My good friend John Livesay points out a New York Times piece on a new form of networking that's making the social-business circles.
I think these type of events are the future. It's not what-do-you-do or even who-do-you-know. The organizing energy of a Likemind is to assemble people with similar attitudes, beliefs and causes. They come from all walks, with various levels of resources. The key is chemistry. If done right, a Likemind leads to deep conversations, follow up actions and long lasting value.
Keith Ferrazzi has these types of gatherings in his home. The TED Conference is a mega-L-Minder. Catalyst is a Likemind for church leaders of the new school. A Likemind is like a tribal gathering, except without any expectations of an outcome.