Thomas P.M. Barnett is a man with a vision of a better world, and clear ideas about how to get there from here. I don't necessarily agree with (or even understand) everything in his brief (e.g., audio at IT Conversations) or his book The Pentagon's New Map, but if he gave a lecture in my home town I'd pay good money to go and see him.
I'm therefore delighted to see that he is planning to give a lecture later this month in my other, virtual home town of Second Life.
I'll be interested to see how well Dr. Barnett's hurricane presentation style translates into the virtual environment; it looks from Hamlet Linden's coverage as if there will be some streaming video for at least the visuals. I'm also curious to see how he handles being heckled by space aliens and tiny purple warthogs, but perhaps everyone will be on their best behaviour.