Valentine's Day is the perfect time to give the thought leaders in your life what will be special to them. And what's special is what feeds their hunger for data, insight and the implications of all that.
Here are some good fits:
Buy tickets for two to film "Nightcrawler." The smarter and more sophisticated thought leaders are the more they tend to disdain buzzwords and accepted cliches.
This movie plays out how an uneducated small-time thief rose to power and wealth through picking up online the language of business and mainstream assumptions about what is important in getting ahead. Your significant other may need to get hit in the head with this.
Dine at Panera. Observe the menu, decor, systems and other kinds of diners. How do these factors differ from the McDonald's branding? Figure out how the two of you can publish an article on casual dining versus fast food.
With a good bottle of wine, view Peter Thiel's TedX Talk from 2009. Here it is. Analyze how Thiel uses just one bit of graphics - a blackboard. Notice how he involves the audience from the get-go. Deconstruct how he persuades the audience that the disaster scenario is not runaway technology but stalled technical developments.
Then brainstorm how the thought leader can enhance his or her own public speaking tactics.
Dress up the dog in a red or pink outfit. The three of you take several walks.
Note how the dog becomes the universal people magnet. Later that evening, at dinner in a good restaurant, categorize the kinds of conversations which took place with strangers. What, though, was the common thread? Can appropriately attired dogs become a force for global understanding? Should attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos be mandated to bring their dogs, with a different outfit for every day?
Those four suggestions can get you started on how to make Valentine's Day 2015 memorable for your significant other who creates a force field in that niche called "thinking." Thinking has become the ultimate sexy thing for two or more to do together.