Creating Equilibrium's two-day conference - appropriately named Visions - will inspire leaders to visualize and unearth real-world solutions to both current and future environmental crises.
The goal of the event?
Foster radical new approaches to solving critical environmental issues. Build bridges between world-renowned technologists and world-saving environmentalists. Invite business, industry and government into the discussion.
The world’s top thought leaders in education, business, environmentalism, technology, and policy will convene for a forum to create actionable solutions to solving the world’s environmental crises, specifically focusing on biodiversity for its inaugural year.
Visions will be hosted by New York Times bestseller, Pulitzer Nominee, and Creating Equilibrium co-founder Steven Kotler, and will feature a list of culture-shaping thought leaders, including:
Venture Capitalist and First to Coin the Term "cleantech"
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University
Conference Host, YouTube star and activist
Distinguished research scientist and bio-futurist
Pro snowboarder, founder of Protect Our Winters
Featured speaker, New York Times bestseller, Pulitzer Nominee, and Creating Equilibrium co-founder
World-class Kiteboarder and Business Networking Entrepreneur
CEO of FARM2U
Race driver, Eco-Athlete of the Year 2013
IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader in the IBM Watson Group
Designer, Founder, Impact Driver
Dr. David Suzuki
Professor, Author, Broadcaster Host of The Nature of Things
Executive Director, Flow Genome Project
Conservation Biologist, MacArthur Genius Grant Winner, Climatologist
SATURDAY AUGUST 26, 2017
ACCELERATING OUR BETTER TOMORROW
8:00-8:30 : YouTube star Prince EA on changing the world one like at a time.
8:30-9:15 : New York Times best selling author Steven Kotler on the art of the impossible.
9:30-10:00 : Innovation expert Robert Suarez on turning science fiction into science fact.
BIODIVERSITY — SURROUNDING THE PROBLEM
10:00-10:30 : McArthur Genius Award-winning primatologist and conservationist Patricia Wright reports back from the front lines: Ecosystem Genetics, Habitat Preservation, Sustainable Development and how she accidentally stumbled upon never before discovered rainforest hidden in a cave tucked in a desert lost on an island that almost no one has heard of.
10:30-11:00 : Dickson Despommier, legendary Columbia University professor and the world’s leading expert in vertical farming on the bleeding edge of eco-tech, smart cities and the radically transformative power we now possess.
11:00-11:30 : Math whiz turned Ag mogul Khuram Mir, CEO of Farm2U, on how he built one of the largest sustainable farming operations, in the middle of a war, on top of a mountain range, changing the lives of some of the poorest farmers on Earth.
11:30-12:00 : Neil Sahota, IBM Master Inventor and Leader of the Watson group discusses artificial intelligence, big data and how letting computers steer our ecosystems might be the best decision we ever make.
12:00-12:30 : Former policy wonk, financial wizard and adviser to global leaders John Balbach discusses money, markets, mega-linkages and the hidden opportunities saving the world.
12:30-1:30 : LUNCH
1:40—3:00 : Innovation Panel — Robert, Steven and our five experts crank up the sci-fi machine deploying a radical new innovation protocol to transform our best possible tomorrow into an action plan for today. Our goal is to surround the problem, bridge the gap between technology and ecology, bring industry and policy to the table and make a little revolution of our own.
3:50—4:20 : Geneticist, Autodesk Distinguished Researcher co-founder of Humane Genomics Andrew Hessel gives us a taste of Tomorrowland. Synthetic biology, programming life, rewilding ecosystems and what happens when any kid can create a new species in their garage.
SUNDAY AUGUST 27, 2017
9:00 – 9:30 : Prince EA on the importance of getting off the sidelines
9:30 – 10:30 : Flow Genome Project executive director Jamie Wheal hosts the Artists and Athletes panel. Athletes Susi Mai, Jeremy Jones and Leilani Munter join artists like Guster’s Ryan Miller to discuss the importance of being a force for change in the world.
11:00 – 11:50 : Legendary environmentalist and award-winning scientist, David Suzuki gives us an elder statesman perspective on the grand challenges faced by humanity.
11:50 – 12:30 : Prince EA and Steven Kotler bring it on home.