64th Annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder

Next week is one of my favorite times of the year, when I get inundated with smart people and interesting ideas, like some kind of geeky Christmas. For the second time, I'll be a speaker at the University of Colorado-Boulder's Conference on World Affairs (Mark will be there too!). The Conference is unlike anything I've been to anywhere else. It brings together artists, writers, musicians, scientists, politicians, journalists—a whole stew pot of interesting people—to talk about things that matter to them right now.

To create the panel topics, the organizers have all the speakers send in a list of things we can talk about at an expert level and things we just like to talk about. Then they use those lists to decide what subjects the conference will focus on. All the panels are free and open to the public. And they're all incredibly interactive. More than half the time at any panel is given over to audience Q&A.

Last year, I ended up talking about everything from comic books to the future of transportation. It's a blast, and I'll be posting some stories to BoingBoing next week about cool things that I learn watching some of the panels. But if you're in the Boulder area, you should really try to make it out. It's an event that truly captures the Happy Mutant spirit.

The panels I'll be speaking on next week.

The panels Mark will be speaking on next week.




  1. Thanks for participating, Maggie!  We’re glad to have to back, and to have Mark join us this year!
    -Tim aka @apollo18:twitter 

  2. So excited to see you next week, Maggie! I get to revisit the awesomest thinkfest, too. Here are the panels I’ll be on: http://www.colorado.edu/cwa/search_results.html?panelist=89&year=2012

    Unfortunately, we aren’t speaking together, BUT I do get to talk with Mark about hipsters…

  3. I can’t make it this year, but my friends will probably fill me in on the high points.  Have fun.

  4. http://c1n.tv/boulderchannel1/cwf-twitter/ 
    The one saving grace of this panel was to point out just what a waste of a persons life Twitter can be. They couldn’t stress how addictive Twitter and Facebook are and impossible to manage. This was a surprise, but not to the gray attendees. Seemed they seen it all before in a younger life.  And the young? They were nowhere to be seen.  One would have thought the room would have been packed with 18 to 34 year olds. Maybe they were studying or at work. Maybe this panel should have been held at night in a bar or coffee house.

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