Pitch Night on Genius ideas for Mobility in Guatemala City

In Guatemala, Grafiaetc and Movillidad hosted a pitch night around the topic of genius ideas in mobility. Groups delivered their business models and the mentors selected the most interesting project. The winners won a prize to implement their project in an incubator.

The event was available to watch on live stream, and groups in El Salvador and Honduras came together in order to watch what was happening in Guatemala City.

They put together a storify to tell the story of their event. Check it out here!



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On March 11th, GMin together with 92nd St Y partnered to host an an Event on Genius: Connection & Mastery. Youths that we have worked with in the past along with other aspiring youth leaders were selected to be part of the event which took part in the Hall in All Saints.

We had around 20 youth show up for the event and we had an early ice breaker game for youth’s to learn each other’s name using an adjective that matches that has the same first letter as their name i.e M​a​rvelous M​​ichelle!

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After the Ice Breaker session, Richy and Michelle talked about GMin’s work in empowering youth to become more effective problem solvers in their communities. Richy then went to talk about the partnership with 92nd St Y and why it is good to acknowledge and celebrate and reflect back on the little and big invention breakthroughs that have happened.

The theme for the event was Connection & Mastery and we discussed how past and present geniuses show a deep connection and bond to what they do and in turn become masters in their field and push the boundaries to become geniuses.

We looked at examples from people like Charles Darwin, Mozart, and discussed their affiliation to their fields and also we looked at what is considered Genius in our present time and the youth noted that a lot of breakthroughs were happening in the hardware and software tech and that’s where they saw most geniuses coming from.

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We also watched the interview Are Geniuses Born or Made? with Dr. Joy Hirsch and had a discussion based on the question. A majority of the youth shared how their thoughts on the subject and majority came with the insight that it does take a lot of perseverance and hard work to create the much needed impact to be recognized as a genius

We also had a pleasure of having some of the alumni youths from our Innovation Challenge program join us and present ways in which they have tapped into their creativity to solve some of the pressing issues they see in their respective communities. The youths shared about challenges they see in energy and transport and offered some of the solutions they are  prototyping to help solve the challenges. We had a chance to hear from Leroy who is working on a Human Waste Bio­Digester project at his school to tackle the waste problem and provide clean energy for his school.

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Joe presenting his wireless speed tracker to help road users be more alert on the road.

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The Unknown Genius Nancy Cunard with Think Olio

March 8, 2016 — Think Olio — the New York City start-up that brings the best teachers to local venues to hold classes for the price of a movie ticket — celebrated 7 Days of Genius by looking at the theme of “Unknown Genius” through the life of Jazz Age genius Nancy Cunard.

From Think Olio’s blog:

“Charles Riley, acclaimed author and beloved professor was able to speak in public for the first time about Nancy Cunard, a women who’s work he has been admiring for the past few years. While doing research for his new book, Riley  discovered that Nancy Cunard was much, much more than the heiress to the Cunard Yacht company and girlfriend to famous writers like Samuel Beckett, T.S Elliot, and Langston Hughes. Learning about Nancy Cunard and her great work of poetry, “Parallax”, made us realize how genius can often go unnoticed.”

The event was held at Chinatown Soup in Manhattan.



Central Synagogue Explores Einstein’s Jewish Science as part of 7 Days of Genius

Is relativity Jewish? For 7 Days of Genius, Central Synagogue joined 92Y in presenting an exciting exploration of the intersection of science and religion through the lens of one of the world’s greatest minds: Albert Einstein. On March 10, 2016, Professor Steven Gimbel, author of Einstein’s Jewish Science, joined Rabbi Geoff Mitelman, founder of Sinai and Synapses, to discuss how Judaism influenced Einstein’s unique brand of genius and where science and religion can meet. Professor Gimbel traced the history of Einstein’s relationship to his Jewish faith, weaving in explanations of how Einstein’s personal experiences influenced his greatest scientific breakthroughs.

This event was co-presented by Central Synagogue, 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival, and Sinai and Synapses’ new program Scientists in Synagogues.


Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman (pictured left) is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Professor Steven Gimbel (pictured right) holds the Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department. He has published many scholarly articles and four books, including Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion; and Einstein: His Space and Times.

Irvine Welsh & Chicago Humanities Festival celebrate 7 Days of Genius

The Chicago Humanities Festival welcomed Irvine Welsh to Chicago’s Bottom Lounge on Tuesday March 8th to talk about genius and his new book A Decent Ride.

Welsh was interviewed by Jessa Crispin, editor-in-chief of Bookslut in a conversation that covered creativity, writing, music, the working class, the election and more. Read Chicago Humanities Festival Storify here.

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A Special Open House of House of Genius

As part of 7 Days of Genius, Impact Hub NYC partnered with House of Genius, an internationally recognized event series in over 30 cities. Each House of Genius works with local businesses and organizations to solve problems or make the most of opportunities. How?

Through a moderated format based on anonymous collaboration, House of Genius guests come up with creative solutions and strategies while building relationships with others.

During this session at Impact Hub NYC on Saturday, March 5, 2016, audience members witnessed the process and were invited to participate through written submissions.

Learn more about House of Genius & Impact Hub NYC here.

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Creating a Company Culture That Allows Genius to Emerge at Startup Hall in Seattle, Washington

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Startup Hall‘s Start Something Series partnered with 92Y 7 Days of Genius to invite Koru CEO and co-founder Kristen Hamilton to discuss her own unique startup journey under the theme “Creating a company culture that allows genius to emerge.”

Vikram Jandhyala, the University of Washington’s Vice Provost of Innovation, moderated the event and guided Kristen’s answers with an engaging and relevant line of questioning. Appetizers and drinks were provided.

Couldn’t make it to the event? You can watch it here!

The Genius of Literary Life in Palo Alto, California

The Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto partnered with 92Y’s “7 Days of Genius” series by presenting literary legend Joyce Carol Oates. The author of national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, Joyce’s repertoire includes more than 70 books: novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays and more.

Check out the full event video here!

Ingenious Incubation at Ponyride in Detroit


In Detroit, MI, Ponyride‘s residents and founding leaders offered examples and advice for growing genius ideas into a business at a workshop called “Ingenius Incubation”. Business planning and growth of your genius ideas takes time and LOTS of planning. Ponyride set out to help Detroit locals with good ideas to workshop that. A panel of Ponyride’s residents and founding leaders offered examples and advice to business incubators that are now driving genius in Detroit.

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce encourages Genius!

During 7 Days of Genius, the RSA in London hosted two satellite events bringing people to together to explore the idea and impact of Genius.

On March 7, 2016, Business professor & writer Adam Grant delivered a sold-out lecture on the themes of his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World.

And, later in the week, the RSA London Region hosted an RSA Meet-up at a nearby pub for about 30 Fellows. During the event they talked about the history of genius in the RSA and the many genius innovations that have emerged from the historic institution. Check out the wall of genius they created which featured everything and everyone from Alan Turing to the concept of beauty!

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Genius & the Artist-Mind at American Jewish University’s Whizin Center

John Paul ThorntonThe Genius of the Artist-Mind with painter and art historian John Paul Thornton was part of the 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius.

On March 9, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, more than 300 people attended American Jewish University’s Whizin Center where popular lecturer John Paul Thornton discussed several of the greatest master-artists in history, including Rembrandt, Leonardo, Botticelli, Vermeer, O’Keefe and Picasso. These artistic geniuses embedded into their work a language of hidden imagery and sacred meaning. Thornton identified and exposed these secret lessons which enabled these masterpieces to more greatly impact our emotions, reach into our subconscious and provoke us to think as geniuses ourselves. As one of the participants commented after the lecture concluded: “I’ll never look at a painting the same way. Even though I had seen these works many times, I now appreciate the artistry of these geniuses more deeply. John Paul is a master teacher.”

Thank you to the Whizin Center for joining 92Y once again for 7 Days of Genius.