Dangerous Ideas at Ciudad de las Ideas 2013

Dangerous Ideas at Ciudad de las Ideas 2013

Held annually in Puebla, Mexico, La Ciudad de las Ideas (CDI) is an “International Brilliant Minds Festival”, unique in its genre and created by the polymath Dr. Andrés Roemer, whose purpose is to empower citizens and present the most provocative and innovative iideas in science, technology, art, design, politics, education, culture, business, entertainment and other areas of knowledge. 

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AgeLab and Disruptive Demographics

Aging is a disruptive force in many countries and economies. However, global aging is not simply a story of ‘more.’ The new disruptive demographics of aging is not your grandfather's old age.

In 1900, life expectancy for much of the industrialized world was under 50. Today, living well into one's 70s, 80s and beyond can be expected. How will we spend and make the most of our 30-year longevity bonus?

These new demographics require a radical new view of the changing definition of "old age" and the impact upon society, business strategy and innovation.

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Creativity Moves Nashville (and Alphachimp!)


Perrin Ireland graphically records Creativity Moves Nashville; Credit: Matthew Freise, NossiAlphachimps love the lure of the open road- we’ll willingly pack our markers and paper, load up the old roller luggage, and travel around the world to graphically capture an event.

But the events we attend at home, here in Nashville, are a sweet relief. What could be better than going to an action-packed event full of inspiring speakers who all live within a stones throw of us, and then getting home in time for dinner?

Needless to say we were thrilled to be invited to scribe a recent local event, Creativity Moves Nashville. Organized by Jacob Weiss, this half-day conference, held on May 24th, was devoted to connecting artists with causes and entrepreneurs.

Weiss exemplifies a compelling method for artists to lead creative lives full of meaning and success. The solution is simple: make your art relevant, and purposeful, by connecting with a nonprofit or an entrepreneur with a cause, and create impact in your community.

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Alphachimp scribes Paramore University

ABOVE: Diane Durand, Managing Director of Alphachimp Studio Inc. scribes for Josh ClarkParamore, the Digital Agency, presents bi-annual Paramore University events where friends of the agency learn from brilliant digital thinkers and doers about how to improve their digital marketing. In typical Paramore style, the events are fun, entertaining, informative, and savvy.
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Science Storyteller at Nature Research Center Grand Opening

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicToday, Alphachimp's own Perrin Ireland, is the "artist in residence" at the The Nature Research Center, an 80,000-square-foot wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The public is invited to a 24-hour grand opening celebration from 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20 through 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012. This is the largest street party for Raleigh, North Carolina, expected to draw 50,000 nature-loving participants.

The NRC currently under construction, will bring research scientists and their work into the public eye, help demystify an often intimidating field of study, better prepare science educators and students, and inspire a new generation of young scientists.

The cornerstone of the NRC will be the SECU Daily Planet, an immersive, three-story multimedia space that will host live programming on current science issues and feature nature films on a giant screen. Other highlights include a 10,000-gallon aquarium with lionfish, bonnethead sharks and Atlantic stingrays, and Investigate Labs, where visitors can perform scientific experiments designed and led by Museum researchers and educators.

MORE: http://blogs.plos.org/takeasdirected/2012/04/17/perrin-ireland-alphachimp-nrc-artist-in-residence/


PopTech Climate Resilience Lab

PopTech at Karen Country Lodge (interior)

Last week, PopTech brought together an amazing and diverse group of thinkers, stakeholders, and domain experts in Nairobi, Kenya for a Climate Resilience Lab.  The three-day event was PopTech's first major convening around the issue of building resilience to climate change effects at the community level with a particular focus on identifying the roles of and opportunities for girls and women.

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Getting Ready for the Girl Effect

In early February, Alphachimp's Creative Director, Peter Durand, will be traveling to Kenya to participate in the PopTech Climate Resilience Lab.

For many of the world’s poorest communities, the adverse effects of climate change are no longer a future possibility; they are a present reality. The poverty, dislocation, health crises, resource conflicts, food scarcity and economic harm that climate change engenders threaten to undo many of the humanitarian gains of the past 30 years.

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Vanderbilt Creative Practice Bootcamp at the Curb Center

On Septermber 2nd, 2011, I went with Peter Durand and Perrin Ireland to The Curb Center at Vanderbilt University to support Peter as he offered a Creative Practice Bootcamp on graphic faciliation. I also had the honor of scribing for Parker Gates, designer and faciliator for the design studio at e+ CancerCare, located in Nashville, TN. And finally, I even got to sit in as a participant on a session by Eric Booth, teaching artist, actor, author, and international arts learning consultant, on Habits of Creative Problem Solving.


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The Center For Teaching (CFT) at Vanderbilt University: The Future of Teaching


University educators are reevaluating how higher education can be influential on three fronts: how can university teaching keep up with the pace of new technology, how can students maintain creativity in their pursuits under great economic pressure, and how can teachers incite a sense of social responsibility on the part of their students?

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Graphic Facilitation Boot Camp at E|Spaces in Nashville

This free 60-minute workshop is an introduction to "graphic facilitation" with one of the world's leading experts in the field. Perfect for facilitators, consultants, educators and trainers interested in incorporating visual learning into their professional toolkit.  
DATE: Wednesday August 24, 2011
8-9:00 AM (come by at 7:30 AM for lite breakfast and networking)

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TEDx Nashvile: A Sense of Wonder


On Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center,  TEDxNashville hosted its second annual event titled "Wonder".

Distinguished leaders in technology, entertainment, design, science, art, education, government, public policy, healthcare and other areas will share their remarkable thoughts and ideas focused on creating positive changes in our society.

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Visions of the Future from Google Zeitgeist 2010

The welcome sign is made from hundreds of Rubic's Cubes.

As the world emerges from a challenging economic environment, the organizers of this conference believe a change in perspective is needed. This belief has led to the theme for Zeitgeist 2010: Mindshift.

This year, the Zeitgeist community took a look at how shifts in thinking have rippled through all aspects of the world. Alphachimp Studio Inc. was invited to graphically capture content clustered in six themes: Opportunity, Lead, Catalyst, Innovate, Unite, Renew.

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Social Crisis, Social Mapping & Social Change

Social Mapping for Social Change from Alphachimp Studio Inc. on Vimeo.

This week at at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, PopTech brought together three speakers (and a smart audience in this city of news aggregators and social good organizations) for a special salon event on the current and future impact of social mapping tools.

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