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    Takeaways From This Year’s Amazing Peak Prosperity Seminar

    How good was it? "The Bomb. On Steroids. Times 10."
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:11 AM

Chris’ and my favorite event of the year is the annual Peak Prosperity seminar, where we get to gather in person with members of the PP tribe in beautiful northern California.

But of course, due to covid, that wasn’t possible this year.

So, this past weekend, for the first time ever, we held the event digitally.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. How would the experience translate over Zoom, without the magic of being physically together?

Well, I’m relieved and thrilled to report that the seminar exceeded my hopes and expectations.

Yes, it would have been even better if we’d been allowed to congregate in person. But I was pleased by how effective Zoom is for enabling our presenters to deliver a high-quality learning experience. And I was shocked, pleasantly, with how the real-time audience interaction within Zoom allowed for a great deal more community and intimacy than I’d expected.

In short, doing this event digitally allowed us to assemble more higher-calibur expert speakers than we’d ever been able to before. And it enabled nearly 10x as many people to participate than with our in-person events.

From my perspective, the weekend was a home run.

But don’t just take my word for it. When asked at the end of the seminar to rate the event on a scale of 1 (terrible) to 10 (fantastic), every responder but two rated it a “10”. Of those two outliers, one rated us a “9.5”. But since the other rating was a “25”, I think we can claim victory here….  🙂

My favorite piece of feedback from the weekend came from someone who corralled their partner into watching the seminar with them: “My spouse says this conference is the bomb, on steroids, times ten:)

Man, to an event producer, feedback doesn’t get any better than that…

I’ll now give a few of my top takeaways from the event. And I encourage readers who attended the seminar to share theirs, too, in the Comments section below.

DAY ONE

The day began with Chris’ presentation The Road Ahead: The Defining Trends Of The Next Decade, which was a romp through the latest data on the Three E’s and where we currently are in that story. We started with this in order to get the audience all onto the same page and to understand the context for the remaining presentations to follow.

Next was Mike Maloney, the great showman, who made the bulletproof case that the world’s fiat money regimes are destined to end in currency crisis — and likely quite soon. The visuals in his presentation Back To The Future: What Gold (and Silver) Predict Is Coming are worth the price of the seminar, alone.

Chris then returned to update folks on his latest analysis of the coronavirus pandemic in Everything You Need To Know About Covid-19. Very important: he shared more detail than ever on the treatment regimen he would follow 1) to avoid getting sick, 2) if he suspected he was exposed, and 3) if he indeed contracted the virus.

Then we were treated to a “fly on the wall” discussion between Danielle DiMartino Booth and Axel Merk, both of whom have inside access to the people running the Federal Reserve. In The Fed: The Elephant In The Room, they reveal they share the same sad conclusion that the Fed really doesn’t have a plan to get out of the mess it’s in (a mess of its own creation) and is pretty much just playing for time, trying to delay the inevitable, painful repercussions of its failed policy.

An Off The Cuff roundtable then followed among John Rubino, Wolf Richter and Charles Hugh Smith (moderated by Chris) focused on Covid’s Impact on the 2021 Economy. This ended in a rousing live Q&A with the audience.

Sven Henrich then led the audience through a flood of charts and data in Where The Market Is Headed, Technically-Speaking, forecasting where the financial markets are most likely to go in the near-term.

This was followed by Grant Williams, who emphasized in The Investor’s Dilemma the critical transition the economy is now making, from decades of deflation into a new secular inflationary era. This changes the playbook for investors, most of whom have no experience investing in an inflationary economy.

At this point, the day shifted away from the challenges we face and towards the solutions we should pursue to meet them.

On the Money side, hard assets are a clear part of that solution set, so Jeff Clark led the audience in his presentation Riding The Gold Bull: Ways To Invest in the precious metals, while Craig Wichner demystified Sustainable Farmland Investing.

The official programming on Day 1 concluded with an hour-long no-holds-barred live audience Q&A with our assembled Money panel, with experts on investing, real estate, farmland, precious metals and estate planning.

