More on the IDEA Conference

I’ve posted about a couple of the presentations I really enjoyed from the IDEA Conference last week. For more, check out PSFK’s review as well as Ad Age’s own review, Nine Ideas from Ad Age/Creativity’s IDEA Conference.

A final caveat – I’m happy to spread the word for the people./groups that were at the IDEA conference, but that’s no substitute for attending an event such as this.  To be honest, in the past I’ve gone to very few of these things. But this year I went to Pecha Kucha New York, was a volunteer organizer for Interesting New York, and attended IDEA. I’d even count checking out likemind as time well spent. Sure, you can learn something by reading about these events, but the visceral experience of being there in person can’t be replicated.

The thing I found most surprising was that cost was most certainly not a barrier to entry. Pecha Kucha was $7 I think, Interesting was $35. The next time an event like that pops up – and if you look hard enough there are probably several happening every month in a city near you – make a commitment to checking it out. It will be worth your time.

Interesting New York – The Topics

So now you know who is speaking (see below). Here’s what they are going to be talking about:


Hmmm, sounds interesting.

Hmmm, sounds interesting.

Interesting New York Speaker Update: Jen Wright

Karl Lagerfeld - Robot?

Karl Lagerfeld - Robot?

Jen Wright is set to answer one of the more perplexing questions of our modern times: Doesn’t it seem likely that the fashion world’s kaiser, Karl Lagerfeld, is, in fact, a robot? Here’s Jen’s thesis:

“According to various magazines the designer Karl Lagerfeld hates food, children, fat and thin people, love, being looked at and being touched. He also claims that he is “a computer” and has recently been sporting a strangely robotic glove. It’s no wonder that if you get fashionistas together someone inevitably ends up speculating that he is, you know, actually a robotic hoax created by scientists. I’d like to discuss this, incorporating factoids from Descartes, Blade Runner and Vogue magazine.”

At Interesting New York we dare to ask the questions mainstream media refuse to touch!

Interesting New York Speaker Update: Grant McCracken


Grant McCracken - Cultural Anthropolist

Grant McCracken - Cultural Anthropolist

Grant McCracken is an Interesting alum, having previously spoken at Interesting London. I’m excited to see him because, as an avid reader of his blogs and books, I know he’s going to bring a unique perspective on whatever he speaks about. His topic for Interesting New York? Let’s let Grant explain:

“My wife says I have it. I feel quite strongly you have it. So that makes everyone. We all have Asperger’s Syndrome. Right?”

See what I mean? Didn’t see that coming, did you?  You should definitely check out his blog by the way, he’s working on a very cool tool that allows you to search his blog posts related to brands.

Interesting New York Speaker Update: Aaron Dignan

"It's just a game."

Keep telling yourself: "It's just a game."

Aaron Dignan, who works at Undercurrent, is going to get all philosophical on us:

“A surge of entertainment options (web, mobile, gaming) have trained a generation to approach nearly every aspect of life as a game. What’s that like?”

FYI, tickets for Interesting New York on now on sale. Get ’em while they last.

Interesting New York Speaker Update: Colin Nagy

Can you feel the beat pulsing at 180bpm? Would you “put your hands up for Detroit”? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Colin Nagy is coming to the rescue at Interesting New York with his Brief History of Techno presentation. Join us to find out more about the sound all the kids are listening to, from Chicago to Berlin and everywhere in between. Here’s Colin:

“A quick history of techno music, its evolutions and mutations, and where it finds itself now. With each time period, I’ll play a representative sound snippet and talk about it.”

That should be cool, I love the multimedia aspect of it.