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What is a Salon?

A Salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

Conversation is the core of who we are. At Talk Boutique, we host Salons quarterly as a way of featuring brilliant speakers and topics that are driving our society. These events are a great way to network while enjoying delicious food and drinks. We are excited to introduce our next salon in partnership with SingularityU Canada.

Convergence or Conflict?

In a world of exponential technology where every system, every structure and even what it means to be human is being redefined, the convergence of technology is the holy grail that will propel us forward into an abundant future; or, is it a catalyst for conflict, unleashing unknown consequences.

Where: Lula Lounge – 1585 Dundas Street West
When: November 13 – 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Meet the Speakers

Salim Ismail

Salim is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, a sought-after business strategist, and a serial entrepreneur, having founded technology companies including Confabb, PubSub Concepts, and Ångströ, which was acquired by Google in 2010. He led Brickhouse, Yahoo!’s internal incubator, and was recently named an XPRIZE Foundation Board member. Salim is also Founding Executive Director of Singularity University; Chairman of ExO Works; Founder of The ExO Foundation; an Aion Advisory Board member; and General Partner of Rokk3r Fuel ExO Venture Fund.

Galit Ariel

Galit Ariel is a transdisciplinary creative and strategic thinker who might bitch-slap people still using the term ‘disruptive innovation’. As a thought leader in Augmented Reality, she explores the wild and imaginative side of immersive technologies, but also their impact on our cultures, behaviors and ethical issues related to them. Through her agency ‘Wondarlands’ Galit helps clients and brands shape their augmented futures, exploring immersive narratives, interaction tools, brand touch-points and experience creation. Galit is an international speaker and mentor, featured at global conferences such as The Next Web, SXSW, Fifteen Seconds, Slush Tokyo, IVRPA and many more.

Dr. Irwin Adam

Dr. Irwin Adam is a creative scientist and food futurist who combines a background in engineering, biology, and technology with his passions for eating and design in the exploration of global eating futures. He is a thinker and maker who creates defining multi-sensorial food experiences including products, new technologies, immersive dining installations, and interactive workshops. As Founder and Creative Scientific Director of Future Food Studio, Dr. Irwin Adam leads multi-disciplinary teams in re-imagining how we interact with food at every scale. Major projects have included Museum of Ice Cream (NYC/LA), wndr Museum (Chicago), Food Loves Tech (NYC), and Sensorium (Toronto). Brand collaborations include Pepsico, Unilever, General Mills, Campbell’s, Kraft, & ABI InBev with projects in the US, Canada, Middle East, and Europe.

Previous Salons

Diversity…or Empathy?

February 28, 2018
Featuring Tania DeSa, Jodi Kovitz & David Bastedo

Answers vs. Questions

November 1, 2017
Featuring Jill McAbe & Sonny Kohli

The Other ‘F’ Word

May 10, 2017
Featuring Louisa Jewell & Sarah Wells

The Future of Work

February 22, 2017
Featuring Marianne Lefever & Mary Donohue

Truth, Lies & Complicity

November 3, 2016
Featuring Randy VanDerStarren, Lisa Taylor & Robert Steiner

Digital vs Traditional Community

June 9, 2016
Featuring Stephen Friedman & Jordan Axani

Conversation vs Discussion

April 6, 2016
Featuring Paul Nadeau & Andrew Peek