But then we let our hair down and gave viewers a surprisingly personal view into the lives of many of the day’s speakers, including sharing what their “red pill” moment was that put them on the path to becoming who they are today. It was both fun and fascinating to be this intimate with so many respected minds.

DAY TWO

Day 2 was all about the OTHER important aspects of wealth and resilient living beyond Money. Notably your Health, your Home, and your Relationships.

We began the day with Lisa Bedford of SurvivalMom.com sharing the fundamentals of emergency preparation in Emergency Prep for the New Normal, with a focus on what new to do in the age of covid-19. Lots of great insights in the live Q&A that ensued.

Then we were treated to a stand-up-out-of your-chair-and-applaud inspiring presentation by “America’s farmer”, Joel Salatin, who broke down all of the ass-backward shortcomings of today’s modern food systems in Food Resilience: Demand It! .

Once the calls of “Joel for President!” died down enough, Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser from Singing Frogs Farms then blew our minds with Food Resilience: Grow It! sharing their success using “no till” farming, giving every backyard gardener in the audience priceless insights for growing healthier food more successfully.

And why do we care about eating healthy food? Well, to be healthy ourselves, of course. Dr. Rich Stagliano then led us through The Pillars of Functional Health explaining how — at ANY age — we can improve our destiny by adopting health behaviors that restore vitality, remove pain, and increase quality of life.

After an excellent live audience Q&A with Joel, Rich and the Kaisers, longtime Peak Prosperity member and 19-year police force veteran Tom Cairns shared his thoughts on Staying Safe During Today’s Time Of Unrest. Personal safety and home security has suddenly become a key concern in 2020, and Tom did a great job offering advice for the changes he’s now seeing.

Since the usual Gottman-trained therapist who speaks on relationship success at our seminars had a conflict this year, my wife Ashley Taggart, also a Gottman-trained licensed MFT, stepped in to pitch hit. She detailed a number of success strategies for Building Resilient Relationships, explaining how the stresses of 2020 are putting more strain on couples and families than ever before. I thought she did great, though I’m a biased source — but from the live chat comments, it seems the audience felt the same 🙂

As energy is big focus here at Peak Prosperity, we were lucky to have expert Bruce Sullivan of the Zero Energy Home Project walk us through a very practical Home Energy audit of all of the ways to reduce your home’s energy footprint.

The seminar concluded in an extremely valuable workshop on with coaching guru Joe Stumpf. As Chris and I often say, “information without action is useless”. Joe walked us through a hour-long guided Designing Your Resilient Life personal work exercise that helped each person develop clarity around their most important resilient-building goals, the obstacles currently standing in the way, and the actions needed to overcome them. We hardly ever give ourselves that kind of focused time to clarify our thinking like that. It was a gift.

So, if you attended the seminar, please share any additional takeaway you had from the experience in the Comments section below.

And if you didn’t attend, but wish you had, you’re in luck! Every presentation from the weekend was recorded — so you can enjoy the entire experience on demand.

The replay of the entire seminar, plus additional 6 bonus videos we couldn’t squeeze into the weekend itself, are available for just $199 (only $149 if you’re a current Peak Prosperity premium subscriber).

To get access, just click the button below:

 

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21 Comments

  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 10:29am

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    Craig

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    Loved it!

    Great job everyone.   I didn't expect to catch as much of it live as I did.  So glad I did because the chat traffic was phenomenal. (At times I did get a little distracted from the main presentation, I admit).

    I had the seminar playing on the big tv in the living room and my whole family  watched most of it.

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  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 12:49pm

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    ResonantBoom

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    Great Weekend

    It was nice to get together with like-minded individuals and review the challenges and opportunities we face as humans over the next decade.  I found it to be a great beginning road map for the coming cyber age and would love to see it grow with more seminars to discuss and identify best practices among the participants to better pull the community together.  I felt most of the audience (in addition to myself) were most focused on the local solutions aspect around food and energy coupled with the desire to get to a safe and sustainable location.  Out of the old grows the new and I am excited of the prospects ahead of us all.....

