Google Zeitgeist talk with Tom Brokaw and Yvon Chouinard

Happy holidays everybody.

I’m sitting around the house watching videos of public speakers, not a very Christmas-y activity. But I really enjoy hearing stories.

I don’t know why, but this interview at Google Zeitgeist really caught my eye. Tom Brokaw and his longtime friend Yvon Chouinard take the stage and Tom interviews his buddy in front of a live audience. They talk about technology and the rate at which the world is changing. I’m not really sure what the topic of the conference was, but it’s really entertaining. Plus Yvon Chouinard is like the real-life Colonel Saul Tigh. He’s sort of gruff. He has this view of the world that I don’t share, but I understand it completely. And this grim pessimism. I really think that the actor who played Tigh in Battlestar Galactica must have watched videos of Chouinard to prepare for the part.
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Anywa, I was surprised when wine came up in the interview. Chouinard concedes at many points that he’s not a hippy. His company in Patagonia tries its best, but he’s still a polluter and he has an impact on the world that he cannot deny. And while he’s willing to eat locally, he still drinks globally.

He badmouths California vineyards at one point, which again I understand (though I think it’s a sweeping generalization). And a few minutes later he brings wine up again. He wants people to keep things small and human scaled. He talks about fine restaurants. The best restaurants in the world, in his opinion, never have a hundred tables. They’re always small and human and intimate. And he reminds the CEOs and Fortune 500 company leaders present in the audience that sometimes, we shouldn’t scale up. Sometimes small is beautiful.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

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North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Best by GPS.
    Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
  4. At the last juction, bear left.¬†the road sign ‚ÄúAve de la Montagne Noire‚ÄĚ (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.
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