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NIGHT OF IDEAS

FACING OUR TIME:  THE CITY OF THE FUTURE

FEB. 2, 2019 | 7PM TO 2AM

Thank you for your attending Night of Ideas 2019!

More than 6 000 joined us for this first successful edition!

A free and festive night to exchange ideas

in the heart of the city

FIRST EDITION IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Achille Mbembe giving the keynote speech during Night of Ideas - 2017. © Jasmina Tomic / Courtesy of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Brooklyn Public Library

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European Lab Winter Forum. © Brice Robert

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Night of Philosophy and Ideas - Brooklyn Public Library - NY - 2018 © Elizabeth Leitzell / Courtesy of the Cultural Services of the French

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Achille Mbembe giving the keynote sp
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Achille Mbembe giving the keynote speech during Night of Ideas - 2017. © Jasmina Tomic / Courtesy of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Brooklyn Public Library

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Join us on February 2, 2019 when the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and the French Consulate in San Francisco unite to present a seven-hour marathon of debate, performance, readings and music featuring top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond as we envision the city of the future.

 

Inspired by our flagship programs, Public Knowledge and After Tomorrow, and supported by Friends of the Public Library, 836M and the City and County of San Francisco, Night of Ideas offers a free forum for debate, discussion and fun for all!

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ONE THEME, 120 CITIES, 70 EVENTS,

200.000 PARTICIPANTS, 65 COUNTRIES...

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This year, Night of Ideas will take place in five U.S. cities culminating in San Francisco at the San Francisco Public Library - Feb 2.

With keynotes, panels and presentations by diverse voices including artist JR, Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn, Tristan Harris, Co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology, Mayor London Breed, John Law, Co-Founder of Burning Man, architect Nicola Delon, designer of the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Dominique Alba, director of the Paris Urbanism Agency, Michael Krasny, host of KQED's Forum program,  and Alison Arieff of SPUR, the San Francisco edition of Night of Ideas expects thousands to participate in the evening’s exchange of ideas and creative dialogue. 

FACING OUR TIME: THE CITY OF THE FUTURE

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Can our cities be community focused and globally connected while also smart, resilient, and infused with poetry and empathy? Through dialogue, how can we empower people of all ages, classes, and backgrounds? Is an innovative and inclusive city possible? 

 

Let's share ideas for our city, discuss solutions and celebrate our collective imagination!

Guests at Night of Ideas will have the opportunity to win a pair of roundtrip tickets to Paris during the evening by participating in an Instagram contest sponsored by airline French bee. Participants may simply post a picture of any of the activities of Night of Ideas on their Instagram account and tag it #FrenchbeeNOI. Winner will be randomly selected and announced at midnight in the atrium! (Must be present to win.)

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NIGHT OF IDEAS CONTEST

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Night of Ideas Giveaway

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A 7-hour marathon of philosophical debate, performances,screenings, readings & music. 

 

February 2, 2019

7PM - 2AM

SF Main Library,

100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Main Library is accessible for the wheelchair users. To request additional accomodations, please call 415-557-4557

or contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org.Requesting accomodations at least 3 working days in advance will help to ensure availibility.

It is easily accessible by Muni and BART. If you are driving, nearby garages include Civic Center Garage (355 McAllister Street, between Polk and Larkin Streets) and Performing Arts Garage (360 Grove Street, between Franklin and Gough Streets). There are also metered parking spaces on the surrounding streets, though availability is limited.