San Francisco Chronicle: Come, let us brainstorm together

You’re a science or high-tech professional, and you’re looking for an online forum to kick around some ideas with your peers and find out what they’re up to.

You might check out BASIC – the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s Science and Innovation Consortium – which launched this week.

The “online innovation hub,” according to its chairman, Mark Bregman, executive VP and CTO of Mountain View’s Internet security company Symantec, is supposed to “harness the region’s collective knowledge and ideas into a central location where we can foster a conversation about how to make the Bay Area more competitive in the 21st century global economy.”

It does boast a stellar board of directors, including the heads of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia Labs and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, deans and research chieftains at UC campuses, and senior executives from Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Agilent Technologies (

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