THE NANTUCKET PROJECT
We began with this simple vision:
To bring together a select group of eminent and accomplished visionaries, thinkers, innovators and performers to one of the most storied places in the United States. To invite them to share what’s foremost on their considerable minds. And to see what happens.
The result, and the impact, have been nothing short of stunning.
Today, The Nantucket Project is an event like no other, in a place like no other. While it has clearly taken its place among the world’s elite conferences and forums, The Nantucket Project goes beyond simply the presentation of compelling thoughts.
Art + Commerce = Values
Our theme this year is Art + Commerce. We define these terms broadly. Think of art as passion and commerce as reason. In other words, commerce is not just about money. The elements of commerce include technology, science, distribution, mathematics. Art is also thought of as a broad spectrum of pursuits and activities, not just the work that people do in the creative fields. The worlds of art and commerce frequently collide but they also can’t exist without each other.
How does an individual or an organization maintain just the right balance between art and commerce? It is through a conversation about values. We see The Nantucket Project as a place where a thoughtful deliberation about values can occur.
For an example of values, look no further than our 2013 theme - Seek the truth. Endure the consequences. What the heck does that mean?
It means that for us to move forward as a country and as a civilized planet we must first determine, with an honest and unflinching eye, the truth or the reality of our situation. The process for doing so is demanding, in part because the truth is so often elusive and difficult to discern. Especially now, when the reality we’re presented through the media is filtered and colored, often with significant bias.
Then, after determining the truth, we must endure its consequences. In other words, we must follow the truth and let it lead us to wherever it must – no matter how controversial, uncomfortable or politically incorrect those conclusions might be. As Gloria Steinem so colorfully put it: The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
Storytelling is the art of communicating the negotiations between art and commerce described above.
“I don’t care who you are - everyone has to be good at storytelling,” says Tom Scott, who co-founded the Project four years ago with Kate Brosnan. “Storytelling is where we have developed specific expertise.”
We invite our speakers to give 'The Talk of Your Life' and we guide them through the process of putting their presentations together in a way that combines all of the most powerful aspects of storytelling. In addition, we have launched TNP Labs, a production and innovation laboratory that is itself an illustration of art and commerce.
In partnership with Harbers Studios, the brainchild of art-world impresario Renee Harbers, we are producing a groundbreaking film series. This will involve a number of in-house productions to be shown at the event in September that will then be primed for greater distribution. TNP Labs and Harbers Studios will also bring six cutting edge filmmakers to the island to create short films inspired by presentations at the event.
Our intent is to marry the best ideas with the best storytellers and reach the widest possible audience.