Rainforest in the Desert. Our keynote speaker for our economic development summit in September was Victor Hwang, author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley. His premise is that innovation flourishes if you can create the right kind of eco-system that fosters creativity and entrepreneurship, and nourishes collaboration. We have been continuing to engage with Mr. Hwang to learn from his work around the world in promoting economic development though the rainforest model. Read it here.