Limited Early Bird 2014 Festival Passes Available Now!

We are pleased to announce that 2014 IdeaFestival Festival Passes are currently on sale at the Early-Bird rate of only $350. Limited quantities are available now through April 27th at 11:59pm.

IdeaFestival 2014 is shaping up once again to bring you world class presenters, sessions and affiliate events  that will keep you curious, provide you with new tools, connections and a growing IF community to help you think disruptively about life, work and play!

If you need some motivation to act quickly, here’s a sneak peek at a few of our confirmed presenters for this year’s event.

Get your Festival Pass today and don’t forget to add on Thrivals and IF Water tickets, too! We look forward to seeing you in Louisville in September. Until then,

Stay Curious.

Kris Kimel

Image: Geoff Oliver Bugbee

Will Shortz on the"Grab-bag Brain" - IdeaFestival Conversation

New York Times crossword editor, puzzle master for npr's Weekend Edition Sunday and enigmatologist, Will Shortz, on the "grab bag brain". Filmed in Louisville, Kentucky at the ideafestival, September, 2008.
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Brian Eno on the Creative Act: Surrender

When we stop resisting something, we stop giving it power.

This quote at Brain Pickings on the gift of failure stopped me in my tracks yesterday.

While much has been made of a willingness to fail as essential to the development of any worthwhile idea, whether it be entrepreneurial or purely a matter of self expression, the idea of surrendering adds an entirely new emotional dimension to the creative act.

Failure is no longer an ending, but a beginning. New experiences, new ideas and new ways of thinking are open to us because we have stopped resisting old ones.

I couldn't help but be reminded by this video of Brian Eno, who talks about the value of art being its unique ability to accept our surrender, and to return to us a new start.

Have a great weekend.

Stay curious.


Thank You!

Thank you for making IdeaFestival 2011 so wonderful! We couldn't do it without you, our fans and sponsors, who for four days make the IdeaFestival the most creative and inspiring place to be in the world.


Image: Geoff Oliver Bugbee

Pic: Lindsey Stirling playing violin

In a surprise performance right before a talk on the multi-verse, Lindsey Stirling gave an amazing, florid, melodic, beautiful, and slamming violin performance.

Let's just say that any world that can produce this kind of music is a world in which I want to live.

Many of the pictures that you will see here can also be found in the IdeaFestival 2011 Flickr pool. Please! Join and contribute your images.


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