The Power of Collaboration (and sock puppets) at the United Nations

Many thanks to Janet Salazar and Constance J Peak and friends at Impact Leadership 21 for inviting me to give the concluding remarks at the annual Power of Collaboration summit at the United Nations in New York! I was deeply honored to be a part of this important global event, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Naila Chowdhury, Twyla Garrett, Peter Salk, and Robin Sol Lieberman. As luck would have it, this event was particularly memorable because the UN closes up very promptly at closing time. Imagine my dismay as the projector screen in the iconic orange striped room suddenly lifted up into the ceiling and disappeared, along with the UN TV coverage! Happily, the mic stayed on, and I gave a quite different talk than the one I had practiced and planned so carefully. If you've ever seen me speak, you know I rely heavily on compelling nature photography to make an emotional impact and connection the audience to the wider, wilder world. Suddenly deprived of slides, I was inspired to borrow the photographer's (beautiful) socks and do an impromptu sock puppet show, replete with fighting mudskippers! Evolutionary transformation? Adaptation? Making do? I don't know what the audience thought of it, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who's ever given a sock puppet show at the United Nations, though there was that Russian fellow who banged his shoe back in the day. Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. Khrushchev!