The people behind the MINDS social media platform are hosting a festival of ideas where leading and current minds in the political space will engage with the pressing matters of our times, and discuss them openly.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 7-11pm ET at the Beacon Theatre, in Manhattan.
Comedian and podcast host Chrissie Mayr will open up the event within the first half-hour, as the doors open at 7 PM. There will be a one-hour meet and greet for VIP ticket holders from 5 PM to 6 PM at The Lucerne Hotel, before the show. Food and drinks will be provided.
Here’s a breakdown of the evening’s scheduled events.
- 7:30 - 8:00 PM: The topic of "Free Speech and Social Media" will be moderated by Nick Gillespie of Reason.com, with Ian Crossland and Bill Ottman of Minds.com as panelists, alongside a surprise guest.
- 8:00 - 9:00 PM: Daryl Davis will host a "Healing the Cultural Divide" discussion with Cornel West and Coleman Hughes.
- 9:00 - 10:00 PM: Zuby is hosting the "Satire and Disinformation. Where’s the Line?" discussion. Seth Dillion of The Babylon Bee, Maajid Nawaz, Steve "Destiny" Bonnell, and Libby Emmons of The Post Millennial are panelists.
- 10:00 - 11:00 PM: Bill Ottman will moderate the "How to Navigate Media Manipulation" discussion. Panels include Tim Pool of Timcast.com, James O’ Keefe of Project Veritas, Ben Burgis of Jacobin and The Daily Beast, alongside a to-be-announced guest.
Here’s the mission statement as described by Minds.com about what they hope to achieve with this upcoming show:
"Minds is bringing people together IRL from across the social and political spectrum to facilitate real conversations, human connection and the evolution of ideas. MINDS: Festival of Ideas will feature prominent voices who will come together to have civil dialogue on the important topics of the day. The goal of the event is to create a space to engage honestly with others in open dialogue surrounding divisive ideas in hopes to bridge the current divide and create a path to a healthier discourse and reduce extremism."
Visit festival.minds.com for more information.