At the heart of GEL, Mark Hurst, the founder/director, creates mini experiences for the attendees that add up to the theme of the conference. These mini experiences are direct, live experiences where the attendees are forced to interact with one another, sometimes working specifically in groups or independently, but within a group setting. And then the other side of the mini experience is presentation after presentation by progressive, innovative entrepreneurs, young and old, in markets from religion to fast food restaurants, who have created for themselves and for an audience a really unique and creative experience.
This GEL 2010 conference was really dynamic, at times moving, wholly inspiring, enormously educational, and refreshingly eye opening. I had a great time meeting new people (Russian this time instead of Norwegian), playing Werewolf with Improv Everywhere, making crafts with Noah Scalin, witnessing the amazing talent of Ysaye Barnwell from Sweet Honey in the Rock, drinking courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery, visiting Etsy.com offices, and hearing about how people are changing our culture and technology through practicality, creativity, and hard work.
So, without further ado, here are all the speakers and their Web sites. Please check them out!
- Eric Singer, Creator of Musical Robots
- David Borstein, Author of "How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
- Olivia Fox Cabane, Public Speaking Coach
- Kevin Roose, Undercover Liberty University Student & Author of "The Unlikely Disciple"
- Ysaye Barnwell, Musician from Sweet Honey in the Rock *
- Matt Haughey, Found of Metafilter.com *
- David Harris, Top Gun Pilot
- Louise Sacco, Founder of Museum of Bad Art
- Gregory Brothers, Musicians and Auto-Tune the News Creators
- James Carse, Retired religion professor, Writer
- Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy *
- Ebony Hillbillies, Musicians *
- Randy Garutti, Shake Shack Co-Partner *
- Rachel Sussman, Photographer of the Oldest Living Things
- Rob Kapilow, Composer *
- Connie Brown, Cartographer
- Larry Smith, Creator of Six Word Memoirs
More fun stuff:
- Watch Ysaye Barnwell videos at GEL
- Watch Gregory Brothers videos at GEL
- View all GEL 2010 photos (unedited)