You officially have only one weekend separating you from the greatest conference you have ever attended. How will you best utilize this time? You may be thinking about 14’ers, backyard BBQs, or even a deep sniff of the corpse flower – but let me introduce you to the most compelling and engaging reading assignment you’ve had since you stole your kids’ Harry Potter books.
To further emphasize the prestige of this year’s conference speakers, I encourage you to take an early dive into their thoughts, forecasts, insights, and, at times, even humor. Below you will find books, reports, twitter feeds, blogs, and articles from our distinguished speakers and their organizations. And frankly, whether you click on the abundance of hyperlinks before, or after the conference next week, your gray matter will thank you.
• Barney Jopson
o His articles in the Financial Times have made him a standout reporter. Don’t have a FT subscription? Fear not, you can find him on twitter, too!
• Robert Kaplan
o While his most recent book, Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific, comes highly recommended, you will find delight in any of his 14 other books!
• Peter Karieva
o As chief scientist of the world’s biggest environmental group, when Peter speaks, you should listen. However, if video isn’t your thing, you can find more on and by Peter from The Breakthrough Institute.
• Oliver Morton
o Morton has a fresh, new book coming out this fall, but for those who can’t wait – you can pick up your copy of Eating the Sun now. Want even quicker access to his musings? His twitter will serve you well!
• Tom Petrie
o His book, Following Oil: Four Decades of Cycle-Testing Experiences and What They Foretell about U.S. Energy Independence was just released in paperback with a new foreword addressing the latest price cycle! It is also on audio book, in case you do decide to drive to that 14’er this weekend after all.
• Manu Raju
o Not only is Raju completely crushin’ the twitter game, his insightful and varied articles for Politico will keep your attention for hours.
• Bill White
o The former Houston Mayor’s book, American’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse has already earned rave reviews for its fascinating take on the history of our budget and its current challenges.
I hope you enjoy these few highlights from a handful of our conference speakers. We are all in for a treat next week and I look forward to seeing you there!