Last night I went to a cocktail party in New York, hosted by a couple I met at TED this year. Marvelous people, accomplished, worldly, curious. And they have a lovely New York apartment, although I understand they spend more time in other places they enjoy.
They invited others they met at TED so it was a kind of reunion, though most of us did not know each other. Many looked familiar to me and, now, thanks to this couple's hospitality, the group of people I'll know at TED next year in Vancouver will have expanded.
Best of all, it was the conversation last night that was remarkable. Everyone was fascinating to me, each with a different world of experience that made me eager to learn more. I suspect that one or two may even become friends. It was one of those evenings where the weather was just right, the view of Central Park from the balcony where we all stood was magical, and the wine was especially delicious.
Makes me think of the newest Great Gatsby film which I've not yet seen. Where everyone is beautiful and those with aspiration feel special to be among them. Big difference, though. Gatsby and his friends were dysfunctional, focused on money and power. Many of the people I met last night are powerful in one way or another, for sure. And many have money. But what turns them on are ideas and what drives them is their intention to do something that has impact on the world that will leave it a better place. Whether or not all will succeed is not the point. It's the big thinking that charged the room last night, not glitz.