I took a couple of days to attend Conscious Capitalism 2013 in San Francisco, CA. I was very excited to go. I'm not excited any more.
Why I Attended
I believe that in the course of trying to be responsible for my actions in life, the fact that some of those actions are wrapped up in an entity called a corporation doesn't make them any less mine. So as an employee, a director/officer, and a shareholder, I want to do my best to live ethically, for some definition of that word. In addition to that specific purpose, I am just generally interested in the extent to which business as a whole impacts lives. I believe it can be a force for good, but also that it can amplify harm. So as a person in this big collective we call society, I want to make sure I'm also being a decent chap. Finally, as the CEO of Verilab, I wield a bit more power than the average person in terms of directing its force, good or bad, so I want to make sure I'm discharging my responsibilities well in that respect too. The Conscious Capitalism conference seemed to present an opportunity to mix with people wondering about the same things, and in particular to learn about possible answers to what I consider are some very tough challenges.