To explore global issues and inspire critical thinking through provocative discussion forums and art exhibitions.

The Biennial of the Americas is an international event that celebrates the culture, ideas, and people of the Americas by providing a global stage for leaders in business, government, arts, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropy, and media to come together and examine the critical issues impacting life in the Americas. Denver, a city filled with energy, a pioneering spirit, and natural beauty, is the ideal location to host this groundbreaking event and build lasting social, economic, and cultural networks.

Commencing on July 16, 2013 the Biennial of the Americas will include workshops, symposia, and cultural expressions on themes of crucial importance to the Americas. The events will be populated by leaders in their respective fields and will cultivate hands-on discussions leading to action.

The Biennial of the Americas has two platforms that frame the events of the week.


The THOUGHT PLATFORM includes public symposia, where world-renowned speakers from different sectors engage in discussions focused on global issues (specified below), as well as peer-to-peer workshops – called clínicas – which facilitate solution-driven conversations.

Symposiums are panels made up of four inspirational speakers and a moderator whose purpose is to engage the panelists in a thought-provoking discussion that will examine critical issues impacting and shaping life in the Americas. These panels will foster intelligent dialogue about solutions to challenges raised, leaving members of the audience inspired and motivated to stay engaged with the issues presented. Each symposium will open with a keynote address by a prominent and visionary leader from the Americas. Clínicas, made up of 24 participants, are private peer-to-peer workshops intended to foster collaborative dialogue and explore commonalities. At the end of each workshop, participants will come to a consensus about the questions they raised and explore methods to address those issues. After the Biennial, participants will bring these innovative ideas back to their regions of influence in hopes of achieving successful and sustainable results. The relationships participants foster during the clínicas will endure as valuable resources after the Biennial.