IdeaFestival 2012 – A Regional Celebration of Good Ideas

IdeaFestival LouisvilleMost everyone has had a good idea. But how many of those potentially life-changing ideas died on the vine because they weren’t encouraged, abetted and nurtured? And how many places hold a festival to celebrate the hard work that it takes to bring a good idea to fruition?

Luckily for us, we live in a place where good ideas aren’t just encouraged, they’re celebrated. It’s called IdeaFestival, and it’s a four day exaltation of great big ideas and the idea generators who created them. IdeaFestival brings them together to share knowledge, spark thinking, and encourage even more big ideas.

Since 2000, IdeaFestival, along with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, has played host to amazing people from all around the globe who come to learn from others, network, and share their own thoughts and innovations. This year, IdeaFestival takes place from September 19-22, and with the great lineup of guest speakers being featured, it’s a good idea NOT to miss it. Here’s a sample:

  • Baratunde Thurston – Politically-active Blogger, Author and Technology-loving Comedian from the future, Baratunde joins IF to discuss his new book, How To Be Black, which offers a poignant and humorous look at the complexities of contemporary racial politics and personal identity.
  • Mayim Bialik – Actress (Big Bang Theory and Blossom), Neuroscientist and Author. Perhaps best known for her lead role in the 1990s television show “Blossom” and now as the character Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory”, Mayim discusses her interconnected life as an actress and neuroscientist.
  • Kevin Colleran – Former Facebook Executive, Pioneering Brand Strategist, General Catalyst Partners Venture Partner. As one of its first ten employees, Kevin Colleran helped build Facebook into a global phenomenon. At IF he will provide an “insider’s” view on the success the company as well as his hard-won insights for reimagining and reenergizing companies and brands.
  • Lisa Randall – Harvard Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Author, named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Lisa will take the audience on an amazing journey through some of the most perplexing aspects of our universe, including hidden dimensions, dark matter and black holes.
  • Peter Van Buren – Foreign Services Officer, Blogger and Author of We Meant Well, Peter provides an eyewitness account of the complex US effort to rebuild Iraq and his experiences in “helping lose the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.”
  • Nikky Finney – Poet, Professor and Author, Finny sheds light on the powerful synergy between art, history and life. Her fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National book Award for Poetry.

The complete speaker list can be found here.

For a schedule of all events happening throughout the four-day festival, click here.

Just like last year, the KIX team will be attending IdeaFestival. We wouldn’t miss it. And once again we’ll be sharing our experiences on the blog. So if there’s a really good reason you can’t be there in person, keep an eye on to find what you’re missing. And remember, if you have a good idea, or a story about somebody else who has one, share it here. Because good ideas are what the Kentucky Indiana Exchange and IdeaFestial are all about.

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