Speakers (215)

Playwright and director Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell

“There is a term called ‘social distance,’ which describes how far away we’ve become from each other socially. Technology makes our ability to get even more socially distant possible. Theatre demands that we get into the same room with other people and reconcile our differences.”

Anirudh Koul

Anirudh Koul is a noted AI expert with experience in deep learning, computer vision, robotics and Natural Language Processing (NLP). […]

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe explores his evolution as an artist, and how inspiration can strike at the most unlikely times (and even unlikelier places).

Ava Holmes

Ava Jordan Holmes, founder of Fashion for Conservation (FFC), believes bridging the gap between the industries of conservation and fashion is a key to human survival.

barry johnson

Barry Johnson is a multi-disciplinary artist and author who works across all mediums.  He is known to constantly shift the […]

Ben Hunter

Ben Hunter, folk musician and community organizer plays his stories through music and talks about the communal role of folks music as a means to fight the growing trend of human disconnection.

Ben Klasky

Ben Klasky, CEO of IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor learning center, proposes a free and natural remedy to the physical problems kids face: the Great Outdoors.

Beth Kolko

Professor Kolko blends disciplinary perspectives to identify hidden problems and craft innovative solutions.

Bill Gates Sr.

Guides the vision and strategic direction of the Gates Foundation

Blaine Harden

Blaine Harden currently reports for PBS Frontline and is a contributor to the Economist. He has a long and distinguished career as a foreign and domestic correspondent.

Bob Walsh

Businessman, humanitarian, citizen diplomat, director of the Goodwill Games, founding chairman of One World 2011

Brian Arbogast

Brian Arbogast is the Gates Foundation’s Director of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Team Global Development Program.

C.J. Liu

Host of popular radio show “Fire it UP with CJ” and life coach.

Carla Wilcox

Former professional boxer, lead coach at the Wilcox Boxing Studio.

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee

Having worked as a radio host for decades, Celeste knows the ingredients of a great conversation. She will share her 10 useful rules.

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