X years of La Ciudad de las Ideas,
And we keep on walking…
A decade has passed since this project started, this means: ten festivals of La Ciudad de las Ideas. Ten festivals founded on our principles, to which we have always been loyal.
Loyalty, for example, towards the skepticism which year after year is summoned to have the public ideas that, with their brilliant minds, have sought to challenge the minds established by Mexican society and those of the entire planet.
Ten years of being in constant confrontation with ourselves, with our ideas and with those of others. Ten years of presenting a position of repeated struggle against the thought that frames and does not allow the creative freedom of individuals. Ten years of pushing young entrepreneurship, through our Gifted Citizen project, promoting all kinds of branches: scientific, artistic, architectural, medical, technological, among others; to seek to make this world, not only a habitable space, but a better place. A place in which it is possible to change the lives of millions of people in approximately a 6 year period.
Ten years of analyzing the world not as a binary space, of white and black opinions, but made out of gray ones; of nuances that invite us to critical thinking and analysis. Ten years of gratitude to all those who have made possible these festivals potentially aimed at wonder.
Ten years always walking under the motto: “Do not believe everything you think”.
Among the prominent figures who have been part of the La Ciudad de las Ideas, we could distinguish the minds of Steven Pinker, Lawerwnce Krauss, Richard Lindzen, Samuel Tobias, Dr. Octavio Aburto, Rebeca Olvera; and the of thoughts of the Nobel Prize winners: Edvard Moser (in medicine), David Gross (in physics), Adam Riess (physics) or Pritzker winner Alejandro Aravena.
We have had debates in which we had the privilege of listening to the opinion in 2016 of José Antonio Meade, Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Tyler Cowen and John Diaz; in 2015 speaking about “Legalization of drugs”, to the former President Vicente Fox, Kevin Sabet, Ruth Dreifuss, former president Cesar Gaviria, Antonio Mazzitelli, and Viridiana Rios. In 2014, regarding the debate on the imminent arrival of artificial intelligence we have had Nick Bostrom, Martin Ford, Tyler Cowen, Ronald Arkin and James Bessen. And how to forget, of course, the controversial debate between Richard Dawkins & Deepak Chopra in 2013 that left us all, with our mouths open.
Characters like Prince Andrew, Duke of York, joined the collective effort of this project has made an amazing impact on society with initiatives such as Pitch@Palace, as well as the new alliance Alain De Botton with The School of Life, all in order to grow La Ciudad de las Ideas… as beyond what we ever imagined.
We are more than pleased to celebrate this achievement with the words themselves of the minds that have forged it. Matt Ridley said regarding this event: “Congratulations on creating one of the great scientific festivals of all times, on the fantastic city of Puebla”, David Rowan also wanted to add: “You are an amazing event, congratulations Andrés and the entire team, you are one of my favourite events”, Robert Provine made an appropriate description: “Delightful activity for both presenters and audience; a delightful mix of TED conferences and Cirque du Soleil”, among others Isabel Behncke commented about Andrés Roemer: “The man who cannot be defined, but has been giving us for X years an enormous present”.
Gratitude for X years of effort, loyalty and presence.
La Ciudad de las Ideas is made up of the network of ideas, reflections and critical impulses that we all are. Yes, indeed, we continue walking…
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