The story is the time-honored trope of the martial artist who must decide between selling his abilities for money or using them to pursue spiritual goals. Can he find his way back to his own values once he's gone over to the dark side of raw capitalism?
The challenge of making use of the valuable data all around us to make our cities (and country) smarter, cleaner, safer, and more vibrant is one that we'll continue to get better at as a society for years to come -- but no time like the present to get started.
There is no doubt that "play" is under appreciated, even misunderstood. So it was significant to me that the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival boldly embraced play and added a whole track to its agenda called "the promise of play."