While it's true that the IdeaFestival is a place where one can enjoy hearing from many of the brightest people on the planet, it succeeds because it has inspired regular festival goers like the Founder and Executive Director of The Kentucky Children's Health and Fitness Fund, Jan Winter, to make a difference, to do something different with their time and talents.
The unlikely conversations over coffee, the expanded sense of possibility and the accessibility of the many remarkable speakers who appear year after year set the festival apart. Transylvania University faculty members Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova illustrated the power of conversation recently when they shared their story about Discarded, a very personal and interactive art project featuring an abandoned couch that played host to several memorable talks last September.
Yesterday, the festival spoke briefly with Mayan Cafe general manager Anne Shadle, who describes how she was inspired to get rid of cable, two of her favorite speakers, Richard Kogan and Oliver Burkeman, and how the festival has changed her. Thanks for your time, Anne!
Why not make plans now to attend the next IdeaFestival Sept. 30 - Oct 3, 2014? I hope to see you there.