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  1. Dear Paul Gilding
    I am writing in behalf of Dr Andres Roemer who is CEO among other things of La Ciudad De Las Ideas a Think Tank Festival Of Brilliant Minds like TED but with 3600 attendees that takes place in Mexico every November, This November 8,9 and 10 of 2012 will be the 5th consecutive year you can watch us at http://www.ciudaddelasideas.com to find out about our past events or go to our link http://www.ciudaddelasideas.com/videos/view/211 where you can see comments of some of our speakers and a small view of our 2011 event
    Dr Roemer would love to have you as a speaker at this magnificent event, Although we are a nonprofit organization we can pay you a fee and send something for your airplane ticket besides we take care of all ground expenses as luxury hotel ,meals, driver and someone from our staff to be with you at all times for everything you may need (you are welcome to bring a companion with you) I am sending you a formal invitation plus all the info about LA CIUDAD DE LAS IDEAS If you have any questions please do not doubt in asking
    I am also sending the names of some of speakers we have had the past years please feel free to ask them what kind of event we have
    Will be eagerly waiting for your answer Nadia Betech

    We are an organization that makes among other things a tank festival once a year in Mexico
    It will be an honor to have you as a speaker in this major event in that will take place Nov 8,9 and 10 of 2012 (Nobel Prize ,Academy Award winners, gold olimpic medals,Mathematicians Psychoanalysts Pulitzer price Neuroscience Arquitects ,Futurists only the most recognized worldwide in each area is what we bring to the festival) We will take care of all the details of your visit to LA CIUDAD DE LAS IDEAS, You will be in a luxury hotel all meals and ground expenses from the moment you arrive to the Airport until the time you leave the city, there will be someone from our staff the whole day with you for translation, or any details you wish..
    At the event there will be TV media, Press, VIPs’, scholars, sponsors like TV Azteca ,Pepsi ,Telmex,
    You can watch us at http://www.ciudaddelasideas.com
    Please watch what kind of event we just had this November 2011 it was a blast also check the review of the speakers as well as the ones from our attendees (we had 3100 more or less) and every one went out of the event with a new way of thinking about the world

    This 2011 the theme was RESET 11/11/11
    And we had as always wonderful SPEAKERS 2011such as
    Deb Roy , Gary Marcus, Geoffrey Miller,
    Arthur Benjamin, Pes, David Konsevik,Oliver Stone, Mark Spitz, Nicholas Kristoff, Paul Krugman,
    Daniel Tammet,Eythor Bender, Eduardo Punset, Craig Dykers, Jenniffer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, Salman Khan, Juan Enriquez Cabot, Amir Aczel, Rabbi David Wolpe, Michael Schermer, Robert Kurzban, Dinesh´DSouza, David Livingstone Smith, Dan Gilbert, Dambisa Moyo, Maz Jobrani,
    David Buss, Joseph Epstein, Robert Sapolsky,
    David Eagelman, Joshua Foer ,Steven Levitt,
    Morgan Spurlock, Isabel Behncke, Oscar Bacallado, Karla Wheelock Esther Wojcicki, Mario Alonso Puig,
    Dennis Hong, Jack Horner,
    Besides we had some wonderful artistic Interventions

    Please watch the formal invitation attached; Or you can watch the other links I am sending you in the invitation for you to know some more of the festival and the TV shows Dr Andres Roemer has
    Thanks a lot

    We would love to have you as a speaker at the La Ciudad de Las Ideas Festival that has been taking place in Puebla Mexico for the last 4 years.

    The 2008 edition was called Cynosura, in honor of the constellation Ursa Minor, with the purpose of challenging people to realize that knowledge has no limit.
    The theme for the 2009 edition was Re-Evolution, in commemoration of both Charles Darwin’s publication of the ‘Origin of the Species’ and the construction of Galileo’s first telescope. and the 2010 theme was Rebirth Origins Of The Future ,2011 our theme was Reset 11/11/11 and this 2012 we will have the theme THINK IN (think in provocative , think in dangeouresly etc”)

    At the heart of the festival is the phrase: ‘don’t believe everything you think’, an idea that reflects the philosophy of the entire project. We would be delighted to have you with us.
    Panels will include themes such as: myth, obstacles, life, prejudice, knowledge, edification, anger, memories, identity and more. Speakers will have 21 minutes to expose their ideas.

    Enclosed is all the information pertaining to what La Ciudad de las Ideas is, as well as mentioning some of the speakers that we have been lucky enough to host. I am also sending you Dr. Andrés Roemer’s information, he is the mind behind the project, curator and television host for Proyecto 40, one of Mexico’s forefront cultural television channels. He hosts 3 shows and has had the opportunity of speaking with and interviewing a plethora of important personalities, like:
    (Israeli President Shimon Peretz Daniel Dennett influential philosopher Michael Shermer historian of science Clotaire Rapaille market researcher Steven Pinker experimental phsycologist and cognitive scientist ,Michio Kaku, Robert Kurzweill just to mention some)
    La Ciudad de Las Ideas is a festival of brilliant minds, a celebration of human creativity and curiosity. Every November we hosts some of the world’s foremost scientists, humanists, opinion leaders, cultural visionaries. Something amazing happens in Mexico; about 3,600 people gathers in the city of Puebla to take part in this think-tank celebration.
    Poder Civico, A.C. is behind the project. It is a non-partisan, non-profit citizen organization. This recent initiative marks the first serious shift towards an entirely new model for Mexico: this project is in equal parts a private-sector advocate as well as a think-tank, able to scrutinize and monitor government performance and disseminate that information with the power and immediacy of television and the web for mass communication.
    Presidents, CEO´s, Government Officials, and Scholar Students from all over the world convene in Puebla for this celebration, to exchange ideas and engage in stimulating peer-to-peer conversations on the most pressing issues facing humanity.

