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IdeaFestival event in Louisville

IdeaFestival 2013


The IdeaFestival is an event for the "intellectually curious" person. IdeaFestival brings together "global thinkers" and "one-of-a-kind innovators" to learn about the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy, and education.

Founded in 2000, IdeaFestival is a celebration for the intellectually curious.
Founded in 2000, IdeaFestival is a celebration for the intellectually curious.

IdeaFestival is described by one participant, "“At IdeaFestival, seemingly unrelated topics offer surprising relationships and insights.” Topics at this festival will include discussions about life before life, existence to parallel universes, global politics, philosophy of randomness, disruptive innovation, and living to be 250 and beyond.

The IdeaFestival will be held at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, location at 501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202.

IdeaFestival date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Friday, September 27, 2013

The 2013 speaker list will include:

Beth Comstock - GE's first female Chief Marketing Officer

Lance Hosey - Chief Sustainability Officer of RTKL, architect and author of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design

Maria Konnikova - writer of the weekly "Literally Psyched" column for Scientific American. Author of Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes, New York Times best seller.

Roger Newton - Entrepreneur, President and CEO of the biopharmaceutical company Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., Roger co-discovered and was the product champion behind the game-changing drug Lipitor®.

Paul Rucker - Paul is a visual artist, composer, and musician who combines media, often integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art.

Rafe Sagarin - "Marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst, former congressional advisor and author of Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease."

Dr. Tererai Trent - "Oprah Winfrey's "all-time favorite guest," Tererai is the founder of Tinogona, which builds and repairs schools in rural Zimbabwe. Dr. Trent is a strong global advocate for education, particularly for young girls."

Elaine Tin Nyo - "Elaine is a conceptual artist with a kitchen and a studio in Harlem. Arriving in America at age seven as an exile from Burma, Elaine's earliest memories revolve around Burmese food. Since the 1990s, food has been a vehicle for her to explore issues of morality and responsibility."

All ages are welcome.

Ticket pricing:

DISCOUNTED PASS SALE April 22 - September 1 $375
FULL PRICE PASS September 2 - Festival: $450
STUDENT PASS April 1 - Festival: $225 (*see below for more info*)

Add a ticket to Thrivals 6.0, held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 for only $49.

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