Sunday, October 02, 2011

Compass Summit: Taking Aim at Critical Global Issues in a New Way

Creating a forum for true interaction and exchange, the inaugural Compass Summit will gather influential global experts to examine some of today's most pressing problems, under the theme "What's Possible, What Matters, What's Ahead."

The conference runs October 23-26 at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA near Los Angeles.

With the backing of partners including Scientific American, McKinsey & Company, SWIFT, Intel, and Fenton, the format and agenda have been designed to ensure a level of connection and intimacy not found at other conferences. Compass Summit speakers and participants will consider critical issues through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is the ultimate renewable resource. 

"The global challenges we confront -- economic, political and social -- are growing increasingly complex," says Bruce Brandfon, Scientific American Vice President and Publisher. "The topics that experts and leaders will consider at Compass Summit are at the core of finding the solutions that we so urgently need."

The conference format encourages Compass attendees to engage in the conversation, ask questions and challenge ideas. 

National Public Radio's Ira Flatow will help guide the discourse on such topics as: 
  • The Impact of Social Networks on Organizations and Public Policy, 
  • The Future of Banking and Money, Jobs and the Economy in a Global World, 
  • Does Space Exploration Still Matter, 
  • Will There be Enough Food to Go Around, 
  • New Sources of Energy, and 
  • The Impact of the "Arab Spring" on the Cost of Oil.

While the conference topics may appear to be unconnected, their common ingredient is the global impact of innovation and advancing technology.  In a culture of far too many conferences and too little time, Compass Summit will stand out. 

Experts participating in the program include:

Mariette DiChristina
Editor in Chief, Scientific American
Topics: World Changing Ideas, What's Ahead 


Bill Joy
Senior Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers,
Topic: Finding the Right Balance of New Energy Resources 

Fabien Cousteau
Third Generation Explorer, Environmentalist, Filmmaker
Topic: Oceans in Crisis 


Bernard Lietaer
Currency Expert, Author of "The Future of Money"
Topic: The Future of Money 

Eli Pariser
Board President,, Author of "The Filter Bubble"
Topic: How We Get the News 

Tom Kalil
Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Topic: How Do Traditional Organizations and Expert Networks Co-exist 

Steve Cousins
CEO, Willow Garage, Robot Maker
Topic: The Promise of Robots 

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