Not sure whether reality will match expectation here, but as a huge fan of efforts to make the rubber meet the sky -- to harness creativity, imagination and the power of speculation to solve dire real world problems -- I'd be remiss in my duties if I didn't point this out.
"International Social Innovations Day on November 2nd will be marked by what could be the world's largest ever brainstorm for new ideas. ...This unprecedented burst of positivity has been deliberately scheduled on a day when another global event is happening: the US Presidential election. On this day, when many people across the globe will be feeling disillusioned and disempowered no matter the outcome, what better antidote than to encourage people to think of solutions instead of dwelling on the problems?"
We've been talking for a while here about how we have a World Economic Forum and a World Social Forum but no comparable working body for innovation. The challenge, of course, is that words like "innovation" "creativity" and "brainstorm" draw nut-jobs like searchlights draw moths.
Heeeeeeeyyyyyy.... you're talking about me, aren't you?????
Am I the only one who thinks we need less brainstorming and more pay attention to what we already know and put it into practice? I hope not.