PINC is People, Ideas, Nature, Creativity. These themes are the heartbeat of this unique conference. On November 6, PINC will be making its American debut in Sarasota, Florida with an inspiring cascade of new ideas, great stories, and impressive visual presentations delivered by a superb selection of international speakers from every imaginable discipline.
The conference features 16 international speakers, who have little in common except that they have a passion for what they do and absolute faith in the power of innovation, inspiration and creativity.
Here is who will be speaking at PINC.Sarasota this year:
John Barker, Professor of Experimental Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery (Germany)
Dr. John Barker is passionate about developing better treatments for patients suffering with facial disfigurement. His team’s research led to the first human face transplants. At PINC.Sarasota, Dr. Barker will discuss his new research that focuses on a patient’s ability to harness the body’s inherent regenerative capabilities to regrow the patient’s own face instead of transplanting faces from donors.
David Gallo, Director of Special Projects Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (USA)
Gallo has been on expeditions to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and to the Mediterranean Sea, and was among the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and robots to map the undersea world with unprecedented clarity and detail. More recently, Gallo has been engaged in the search for the missing Malaysian airline flight MH370.
Bunker Roy, Social Activist & Founder Barefoot College (India)
Roy is the winner of 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Award and has been selected as one of TIME 100’s 100 Most Influential Personalities in 2010 for his work in educating illiterate and semi-literate rural Indians. He is founder of the Barefoot College, the only college in India built by the poor for the poor and managed and owned by the poor following the lifestyle and work-style of Gandhi.
Rob Swan, Arctic Explorer (UK)
Robert Swan is the world’s first person to walk to both the North and South Poles. He earned his place alongside the greatest explorers in history by accomplishing this feat by age 33. His 900-mile journey to the South Pole, stands as the longest unassisted walk ever made on earth. Swan has served as Special Envoy to the UNESCO Director General and as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth. His teams built the world’s first Antarctic renewable energy education station. In recognition of his work, Her Majesty the Queen awarded him the high distinction of OBE, Officer of the Order of the British Empire and the Polar Medal.
Dorji Wangchuk, Engineer, Filmmaker, Journalist (Bhutan)
Dorji Wangchuk is currently an adjunct professor for media studies in the Royal University of Bhutan. He was formerly the Director of Royal Office for Media and press secretary to the royal family of Bhutan. Wangchuk took BBS radio to every corner of country with the national FM project between 1997 and 1998 and pioneered the introduction of TV in Bhutan in 1999. He is currently collaborating on research with top psychologists from University of California in Berkeley to understand the journey toward contentment.
Martin Oeggerli, Micronaut (Switzerland)
Martin Oeggerli is a micronaut, exploring inner space. This Swiss scientific photographer makes spectacular photos of the microcosm. His camera is a scanning electron microscope with which he produces high-resolution images in which miniscule details are enlarged up to 500,000:1. Since 2006, he has participated in a project supported by the Swiss National Foundation. Oeggerli’s photos of the microcosm have frequently graced the covers of leading magazines and scientific journals, and in 2009, he was voted German Scientific Photographer of the Year.
Alexander Kumar, Doctor, Photographer & Scientific Explorer (UK)
Alexander Kumar is a British born, part-Indian medical doctor who has lived, worked and travelled through over 80 countries on all 7 continents and is an experienced expedition medic to remote areas of the world. Fascinated by life in the Polar Regions from a young age, he followed his heart to the Canadian Arctic, where he completed his dissertation conducting the first piece of research on HIV among Inuit.
Dickson Despommier, Founder, Vertical Farming Project (USA)
Dickson Despommier, founder of the Vertical Farming Project, has always been interested in the ecological process and the damage we have caused to the environment by encroachment. His idea is as simple as it is radical: strive to replace traditional, horizontal farming with vertical greenhouses that can produce anything from grain crops and vegetables, to poultry, pork and fish. Despommier is an Emeritus Professor at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor at Fordham University and was elected Best Teacher of the Year 8 times at Columbia University Medical School.
