Welcome to The Next 20 Years project.
Since 1997, the project has been about engaging and connecting, industry leaders, visionaries, press, policy makers, VCs, analysts, local entrepreneur’s and start-ups in a long-range exploration of what lies ahead. Connecting interesting with the interested, has always been ground zero for us.
The Next 20 Years project, affectionately known as TNTY, was originally born from a series of SF industry salons called LastSaturdays held the last Saturday of every month in the private SF home of Bob Ayres. These smaller gatherings through generous support of executives at Ziff Davis publishing (most notably Terri Holbrooke and Dan Farber) morphed into a larger ongoing lecture and showcase series which eventually traveled to 7 US cities and London. TNTY was, at its heart an industry insider’s preview of the future, covering technology, science and medicine. Between 1997 and 2001 the live events featured more than 500 sponsoring companies, famed futurists Paul Saffo and Michio Kaku among others, top line VC’s and journalists from around the world- all speaking on what they saw coming in the next 20 years. Some of the transcripts of those shows will be posted on this site soon.
The TNTY live lecture series took a sabbatical while our executive producer Bob Ayres contributed on the prestigious Board of Advisors for the TED Conference and became in 2006-2008 the inaugural Executive Director of THE TED PRIZE. TED Prize winners include, among others Bono and Bill Clinton. In 2011 Bob became the Licensee for TEDxMarin.
Bob returned to his Bay area roots to work on an important personal project, his former Haight-Ashbury comedy club The Other Café’s 30th reunion show. That reunion show, a benefit for KQED Public Media took place on Sat Sept 25th 2010 in SF and was hailed by one critic as possibly “the most amazing comedy show in Bay Area history“. Among the 30 comedians performing that night included Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Bob Goldthwaite, Paula Poundstone, Kevin Pollak, Will Durst, Bobby Slayton, plus many others.
In 2010 The Next 20 Years project went back to its roots and began to sponsor a series of small salon’s called TwoDegrees – cocktail parties really, with invitations out to former speakers, fellow TEDsters, scientists, technology leaders and young start-ups. These vibrant receptions held in private residences and small lounges were for folks in converging industries and organizations continue today and are a wildly eclectic mix of industry insiders, entrepreneurs and their beloved friends. Curating beloved colleagues of beloved colleagues turned out to create a remarkable core community.
Coupling the years working in and around the TED conference then a return to deeply comedic minds thru The Other Cafe comedy reunion, together with the vibrant new SF Bay Area community gleaned from a few years of TwoDegrees salons, The Next 20 years project intends to launch a most unusual live show in 2013.
We encourage you to request an invitation to TwoDegrees here.