Today, we are excited to announce the theme for PopTech 2010: Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs.
In a complex and messy world, solutions to big challenges frequently follow unobvious paths to success. At PopTech 2010, join a network of visionary thinkers, leaders and doers in science, technology, business, design, social innovation, entrepreneurship, culture, education and the arts for a three-day, boundary-defying conversation about the nature of creative, technological and social change.
Here are just a few of the ideas we’ll be exploring:
- The Power of Failure: In areas as widespread as education, business and government, what has to die so that the right things might live?
- The Exponent Effect: Why do some ideas only work at a grand scale, and others only locally?
- Complex Interventions: How do we decide where to intervene in a complex system? How do we intervene in multiple places simultaneously?
- The Simplicity Instinct: How do we get to what’s essential?
- Strange Loops: How do we deal with feedback loops and unintended consequences created by our efforts?
- Architectures of Choice: How can small changes to our ‘default’ options lead to breakthroughs?
- The Heretic’s Path: Every visionary starts as a heretic. How do ideas - and their champions - move from the edge to the center?
- The Geography of Ideas: How does ‘cultural software’ – from our our media to the built environment – shape our thinking?
- The Art of the Mashup: What do radically different disciplines – and ways of thinking – have to teach each other?
The conversation and connections promise to be electric. As always, woven throughout the experience will be demonstrations of jaw-dropping new technologies, breathtaking musical performances and one-of-a-kind surprises. You’ll get great optics on the future, and meet some of the most important new ideas – and voices – shaping it.
Mark your calendar, because from October 20-23, 2010 it’s all happening in Camden, ME.
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