In the past I have offered some thoughts on the idea of convergence, an important concept that drives the ideaFestival. Convergence in this context involves the effective integration of knowledge, ideas and insights into a coherent pattern of thought.
An article in the July 21, 2007 issue of the New York Times, "C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success," explores the reading and thinking habits of successful business people and demonstrates nicely several aspects of convergence. A common theme that runs through successful innovators regardless of their field is this relentless and unconstrained search for knowledge, coupled with the unique ability to combine and recombine ideas to produce new (and sometimes breakthrough) products, creative endeavors and ways of thinking.