Nantucket has an interesting history in the re-thinking of ideas. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass gave his first speech before an all-white audience there in 1841. Equal opportunities for women were found in Nantucket hundreds of years before equal rights were found across the country. The evolution of Nantucket from a 19th century whaling port to a world class tourist destination also serves as a great study for the kind of innovative thinking and strategic reinvention that is in such demand today.
2012 marks the second year of The Nantucket Project.
Last year, our inaugural event was a journey of discovery. We sought to fill a blank page. We did so by bringing together world-class thinkers – as presenters and audience members – to consider big ideas. Our goal was to dig deep. To thoroughly examine and try to understand the life of an idea – its varying arc of development from inception to action and from action to impact.
To spark the discussion we asked participants to focus on what it means to ReThink.
The event became a showcase of ideas – those which have helped us drive change and those which have helped us respond to it. We heard from leading thinkers and influencers from a wide range of disciplines – all sharing their various experiences in the realm of re-thinking. By the event’s conclusion, it was clear that presenters and participants alike had re-thought the idea of change – how it informs our world, the benefits of forcing it, successfully anticipating it and the peril of constancy.
We also came away knowing that we had been able to re-think what an event like this could be. At that point we set off on the journey to create TNP 2012.