There is something called the TED conference, held annually in Monterey, California, which brings together a very high-powered audience of technology big shots and an amazingly diverse set of speakers. When I spoke there a few years ago, the guy best known for being the voice of Roger Rabbit was the speaker who followed me. (Let me just say that I am glad I spoke before rather than after him — he was very, very good.)
My two visits to TED both left me inspired, wowed, and invigorated. I got to talk at length with people like Steve Pinker, Mitch Kapor, and even Thomas Dolby. What is best about the conference is that people really have fun. When I attended for the first time, I realized that I had forgotten how to have fun.
TED has just started a blog. I really enjoy it and think you might too.