NECC 2006 began with a bang on July 4, with an opening reception and fireworks display over San Diego Harbor. It continued that way Wednesday afternoon, too, with an inspiring keynote speech (and stunning visual images) from famed photographer Dewitt Jones.

Jones discussed what he considers are the four keys to creating a meaningful existence--vision, passion, purpose, and creativity--and what he believes are the means to achieving them. Using photographs and stories gleaned from his travels to illustrate his points, he urged conference attendees to "transform the ordinary into the extraordinary."

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