Sounds like Iron Mountain report..
“.The Joint Chiefs of staff, for example, hired Global Business Network to help figure out what the nature of military threats to the United States might be for the next 30 years. (The most challenging possibility: what would they do should they face decades of peace?)”
This might be most important article since…
“The Global Business Network was founded in 1988 as a think tank to shape the future of the world. It’s succeeding.”
“Reality started turning to smoke, however, as I listened to the people on board bartering the globe. Those identifying themselves as Middle Easterners and Africans — controlling the world’s gold, oil, diamonds, and rare earths — quickly made deals that they said raised US$300 billion.”
That was an interesting quote.
Here is another:
This ability to morph is embedded in GBN itself, which, from its offices in an industrial neighborhood of Emeryville, California, can and does — with only 30 employees — present itself in so many bewildering guises that describing it as a tiny consulting company with 55 major corporate clients is as silly as describing Yale’s “Skull and Bones” as just a fraternity.
I heard this final quote at University for Peace Costa Rica.
GBN is a “network,” which by definition connects to other power structures. There are also different ways in which a person can be inside or outside the organization. That makes GBN like the elephant being felt up by the blind men. Its elements can add up in mysterious and perplexing ways.
GBN, however, also has a California capacity for American boogie. That is brought to it in part by Stewart Brand, 55, another co-founder. Brand has been an American cultural icon for half his life. This is the man who, in the ’60s, won the National Book Award for inventing The Whole Earth Catalog. Its motto was so American as to bring a tear to the eye: “We are as gods and might as well get good at it.” That might as well also be the motto of GBN.
In the ’80s, Brand stuck with his maxim by creating the Well, one of the nation’s most influential computer bulletin boards, with which GBN trades staffers, and through which – on a private conference – GBNers stay in touch. (The Well, in turn, feels like a San Francisco bar fight.)
The primary thing the GBNers learned from this encounter was that when bioengineers create new forms of life, they rarely, if ever, discuss the ethics and societal implications of what they’re doing. “Just wait till this technology moves off-shore,” said GBN co-founder, Stewart Brand. “The developing countries’ corporate motto is gonna be” – he smirked and waved his hand – “Ahhhhh, Just Do It.”