One of the most interesting "What if...?" questions posed at last week's 360 Summit dinner at the New York Stock Exchange was that of Alice Schroeder. Alice is the highly sought after author of Snowball, the biography of Warren Buffett that is number one on the business book sales lists. It's a mega-book and is getting lots of attention from political and business pundits alike.
Here is the question Alice posed, in the context she gave it:
"Everybody is worried about deflation, about huge costs facing us, aging infrastructure, homeland security issues, safety of food supply, climate change and even more. What if the way we get this economy back on its feet is not a consumer led recovery...but a war? And by that I mean not a military war, but a war of restructuring...?"
Now, that got people talking.
What if...you initiated a conversation over your Thanksgiving dinner, using Alice's question to jump start things?
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States...and for all of you elsewhere, may your November 27 be special as well.