     

    Matt Y

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  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 1:13pm

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    cindyb

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    Freaking Awesome

    Quite honestly I had my doubts about Zooming for two straight days. And each day was packed! I had prepared snacks so that I could concentrate on the speakers. The weekend flew by! I am infinitely glad that the sessions were recorded because I was trying to watch the chat box along with listening to the speakers.

    Each day flowed wonderfully and the denouement session was the cherry on the cake with hot fudge drizzled over.

    Kudos Chris and Adam. You guys just rocked it. It was my first but it certainly won't be my last seminar.

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  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 1:44pm

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    thc0655

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    Contact info

    Unlike all the other speakers, I don’t have a business or website to give you for additional contacts and follow up questions about home security and personal safety. You can private message me here at peak prosperity at thc0655 (that’s a zero, not an O).

    In the meantime, you may find these links to some of my previous posts informative:

    http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/protecting-yourself-against-crime-and-violence/51463

    http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/fortifying-yourself-and-your-home-against-crime/56117

    https://www.peakprosperity.com/wikis/personal-safety-home-defense/

    https://www.peakprosperity.com/forums/peakprosperity-discussions/general-discussion-and-questions/material/personal-safety-and-home-defense/

    Crime in this pandemic

    Tom Cairns

     

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  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 3:01pm

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    Already Implemented. Next!

    Used the latest covid19 information to share with my brother who tested positive yesterday. So paid forward within 24hours. I liked having an agenda so I could manage my time and energy more effectively. Didn't really feel like a seminar but that's OK. I attended about half and will watch the other half over the next few weeks. Sven's stuff was too deep and couldn't really read the charts or follow lingo; would have liked that time with the three horsemen (Charles, John, Wolf) or Stumpf. Thanks again guys and team.

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  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 8:37pm

    Barbara

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    Also used the covid info today

    One of my team who has been exposed had symptoms today.  I immediately sent him the vitamin/supplements recommendations while he waits for test results.

    My staff in India has had bouts with Covid in their families.  Unbelievable how much BETTER their treatment is.

    Meanwhile, back in the good old US, with the advice of our "experts" one of my dad's caregivers with symptoms tested positive over two weeks ago.  They refused treatment unless she was hospitalized.  Then, they refused to test again.  After ten days they told her to go back to work.  When she said she worked with at risk elderly and needed to test negative, they told her they would call me and assure me she could come back - no need to test.  Guess the fools never heard of symptomless transmission.
    The county next door does better, but are now overwhelmed and try to send non-local people back to their own counties.  Made national news:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rural-hospitals-overwhelmed-as-coronavirus-cases-soar-nationwide/

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  • Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 9:14pm

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    average viral load from symptom onset

    Barbara-

    I'm guessing that "10 days" number comes from this chart - your guy falls into the "mild-to-moderate illness" in the blue-grey section of this chart.  Mostly, he's all done.  So they aren't smoking crack here.  On average, they are probably correct.

    I do understand your enthusiasm for testing your employee though given your situation.

    https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3862

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 3:04am

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    planfortomorrow

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    planfortomorrow said:

    Yep, 10+++! What was so meaningful to me was I was able to watch the seminars with Barb and we are now watching the experts we missed because we were busy with other things.

    Most gratifying was how much Barb has retained from so many conversations I've shared with her over the last 12 years. Her IQ is off the charts as I didn't think she could know all that she did while sharing the seminars together. It showed her respect of me and her love that she was truly listening, and does have the same urge that I do to start the life we have decided on. It was so confirming to know that after 46 years together that we have the same mind set. We do for each others first, we never leave a task for the others when the task can be done without discrimination. If you walk past a piece of plastic then bend over and pick it up instead of leaving it for the others or others. We think of each others first before ourselves and that has been the cornerstone to our now life long quest that we have shared since day 1 of our lives together.

