Ronald Weinland

Speaking Invitation To IdeaCity

Several weeks ago I received a speaking invitation of which I only made partial mention to the Church, as I did not want to pass along more of the details until it was certain that I would attend. I’ve been waiting until I was confident that everything would work out before I announced it on this website.

This is the 10th Anniversary of a program in Toronto, Canada, called ideaCity, which was uniquely established to promote ideas and idealism. Each year an invitation is sent out to fifty speakers to attend this special meeting. They are asked to give a twenty-minute presentation on the ideas of which they seek to influence other people’s lives.

You may view their website ( to read more about this gathering of speakers and those who will attend. On the “Presenters” tab at the top of the website you can click onto the page containing a list of the speakers. By clicking onto a name, you can read a short biography of each one. Under a newly posted section of the website, called “ideaCity News” (or simply the “News” tab at the top), is a promotion for the most recently added speakers. Moses Znaimer, who established ideaCity, has written a poem about each of these individuals, which can be found under the title of this “News” section, “Rhyme and Reason of ideaCity09.”

Included below is a synopsis of what is written about the concept of ideaCity and its producer, Moses Znaimer:

IdeaCity, also known as ‘Canada’s Premiere Meeting of the Minds’, is an eclectic gathering of artists, adventurers, authors, cosmologists, doctors, designers, entertainers, filmmakers, inventors, magicians, musicians, scientists and technologists.

Fifty of the planet’s brightest minds converge on Toronto each June to speak to a highly engaged audience. Only 497 are privileged to attend.

Produced and presented by Moses Znaimer, ideaCity is not themed around any one topic, issue or business. There are no scripted speeches or, breakout or parallel sessions. Rather, everyone is in one place and in on the same narrative. Moses Znaimer is described as a Canadian media icon and innovator internationally recognized for his tireless quest to inform, enrich and engage our collective spirits.