Next Tuesday will finalize the debate about who should be president of the US (at least we hope it will and that we don't have a repeat of 2000 although the lawyers are already massing at the borders of those infamous swing states). However, will either candidate bring creativity and fresh thinking to the tarbaby quagmire called Iraq?
A couple of years ago we had John Perry Barlow speak to us at Convergence. He was a stimulating breath of fresh air and obviously someone who marches to a drummer most of us don't hear. The issue of how we get out of Iraq has obviously been playing on his mind and in his blog he tells us about a chance, in-flight meeting with a CEO of a security company in Iraq. It's worth reading in its entirety ... but definitely don't miss the CEO's plan ... it's priceless in a devastating sort of way.
There is an often-used creativity technique called "What would you NEVER do?" that is very useful for getting into some new thinking territory. Often the ideas that come out of this exercise hold the essence of an idea that you could do.
Both of these guys seem to have used that technique. So, just as an exercise, you might take a few minutes to apply that technique to what you know about Iraq and see if you come up with anything remotely like their "plans."
Read Barlow's "Exit Strategies" here.