IDEACITY 2014: 50 Speakers, 3 Great Parties and a Ton of Inspiration

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I am very excited to share that tomorrow I will be attending IdeaCity 2014. IdeaCity is not just Canada’s premium conference – it lasts 3 days and features 50 speakers, 3 great parties and a ton of inspiration, but in my view it is a mind-blowing, horizon expanding and intellectually exciting event that is second to none.

Each June in Toronto, Moses Znaimer hosts the brightest and the best, together with their biggest ideas, for a morning-to-midnight, three-day and three-night extravaganza called ideacity – an immersive, eclectic and wildly exciting conference that celebrates forward-thinking.

The 15th annual ideacity conference will take place June 18, 19, and 20 at Toronto’s spectacular Koerner Hall.

ideacity is not themed around any one topic, issue or business. The conference gathers distinguished artists, activists, adventurers, astronomers, authors, botanists, climatologists, cosmologists, doctors, designers, entertainers, filmmakers, inventors, magicians, musicians, scientists, spiritualists, technologists, and zoologists. There are no scripted speeches, breakout or parallel sessions. Rather, everyone is in one place and experiencing the same narrative with extra-long fully catered schmooze breaks to get to know fellow attendees and speak with the presenters themselves.

This year’s ideacity brings together another luminous collection of thinkers and doers in exceptional “pods” on:

  • DNA: Resurrection vs Deconstruction
  • Radical Longevity
  • Climate Change: Alarmists vs Skeptics
  • Civil Rights & Medical Marijuana
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Innovation & Design
  • The World of Animals
  • Global Transformers
  • Technology
  • Space

IdeaCity announces free live webcast

Watch the entire 15th annual ideacity conference live anywhere, everywhere FREE starting Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 8am ET/5am PT  Click www.ideacityonline.com

Moses Znaimer, Executive Producer and Host of ideacity, has announced that on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of “Canada’s Meeting of The Minds”, he will be offering audiences worldwide the opportunity to watch the entire 3-day conference streamed live from Toronto’s spectacular Koerner Hall absolutely free starting Wednesday, June 18 at 8am ET/5pm PT.

The 15th annual ideacity conference will take place June 18, 19, and 20. Over the 3 days, viewers at home, at work, and on their mobile devices, will have the opportunity to watch 50 Talks by the brightest and the best, together with their biggest ideas.

The webcast will be hosted by The New AM 740 – Zoomer Radio’s Dale Goldhawk and Digital Media Specialist Ramona Pringle and will also include special guest interviews, speaker profiles, and behind-the-scenes action.

Watch a preview clip here: http://www.ideacityonline.com/ideacity-2014/webcast/

 

Twenty-one presenters, representing the above topics, are listed below in alphabetical order (discover more at www.ideacityonline.com) :

 

BOB RICHARDS & ANDY ALDRIN

WITH A SPECIAL INTRODUCTION FROM BUZZ ALDRIN

MOON EXPRESS

Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a co-founder of Singularity University (along with Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil) and the co-founder/CEO of Moon Express, a leading contender in the race to send the first privately funded robotic spacecraft to the Moon and win the Google Lunar X Prize. In May 2014, Moon Express named Dr. Andy Aldrin, a space industry veteran and son of Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, as President.

 

RASMUS ANKERSEN

THE GOLD MINE EFFECT

Rasmus Ankersen immersed himself in the training routine and lifestyle of Brazilian soccer players, Ethiopian and Kenyan runners, South Korean golfers, Russian tennis players, and Jamaican sprinters in a quest to crack the code of high-performance.

 

FRANCOISE MALBY-ANTHONY

ELEPHANT ENCOUNTERS

Wife and partner of the renowned South African “elephant whisperer”, KwaZulu-Natal conservationist Lawrence Anthony, Francoise Malby-Anthony has spent years protecting some of the world’s most threatened species on her Thula Thula Private Game Reserve.

 

RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH

“THE MOST FAMOUS RABBI IN AMERICA” – Newsweek/Washington Post

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is an Orthodox rabbi who was once a spiritual counselor to Michael Jackson and a Republican candidate for Congress. He is the TV host of “Shalom in the Home” about bringing universal Jewish values to mainstream America, and best-selling author of “Kosher Sex”, “Kosher Jesus”, and his newest book, “Kosher Lust”.

 

EDWARD BURTYNSKY

GLOBAL LANDSCAPES
Internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is an explorer of unfamiliar places where human activity has reshaped the landscape. His panoramas of environmental blight are featured in major museums worldwide, and in his documentaries Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark.

 

IRWIN COTLER, MP

HUMAN RIGHTS

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Irwin Cotler is a world-renowned crusader against racism and anti-Semitism. He currently serves as Liberal Advocate for Rights and Freedoms and is Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights.

 

DASHAN aka MARK ROWSWELL

MOST FAMOUS CANADIAN IN CHINA

Born and raised in Ottawa, Mark Rowswell has been known as “Dashan” (literally “Big Mountain”) for the past 25 years in his adopted home of China where he is a beloved A-list celebrity. His Mandarin is perfect and his regular television appearances draw upwards of a billion people!

