|Dr. King delivering his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.|
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. I too have a healthy imagination. Even though I don't buy lottery tickets, a recurring theme in my daydreams is to one day be wealthy enough to throw money at a worthy cause. Near the top of my list of important movements is the effort to find a cure for cancer.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Silicon Valley dreams bigger than the rest of the country, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of LinkedIn profiles.
People who use the keywords "change the world" in their professional profiles are much more common in the Bay Area.
The Bay Area "has long attracted people who in a way believed that they are doing visionary work, almost doing God's work through technology," said Chuck Darrah, head of the anthropology department at San Jose State University and co-founder of the Silicon Valley Cultures Project.
What prompted me to pontificate on this subject is a Forbes piece I read today entitled "Hope, Hype, and Health in Silicon Valley." The writer, David Shaywitz, suggests that Silicon Valley could have a powerful impact on crucial healthcare problems if it were so inclined.
David is not alone. James Temple recently vented in a San Francisco Chronicle article about "The hypocrisy in Silicon Valley's big talk on innovation." The media pays little attention to the tireless work of scientists, notes Temple, instead focusing on the latest trending app.
"Let's drop the pretense that we're curing cancer unless, you know, we're curing cancer," says Temple.