    Evie, Barb was so impressed with you, she instinctively understands that you are for real and Chris is very fortunate to have you as his life's partner, and we always wish this type happiness for everyone. Then we met Ashley, and she brought a calm, nailed her insights and we can easily see Adam how she works for the betterment of your family. What a treat!

    Great, Great job Adam, Chris, and their entire team. You were awesome and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of this. We don't like to fly so this allowed us to be involved where we wouldn't be. All for less than a couple hundred bucks!!!

    Respectfully Given... Barb-Bob

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 7:23am

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    yagasjai

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    Question About Which Comment Thread To Use

    Great weekend. I am glad I went. I had two questions on the video about everything you need to know about Covid, but I don't see a comment thread after the re-play video. And one of my questions is related to content that Chris shared there but I haven't seen him share elsewhere yet. So where is best for me to post that question?

     

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 7:47am

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    Chris Martenson

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    Right here...

     And one of my questions is related to content that Chris shared there but I haven't seen him share elsewhere yet. So where is best for me to post that question?

    This thread is good.  As long as it's a question I can answer in the form of "well, this is what I am doing, not medical advice, etc"

     

     

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 8:11am

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    sand_puppy

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    Would love to hear Chris' COVID lecture

    How do I purchase this one lecture?

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 9:39am

    thesecuritygirl

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    thesecuritygirl said:

    me too!

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 9:49am

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    Adam Taggart

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    Are you logged in?

    Bob -

    You need to be logged in to the Peak Prosperity website with the PP account  you used to purchase the seminar. You won't be able to access the videos unless you do.

    Once logged in with the correct account, you should be able to access all of the replay videos via this link.

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 2:25pm

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    VegasJim

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    Would love to hear Chris' COVID lecture also

    Thanks

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 8:39pm

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    wotthecurtains

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    Question

    Chris made an offhand remark that I'd like to get some follow up on.

     

    He mentioned that nature has wired our brains so that once we have a view about something we won't give it up unless holding onto it becomes too painful.

     

    Any background reading I could do on this?  Ive gotten interested in the behavioral psychology side of things (or the ability of psychology generally to show us who we really are).

     

    It sounded like someone had something like an evolutionary theory explaining why humans hold fast to their views in spite of contradictory evidence.  I had not been aware that this was in some sense a "feature" of our minds rather than a bug.

     

    Any leads anyone?

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  • Wed, Oct 28, 2020 - 10:44pm

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    Where can we access the recording?

    Where can we access the recording? I only have e-mails with original zoom information.

    I liked the seminar, however, I would like to review the recordings. There were a few topics I learned about that I wanted to study further.

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  • Thu, Oct 29, 2020 - 11:09am

    yagasjai

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    Right here...

    Great thanks. Two questions:

    1) I like all the detailed info you included in this update, and the many others, about the key supplements. I've been following right along with that, in consulation with my doctor. The new info about melatonin raised a question for me: are you aware of any concerns about taking melatonin in relation to it affecting one's own melatonin production? I have a friend who had been using it to help her sleep, but about a month ago, she told me she had stopped taking melatonin because she had read that you can diminish your own melatonin production by supplementing with it. So I was curious if you know of any concerns like that?

    2)  Could you please elaborate on why you don't seem to be concerned at all about surface contamination anymore? Early on you had said that you were keeping your house a "green zone." Are you still? Or has that shifted? If so why?

    It's on my mind not just for myself, but also because my cousin's daughter (my second cousin) just got diagnosed with OCD in relation to her terror about Covid in school. She's about 8 years old. So how would you explain it to an 8-year-old what the scientific facts are in relation to the liklihood of catching this by touching surfaces at school? Or about transfering contamination from school back to home? Especially in light of the recent study that said infectious particles can be found on certain surfaces up to 28 days?

    In her case, the obvious protocol of washing hands frequently has become compulsive, which means she's safe! But also very pre-occupied with staying safe. Can you elaborate on how you think about surface contamination and what is and is not a concern in your perspective? Both for an average healthy person with their terrain in great shape, but also for those with underlying conditions (she has an underlying condition)? What do you do in terms of safety protocols/hand washing while you are out? And also in terms of coming home?

