Daniel Pink at Wi13: 'The Good News Is People Like You'

Daniel Pink at #Wi13.

"I live in Washington, D.C. And as you see, I scrupulously avoided talking about politics during this entire session. And I'm going to continue to scrupulously avoid talking about politics... because I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news: as a Washingtonian, an American and father and husband and human being, what's going on in this country right now troubles me.... That's the bad news.

"The good news is [pointing to various parts of the audience] you, and you, and you, and you, and you, and you, and you, and you and all the people in the back. The good news is people like you. Booksellers. People who care about the life of ideas; people who care about the integrity of the community; people who care about science; people who care about truth. And so, when I am feeling despairing about what's going on in the country, I think about people like you, the booksellers who are out there making a difference in the world, who are bringing ideas to people, who are bringing great stories to people and who are a bulwark against all the bad things that are going on. So, thank you for selling books, and thank you for being the source of good news."

--Daniel Pink, author most recently of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Riverhead), in his keynote yesterday at Wi13
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