Compass Summit Takes Aim at Critical Global Issues in a New Way

First-time Conference Asks Experts to Consider What's Possible, What Matters, What's Ahead

Sep 22, 2011, 11:00 ET from Compass Summit

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Creating a forum for true interaction and exchange, the Compass Summit will gather influential global experts to examine some of today's most pressing problems. The conference will run from October 23-26 at the Terra Nea Resort 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.

Topics and Speakers

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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Media Contacts
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