At last weeks MPI (Meetings Professionals International) we watched the opening keynote Jonah Lehrer speak about: “The heart of where good ideas come from and will reinforce how connectivity is a vital part of how we innovate. In the meetings and events industry, it’s our relationships with others combined with our ‘good ideas’ that impact those we serve and leave a lasting impact on the events we plan and the industry we’re a part of. ”
He sure left an impact on the MPI event.
Mr Lehrer gave his talk and I headed over to see him in the MPI press room. I was late but recorded the last few minutes of the questions asked to Mr. Lehrer. Frankly, I wasnt that impressed with his general session talk, mostly because I had watched the same speech on YouTube before heading to the conference. ( I apoligize for the low volume- it was a big room- and a photographer camera was making lots of beeping noises)
After he answered the questions and took some pictures. Later he was in the hallway pacing back and forth on his mobile phone. As I watched him he seemed so young but also very upset. I jokingly thought to myself. “He must have been having trouble securing Justin Bieber tickets.” It turns out he had been caught making up information for his books. (Q & A: Michael C. Moynihan, The Guy Who Uncovered Jonah Lehrer’s Fabrication Problem) Jonah Lerer then promptly resigned from his job at the New Yorker. When I was chatting about this situation with super music fan Jon Trask he said. “It is amazing to me that he would fabricate a Bob Dylan quote. Seems everything thing Bob Dylan has said has been disected and mulled over. So it is no surprise Mr. Lehrer was caught making quotes up.”
My friend Sarah Braley had a great editorial about her experience with Mr. Lehrer.
Other interesting takes on Mr. Lehrer:
It is sad such a great young talent has this blemish on his record. But a good lesson to all.