This is your invitation to come to Melbourne for an unforgettable week that will change your life in August 2010!

The School of Thinking is pleased to announce that it will host the World Thinking Congress at the new Melbourne Convention Centre on Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 August 2010.

Melbourne is the home base of the School of Thinking and was recently named by the UN as the City of Literature.

What: WTC 2010 — The World Thinking Congress, 2010.
The theme of WTC 2010 will be: Escape + Search = Think
Why: The purpose of WTC is to promote better thinking in the world.
When: 16-18 August, 2010 for 3 Days of Program.
Where: The new Melbourne Convention Centre.
Who:
– Audience: Science — Business — Family.
– Speakers: World’s top headline speakers in these three sectors.
– Delegates: International. National. State Capital and Regions.
How: The 1500 tickets for each of the three days will be on sale from August 2009.

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CONGRESS PROGRAM OUTLINE

Thinking has the power to change attitudes and lives. The World Thinking Congress 2010 will bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers. In a fast paced format, the best speakers and thinkers will come alive on stage at the new Melbourne Convention Centre which will be the first 6 Star Green-rated centre in the world.

The Congress will present thoughts and ideas, promote public debate and foster and celebrate innovation in thinking. Covering three main streams of thought: Science; Business and Family, the program will address what people want to know, don’t want to know, do and don’t know.

The Congress presents local, national and international thinkers, alongside speakers, creators and observers over three days where approximately 50 speakers each take 20 minutes to demonstrate to the audience their “best of” thinking. A major international speaker will take the stage to start off the thinking each day, followed by other international and national speakers and experts in their various areas of interest.

The Congress will host nearly 5000 delegates from Australia and around the world. There will be 1500 delegates for each of the three days. Delegates may attend one, two or all three of the days.

School of Thinking members will be given first priority for tickets.

The event will be recorded and edited highlights of each day will be played at the beginning and end of each day. The Congress website will include highlights and full presentations from this event making these insights available free to the public after the event.

PROPOSED SPEAKER IDEAS

SOT is currently conducting negotiations with over 30 world class speakers to cover the three streams of the congress: Science, Business and Family.

— DAY ONE: SCIENCE
Leaders from academic and research institutes will assemble to hear the thoughts of the leading “thinkers” in the world. We will hear about the very biggest ideas in science, medicine, education, psychology, philosophy and the future of life. For example:

Richard Dawkins – evolutionary biologist and popular science author.

Vandana Shiva – one of the world’s most dynamic and provocative thinkers, physicist, ecologist, and activist.

Alain De Botton — author who explores his own experiences and ideas, those of artists, philosophers & thinkers – a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’

Professor Martin Seligman – expert on learned helplessness, on depression, on optimism and pessimism and positive psychology.

Peter Singer – Australian philosopher.

Greg Foliente – considered one of the world’s leading experts in the performance approach in Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

Cheryl Paten – Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year.

Judi Stewart – currently Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation.

DAY TWO : BUSINESS

Bob Isherwood – worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi

Charles Leadbeater – one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation and creativity in organisations.

Jim Collins – student and teacher of enduring great companies — how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies.

Dr Thomas Barlow – highly respected within the Australian scientific community for his enthusiasm, independent thinking and imagination.

Peter Williams – partner with Deloitte, CEO of the newly formed Deloitte Digital and one of Australia’s thought leaders on Innovation and online, mobile & emerging technology.

Morris Miselowski — business futurist & thinker.

DAY THREE: FAMILY

Laura Bush – dedicated to advancing education in the United States and worldwide.

Stephen Pinker – conducts research on language and cognition – author of seven books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, & The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature.

Jeremy Gutsche – innovation expert, cutting edge speaker and founder of TrendHunter.com, the world’s largest network for trend spotting and innovation.

Richard Neville – Australia’s Most controversial futurist.

Shane Maloney – gritty crime author and passionate advocate of public education.

James Ingram – leader of a task force appointed by the Crawford Fund to analyze the underlying causes of the recent sharp peak in world food prices, to consider their long term implications for global food security and to formulate policy options open to Australia.

Brett Murray – one of Australia’s leading recognised experts in Gen ‘X’, and Gen ‘Y’.

Barbara Pocock – director of the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia.

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WHO DO YOU WANT?
Post below the name of a speaker whom you would like to see invited to present their best idea at WTC 2010.

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