Caught South African Airways flight to Joburg on Sunday, arriving early Monday. Bracingly cold. Did the keynote for the South African Green Building Council’s 2016 Convention. Noted that every day should start off with poetry, after the convention was launched with an opening act by the young poet Mbali Vilakazi. Her theme: #UnderConstruction. Mine, you could say: #UnderReconstruction.
Talking to her afterwards, she spoke of cross-pollination – at which point I gave her my card, with title. Her tweet:
great human, this man @volansjohn. i was describing what i do as cross pollination when he gave me his card: ‘chairman and chief pollinator’
Then, later, took part in a lively panel session facilitated by Kura Chihota and featuring Sithole Mbanga, Werner van Antwerpen, Kevin James and Terri Wills.
Amazing weather through the days, lightning storms where I could watch the forks of electricity searing into the city. A great one-hour-turning-into-four-with beer-and-wine-and conversation with Gary Kendall. Ex-Exxon, ex-WWF, ex-SustainAbility, now Netbank here in South Africa.
Am reading Ramez Naam’s Nexus on the flights – gripping. Can see many elements of that future a-coming. Elements of Utopia and dystopia scrambled.