The Feast Conference on Social Innovation

Twenty One Toys attended this years FEAST Conference in New York. A conference that "gathers the world's greatest innovators from across industries and society to empower, inspire and engage each other in creating world-shaking change." Held October 14th-16th, 2010 at the beautiful Times Center in New York. The conference lasted two days, the first of TALKS and second of ACTION.

One of the most impressive talks at the Feast:

And the most Twenty One Toys relevant!!

  • Tony Wagner - Reinventing Education
  • Founder of the Change Leadership Group at Harvard,
  • Tony is an expert in education. Referring to himself as a "recovering high school english teacher". His enterprise is funded by the Gates Foundation focussing on giving children the skills they need for continued learning and citizenship.
  • If you have 30 mins I HIGHLY recommend you listen to his talk below (it starts at the 4:45 mark).
  • Note: It's all live, tech glitches and all.
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There were also great musical performances at the FEAST from:

  • Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew
  • A group from Sierra Leone singing "Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes". Opposing the diamond trade in their home country.
  • John Forte
  • Grammy nominated rapper and producer, John was imprisoned for over 7 years and is now a teacher, musician and philanthropist working on a number of projects including a film about his life. He sings at the FEAST about his jail time and the need to provide higher education for those serving time.
  • Kazi from the documentary Hip Hop Project.
  • Kazi is a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery. The film was screened the second day of the FEAST and Kazi gave an incredibly moving performance at the end of the screening while the credits were rolling.

Here are some highlights of the day of talks:

(A list of speaker's profiles can be found here)

  • Patri Friedman - Recreating the Idea of Government (video)
  • Patri discussed the idea of managing government in the same way that one would manage a start-up company. He is currently working on his own start-up country through his company The Seasteading Institute; creating ocean communities, aka. floating cities. For real, it's happening.
  • Dr. Mitchell Joachim - Reinvention of Cities (video)
  • Dr. Mitchell discussed his work at MIT on the BitCar, a stackable city car, which can flatten and collapse because all the components of the car are held in the wheel!!! Leaving the shell of the car to be made of anything, soy bean plastic or other soft materials. The cars can stand up, link together, stack and would be shared within a city. Very exciting and intelligent stuff!!
  • Adam Braun - Pencils of Promise (video)
  • Adam spoke about his experience backpacking through 67 countries and how one boys request for what he wanted most in the world being "a pencil" inspired him to start his own company; creating schools for communities in need. Pencils of Promise has, in just 2 years, created 15 schools and given access to education to over 400 children who otherwise would not have.

The 2nd day of the FEAST

The Action Day, included workshops and panel discussions with different speakers and topics at Meet in Soho. Here is a video of the people from Sparkfun who gave a soldering workshop for creating their Simon Toy; a musical pattern game, with the use of their soldering kit. I would also like to announce that Twenty One Toys was the fastest to complete the soldering challenge!!

Thanks to Matt Bolton for the demo and free multimeter!!

What a great and inspiring weekend filled with creative, intelligent innovators!!

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