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Theme: Superheroes

This event occurred on
November 7, 2010
8:00am - 6:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Kingston, Ontario

Every SUPERHERO has an origin - an unlikely series of events that has made them who they are. Every SUPERHERO has sacrificed, working tirelessly in the pursuit of their mission. Every SUPERHERO has to reach outside themselves, pushing past their limits and overcoming obstacles - no matter how great.

Every SUPERHERO has to consider how to wield the unique powers that they hold.

Every SUPERHERO has secrets. Every SUPERHERO has a story. Every SUPERHERO has something to say...

Does that make us all Superheroes? Or is the whole notion too individualistic? Can we be a heroic generation?

We often associate the concept of “heroism” with having powers that no one else has (think Superman’s flight), or acting decisively in a time of great risk or upheaval (think a man risking his life to save a child from a burning building.) Is this too narrow? Is it too individualistic? Can we act collectively in a heroic way? Can we design processes or systems that yield heroic outcomes? Ultimately, there are a multitude of ways to broaden our views on heroism. What kind of heroism does the world need now?

Queen's Theological Hall
85 Stuart Street
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6
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Benny & Willy Zenga

Instigators of The Winking Circle

Che Kothari

Founding Executive Director, Manifesto Community Projects

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

Clinical Psychologist & Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto

Dr. Roel Vertegaal

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Queen’s University's School of Computing

Elise Goodhoofd

Entrepreneur and Founder, Openticket

Jowi Taylor

Writer, Broadcaster, Producer, and Founder of The Six String Nation Project

Luke Hayes-Alexander

Head Chef, Luke's Gastronomy

Peter MacLeod

Principal, MASS LBP

Shea Balish

M.Sc. Candidate, Queen's School of Kinesiology & Health Studies

Steven Moore

Professor, Queen's School of Business and School of Environmental Studies

Zahra Ebrahim

Principal, Founder, Creativity Architect at ArchiTEXT Inc.

Organizing team


Vancouver, BC, Canada