    Speakers Nov 2010
    John Kasaona, Jerome Friedman, Daniel Kahneman, Mario Molina, Jared Diamond, Malcolm Gladwell
    Amir Aczel, Adora Svitak, Sean Stephenson, Sir Ken Robinson , Sheena Iyengar, Hanz Rosling
    David Konsevik Elizabeth Pisani, David Kirckpatrik, Dr Terry Grossman, Henry Markram
    Sir Tim Berners Lee, Matt Ridley, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, David Buss, Steven Pinker,Richard Dawkins
    Chris Anderson, Ze Frank, Nancy Segal, Frank Warren, Daniel Schacter, Michio Kaku, Jonah Lehrer
    Carl Honore ,Rabbi David Wolpe, Michael Schermer,Douglas Guivett,William Lane Craig
    Besides we had some wonderful artistic Interventions

    SPEAKERS NOV 2009 festival were Barry Schwartz, Bjarke Ingels, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Carol Tavris, Catherine Mohr, Clotaire Rapaille, Cordelia Fine, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Ariely, Daniel Dennett, Deborah Berebichez, Dinesh D´Souza, Eduard Punset, Emmanuel Jal, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Warren, Franciscus B. M. de Waal, Helen Fisher, Jakob Trollback, Jamie Whyte, Jerry Coyne, Julian Guiseppe Baggini, Karl Grammer, Lena Maria Klingvall, Marc D. Hauser, Marije Vogelzang, Nancy Lee Etcoff, Nassim N. Taleb, Natasha Tsakos, Neville Brody, Philip Zimbardo, Randy Cohen, Robert Wright, Sam Harris, Jacob Shmuley Boteach and Steven Berlin Johnson.

    Speakers Nov 2008
    Amir Aczel,Carl Honore,Claire Nouvian,Clotaire Rapaille,Chandler Burr,Dan Gilbert,Dan Heath,Daniel Dennett,David Barash,David Brooks,David Livingstone Smith,David M Buss,dean Hamer,Dinesh D Souza,Eduard Punset,Enric Sala,Eric T OlsonEttienne Emile Baulieu,Eugene Bardash,Gerd Gigerenzer,Ingrid Mattson,James Q Wilson,Jay Baker,Jody Williams,John Esposito,Juan Ramon De La Fuente,Judith Eve Lipton,Julio Frenk,Lawrence M Krauss,Louann Brizendine,Michael Schermer,Robert Cooter,Robert Sapolsky,Roberto Rojo,Sam Barondes,Shmuley Boteach,Steven Landsburg,Steven Pinker

    We would be delighted if you consider our invitation.
    If you would like additional information or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

    We invite you to take a look at our webpage:
    http://www.ciudaddelasideas.com/2009/English/home.htmlAnd here you can find an example of our TV Program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ7o8gRJfaE (2009 program attached)
    Or watch Dr Roemer speak at the presidential conference in Israel 2009http://www.andresroemer.com/blog/es/?p=337

    Nadia Betech Speaker Coordinator Reforma # 222, 12th Floor Col. Juarez, Deleg. Cuauhtemoc México, D.F. 06600 Tel: + 52 (55) 51403668 Cell: + 52 (55) 59894220

    Dr. Andrés Roemer is the curator of La Ciudad de las Ideas Festival. He has a BA in Law at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a BS in Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México both Summa Cum Laude. He also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Harvard University, and a PhD in Public Policy specializing in Cultural Policy, Law and Economics, obtaining Academic Distinction at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written many specialized journal papers, a Law and Economics Board Game, and has participated in over 30 books. Moreover, he has created more than 620 TV programs and more than 200 radio programs. He won the Don K. Price Award for academic achievement as the best student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University and the Microsoft Foundation has recently established the Andrés Roemer Microsoft Award for distinction in service to scholar community. He also produces the La Ciudad de las Ideas TV program, featuring interesting interviews with all-around cultural visionaries.
    We hope this finds you well, And eager to reply

    Have A Great Idea Nadia Betech

    Reforma 222 Piso 12
    Colonia Juarez CP 06600
    TEL(5255) 51-40-36-68
    (5255) 51-40-36-60

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  3. Elaine Sherwood

    Hi Paul

    The Great Disruption – really great read. Thank you for publishing a book that can be read by the masses. Only one question I have – how do you reconcile having five children with the world’s need for population growth control?

    Best wishes,

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