OK – I am on my way back from an event at Novartis in Basel and am finally taking some time to update you on some of the amazing things that have happened during the fall and will happen in the spring.
Earlier, in November, Florence had a Medici Effect Day and I gave a talk at Galleria dell"Accademia and I just had to tell you quickly about it because both my wife and I were humbled and amazed. had organized to bring me over to introduce the week of Humanistic Capitalism in Florence with The Medici Effect Day to some 120 of Florence’s top business, political, artistic and scientific crowd.
They had a string orchestra, a ballet dancer, a children’s choir, a wine grower who drastically improved quality of grapes (and completely got rid of parasites) by playing Mozart to the grapes – he now works closely with BOSE, the speaker company. They had amazing food, of course – oh and a poem was read which was so powerful it basically stopped my translator short and almost reduced her to tears. (I later learned it was a poem that detailed sexual intercourse – which I noted would probably not have happened at an event of this kind in the US.)
My job was to introduce the Medici Effect and inspire a renewed innovation and entrepreneurship effort in Florence (with the help of a translator as virtually no one spoke English). They had me speak right underneath the original David statue, one of Michelangelo’s master pieces and defining of the Medici’s power during the Renaissance. It was a mind-blowing experience. Particularly as I later learned that such a public event had only happened in front of the David statue once before.
The rest of the trip continued to be amazing. Secret corridors in the Uffizi, hidden chambers in Palazzo Vecchio and, of course, amazing food.