I read The Economist for it's balanced view of the world (in my opinion). As I am now preparing for our December Board of Directors meeting in Munich, the 16 September issue has been very helpful. It includes a pullout survey of the world economy and speaks to the growth in global economic output from the developing nations. Our theme in Munich will be globalization and we will have roundtables by region. The bottom line is that we serve members in all parts of the world today and we plan to re-calibrate our governance structure to better connect with organizations around the world. The key to collaboration and cooperation is connecting people and that presents a few challenges as we span the time zones. I know that part of the solution will be for us to leverage technology to bridge the time gap. Yes we are a very local global industry, but my fellow trade associations and global standards bodies have much to gain by cooperating. I appreciate local differences, but we should not spend money re-inventing wheels.