• Ideas Night Out
    Thursday, October 2
    New for 2014
    Small informal gatherings allowing a chance to dine up close and personal with IdeaFestival Presenters and other attendees at a variety of Louisville restaurants. Learn more and reserve your seat now!
  • Operate at a Higher Level
    The Rise Group
    The Rise Group is back to share their unique blend of energy, passion and everyday language all grounded in the 'how to' of creativity and innovation. The Rise Group will lead the IF audience through an action-packed, on-your-feet session that will light a fire to help you be more innovative within your life - at work or at play. 
  • IF Music / Sep. 27
    IF Affiliate Event

    IF Music returns for a second year to host two panels of seasoned professionals living and thriving in the music industry. Hosted by sonaBLAST! Records and YADDA, this event offers a unique experience to listen to some of the foremost music industry professionals in the business today. Learn more and reserve your ticket here.
  • Confronting the Ghost of Tom Joad
    Peter Van Buren
    After leaving his 24-year career as an American diplomat following his 2011 whistleblowing surrounding U.S. failures in the Iraq War, IF alumnus Peter Van Buren's career path led him on a personal deep plunge into the New Economy as a 52-year old minimum wage worker. 
  • IF University
    Upcoming Events
  • Art on the Edge
    Kerry Skarbakka
    New York-based Creative Capital returns to introduce the IF audience to four very diverse, disruptive artists and thinkers who are influencing the world in unique ways through their art.
  • IF Film / Sep. 30 - Oct. 4
    IF Affiliate Event
    The Louisville Film Society presents the sixth annual IF Film (formerly the Flyover Film Festival). A total of 7 features and 6 short films will screen over five days, providing a platform for independent filmmakers to screen their works for the first time in Kentucky. View the schedule of films here. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
  • Surviving The Great Zombie Apocalypse
    Sarah Eichhorn / Andrea Nicholas
    When the big zombie apocalypse begins (and we all know it’s coming!) how would a zombie population take over the world? What could humans do to increase their survival odds? 

Raphael Lazano Hemmer
Raphael Lazano Hemmer - uncut
Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova - Mindfulness, Deep Observation and Sherlock Holmes
Hasan Davis
Hasan Davis - uncut
Alex Stone
Alex Stone - Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
Innocence Project
Innocence Project - "Innocence"
Daphne Miller
Daphne Miller - Farmacology
Rafe Sagarin
Rafe Sagarin -  Learning From The Octopus: Unleashing Nature's Secrets of Adaptation
Beth Comstock, GE Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Office, at IdeaFestival 2013
Beth Comstock, GE Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Office, at IdeaFestival 2013
Rafe Sagarin
Rafe Sagarin - "Issue Challenges, Not Orders"
Ariel Waldman
Ariel Waldman - Hacker Culture
Alex Stone
Alex Stone - Once Is a Trick. Twice Is a Lesson
Dr. Daphne Miller
Dr. Daphne Miller - The Farm as Medicine
Chris Bliss
Chris Bliss - Comedy As Free Speech
Larry Chandler
Larry Chandler - Shakespeare Behind Bars
Rosiland Picard
Rosiland Picard - "Affective computing" hacks human emotion
Hasan Elahi
Hasan Elahi - The quantified self and the need to forget
Peter Sims
Peter Sims - Fail small so that you can succeed big
Can we become great "observationalists?" Five Questions with Maria Konnikova
Can we become great "observationalists?" Five Questions with Maria Konnikova
Can we still solve big problems? Five Questions with Jason Pontin
Can we still solve big problems? Five Questions with Jason Pontin
"Hacking Space"
"Hacking Space" - Five Questions with Ariel Waldman

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