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Theme: Creating Possible Worlds

This event occurred on
February 23, 2013
2:00am - 5:00am PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Venice, CA
United States

Creating possible worlds...we are all the sum total of existence and experience. We continue to expand on that sum total with each breath. Good visionaries, designers and innovators use imagination and change as their muse and then practically apply their vision. Rather than moving into the future looking through a rear view mirror ( to borrow from McLuhan ) they lead with a quiet power transcending politics and religion and sparking the imagination and dreams of others. Imagination, like love and bacteria, is eternal. 4 speakers. 4 possible worlds. All doable.

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA, 90291
United States
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Stan Evenson

Stan is the CEO and Creative Director at Evenson Design Group (EDG). From initially designing album covers for rock and roll and jazz greats such as Peter Frampton, Steve Miller, Tom Petty, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and the late Dave Brubeck, he has continued to successfully build brands for NFL’s New England Patriots, Honda, Epson, Apple, Toyota, Disney, Fox, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers and USC’s Shoah Foundation. Stan is honored to have had two design pieces selected to be in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress among his countless design and creative direction awards over the years. He also served as the President of AIGA LA (The Professional Association for Design) and was the Co-Chair with his wife, Tricia Evenson, for the 2011 AIGA (Re)DesignAwards, an international design contest acknowledging the best design thinking in sustainability and social responsibility. Stan the Man has a passionate commitment to bringing his collaborative spirit, keen listening and his infectious sense of humor through thick and thin, while designing for much more important things in life that make a difference.

Leslie Ekker

Leslie is a Creative Director and Visual Effects Supervisor. He has lent his creative genius to such projects as “True Lies”, “Apollo 13”, “Titanic”, “Bladerunner”, “Ghost Busters”, “2010”, “Die Hard”, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “Star Trek, The Motion Picture”, “Close Encounters: Special Edition”. and “Adaptation”. He has also worked on over 130 commercials, and a dozen Special Venue Projects. Leslie's C.V. includes Visual Effects Supervisor and Creative Director in the Commercial Division at Digital Domain from 1997 – 2007. He then went on to become the Creative Director of Commercials at Zoic Studios and has now gone freelance with a focus on high quality TV and film projects. For his work on Apollo 13, Leslie was nominated for the Academy Award in Visual Effects and won the British Academy Award for Visual Effects, as well as the Engineer’s Council Distinguished Engineering Project Award (the folks who actually designed the Apollo missions).

Scott Ross

Scott founded, along with Hollywood luminaries James Cameron and Stan Winston, Digital Domain, one of the largest digital production studios in the motion picture and advertising industries. Under Ross’ direction, Digital Domain garnered multiple Academy Award nominations, receiving its first Oscar for the ground breaking visual effects in TITANIC followed by a second Oscar for WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and a third for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Prior to forming Digital Domain he led George Lucas’ vast entertainment empire, running ILM, Skywalker Sound, LucasFilm Commercial Productions and DroidWorks. Under his leadership, ILM won five Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT; INNERSPACE; TERMINATOR 2; THE ABYSS; and DEATH BECOMES HER. Scott has worked with the who’s who of film directors such as Cameron, Bay, Fincher, Howard, Scorsese, Coppola, The Coen Brothers, Spielberg, Kurosawa, Jackson, Salles and generally, has nice things to say about them.

Sonia Arrison

Sonia Arrison is a bestselling author and technology analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies on society for more than a decade. Her book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, is a national bestseller and has been featured in top media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, Fox News, CBS, and the Today Show. As a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University, she is focused on exponentially growing technologies and their impact on society. She is a columnist for TechNewsWorld and was formerly director of the Technology Studies department at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) in San Francisco. She is author of three books and numerous PRI studies and was also the host of a radio show called "digital dialogue" on the Voice America network.

Organizing team


Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Maria DeGuzman
    Woman Friday
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    Webmistress Extraordinaire