John gave two speeches at the St Petersburg (Russia) International Economic Summit, June 1-3, 2017 on the importance of transforming a failing Death Economy into a successful Life Economy. He was impressed by the overall feelings of connectedness and by speeches given by President Putin, UN Secretary General Guterres, and many other business and government leaders about the need for greater cooperation among all countries to deal with climate change, terrorism, and internet crime, and the importance of recognizing the threats that challenge all of us around the world. Read John’s major take-aways from the event in his blog post, here. At the Astana Economic Forum, from June 13-15, 2017, John shared the stage with some of the world’s most forward looking government, business and thought leaders. He sat on panels and in roundtable discussions with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstn, Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev of Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Francois Fillon of France (2007-2012), Prime Minister Marek Belka of Poland (2004-2005), Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev of Kyrgyzstan (2014-2015) Nobel Prize laureates Sviatoslav Timashev and Raekwon Chung, and President Putin’s Economic Adviser Sergey Glazyev. Read John’s major take-aways from the event in his blog post, here.