If you aren't already aware of Von Grow, you soon WILL be. Dark Horse Dental Studio, Damaged Goods, and DTG are his brainchild (brainchildren?) and he/they are doing what they CAN to preserve hand crafted dentistry. CAD CAM has its place, but it does not replace skilled craftsman. This podcast is the "origin story" (any comic book fans out there?) of Von, what he has created, and you can hear his "masterplan". Dr Lance Timmerman gets him to spill the beans.
Also, DTG, Dental Technicians Guild, has a symposium this August, from the 20th to the 22nd and is open to ANY and ALL interested in dentistry.
And let's not forget Smile Source, preserving independent dentistry.