Applied Brilliance - Imagination and Inspiration Mid-Summer's Day Dream

How do you keep in touch with the emerging trends and paradigm shifts that influence consumer behavior?  How are you sure you know how the future of the workplace will affect your business?  And what are the changes in our global marketplace and cultural conversation that are reshaping the future?

Attend a morning of Applied Brilliance, presented by FGI, to learn from the outside looking in through the filters of thought leaders who are redefining how imagination and inspiration spark creativity and innovation.

Applied Brilliance is a nontraditional look at the trends by connecting the voices of six experts, including behavioral psychology, bioscience, game design, finance, art and architecture. They make sense of the complexity we face every day and untangle the mysteries of some of the most challenging questions of our interconnected global society.

JULY 10 2012

Time-Life Building



Nick_Fortugno, Founder Playmatics

Playmatics builds highly engaging games and user experiences on the Internet, in social media networks, and on a variety of connected gaming and transmedia platforms. Nick Fortunato explores how the gamefication of life trend permeates every aspect of our lives, from the boardroom to the playroom.  Why do game design and game theory unlock new avenues for imagination and inspiration for players of all ages?





Continental Breakfast


Session One Alchemists


Networking Break


Session Two Visionaries




Ami_Ronneberg, Curator, ARAS

The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history. The collection probes the universality of archetypal themes and reflects the abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family. Ami Ronneberg presents how societies are strengthened by key visual symbols that connect people, both for good as well as negative ideologies, behavior and beliefs.  The key symbols that connect all cultures will be presented in a discussion of key symbols, what they mean and how they matter.


Barry_Svigals, Founder, Svigals_Partners

Fundamental human needs and aspirations have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Barry Svigals leads an exploration of these lessons of humanity in architecture and its relationship to natural surroundings. He reveals an understanding of present-day technologies and discoveries to inform how integrated living environments can be nurtured in the contemporary world.


Dr._Greg_Stock, Bioscientist

Dr. Stock is a life science entrepreneur and visionary and one of the world’s leading authorities of the implications and consequences of today’s revolution in genomics and biotech explore the future of sustainability.  This inquiry explores what it means to be human in this era of dramatic technological advance and profound evolutionary transition.


Dylan_Thuras, Co-Founder, Atlas_Obscura

Dylan Thuras is the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura, an online compendium of the world's wonders, curiosities and esoterica. Projects include the blog Curious Expeditions about traveling through Eastern Europe for a year, the Athanasius Kircher Society and World of Wonders a series of videos and articles about the hidden wonders of South America for Slate magazine. A filmmaker and artist, he is also a co-founder of Observatory (, an arts and salon space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Dylan lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with his wife.


Dr._JT_Kostman, Founder, Aptus

Dr. Kostman explores the future in how we will work from his experience as an advisor and confidant for organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 to the Federal Government.  He is a nationally-recognized expert on Leadership Development and Perception Management. JT led a distinguished career as a Paramedic, Police Officer, Deep-Sea Rescue Diver, and Team Leader of an elite Airborne Scout/Sniper Reconnaissance Team with the U.S. Army.

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