We All Agree on Austin: Consensus, one of the largest gatherings of stakeholders in the global crypto and blockchain ecosystem, will return IRL in 2022. For the first time ever this conference, hosted by Coindesk, will be held in Austin Texas (was NYC) in June (10 – 12). Thousands of attendees will come to hear from “the most sought-after thought leaders and experience a wide range of keynotes, exclusive panels, workshops, and networking opportunities” in a festival-style atmosphere. The Austin Convention Center will be its hub, but other locations throughout the city will host additional programming from CoinDesk, the World Economic Forum, Coin Center and other partner organizations. More information will be provided in the coming months here.

LA gets Stareable: Started in 2018 and held the past few years in NYC and online, Stareable Fest has grown to become a premier global festival for web series. It’s half industry marketplace, creating face-to-face connections between independent filmmakers and decision makers at major platforms, and half creator convention, with workshops and panels about how to be a more effective filmmaker.  Given their success in introducing creators to industry, the event organizers wanted to expand the number of connections they make, tap into new geographies, and create more of a year-round cadence. Therefore, they are launching Stareable LA in spring 2022. It will happen 7 – 11 April and they are currently accepting submissions for projects across several categories including scripted live-action comedy, non-fiction documentary, true crime, kids and more!

Speaking Opportunity: IABC serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines. IABC’s World Conference will gather again in-person 26-29 June 2022 in New York City under the theme Communication Can.  The conference organizers are now seeking speaker proposals that “illuminate the intersection of people and of business, showing courage and true leadership throughout the incredible change” that this last year has brought. If you have a speaker/topic suggestion, submit via their online form by 30 November.

Lunchtime Learning: TEDtalks have been a reliable source of inspiration for years. And the curated lists offered by TED make it easier to comb through so much good content. The editors’ picks for each year provide a window into the Zeitgeist (which is certainly true of the 2020 list). In the top talks of 2020, find out Why rumors about vaccines spread and how to rebuild trust; How to be fearless in the fact of authoritarianism; The real story of Rosa Parks – and why we need to confront myths about Black history; and Climate change will displace millions – Here’s how we prepare

Coming Up Next Week: It’s frightening how many events are happening! Despite its name, spooky spiders won’t be gathering at Web Summit (1-4 November; Lisbon), but 40,000 business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, developers, marketers, and media will meet to hear from hundreds of speakers, including CXOs from Google, Microsoft, and the Facebook whistleblower. Developers and IT professionals get (bon)fired up at Microsoft Ignite, the software monster’s annual conference running as a virtual event running 2-4 November. Things may get hairy at the United Nation’s hosted COP26, where world and business leaders will work together to solve our globe’s haunting climate crisis. Scare up some online learning at i4cp Next Practices Now Conference (2-3 November), where senior HR leaders will learn “witch” workforce strategies, DE&I initiatives, employee well-being tools matter most to organizations today. You won’t be ghosted by anyone you meet at AI Summit Silicon Valley (3-4 November), because this will happen as an-person event at the Santa Clara Convention Center. AI Summit is co-located with Informa Internet of Things (IOT) World/US, and this two-headed conference creature promises more ghoulish technology fun than a haunted house.

Happy Halloween, readers!