Are you looking for the good ideas flowering in human thought? There are conferences, websites, books, and forums devoted to spreading the the advancement of mankind. Here at Indiana University, as at many universities, there is a Center for Innovation, housing and developing projects that will better the community and the world. My colleague, Eric Nelson, writes in the September 7, 2014 edition of Communities Digital News about the recent TEDMED conference on innovative thinking, highlighting Mary Baker Eddy’s statement: “The time for thinkers has come.” Here’s Eric:
Well over a century before anyone had ever heard of TEDMED, an annual confab of movers and shakers deeply interested in making the world a better, healthier place to live, religious reformer and health care maverick Mary Baker Eddy proclaimed, “The time for thinkers has come.” Thankfully that time is still here and continues to generate ever more exciting advancements in human understanding, particularly within the field of health.
No doubt they’ll be doing plenty of thinking at this year’s conference, held concurrently in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The program includes sessions ranging from “Turn it Upside Down,” where speakers will address insights that flip-flop beliefs and question standard operating procedures in health and medicine, to “Don’t You Dare Talk About This,” which will tackle issues that people are reluctant to discuss publicly or even acknowledge as problems.