What is Arc?

Arc = the simple and forceful trajectory into the future

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Arc is a new, independent organization on a quest to help shape and lead one of the great megatrends of our era – the convergence, or “fusion,” of biomedicine with information technologies and big data. Equally critical is the rise of the health and wellness movement, a consumer-based groundswell that has seen millions of people insisting on participating in their own health. Arc’s mission is to accelerate the fusion of health, IT and biomedicine.

Fusion is transforming our world.

How will you respond?

Arc is supported by and seeks out the world’s top scientists, thinkers, executives, physicians, investors, entrepreneurs, advocates, policy makers, philosophers, writers, artists and other leaders who understand the need for personal involvement in the rising fusion phenomenon.

“Arc is setting out to disrupt the hell out of the things I care most about.” – Jamie Heywood, PatientsLikeMe

“Fusion is a big part of the future.” – George Church, PhD, Harvard

“What Arc is articulating is critical, it’s a key part of the future – that’s why I’m here.” – Juan Enriquez, Excel Venture Management, Author

Video: What is Arc Fusion?

Arc Curator David Ewing Duncan addresses Health 2.0

We need to understand that we‘re standing on the threshold of a whole new understanding of human biology, health, and disease—and we need to grasp the opportunity.

— Stephen P. Spielberg, MD, PhD, former Dean, Dartmouth Medical School

To be blunt, those that work to harness the energy and possibilities of fusion – and to create an infrastructure of fusion policy, law, ethics, artistic expression and standards – will be in the forefront of creating the next great industries, companies, policies, ethics, and lifestyles. Those that remain fixed in the past and trapped in silos will find themselves going the way of the horse and buggy, the telegraph, and the abacas.

Join us in this urgent and compelling journey to move humanity to the next stage in medical technology and improved health and wellbeing – and in shaping the greatest venture of our times, destined to be the next multi-trillion dollar industry.

Arc’s Three-Step Strategy

Arc is creating a forum and a movement for fusion leaders to engage in serious dialogue and action-oriented projects about how to encourage and hammer out a new world of fusion.

Step 1: Real and frank talk

Too many meetings we all attend present tepid content in worn out formats. Most talk at us rather than engaging attendees in a vigorous dialogue. Arc wants to grab your attention with programing that is edgy, controversial and real. We are experimenting with meeting and conference formats to engage and amaze you with speakers that offer real insights and ideas, highly produced entertainments, multi-media programing, a breathtaking arts and science program – and, most important, intimate opportunities for you to participate.

Our programs present critical issues using a live magazine format, with brilliant minds interacting on and off stage – with content completely independent and uninfluenced by sponsors or other special interests. Sessions are moderated by top journalists and thinkers.

Gatherings planned for 2015:

Arc Fusion Mini-Summit: 1 Day summit and dinner, to be announced

Arc Fusion Dinners: Special evenings that discuss a critical fusion issue. Features an “underground dinner”, Arc Fusion Talks, music, visual arts, a panel and table discussion with everyone participating. Dinners are being planned for Boston, New York, London, and more. (Check out the Arc Fusion Dinners held in 2014. Arc Fusion Executive Dinners: Let Arc run one of our signature Arc Fusion Dinners for your company or organization. Contact us at dinner@arcprograms.net to find out how.

Arts and Science: Music, film, theater, dance, visual offerings and other creative expressions of science and fusion are critical for elevating our minds and pushing us to think expansively. All Arc events infuse the arts into the programming, featuring top musicians, filmmakers, dramatists, dancers, and others.

Step 2: Important content generated, captured and shared

Arc’s programs are producing a compelling body of ideas, observations, epiphanies, and shared insights from speakers and artists, and from attendees. We are working to develop this content into unique multi-media offerings. Check the Arc website to see how this project unfolds. Some examples of great moments:

  • “Should we build a better human?” – Juan Enriguez,Eric Schadt, David Ewing Duncan (moderator)
  • Talk on neurogaming and the brain – Adam Gazzaley
  • Arc Fusion Talks by Matt Holtz, Jessica Richman, and Michael Weiner
  • “BioBabel: Too much data, too little understanding?” – George Church, Jonathan Bush, David Ewing Duncan (moderator)
  • Performances by musicians and offering from visual artists.

Arc also is creating interactive tools for the Arc community to share thoughts and ideas, plus a news service featuring fusion stories that will appear later in 2015.

Step 3: Taking action – the Arc Fusion Institute

Arc doesn’t want to be another meeting where ideas are discussed and then nothing happens. We are dedicated to taking action: to establishing programs that support and aggressively push the fusion agenda. In 2015 this will include support for white papers, academic projects, and initiatives, plus a program of acknowledging and backing entrepreneurial efforts through prizes, grants, and other support mechanisms.

Look for more details about the Arc Fusion Institute coming soon.

Some Issues Arc is looking at for 2015

  • BioBabel: Too much data, too little understanding?

  • Will mapping the human brain explain consciousness?

  • Rebuilding the FDA and the NIH for an age of fusion

  • Why can’t engineers be more like biologists… and vice versa?

  • Should science build a better you?

  • Proposed: a Human Wellness Project

  • What is “evidence” in the age of fusion?

  • How will IT companies disrupt – or destroy – pharma and biomedicine?

  • Can high tech save a low-tech world?

  • Creating new “fusion standards” that improve health outcomes

  • Can privacy survive in the age of fusion?