 

WADE DAVIS

ON THE GREAT WAR

Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Wade Davis recounts tales of the Amazon and Andes, zombie preparation in Haiti, and the psychedelic movement. He’s been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

 

STEVE DeANGELO via BEAM Robot
WELLNESS, NOT INTOXICATION

Steve is one of the world’s foremost cannabis activists and founder of the landmark Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California which has been covered extensively as a model medical cannabis dispensary for the emerging cannabis industry in both the US and Canada. Last year, Harborside had 100,000+ registered patients, paid $1 million+ in taxes, and employed 100+ people. Steve was featured in Discovery Channel’s documentary series Weed Wars. Due to possible border-crossing issues, Steve will participate via BEAM Robot.

 

LAURA DEKKER

YOUNGEST GLOBAL CIRCUMNAVIGATOR

Born at sea off the coast of New Zealand, Laura Dekker is the young Dutch sailor (who owned her first boat at six) who turned heads in 2009, when at 16-years of age, announced plans to circumnavigate the globe on a solo voyage. In 2010, she set sail on the Guppy, and a grueling 123 days later, added her name to the world record books.

 

BRAD EDWARDS

SPACE ELEVATOR

Brad Edwards is co-founder of PlasmaX and best known for his designs for the first viable space elevator, a 62,000 kilometer long ascendible vertical ribbon made from a material 100 times stronger than steel that stretches from Earth to space.

 

BRIEN FOERSTER

NON-HUMAN SKULLS IN PERU?

Brien Foerster sheds lights on DNA testing undertaken on the famous 3000-year old Paracas elongated skulls in Peru. More than 300 have been found and some suggest that the prehistoric skulls were not the result of head-binding practices but of extraterrestrial origin.

 

STEPHEN KOCH

BIG-MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDER
In 1992, Stephen Koch decided to climb the highest summit on each continent including Africa’s 19,340 ft. Kilimanjaro, South America’s 22,834 ft. Aconcagua, and Europe’s 18,310 ft. Mt Elbrus … and snowboard down. Ten years later, only Everest was left and he knew he might die trying.

 

PETER LAUFER

THE DANGEROUS WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES

At a butterfly preserve in Nicaragua, independent journalist and broadcaster Peter Laufer immersed himself in the history of the insect and soon discovered a less than peaceful side of the butterfly industry that included organized crime, death, and ecological devastation.

 

LORD CHRISTOPHER MONCKTON

FAMED CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER

Called the “High Priest of climate skepticism”, Lord Christopher Monckton, a former Thatcher advisor, is a fascinating and hotly requested speaker in climate change and global warming debates. He says that when you evaluate the statistics correctly, the impact on the environment is so tiny that the entire global warming fiasco is effectively a hoax.

 

JANETTE & ALAN MURRAY

365 DAILY MARATHONS

In 2013, up at 4:00am, 10 bananas, a grapefruit, and a date smoothie later, breast cancer survivor Janette and her husband Alan Murray began their daily marathon to complete a 15,000 km fundraising journey around Australia on a raw vegan diet.

 

ROBERT YOUNG PELTON

THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS PLACES

In 1996, Robert Young Pelton published “The World’s Most Dangerous Places”, a handbook of survival tactics for adventurers, soldiers, journalists, and other visitors to volatile regions to help minimize such risks as kidnappings, greedy customs inspectors, and insurgent attacks. Now in it 5th edition, the book is a favorite of correspondents, military, NGOs, and the US State Department.

 

MATT RIDLEY

AUTHOR, THE RATIONAL OPTIMIST

How have we become the only species that becomes more prosperous as it becomes more populous? British author Matt Ridley argues that, through history, the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, “ideas having sex with each other.”

 

JEAN-GUY SAURIOL

TURNING 60 ON THE ATLANTIC

In 2013, Toronto-based actuary Jean-Guy Sauriol didn’t think twice about the risks of making a solo 4,815 km journey across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Barbados. He did it in 74 days and three hours and at the age of 60, holds the record as the oldest rower, and only the third Canadian, to successfully make the trip.

 

ROB STEWART

SOLUTIONS FOR AN ENDANGERED HUMANITY

Rob brought global attention to the shark-finning trade with his award-winning film Sharkwater. Now his film Revolution is drawing attention to the bigger picture – protecting the earth.

 

MICHAEL ZUK, DDS

CLONING JOHN LENNON

Edmonton-based dentist Dr. Michael Zuk made Anderson Cooper’s “Ridiculist” and received worldwide attention in 2011 when he spent $31,200 to purchase John Lennon’s decayed tooth at a UK auction. His ultimate goal is to own John Lennon’s DNA and clone the late-Beatle, which he predicts will take place by 2040.

 

With Special Performances By:

ASHLEY MACISAAC

LOREENA MCKENNITT

VIOLINIST LARA ST. JOHN, WORLD CHAMPION TAP DANCER STEPHANIE CADMAN & JAZZ MEETS CLASSICAL PIANIST MATT HERSKOWITZ

POST-FEMINIST HORN EMSEMBLE GHENGIS BARBIE

THE ARROGANT WORMS

 

FOR THE FULL IDEACITY ROSTER & BIOS PLEASE VISIT:

http://www.ideacityonline.com/ideacity-2014/2014-speakers/

 

Media Contact/Interview Requests:

Leanne Wright

VP Communications, ZoomerMedia Limited

416.886.6873

leanne@zoomer.ca

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