The Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies was held in Pacific Grove, CA between March 22-26th, 2010. During the conference, perspectives were offered from the diverse group of economists, environmentalists, social scientists and other conference participants in attendance were presented, discussed, and debated. With so many experts from so many disciplines representing multiple countries, some disagreement was inevitable.The groups had historically been very confrontational – and they had demonstrated this leading up to the conference. During the conference, there was a transformation.
However, attendees soon discovered that they shared a bond of common purpose, genuine intent, and reverence for the importance of their collective mission. Collectively the group demonstrated a willingness to “hear the other side” and more importantly, listen. This connection fostered a collaborative atmosphere which served to inspire and motivate the participants to accomplish the overall objective of the conference: creating governance guidelines the international community would be willing to consider and adopt.