Schedule: Big Idea sessions

These talks are all about inspiration. When you need an injection of creative thinking, dip into these sessions.

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Location: New York East
Deanna Zandt (Deanna Zandt)
Average rating: ***..
(3.08, 13 ratings)
Didn't know you were a tyrant, did you? As social technologies emerge and mature, we unwittingly create both opportunities & barriers for our communities and consumers. This talk looks at the "tyranny of structurelessness" online, how idea generation & development are like DNA, and why diversity online is much more than a nice sound bite--it's a platform by which we can solve innumerable problems. Read more.
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Location: New York East
Eric Skiff (drop.io), Sam Lessin (drop.io)
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(3.22, 9 ratings)
Increasingly, we live in a world of powerful pluggable pieces. Invention is evolving into something much more akin to cooking, where creators mix in ingredients to make something delicious and unique. That shift is enabling a new generation of makers and entrepreneurs to fit those prebuilt parts together quickly and build on top of them. Forget reinventing the wheel - stop reinventing the car! Read more.
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Location: New York East
Walt Ribeiro (For Orchestra)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
The Most Important Part of Being Online is Being Offline I notice that companies, particularly startups, are constantly thinking backwards. They want 100 blog comments, a million followers, and a large online presence. But for internet startups, as counter-intuitive as it sounds, it would actually be more beneficial to concentrate and learn tricks about creating an offline presence. Read more.
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Location: New York East
Clay Jones (Undercurrent), Alex Chung (Undercurrent)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Drawing on our experience with some of the world's biggest brands, we have a bold recommendation: strive for smaller things. The world's going that way, in biology, culture, and politics. So why are marketers still chasing big impression numbers? Why are we obsessed with the idea of scale? Let's make small, awesome things, rather than big, crappy ones. Read more.
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Location: New York East
Moderated by:
Henry Copeland (Pressflex LLC)
Panelists:
Silona Bonewald (SLC), Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed), Duncan Watts (Yahoo! Research)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
Every two days the global info glut grows by 5 exabytes, an amount exceeding all the knowledge created by humankind up to 2003. And our personal contact lists now far exceed Dunbar's number, the 148 people who can form a cohesive social unit. Can our brains remain afloat in web 2.0's flood of data and faces? Or do all our new coping mechanisms just make the noise worse? Read more.
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