Chris Bertish, the International Speaker, Big Wave Surf Champion and best-selling Author, who recently completed the impossible, by paddling solo and unsupported, on a modified Stand Up Paddle Board across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a staggering 7500km over 120 days, has claimed another South African first by being the first and only South African ever, to be chosen as one of 100 leading global visionaries to contribute to the Genuis: 100 Visions of the Future book being published in 2018, as part of the Inspired by Einstein Project, an Albert Einstein Foundation Initiative.
“It is such an honor to have been selected for this incredible initiative, alongside international world greats like Colonel Chris Hadfield, Deepak Chopra, Ridley Scott, previous Nobel Prize electorates and Barbra Streisand to mention a few,” says Chris. “I hope that my input and our work together, as a team over the coming year will continue to make a positive impact to the world and inspire future generations to instill a deep belief and understanding within, that nothing is impossible!”
One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein created his Theory of Relativity, changing the world with the power of his intellect and imagination. To celebrate this historic milestone, the Inspired by Einstein Project is embarking on a global initiative to inspire the next generation of brilliant minds and bring fresh thinking to the problems facing our planet.
Such innovative thinking is reflected in Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, a publishing milestone that invites 100 of the leading influencers, thinkers, innovators, and scientists of our time to share their vision of the future in the world’s first 3D-printed book, designed by renowned artist Ron Arad.
“Chris was unanimously chosen as one of the 100 leading global visionaries,” says Judy Tanenbaum from The International Executive Committee of the Inspired by Einstein Project. “As a leading champion of believing that anything is possible, Chris reminded us of Einstein, who also pushed the limits of his mind to create what most thought was impossible.”
Fellow contributors to Genius include: Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, education expert Sir Ken Robinson, environmentalist Sylvia Earle, film producer and director Sir Ridley Scott , Nobel Laureates and many other luminaries. As Einstein himself said – “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world.”