Ideas at the edges
Imagine Solutions: A nationally recognized Thought Leader Conference & 3 deep-dive Seminars driven by a profound respect for learning
An experience that awes and inspires. Events that compel you to think and think again. Speakers and presentations that leave you wanting more because the ideas and endorphins racing through your brain are sending you a message: what you’ve just learned is important and exhilarating.
Ideas at the edges—breakthroughs, cutting-edge concepts—still fuzzy in most minds—will be brought into sharp focus by some of the most visionary thinkers in the world at the Imagine Solutions Conference in February and three Imagine Solutions Seminars: November, January & March.
February 24, 2020
8:30 am – 5:15 pm
Our one-of-a-kind, one-day Conference brings game-changing, future-shaping ideas and the brilliant minds who imagined them together with our community’s leaders and learners to Imagine Solutions.
$650 per person is full-pay (85% of registration fee is tax deductible); nonprofits may apply for scholarship rate of $320 per person.
As of August 2019
SNEAK PEEK at our work in progress for Imagine Solutions Conference 2020
Sneak Peak – August 2019
On February 24, 2020, as many as 20 exceptional speakers and presenters will grace the Imagine Solutions stage at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. A full day of learning and wonder awaits attendees, with topics covered including disruptive innovation, social impact and entrepreneurship, advances in medicine and technology, the importance and influence of the arts, an inside look at some of our nation’s most renowned institutions, and more. Sessions are punctuated by extended mix-and-mingle breaks and a gourmet buffet lunch, enabling guests and speakers to speak further, creating the necessary conditions for the open dialogue that moves ideas forward. 85% of registration is tax deductible.
We are working on an extraordinary line up of Visionaries – their stories and Big Ideas. You will see and hear from 21 speakers on widely different topics at our 2020 Imagine Solutions Conference. Icons, some are household names; all are the best in their fields, the most respected – the best source for Big Ideas we can learn from.
As of August 2019 – Session and Speaker Information
Speakers (confirmed and working on) for Imagine Solutions 2020 include:
Mike Gunton – Mike Gunton is an Executive Producer with BBC Natural History and will share the story of his latest project, Dynasties, a nature documentary series on five vulnerable or endangered species known to form enduring populations: chimpanzee, emperor penguin, lion, tiger, and African wild dog. The series is produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and narrated by David Attenborough.
David Breashears – world renowned mountaineer. Summited Mt. Everest 5 times. In 1985, he reached the summit of Mount Everest a second time, becoming the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest more than once. He is perhaps best known as the director and cinematographer of Everest (1998) — which became the highest-grossing IMAX documentary.
Richard Browner – founder, Gravity Industries. The inventor of the Gravity Jet Suit. There will be a demonstration of the jet suit in flight at our Imagine Solutions Conference.
Science & Technology
Regina Dugan – Regina Dugan was the first woman to head the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA. Led and created Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) for Larry Page at Google. Recruited by Mark Zuckerberg to lead secretive Building 8 hardware lab at Facebook.
David Aguilar – David Aguilar is an internationally recognized naturalist and astronomer, author, space artist, and musician, with the unique ability to open minds to the vast frontiers of space and their potential effects on our own world. He is the former Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and subsequently worked with NASA’s New Horizons Mission Media Team. Aguilar is the author/illustrator of 9 National Geographic books. He was nominated for a Grammy as a songwriter and musician.
Medicine & Health
Dr. Daniel Kraft – Daniel Kraft, MD is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has chaired Medicine for Singularity University since its inception in 2008, and founded and is Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Dr. Kraft wrote the lead article in the January 2019 National Geographic special issue, “The Future of Medicine.” The article is entitled 12 Innovations That Will Revolutionize the Future of Medicine.
Dr. Larry Jameson – J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine. Together, the two entities make up Penn Medicine, a more than $6.5 billion enterprise dedicated to excellence in the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and patient care. He is past chairman of the American Academy of Medical Colleges.
Dr. Yung S. Lie – PhD, is President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the leader in funding high-risk/high-reward research to accelerate breakthroughs in how we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Since its founding in 1946, the Foundation has invested over $375 million and funded more than 3,750 young scientists. Damon Runyon currently funds over 200 researchers at leading academic institutions across the country. 12 Damon Runyon scientists have received the Nobel Prize and countless others have made discoveries that are saving lives today.
Dr. Jerome M. Adams – is an American anesthesiologist and a vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who serves as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States.
Cory Pesaturo – 3 times world champion accordion player. Cory Pesaturo is on the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries on multiple fronts of what is possible with the accordion. He is the only person to ever win the trio of World Championships on Acoustic, Digital, and Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music.
