Cisco’s Vice President of Global Innovations Rick Hutley, who will speak in Grass Valley on Friday, is one of the most visible tech executives nowadays. I used to write about Cisco for The Chronicle at the tech giant’s beginnings, and years later, I heard Hutley speak. Here he is at a tech show in Las Vegas last year, discussing “collaboration.” It would be a good topic for Rick to address when he speaks here.
As “TechForum” expands under the watch of SESF, a think tank with a highly partisan political track record, I hope the group collaborates with the community to choose speakers from all sides of the political spectrum.
It will be imperative if groups such as the county and county-funded groups, such as the Economic Resource Council, are going to be “sponsors.”
After all, our county is a diverse bunch. SESF board member and “research director” Dr. George Rebane lives here, but so does Dr. Judith Kildow (who helped invite CARB’s Mary Nichols to speak in Nevada City). Our family fully expects all of them to collaborate on any county-sponsored speaker series.
Tech leaders also are a diverse bunch, and they call for addressing many of the country’s problems, such as education, healthcare and — yes — global warming. Here’s a bipartisan Silicon Valley policy and political group I used to write about for years, TechNet. It is the policy and political network of the CEOs. Here’s the TechNet statement on the value of AB 32, the state’s climate change legislation.