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November 16, 2016

WGBH Innovation IdeaLab Hosts Thought Leaders for Climate Change Forum


BOSTON, November 16, 2016 — Yesterday, WGBH hosted Innovation IdeaLab, a one-day summit which brought together dynamic influencers and experts in the science, technology, arts and media industries to discuss topics around the theme, “Bold Visions for the Future: Biodiversity, Cities, and Leadership in Times of Climate Change.” The event was held at WGBH headquarters, One Guest Street, Boston and the day’s four sessions examined topics from the development of sustainable urban planning to the power of community engagement to create change. Speakers included food author and former columnist for The New York Times Mark Bittman; artist and environmentalist Maya Lin; and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Moderators included Miles O’Brien, veteran producer and reporter for NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NewsHour; and Kara Miller, founder and host of “Innovation Hub.” WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott offered opening remarks.

"At a time when communicating about science is more crucial than ever, the WGBH Innovation IdeaLab created a much needed forum for sharing ideas and information," said Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer for NOVA and Director of the WGBH Science Unit.  "I was inspired by the incredible roster of speakers, thought leaders, experts, and members of the community who gathered at our WGBH Headquarters, and am hopeful these conversations will continue well into our future."

Supported by The Kendeda Fund, the Innovation IdeaLab offered a chance for powerful thinkers and leaders to suggest new stories and storytelling approaches for future public media reporting. Producers and researchers from the NOVA science series, FRONTLINE, American Experience, World Channel, Children’s and Education, Studio Six, PRI’s The WORLD and Innovation Hub were all in attendance, along with producers from the Living Lab radio series. Many other independent public media producers for television, radio and digital media platforms joined for the day.

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