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25 May 2006

We need a keynote speaker! Preferably that doesn't charge millions.

[More:]I'm working on a creative conference in Raleigh Sept 14-17, and we need a keynote speaker. Semi-well knownish, but no more than a $15k pricetag.

The conference centers around 4 workshops designed to generate ideas on increasing creative culture here. By creative culture, we include
technical innovation (R&D/patents per capita),
indy business (entreprenuership)
inclusivity (old/young, black/white/hisp., gay/straight, etc)
arts (everything traditionall regarded as arts: music, painting sculpture, writing, dance, theatre, film, etc)

The website in progress is here:

We have a list of potential people, among which are
James Surowiecki (Wisdom of Crowds)
Steven Johnson (Emergence: Connected lives of ants...)
Lyn Heward (When Sparks Fly)

But it's really wide open. Suggestions? Volunteers?!
And sorry about the gap-osis on the initial post.
posted by chewatadistance 25 May | 10:46
What about Paul Graham? I don't really have a perspective on how well-known he is (or what he would charge), but I find his essays interesting. He'd definitely cover your innovation and entrepreneurship requirements.
posted by mullacc 25 May | 10:54
I'll do it.
posted by Capn 25 May | 10:57
wow mullac he has some awesome quotes in that list.

cap'n: ok. but you have to wear clothes.
posted by chewatadistance 25 May | 11:06
I charge extra for that.
posted by Capn 25 May | 11:19
Payable in beer?
posted by chewatadistance 25 May | 11:56
What about matthowie?

I'll do it, if you pay airfare. I'm the author of 10,933 comments (including meta and ask) on metafilter!
posted by delmoi 25 May | 12:08
LOL delmoi!! I did actually think about asking matthowie. Wow 10, 000?
posted by chewatadistance 25 May | 12:11
No, I'm not payable in matthowie.
posted by Capn 25 May | 12:19
If you get Mathowie you could ask him to do his Star Wars Kid impression. Which would, you know, be awesome.

Failing that, what about Bruce Sterling?
posted by mygothlaundry 25 May | 14:42
HA! mgl I hadn't seen that. pretty damn funny! As for Bruce...well, that travel fee would be spendy from Belgrade!
posted by chewatadistance 26 May | 08:34
Joi Ito is a terrific speaker, terribly bright and insightful.
posted by saf 27 May | 12:18
Fred Rogers || Fluffertrax.