Monday, September 27, 2010

Zeitgeist On Demand

If you’re in the market for some earth-shattering ideas, one of the best resources on the internet is Google’s ZeitgeistMinds website. It hosts an assortment of videos from their regular Zeitgeist conferences.

I had the pleasure of speaking at one of these conferences a few years back (you can check out my presentation here) and it was one of the most thought-provoking weekends I’ve had in a long time. In fact, Saatchi & Saatchi’s CEO for New York and the Americas, Mary Baglivo, recently came back from the most recent U.S. Zeitgeist meeting of the minds, and was blown away by the caliber of thinking going on there.

It’s no wonder. Google does a great job of assembling some of the most notable thinkers, entrepreneurs, leaders and artists of our time (including Ted Turner, Sir Richard Branson, and the Prince of Wales) getting them together in one room, and igniting a jam session of amazing insight.

Drop by Zeitgeistminds on any given day and you’ll find intriguing presentations on everything from the “iterative design” process that gave birth to Cup Noodles to the business of space to panel discussions on innovation and leadership.

And for those New York-based idea junkies out there who are interested in seeing big thinkers in person, you should come by Saatchi & Saatchi New York’s 7x7 ideas festival this Wednesday where you can see seven leading thinkers, artists and experts present seven big ideas, each in only seven minutes. Tickets are available for (you guessed it) $7 at