    Thanks!

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  • Thu, Oct 29, 2020 - 6:38pm

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    Chris Martenson

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    Re: right here

    1) I like all the detailed info you included in this update, and the many others, about the key supplements. I've been following right along with that, in consultation with my doctor. The new info about melatonin raised a question for me: are you aware of any concerns about taking melatonin in relation to it affecting one's own melatonin production?

    Nope.  haven't read anything like that.  But I'm not planning on taking it long-term.  It's a gem during an infectious phase, and I don't have any trouble sleeping, so my personal use would be limited.

    If you find anything, let me know.

    2)  Could you please elaborate on why you don't seem to be concerned at all about surface contamination anymore? Early on you had said that you were keeping your house a "green zone." Are you still? Or has that shifted? If so why?

    Well, two reasons I am not concerned, and one isn't legit.  That reason is I live way out in the country and I don't have to touch surfaces like door handles and subway railings that city folks have fondled repeatedly.

    The other reason is that I'm not running across any articles or reports about surface contamination being a major vector.  I think it would show up...things like "Groom comes down with covid after using room that was used hours earlier by Trump staffers."

    Those articles just aren't appearing on my screen.  But the airborne ones show up all the time.  Could be that people are catching this via surface/fomite transmission but we're only reading about it in a way that makes it seem like it was the air-proximity that was the factor.

    That said, I still don't handle a gas pump without using gloves and/or immediately using hand sanitizer afterwards.

    So if I worked in a school, or a very public place with traffic, I'd probably be writing about surface contamination more.  But, you're right, my concern has dipped quite a bit.

    Airborne?  Not a bit.  I think that's the main route.

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  • Thu, Oct 29, 2020 - 9:59pm

    yagasjai

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    Follow Up Question

    That's great to hear- thanks for elaborating. I also don't handle a gas pump or atm buttons without wearing gloves or sanitizing my hands immediately after. In a sense, your living rural is a logistical way of avoiding surface contamination. It's a way of reducing your overall potential contact/load. Similar to wearing a mask in a crowd, that by minimizing risk of contact, you minimize risk of infection.

    And maybe that's the piece I'm trying to wrap my head around for the rest of us who don't live so rural, surface contamination is still a load/dose issue. Anything anyone else handled recently is highest risk,  but the problem is you don't know what was or wasn't handled just before you got there. It's possible that the gas pump you used hadn't been used for a long time, but you can't know that, so you treat it as if it had been recently handled because it's a surface that's likely to have been handled.

    To me it's the same issue with groceries, you can't know who handled the apple before you. I know you said this summer that you don't wash groceries, I assume that's because you either already stocked up or were growing your own, so didn't need to bring things in. And you've got your terrain in good shape. And I recall something you said in a video early on that the highest risk is earliest contact with a recently handled surface and that the risk of infection tails off over time, so the longer it sits the less risk it is. So again, that is a load issue. And if you're confident in your supplemental protocol, you might not be concerned at all.

    My doctor said it was ok to relax my cleaning protocols in warmer weather and ramp them back up when it gets colder, because the virus will live longer on surfaces in the cold. I appreciate what you said that the stories coming on your feed are not about surfaces but about airborne, that makes sense. That's where the focus is right now. I am suspicious, though, of how so much focus was on surfaces in the beginning (CDC, WHO) and then there was a sudden switch to airborne as if surfaces suddenly didn't matter. So I guess there's no way for you to know, but I am wondering to what extent this most recent surge in cases has to do with a drop in temperature and with the emphasis in airborne that people are not being as careful as they need to be with surfaces. My two cents. I guess we will wait and see.

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  • Sat, Oct 31, 2020 - 8:40pm

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    The Road Ahead: The Defining Trends Of The Next Decade

    Is it possible you could make this talk public?  It's such a concise summary of the three E's; I would love to share it with friends who don't have that much attention span.

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  • Mon, Nov 02, 2020 - 12:27pm

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    Forgot to invite this guy?

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