• Average is Over
    Tyler Cowen
    George Mason University economist and author Tyler Cowen exlains why being satisfied with "pretty good" in today's innovation-driven, hyper-competitive world can quickly become a fast track to irrelevance.
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    Ruby Lerner
    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. Ruby Lerner is the founding Executive Director and President of Creative Capital.
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  • Disruptive Thinking & a Hole in the Sky
    Sam Van Aken
    Van Aken's approach to ideation and art making follows a highly disruptive process that interrupts, confuses and transforms the common sense of practices; the established order of things. Sam Van Aken will explore this process, which is reflected in his two current bodies of art work.
  • 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? 

  • Global Disorder and the Future of America
    Peter Zeihan
    Geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan provides deep insight and context to the rapidly changing global scene and its potential impact on international business, finance and the US. Presented in partnership with the BEAM Kentucky Export Promotion Program.
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

Sam Van Aken's Tree of Life | 22.08.2014
IdeaFestival speaker Sam Van Aken's "Tree of Life" project grows 40 varieties of old stone fruits on a single tree.
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"Merit" Today: Curiosity | 20.08.2014
Speaking earlier this week, William Deresiewicz talked about why too many schools are failing their students.
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Don't Focus on the Puzzles, But the Mysteries | 15.08.2014
Don't focus on the puzzles, but the mysteries.
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