WASHINGTON--Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I've learned, last weekend flew from Little Rock, Ark. to Nantucket Island to be a presenter Sunday at a conference seeking out big ideas from "thought leaders."
Emanuel was in Little Rock on Saturday for a 20-year reunion of staffers in Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. After that, Emanuel headed to the island off of the Massachusetts coast for "The Nantucket Project" symposium. Neither event was on Emanuel's schedule released by City Hall.
Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw on Wednesday--at the Washington Ideas Forum--said he saw Emanuel over the weekend and among the subjects they discussed was garbage collection.
The Boston Herald reported that Emanuel and Larry Summers, the former Harvard president who was President Obama's top economic adviser--during the time Emanuel was Obama's chief of staff --"held an "off the record" talk."
The Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror newspaper reported, "The Nantucket Project wrapped up Sunday with a closing discussion featuring Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former Harvard president Lawrence Summers."
Other presenters included Chicagoans Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments, Redmoon Theater artistic director Jim Lasko and Morgan Hartley, of Moneythink.
The gathering of about 300 took place at the White Elephant Resort on Nantucket Harbor. The event was billed as an opportunity for participants "to be enlightened and entertained in a setting that will satisfy all of their senses in unique and interesting ways
This must be the ideas season. Chicago Ideas Week kicks off Monday.