During one of the remarks this morning as the Opportunity Nation Summit kicked off, Fareed Zakaria the TIME magazine Editor-at-Large and host of his own CNN program spoke about the importance of focusing on education in an unexpected way.
"The whole of human experience is initiated by thought." With those words, Phylicia Rashad kicked off the Opportunity Nation Summit last night at the Apollo Theater and this morning we have a packed auditorium at Lerner Hall in Columbia University ready to talk about the importance of opportunity.
This wasn't supposed to be quite so easy. After an engaging morning of talks and conversations with Senators, media leaders, journalists, founders of nonprofit organizations, a popular pastor, a University President and a Major General in the US Army ... finding common themes should have been hard.
The Opportunity Summit will bring together more than 500 political, business, academic, and community leaders to kick-start a national campaign to promote opportunity, social mobility, and access to the American Dream.
The news this week of Steve Jobs' passing set off reflections on the impact he had on American life and the path he took to becoming one of the great inventors and businessmen of our time. A path that included dropping out of college, into counterculture, and always honing his creativity.