We could certainly apply for grants to fly around in jets, spew tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and meet each other at conferences as people often do. But I think local meetings and virtual 'hangouts' are more in tune with what we're trying to accomplish: figure out a future where human life is fun yet doesn't damage the planet's ecosystems.

I've been trying to fly around less and give more talks virtually - it's hard to do well; I was not very happy with my talk at Google in the form of a robot ([on YouTube here](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kewoOzys2AU)), nor with the talk I just videotaped that will be broadcast in South Africa on the 30th. I guess it takes practice, and I've had a lot more practice giving talks the old-fashioned way.

But it should be easy for [[David Tanzer]] and [[Allan Erskine]] to meet, and hook up with [[Cameron Smith]], who is also in New York, and maybe get to know some folks at Columbia by going to talks at the Earth Institute.

And, it would be easy for us to have a [`hangout'](http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/is-googles-hangouts-its-killer-app/) on Google+, and see each other and talk about stuff. That would be great!