Living on the Edge at the Night of Ideas 2020

The second edition of the Night of Ideas was once again an overwelming night of collaboration and celebration on Saturday, with over 5,000 people attending to hear 106 speakers, witness more than 170 preformers and artists in action, and participate in panels curated by more than 30 community partner organizations. Learning within this concentration of different perspectives, the Bay Area came together to ask itself what it means to live on the edge between challenges and possibilities, and how to face them together. Each floor of the SF Public Library dedicated to a theme exploring the different edges on which contemporary life in the bay balances: chaos and creation, wonder and worry, exclusion and belonging, truth and doubt, and circulation and borders.

A big thanks to the community organizations who brought their ideas and creativity to the table, and without which the event would not have been possible:

ACLU, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, America Magazine, Asian Art Museum, Art in Action, Aurora Performers Bay Area Theater Cypher, Black Benatar (aka Mx. Beatrice Thomas), Business France, Burning Man, CAAM, California Humanities, Capoeira Ijexá, Circus Bella, Cultural Odyssey, Destiny Arts, Duniya Dance and Drum Company, Equal Justice Society, French Tech San Francisco, Friends of SFPL, Goethe Institute San Francisco, Institute for Arts and Science at UC Santa Cruz, Institute for the Future, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, KQED, L'Obs, Litquake, LoudSpring, Lycée Français de San Francisco, New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, Noise Pop, OX/Vivvy, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, Open Austria, Presidio Trust, Rebecca Grossbard, SETI Institute, Stud Collective, Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley, UC Davis Department of History, and the World Economic Forum.

This second edition of the Night of Ideas in San Francisco was co-presented by the the French Consulate in San FranciscoKQEDSFMOMA, and the San Francisco Public Library. The event was made possible by the support of the City and County of San Francisco, the Friends of the San Francisco PublicLibrary,  836MCultural  and  Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the French American Cultural Society, the Institut FrançaisFrench beeMicrosoft, and the Open Society Foundations

You can relive Night of Ideas 2020 in many ways:

•         Go to, where photos and video will be posted soon!

•         You can also find or share content on Instagram and Twitter with #NightofIdeasSF.

•         Be sure to listen to the Forum on Presidents Day morning on KQED 88.5FM or in your podcast feed for a special rebroadcast of the night’s discussions on the theme “Chaos + Creation.”

•         If you shared your “Love Letter to the Bay Area” with the producers of Bay Curious, you can listen to a special episode, created at Night of Ideas, next week wherever you find podcasts.

•         If you want all the good feels from the evening to continue and to enrich your life with unlimited access to ideas in all forms, sign-up for a library card.

•         You can follow @KQED @FranceinSF, @SFMOMA, and @SFPublicLibrary on social media for more culturally enriching experiences!

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