As always, John Perry Barlow gave an inspirational talk on the TEDxMarin stage on May 12, 2011. Most known for co-founding the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I love the other aspects of Barlow that set him apart from other visionaries in the industry.

1. His transparent heart and ability to inspire others because of it.

2. His ruggedness…you know, an old fashioned masculine energy that is frankly lacking in Silicon Valley (will definitely get a beating for this one). No surprise, he’s a retired Wyoming rancher (and native). It comes with the territory and it’s a beautiful thing.

3. He’s a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. (not everyone knows this). Enuf said.

Now, it’s involved in a new venture called Algae Systems, that aspires to turn sewage into carbon negative jet fuel. His talk below:

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