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Original Thinkers is a new, highly curated festival that melds speakers, films, and performance into a powerful four day experience in Telluride.


October 3-6


Change is Hard


Real societal change is incredibly hard to make happen, especially when working towards tangible and enduring impact. Ramy Essan’s music fueled the Egyptian Revolution and has lately written songs that have made his home country unsafe for him. Dallas Goldtooth is a Native American activist, singer and comedian who was a leader and organizer at Standing Rock. Acclaimed graphic designer Bonnie Siegler’s book, Signs of Resistance, A Visual History of Protest in America is a rich compendium of some of the most effective and memorable art that shaped movements. 


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October 3-6


Building a Community of Original Thinkers


Offering its audience a unique perspective on some of the crucial issues of our time, Original Thinkers engages people on how to have a real and tangible impact.Our community of Original Thinkers assemble in Telluride and leave at the end of the weekend, changed and charged to make a real difference.

October 3-6


The Character of Our Country


A country as big, complicated and evolving as the United States is challenging to understand, but journalists Deborah and James Fallows tried like hell to do so in a deep and trenchant way by traversing the country in a single engine plane. On their remarkable journey, they visited a myriad of small towns across the U.S., which became the national bestseller, Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America.   READ MORE


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October 3-6

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What Does Music Really Do To Us?


The effects of music on our lives is hard to put into words, but Sarfraz Manzoor, who was born in Pakistan and raised in Thatcher era England, can tell you exactly what kind of impact one musician – Bruce Springsteen – had on his once wayward life. Manzoor’s book about The Boss, Greetings from Bury Park, was adapted into a film called Blinded by the Light, which was a breakout hit at Sundance 2019. Singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman wanted to go beyond the album so he published his latest work as a podcast, creating a new hybrid of recording. Studio ChromaSonic is working to see how music and sound, interacting intentionally with light can happily and healthily mess with our minds. READ MORE


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October 3-6


Big Idea Pass

Big Idea (Our Standard Pass) gets you access to all public events over the Original Thinkers weekend. Guaranteed. Plus access to other festival programming you won't want to miss, like storytelling at the Brain.

Early Bird May 23rd - $300.00

After July 17th - $350.00


Eureka Patron Pass

Patron Pass holders are not only
committed to spreading the power of big ideas through brilliant storytelling, but also enjoy a special festival experience. Perks include: preferred seating at the shows, curated meals with our speakers, a pre-opening art gallery showing, a closing cocktail party and some sweet OT schwag. ALSO, for each purchase, we give away a weekend Big Idea Pass to a storyteller who wouldn't otherwise be able to make the trip. And we love inviting great people.