Brigadoon Remote, Democracy, Barkley Marathons, Billions

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Brigadoon Remote, Democracy, Barkley Marathons, Billions

Brigadoon Weekly
April 28, 2019
Curation and commentary from 
Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia 

Brigadoon Weekly  = Global Emerging Issues


21 ways to not have the right network

1. Same backgrounds - think homophily.

2. Lack of mission statement.

3. Thinking small.

4. Too much self-reliance.

5. Same skills. Same talents. Same ideas.

6. Too provincial.

7. Limited perspective.

8. Choosing personality over purpose.

9. Reactive. 

10. Not stubborn enough.

11. Easily swayed.

12. Over-reliance on cash and class as the connection.

13. Spending not investing.

14. No reboot.

15. Too many jerks.

16. More campaign, not cause.

17. Comfortable and content.

18. Thinking the hype is real.

19. Lack of moxie.

20. Don’t do the work.

21. Many ideas, no execution.

Brigadoon Remote 2019 | Scotland

One of my most exciting ideas to date, Brigadoon Remote.

Think of four days where you can work remotely in the countryside, spend the day as you want, work on your book, strategize, think, read, whiteboard, check-out, go for a hike, and have evening dinners with fellow participants where the topic of conversation is business development and entrepreneurship.

I have secured a country estate one hour outside of Edinburgh, Scotland for a multi-day remote working experience limited to 7 participants.

If you are keen, a $250.00 deposit secures your spot. 

Ping me at if you want to attend.


Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in communications for thought leaders working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.


One: 3 trends driving corporate image: The Axios Harris Poll 100 ranks the reputations of the most visible U.S. companies, based on a nationally representative sample of 18,228 Americans, and the rankings are billed as "a measurement of what real people think right now about the companies in our cultural conversation." The big picture: From the world's most influential tech companies to the places where Americans shop to eat everyday, there are three big trends that Harris uncovered in this year's poll.

1. De-FAANGed by the techlash
2. Captains of controversy
3. The wellness revolution

Two: When democracy is no longer the only path to prosperity: Countries rated ‘not free’ are increasingly able to offer their citizens high incomes. Will democratic ideals lose their appeal?

Three: The great lost dead archive: As a longtime sound engineer for the Grateful Dead, Dan Healy pioneered the way live music hits you in the gut—and he amassed a rich collection of tour tees along the way. Then he forgot about it. GQ visited Healy at his home in Marin, for a look at his newly re-discovered archive—and to hear the untold stories of his years on the road.

Four: New carmaker on the block: Byton’s CEO on China’s car of the future: Carsten Breitfeld, an industry veteran turned disruptor, explains how his Chinese-conceived, globally oriented start-up is tuned for the emerging mobility transformation.

Five: 60 hours of hell: The story of the Barkley Marathons: Inspired by an infamous assassin’s escape from prison, the Barkley Marathons just might be the toughest race on the planet: a 100-mile-long, unsupported slog through the Tennessee backcountry that only 14 people have ever finished. Madison Kahn spoke to three of the event’s regulars to get the story behind the Barkley.


Brigadoon Radio: Episode 11: Why Brigadoon works: Recorded Pinehaven House at Sundance Mountain Resort, Brendan Kownacki speaks with Marc A. Ross during Brigadoon Sundance 2019.

Marc is the founder of Brigadoon and has curated seven multi-day gatherings at Sundance, Utah starting in 2013. Marc explains the magic of connecting subject matter experts at a venue tucked in a magical canyon in the Utah mountains.

Marc specializes in communications for thought leaders working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.

Brigadoon Radio: Episode 12: Brigadoon as an idea generator: Recorded at the lounge inside the Robert Redford Center at Sundance Mountain Resort, Dr. Mark Stellingworth speaks with Mike St. Clair during Brigadoon Sundance 2019.

Mike is a 4x Brigadoon Sundance participant and talks about how the conversations at the gathering stimulate ideas and habits which have helped him grow professionally and personally.

Michael is the owner of Capital Edge based in Des Moines, Iowa. Mike specializes in government relations for large national corporations, small Iowa businesses, as well as trade associations serving national and local constituencies.



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November 11-15

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More information click - here.


a16z podcast: For the billions of creatives out there: This special, almost-crossover episode of the a16z Podcast features Billions co-showrunner Brian Koppelman — who also co-wrote movies such as Rounders and Ocean’s 13 with his longtime creative partner David Levien — in conversation with Marc Andreessen (and Sonal Chokshi). The discussion covers everything from managing up — when it comes to executives or investors sharing their “notes” aka “feedback” on your work — to managing down, with one’s team; to managing one’s partners (or co-founders)… and especially managing yourself. How to tame those irrational emotions, that ego?

#BAET = Be An Entrepreneur Today


Marc Ross

Based in Washington, DC, I specialize in thought leader communications and global public policy for public affairs professionals working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.

Clients hire me to ghostwrite, engage influencer networks, manage media relations, produce events, audit their communications infrastructure, consult on hiring, provide issue briefs and news generating talking points, as well as manage end to end communications projects where I assume a role of project leader and general contractor.

I work independently but provided access to a substantial global network of collaborators with expertise in websites, graphic design, audio, video, polling, data analytics, and research.

Using the latest tactics of an American political campaign with expertise shaped by being a practitioner of global business communications, I help clients tell their story and build trusted relationships with all necessary stakeholders.

Successful communications are all about STOCK = strategy, tactics, organization, consistency, and know-how.