The series features lectures from the IdeaFestival in Louisville, which brings some of the world's leading innovators to Kentucky each year for a multi-day slate of presentations.
All Past Episodes
55:41 | #211
William Kellibrew, at age 10, witnessed the murders of his mother and brother by his mom's former boyfriend. He was forced to beg for his life at gunpoint. Throughout his childhood, Kellibrew has had to suffer through horrific pain and terror. After ultimately finding his footing he began to share his message and become an advocate for issues surrounding violence, trauma, child abuse. He tells his story.
55:48 | #210
Climate change biologist Scott Hotaling discusses his use of ecological and genomic tools, to better understand how biodiversity is and may be impacted on recent timescales. Whether you live in coastal Florida, the mountains of Tibet or Louisville ramifications of this dramatic change will affect all of us.
42:22 | #209
Busy Burr is chief innovation officer and head of Humana Health Ventures and a long-time improv performer. She explores how being comfortable with being "unprepared" has changed how she lives and works. She demonstrates how improv basics can enable a more curious, creative, and rewarding life.
49:38 | #208
Lars Jan, the son of emigres from Afghanistan and Poland, is a visual artist, director, writer and the founder of Early Morning Opera, a genre-bending performance + art lab, whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experiences.
55:37 | #207
Psychologist Peter Gray explores why we need to stop neglecting the dynamics of play and how unleashing the instinct to play will result in happier, more self-reliant and educated children (and adults).
50:27 | #206
Anshu Gupta is the founder of the India-based nonprofit Goonj one of India's leading social entrepreneurs. He discusses how Goonj is creating a parallel economy which is not cash but trash-based, where large quantities of old reusable material become a valuable resource.
02:37 | #205
Presenters include performance artist Ann Carlson, whose work takes the form of solo dance/performance, site-specific projects, ensemble theatrical works and performance/video and the Ghana ThinkTank, a worldwide network of think tanks that creates strategies to resolve local problems in the "developed" world. Presented in partnership with Creative Capital.
56:24 | #204
Mathematician, computer scientist, science fiction author, and Louisville native Rudy Rucker explores what our near and longer-term tech future might bring.
29:39 | #203
At IdeaFestival 2017, collaboration experts The Rise Group (Kim Massey, Dan Heasman, Gareth Miles) lead a high-energy exercise surrounding the process of solving the complex challenges faced by individuals and organizations in their relentless quest to stay relevant and innovative.
49:44 | #202
In October 2016 Joe Geoghegan and his friend Noah quit their jobs and began an incredible adventure from Louisville to Antarctica. Traveling by his wits, Geoghegan has explored more than a dozen countries and met interesting people. He shares how this type of travel can help facilitate a better understanding among diverse people in an increasingly fractured world.
56:36 | #201
Emily Dreyfuss, a senior writer at Wired, discusses how emerging technologies are profoundly influencing and disrupting business, culture, design, and science.
58:45 | #111
Many discoveries and inventions arise from the convergence of curiosity, accidents and unexpected outcomes. This is not luck but an emergent property of the creative and prepared mind. Science writer Pagan Kennedy explores the role of serendipity behind innovation, inventions and breakthrough thinking.
55:40 | #110
Visual artist, filmmaker, and pioneer of video projection mapping, Ricardo Rivera integrates projection lighting and storytelling to create compelling experiences. He discusses and demonstrates his groundbreaking work using video projection art as a bridge between architecture, technology, and storytelling.
54:40 | #109
Despite our search for certainty and answers, we live in a world of ambiguity and unpredictability. Author Jamie Holmes explains that creative thinking and innovation rests with the ability to understand and navigate "not knowing" and uncertainty.
54:45 | #108
Suzy Delvalle, New York-based Creative Capital president, brings to Idea Festival a group of artists (Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jeffrey Gibson, Phillip Andrew Lewis, Shawn Peters) whose unique and sometimes controversial work pushes the edges of the creative envelope.
56:10 | #107
In recent years, the conscious capitalism movement has not only been growing, but increasingly arguing that companies that put community, ethics and sustainability at the forefront will out-perform more traditional, profit-driven companies. James Ledbetter, editor of Inc. magazine and Inc.com, moderates a discussion with Greg Christian, Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners; Tammy York Day, Delta Dental of Kentucky; and Jeff Senne, PwC.
54:05 | #106
Susan Schneider, cognitive scientist and philosopher, discusses her work for NASA that delves into the question: If we were to encounter extraterrestrial intelligence and consciousness...what might it "look" like and would we even recognize it?
56:30 | #105
MIT professor Christine Ortiz stepped down as the dean for graduate education in July 2016 to launch a new residential research university that will have no disciplinary departments, no classrooms, no traditional on-ground passive lectures, no majors and no pedagogical distinction between undergraduate and graduate education. She discusses her remarkable new vision for higher education.
56:30 | #104
Incredible advances in medical diagnostics and treatments have contributed to better health for countless people. But recent data demonstrates an emerging downside - too much medicine, too many tests and treatments may be resulting in not more but less health. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society and Harald Schmidt, medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania discuss.
56:30 | #103
Virtual Reality (VR) is rapidly emerging as perhaps the next big thing in work, entertainment and medicine. Ben Kuchera, senior opinions editor at the video game and technology website Polygon.com, discusses (and demonstrates) VR and where it's headed.
57:40 | #102
History is in large part the story of the relentless quest for power. Evolutionary Biologist Lee Dugatkin explores the roots of dominance and power.
53:35 | #101
Award-winning science journalist Sonia Shah explores the history and future of pathogens, including the profound influence of global developments on future trends.