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Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

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Bay Area world travelers heading to Berkeley, California, as well as discriminating and curious locals should be sure to check out Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas October 24 and 25. The Bay Area’s first “ideas festival,” Uncharted is a dynamic two-day public program featuring some of the world’s great thinkers taking on some of the world’s great challenges.

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The bold exchange of ideas from an extraordinary and varied line-up of speakers, experienced as a series of conversations and interactive workshops, is presented in a festival-style program, combined with exceptional dining and drinking opportunities and exciting Berkeley locations, all delivered at a substantially lower cost than other “idea” conferences. Aiming to be one of the world’s leading ideas festivals along with TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, London’s FutureFest, and Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas,

Uncharted is not about “talk-to-you” lectures, but rather stimulating conversations and creative exploration where participants are encouraged to participate. This interaction goes even further in “Uncharted Lab” sessions when collaborative brainstorming as a group is the format. And attendees are challenged to consider bold provocative new concepts by speakers during “Mind Bomb” presentations.

New ideas are viewed through the diverse lens of over 40 prominent thinkers representing technology, science, culture, politics, education, economics, the environment, food and all aspects of our lives. Featured speakers include Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, social psychologist Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach. For a complete list of speakers, more information and to purchase tickets visit