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Thursday, July 29, 2010

TEDx Boston: Revolutionary Ideas

Today, we attended TEDx Boston, which took place at the Seaport World Trade Center right on the waterfront in Boston. The event featured  "Revolutionary Ideas" from Boston's leaders in Technology, Entertainment, and Design

The schedule was packed with interesting talks...




...and a few musical interludes...




...And of course, some downtime to explore the waterfront location!  (you can see the Cirque du Soleil tent in the background)




During the lectures, local artists from CollectiveNext whipped up these "recap cartoons," which graphically recorded the main points from each speaker (they were basically gigantic colorful cheatsheets for those who may have missed a lecture)...
...which were displayed at the closing bash for all to admire!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Aspen Ideas Festival!



We just got back from an incredible, unforgettable week in Aspen, CO for the Aspen Ideas Festival! Now in its sixth year, the Aspen Ideas Festival gathers  scientists, artists, politicians, historians, educators, activists, and other great thinkers to present and discuss some of the most important and fascinating ideas of our time. 

The Ideas Festival took place from July 5-11 at the breathtaking mountainside campus at the Aspen Institute surrounded by inspiring views...





...and if the landscape wasn't inspiration enough, thought-provoking quotes were hung on large cloth banners all over the campus...





Most of the Festival sessions took place in various pavilions throughout the campus - the sessions included panels, one-on-one interviews, and lectures. The program included tracks in World Affairs, Art and Culture, The American Agenda, Design and Sustainability, Women and Girls: Change Agents, Living Digitally, Race in America, The Century of Biology, Ideas in Education, The Next Economy, Global Health, The Promise of Play, and Latin America: Power, Politics, Potential.




Presenters included Dr. Regina Benjamin (the surgeon general of the United States), Eli Broad (industrialist and philanthropist), Richard Broadhead (president of Duke University, and former Dean of Yale College), David Brooks (op-ed columnist for The New York Times), Dianne Feinstein (California's senior US senator), Thomas Friedman (international affairs columnist for The New York Times), Bill Gates (co-chair of the Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft), Alan Greenspan (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve), David Gergen (senior political analyst at CNN, White House Advisor, and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government), Arianna Huffington (co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post), Nicholas Kristof (two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The New York Times), Jeffery Katzenberg (CEO of DreamWorks), David Hume Kennerly (Pulitzer Prize winning White House photographer), Bob Langer (David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT), Evelyn Lauder (Senior Vice President of Estee Lauder), Andrea Mitchell (NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent), Greg Mortenson (co-founder of the Central Asia Institute, and co-author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools), Craig Newmark (founder of craigslist.org), Sandra Day O'Connor (US Supreme Court justice), Larry Summers (Director of the National Economic Council and former President of Harvard University), Biz Stone and Evan Williams (co-founders of Twitter), Valerie Plame Wilson (former CIA operative)...



Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams prepare for their session within the Aspen tent.

The media interviewed presenters outdoors among the trees...









The plenary session took place in the huge tent auditorium while it was pouring rain outside, and featured talks by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor...





... her colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who spoke about love and loss, and her experience as the second female justice on the Supreme Court...


... as well as Bill Gates, who shared his ideas about innovations in educational reform.






It was amazing to talk to world experts and business leaders as well as policy makers like the surgeon general about Fenugreen and hear their reactions and encouragement --  we spoke to so many people that we could never have imagined meeting at this early stage.  It was a great reminder of why we started this in the first place and why the world needs Fenugreen. We're now bursting with ideas, can't wait to get back to work!