Alan Moore, Writer and Consultant (UK)
Alan Moore’s book No Straight Lines (2011) sketches a vision of the network society that is currently evolving. Moore warns companies and organizations that fail to convert to a more democratic form of leadership will ultimately fall by the wayside. He worked as a creative director in the marketing and communications sector until he saw the first signs of change in 2005, prompting him to write his debut Communities Dominate Brands.
Jon Jefferson, Author and Documentary-Maker (USA)
A literature major in college and graduate school, Jefferson turned documentary-maker in the 1990s, producing projects for the History Channel, the Arts & Entertainment Network, and others. His attention turned to forensic science when he produced two National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm, a research facility at the University of Tennessee created to unravel the mysteries of postmortem human decay.
Nadja Schnetzler, Founder of BrainStore (Switzerland)
Nadja Schnetzler is one of the founders of BrainStore, the world’s first Idea Factory, and author of The Idea Machine, a method for systematic idea development that she co-created and used in over 600 projects. Since 2012 she has her own company, Word and Deed.
Joost Elffers, Publisher and Creator ‘Play With Your Food’ (The Netherlands)
Whether the subject is the cutting of cheese, the uniform of former American general Norman Schwarzkopf, or any other crazy subject, designer, writer and publisher Joost Elffers has an incredible story to tell about it. In 1973, Elffers produced Tangram, an old Chinese puzzle, of which 1.5 million copies were sold worldwide. Elffers has initiated, created and published numerous award-winning books, including The Secret Language of Birthdays, 48 Laws of Power, Play with Your Food, and Tangram: The Ancient Chinese Shapes Game.
Christopher Lloyd, Journalist, Author, Publisher, Lecturer (UK)
Christopher Lloyd joined The Sunday Times, where he started out as a trainee and became an award-winning science writer. In 1996, Lloyd launched the first internet edition of The Sunday Times and became its internet editor. Five years later, he was appointed CEO of Immersive Education, an education software publishing company based in Oxford. After turning it into a highly profitable company, Lloyd decided to spend time traveling around Europe with his wife and two children. These travels inspired him to write What on Earth Happened?, a highly entertaining, comprehensive history of the world.
Miles Rohan, Senior Director of Digital Asset Management at Nickelodeon (USA)
The founding father of The Corduroy Appreciation Club is Miles Rohan, who is director of Digital Assets and Knowledge Management at the television channel Nickelodeon. Club members share a passion for the comfort and rough elegance of their preferred fabric, which is cool in summer, warm in winter and always appropriate, even at the most sophisticated gatherings.
Wiebe Wieling, President of the Eleven Cities Tour (the Netherlands)
Wiebe Wieling is the president of the Koninklijke Vereniging De Friesche Elf Steden (the Royal Organization of the Eleven Cities Tour), a 200 kilometer race on natural ice. It’s also called the “Tour of Tours” due to its harsh conditions and physically challenging nature. Over the past 105 years the tour has only been ridden 15 times, since the ice needs to be thick enough everywhere to hold 16,000 contestants. The last race was 17 years ago. Wieling has finished the “Elfstedentocht” twice, so he knows the dedication and endurance necessary for such a challenge. His new challenge, in case of a really cold winter, is to organize the event, which attracts millions of fans and media to the otherwise not so crowded province of Friesland.
PINC is an all-day event which includes the conference, held at Florida Studio Theatre and an Haute Cuisine Dinner, held at The Francis. PINC showcases ideas and the actions of bringing those ideas to life. The format is fast-paced, broken into four segments, with 16 speakers, each from diverse disciplines, giving 20-minute talks on their vastly different fields.
Our remarkable partners who share in this incredible vision include:
Presenting Partner: Ringling College of Art + Design
Community Sponsors: Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Sarasota Magazine, Visit Sarasota County, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Supporters: Florida Studio Theatre, The Francis, Hotel Indigo, George Mazzarantani, Owen’s Fish Camp
For further information regarding agenda, location and purchasing tickets, please visit www.PINCsarasota.com