of Customer Service; 3) The Post-Movie-Star Era; 4) Reverse Radicalism; 5) Kitchen Chemistry; 6) Geoengineering; 7) Synthentic Authenticity; 8) The New Austerity (Living Within One's Means); 9) Mandatory Health; Re-Judaizing Jesus. Within it, I am trying to figure out how to make out of Bio Fuels, the rise of Ethanol and how it has contributed to the rise in the Price of Fuel. I am particuarly keen on Vinod Khosla's ideas and his investments in Khosla Ventures who has made it a point of going green. There is also one of the greatest VC firms of all (Kleiner Perkins) who backed Sun, Google and others and is now committed to going Green. That is something that we have to continue to be aware of and understand. I will be talking about it over the ensuing weeks and months and assessing what is possible. We're indeed living in interesting and exciting times. I am hopeful and optimistic. That's what inspires me to continue my never ending quest to discover, to learn and to "hopefully" educate. I continue this journey, fully being aware of the late Sir John Templeton's Admonition that, "....An Investor (or anyone for that matter in my view) who has all the answers doesn't even understand the questions."