Every now and then I like to write posts about nonprofits and other game changing organizations that are doing really interesting things. Organizations that not only take on the biggest issues of our day but also organizations that bring diverse people together to work on the biggest issues of the future. Well one of those organizations is Compass. And just recently, I learned that they are putting on this year’s Compass Summit, a conference that discusses “what’s possible, what’s ahead, and what matters.”

The Compass Summit is a conference of big ideas, driven by conversations.  The organization is asking our partners as well as participants to expand their peripheral vision of other fields and to look over the horizon to consider what matters most and where the world should be heading. The conference will run from Oct 23-26,2011, at The Terranea Resort, right outside of Los Angeles.

My college friend Sophia Larroque is helping to organize this event.  As such, I figured I’d pass along the word to those readers here on my site. Below is an email I received directly from her about the summit

Compass is a gathering of accomplished and inventive people aimed at  tackling urgent large-scale challenges facing our institutions and companies: climate change, mass urbanization, capital shortages, technological dislocation and much more.

Former Fortune editors Brent Schlender and Peter Petre are joined by Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina and her staff to producing Compass, and many of the ideas explored at the conference will be reflected in autumn issues of the magazine. With the help of advisers and sponsors including McKinsey & Co., SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), Intel, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, we are crafting a program to engage topics as diverse as:

  • The impact of invention on job creation & training
  • Must have” adjustments needed to cope with climate change and environmental degradation
  • Te next great ‘multipliers’ of productivity after Moore’s Law
  • The future of money
  • The shifting dynamics of networks on governments and institutions
  • The future of jobs in a chaotic economic and geo-political environment
Compass will consist of presentations, onstage interviews, structured conversations and debates. There will be a generous amount of time for Q&A and discussion.
Mission: Compass celebrates the notion that humanity can invent its way out of the messes it has helped create. This idea also implies a social dimension that reaches beyond the rugged individualism usually associated with inventors and entrepreneurs.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Compass
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Conference
 
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