Live and Direct
Iâ€™ve got a lot of public speaking appearances coming up â€“ Iâ€™ll get all of them up at some point in a separate section, but in the meantime here are some of the events open to the public that Iâ€™ll be at in the next few months:
May 1st â€“ Panel Discussion at On Copyright 2008, New York City
Iâ€™ll be on a panel at this event alongside some very cool people, including Tim Wu, one of my favorite journalists, writer Jonathan Lethem, music industry problem solver Jim Griffin, and Suzanne Vega (Iâ€™m hoping sheâ€™ll be able to tell me if the song Tomâ€™s Diner really is about Tomâ€™s Restaurant in Manhattan which was later in Seinfeld, or the Tomâ€™s Diner at the end of my street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn â€“ they have a signed copy of the lyrics on the wall that say “I came, I saw, I wrote.â€ But no one knows if itâ€™s genuine. Iâ€™m pulling for Brooklynâ€¦).
May 8th – The Pirateâ€™s Dilemma at the RSA, London, 1-2pm
May 8th â€“ The Pirateâ€™s Dilemma at The London School of Economics, 7-8pm
From May 2nd to May 10th Iâ€™ll be in the UK for the launch of the book over there, and Iâ€™m doing two lectures which are open to the public, admission free, on the 8th of May. Catch me at lunchtime on the 8th at the RSA, or in the evening at the LSE in The Shaw Library. Seating is limited Iâ€™m told, it is first come, first serve. More info on that here.
May 14 – May 17, Keynote Speech at Surf Summit 11, Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort & Spa San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
The Surf Summit is the annual conference put on by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), and it looks pretty spectacular. The goal of the four-day, three-night Surf Summit is to educate, motivate and inspire those who help shape the future of the surf industry. Previous speakers include Tony Hawk, Robert F. Kennedy and Guy Kawasaki â€“ so some big shoes to fill. Iâ€™m really looking forward to this and am told I will be going surfing. SIMA members receive special pricing and first priority to register, details here.
May 21st â€“ Keynote Speech at MESH 08, Toronto
Iâ€™ve heard MESH is the best event in Toronto after St Patrickâ€™s Day. MESH is Canada’s premier Web conference, billed as â€œa chance to connect with people who are as excited about the potential of the Web as you are â€” people who want to know more about how it is changing the way we live, work and interact with the world.â€ Also speaking is Mike Masnick of Techdirt, one of my favorite tech writers, and Lane Merrifield, founder of Club Penguin, which my niece spends way too much time playing.
May 22nd â€“ Keynote at IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference, May 22nd â€“ 23rd, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Itâ€™s a real honor to be invited to this event, which features a heavy-hitting entourage of business executives and design leaders (check the full line-up here). Itâ€™s also my first time in Chi-town. Iâ€™m looking forward to finding an Obama t-shirt that can beat this one.
June 22nd â€“ Keynote at SeriousBUSINESS 2008, New Orleans
After another trip back to London and what Iâ€™m sure will be a much-needed vacation in France, Iâ€™ll be in New Orleans for SeriousBUSINESS 2008, which looks like itâ€™s going to be an amazing event. The theme of this yearâ€™s event is how â€˜coolâ€™ and â€˜caringâ€™ can and should co-exist, something I call Punk Capitalism in the book. There are some really inspiring people speaking at this event, include Mr. Vidal Sassoon.
Iâ€™m going to be up and down the country plenty in between all this, watch this space for more dates. If you want to contact me about speaking, do drop The Leigh Bureau a line.