We received an invitation about a month ago from our friend Brooks over at 52 Ltd. He asked if we’d be interested in helping out with this conference he was putting together, Forward07. When we heard the idea of the conference was creative innovation and sustainability (both environmental and cultural), we jumped at the chance. Then we learned who the keynote speakers were going to be: Ray Anderson, the CEO and founder of Interface (they make those Flor tiles that are so cool, among other things), and Kevin Carroll from Katalyst Consultancy (his blog has some great insights on the idea of “play”). Between keynotes, there’s a panel discussion made up of Bill Scott of Flexcar, Jason Graham-Nye of gDiapers, Ian Yolles of Nau, Brian Rohter of New Seasons Market (one of our favorite places to shop), and Kierstin De West of Conscientious Innovation (I like how they have the word “Substance” in their tagline). The event happens on May 25th.
We’re helping from a brand and creation standpoint, brainstorming the ideas behind the conference, then design and implementation. You can find out more about the conference on the Oregon AMA website: http://www.ama-pdx.org/event/archive/event05250701.aspx