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FUTURE TENSE, FUTURE PERFECT?
Monday, November 13, 2017; 1:00 to 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 8:30am to 6:30pm
WGBH Headquarters, One Guest Street (at Market Street), Boston

 

Through the generosity of The Kendeda Fund, WGBH will host its 7th annual Innovation IdeaLab on Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14. The popular IdeaLab convenes powerful speakers, thought leaders, grassroots activists, foundation representatives, and top WGBH executives and producers for an inspiring day and a half of new ideas for public media programming.

With sessions on building healthy brains for children and the future of nature, work, equity, and cities, IdeaLab speakers will help us explore bold and practicable visions for building a positive future.
 

AGENDA

Monday, November 13, 1:00–4:30pm
The Brain Beat: Building Children’s Brains
Moderator: Arun Rath, Correspondent, National Public Radio & WGBH News

1:00 Welcome & Introduction
Arun Rath, Correspondent, National Public Radio & WGBH News

Session One
Jack Shonkoff, Pediatrician; Founding Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Jackie Bezos, President and Co-Founder, Bezos Family Foundation
Ronald Ferguson, Faculty Director, the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

Q&A

2:40 Break

3:00 Session Two
John Gabrieli, Director, Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Director, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative
Florence Williams, Author, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
Laurence Steinberg, Professor, Temple University; Author, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

 

Q&A

Tuesday, November 14, 8:30–6:30pm
Moderators: Miles O’Brien, PBS NewsHour & NOVA; Kara Miller, Innovation Hub

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jon Abbott, President & CEO, WGBH Educational Foundation

Session One: Future of Nature
Janine Benyus, Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute
David Titley, Rear Admiral, US Navy (retired); Director, Penn State Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk
Harvey Locke, Co-Founder, Nature Needs Half; Co-Founder, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Q&A

10:40 Break

11:00 Session Two: Future of Jobs/Work
Andrew McAfee, Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management; Co-Author, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future
Palak Shah, Social Innovations Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Founding Director, Fair Care Labs
Kristin Sharp, Director, Initiative on Work, Workers, and Technology, New America

Q&A

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Session Three: Future of Equity/Engaging New Voices/Audiences
Juma Inniss, Founder and Director, The Message Movement
Ananda Lee Tan , Justice Transition Campaign Director, Climate Justice Alliance
Nick Tilsen, Executive Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Oglala Lakota Nation
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Organizer and Spokesperson, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

Q&A

2:45 Break

3:00 Showcase: Virtual Reality: Greenland Melting
Raney Aronson, Executive Producer, FRONTLINE
Julia Cort, Deputy Executive Producer, NOVA

3:15 Session Four: Future of Cities
Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer, Global Managing Director for Water, The Nature Conservancy
Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Markets, Ford Foundation

Q&A

4:45-6:30pm WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION

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See the trailer from the 2017 Innovation IdeaLab for an overview of the event:

Full sessions from last year’s Innovation IdeaLab are available on the WGBH Forum Network.

An Invitation-Only Event.

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