The Taalbi Brothers – wrote and played “Freestyle” flamenco music for the Breaking Bad” series.
Dylan Thuras – Dylan Thuras is co-founder of Atlas Obscura, described as a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. It is a global, user-supported platform to identify and explore the world’s most unique people, places, and things, with almost 19,000 submissions, over 10,000 stories told, and over 1100 events held around the world. 5.3 million people participate in one or more of the Atlas Obscura programs each year.
Gary White – Gary is the CEO and Co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Over the past 25 years, Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, innovations that now serve as a model in the sector.
Michael Porter – Michael Porter recognized as the world’s most influential thinkers business strategy. Focused on management and competitiveness. The author of 19 books and over 130 articles, he is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School and director of the school’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Along with Katherine Gehl, he has co-authored “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America: A Strategy for Reinvigorating our Democracy.”
Katherine Gehl – Katherine Gehl is a business leader and former CEO of Gehl Foods. She is an entrepreneur, activist, and political reformer who has turned her attentions towards the state of the American Democracy, co-authoring with Michael Porter, “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America: A Strategy for Reinvigorating our Democracy.”
John Palfrey, CEO, MacArthur Foundation – a respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning, education, and other institutions, will serve as the sixth President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.
Roger McNamee is an American businessman, investor, venture capitalist and musician. He is the founding partner of the venture capital firm Elevation Partners. Prior to co-founding the firm, McNamee co-founded private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and headed the T. Rowe Price Science and Technology Fund. Bill Gates wrote in his book The Road Ahead: “Roger was a great sounding board for many of the ideas I wrote about”. An early investor in Facebook, McNamee became very critical of its impact on society and US democracy.
David Brooks is a Canadian-born American political and cultural commentator who writes for The New York Times.He has worked as a film critic for The Washington Times, a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception, a contributing editor at Newsweek, and The Atlantic Monthly, and a commentator on NPR and PBS NewsHour. With the Aspen Institute created A Nation of Weavers – The social renaissance is happening from the ground up.
Always a next chapter
Larry Brilliant – MD: doctor for the Grateful Dead: and much more. An American epidemiologist, technologist, philanthropist, and author of “Sometimes Brilliant.” He was the inaugural Executive Director of Google.org, the charitable arm of Google established in 2005, and the first CEO of Skoll Global Threats Fund, established in 2009 by eBay founder Jeff Skoll. Currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics.
Norman Lear – an American Icon – there is only one Norman Lear! In the 1970s he changed television forever – produced All in the Family, Sanford and Son, What’s Happening!!, Maude, and The Jeffersons. He bought an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and had it toured to high schools across America. A 2017 Kennedy Center Honoree.
NOTE: Above is what we have committed or are working on for our line-up for our 2020 Imagine Solutions Conference as of the end of August 2019. There will be changes – additions and subtractions by the time of the conference February 24, 2020. This is only our planned Speaker Line-up Our Final Speaker Line-up will not be announced until January 2020.
November 12, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Our three in-depth seminars, which take place in a more intimate setting and a more interactive format, each features a highly respected expert speaking about a relevant topic of immediate interest.
Tim HeathSenior International/Defense Researcher with the RAND Corporation
$50 per person
At the first of our three seminars, “Understanding China—and Why you Should be Concerned,” you will gain an in-depth understanding of China’s political leadership and the centralization of politics under Xi Jinping. You’ll learn about China’s economic strategies, military strategies and foreign policy, as well as the role of technology (AI, 5G) and technology transfers.
Recognized as a top expert, speaker Tim Heath is a senior international defense researcher at the RAND Corporation and a member of RAND’s China Strategic Focus Group. With over 15 years experience as an analyst on China-related issues for the U.S. government, Heath has extensive experience analyzing China’s national strategy, politics, ideology and military, as well as Asian regional security developments.
Save the Dates!
Seminar #2 – January 21, 2020
Seminar #3 – March 31, 2020
Keep in Touch
Big ideas happen all the time. We’d love to keep you informed about what’s new at Imagine Solutions, exciting things our past speakers are accomplishing, and other important topics of curiosity and inspiration.
Imagine Solutions and the 501(c)(3) Searching for Solutions Institute were founded in 2008 with the mission to bring leading-edge speakers and thinkers to engaged audiences of change-makers, addressing matters of societal importance related to science, medicine and healthcare, business, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit, social sciences, the arts, conservation and the environment, exploration and discovery, and more, and the vision of generating real conversations and the space for impact, influence, and connection.