What’s the BIG Idea? . . .


This week is/was the 5th Annual Aspen Ideas Festival. If you have never heard of it, it is sort of like a big, open to the public think tank. The opening session allows each expert presenter a few minutes to talk about their “big idea” .. their vision. Then, during the week each big idea is explored in more detail at individual sessions. The ideas explored fall into all aspects of life .. education, financial, global issues, foreign policy, technology, innovation, the arts and culture … and many more.

With all those visionaries in one place, I think it would be very interesting to attend. However, what is great about this conference is that you don’t have to be there to enjoy it … it has a marvelous website. There are sessions that are streamed live and there is an extensive audio/video library where you can choose any session you would like to watch.

So far this week, I have watched two sessions and both were very interesting .. I watched an opening session with the author Thomas Friedman, who is also an excellent speaker, on his big idea: “Inspirational Leadership and Sustainable Values”. The second session was related to my work, it had several education experts discussing Educational Innovation (needed school change and incorporating today’s technology).

Check out the Ideas Festival, I am sure you will find something of interest that will make you think … maybe even provide you inspiration for your next post.

After all, this festival could also be compared to a blog…. At the conference, Intelligent people, share their thoughts and explain their “big ideas” (a post). There are question and answer periods at the end (comments/extended discussion). Connections are made and great minds think together in attempts to solve world problems (blogroll).

Do you have a big idea of your own? If you would like to share it, please add a one sentence description to my comments … share your vision .. share your big idea!

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~ by bearyweather on July 9, 2010.

2 Responses to “What’s the BIG Idea? . . .”

  1. This sounds excellent! Thanks for sharing, otherwise I would have missed this opportunity.

    • You are welcome … I hope you find something really interesting in the archives.

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