There is a reason people travel to Sun Valley, Idaho to attend the Allen & Co Media Conference or to Aspen, Colorado to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, or, for that matter, The Nantucket Project, the East Coast upstart now in its third year.
It is the same reason why research institutions like the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine attract top talent. "Breaking away from day-to-day routines and interacting in places that bring people together and that feed our minds helps us understand our relationship with our environment, our 'human ecology,'" writes Tara Rockefeller in today's lesson.
"Even in this time of advancing technology and expanding cyberspace, where we are makes a difference," Rockefeller argues. And that is why somehow, when we are connected to a place, "the ideas we generate have more sticking power."