Biz 417: What surprised you most during the trip?
BM: "There were a couple of big surprises. First, virtually no one we met fit the caricature sketched by the media. People are far more interesting and complicated than we’ve been led to believe. Second, there is a deep interest out there in behaving differently and treating each other better but no clear sense of how to do it. People feel powerless. It’s like we’ve become addicted to meanness, even though we don’t really like it and we know it’s not good for us."
Biz 417: What did you miss most about 417-land while you were gone?
BM: "We missed our friends who are working hard to make Springfield the place they want to be, and we missed the great music community. And the Smoked Old-Fashioneds at The Order."
Biz 417: Do you get nervous speaking in front of people?
BM: "Yes, I get a little nervous. Most people do. I used to tell my public speaking students if they weren't at least a little anxious, they either weren't taking their message seriously enough, or they weren't normal."
Biz 417: What do you want the audience at Think Summit to learn from your presentation?
BM: "My hope is we can all learn to listen and talk to each other better, even when we don’t agree. Most of us can’t change the world, but we can change the way we move through it."