The words 'old dogs' and 'new tricks' sprang to mind!
As the High Council was welcomed and we patted ourselves on the back given its multi-cultural and even supposed gender balance - while noticing the wealth of experience and maturity - I did notice the obvious generational imbalance. The words 'old dogs' and 'new tricks' sprang to mind! I'd love to be a fly on the wall to see how the worldviews of the High Council members are stretched beyond their peer group and what impact that would have on the process. I don't think I am being ageist or naive but I tend to think true creative tension comes from societal variegation and true multi-culture includes cross generational!
Disclaimer: no snails were actually hurt in this story - it is a made up and a pretty poor gag which nevertheless made me smile!