24 February 2008

Art Center's Global Dialogues: Disruptive Thinking

Art Center will launch a new program in a new venue - Barcelona - on March 7, 2008. In a blog created for this event, moderator Richard Addis has started posting an intriguing set of previews. Here's a taste:

What we are doing in Barcelona is a beginning. We are bringing together 24 men and women of ideas from all over the world to one (magnificent) place to discuss six major themes: Design, Climate Change, Business, Science, Politics and Belief. In each dialogue the conversation will be around the effect of disruptive thinking on established belief. In other words it will be about creativity. And we shall end by trying to peer into the future and detect the shadowy outlines of the next truly disruptive idea looming in each of the six areas that we have chosen.

Live, unprepared and interactive - the anti-Power Point medium - I aim to make the dialogues disruptive in themselves in that they will take surprising turns and the meeting of disruptive minds on stage will spark disruptive new ideas. They will be disruptively interactive. Our audience will be welcome to join in. Though essentially live and unpredictable, everything will be captured on video to go on the web. So each dialogue will, we hope, roll out into the media-sphere to bubble and steam for some while after.

I just wish I could go! However, the event will be recorded and I'm looking forward to helping get the video online for as wide distribution as possible. If there's any way you can get to Barcelona on March 7, it looks like it's going to be a fantastic event. In any case, I recommend the blog, which is worth reading even if you can't attend the event.

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