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For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has pushed the boundaries of science by engaging the average citizen in a deeper understanding of the planet. Join two Nat Geo Fellows, Joel Sartore, renowned animal photographer, and Scott Loarie, director of a plant and animal identification app, to learn about the tools and strategies they're using to connect people to their environments. How are they getting us to care about something we should care about?

Featuring:
Joel Sartore, Scott Loarie, Katherine Bradley

Following all-but-unopposed reelections this year, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin both appear to be settling in as presidents for life. But while they’ve been consolidating power at the same moment, their two countries face vastly different trajectories and futures. Join two experts with unique insights into each leader for a discussion about the rise of these two modern authoritarians and what makes them alike — and different.

Featuring:
James Fallows, Elizabeth Economy, Michael McFaul

Facebook is at the center of some of the most important questions in American life: How can we distinguish truth from fiction online? How can society develop fairly in an era of artificial intelligence? Can technology bring us together, or will it drive us apart? Chris Cox, chief product officer at Facebook, will discuss all these questions and more with Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of Wired.

Featuring:
Chris Cox, Nicholas Thompson

Incidents of hate crimes against religious minority communities have surged alarmingly high in the last couple of years. The FBI reported an almost 20% increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes and the ADL recorded a 57% increase of anti-Semitic incidents last year alone. It is critical to build bridges across line of religious difference. During this session, the panelists will discuss best practices from the findings of our recent report, Pluralism in Peril: Challenges to an American Ideal.

Featuring:
Meryl Chertoff, Zeenat Rahman, Christian Picciolini

Big Tech firms bristle at the mention of regulation, and unlike major industries including finance, energy, and pharmaceuticals, tech has so far managed to avoid the strong arm of governmental control. But companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon wield an out-sized amount of influence over how we shop, communicate, and get the news. Just in case these companies don’t have our best interests at heart, what is the government’s role in protecting society from monopolies?

Featuring:
Renee DiResta, Frank Foer, Noam Cohen

Every major social platform has to wrestle with its influence on society and how its leaders’ decisions affect people. But one site that hasn’t made many headlines is Reddit, a network of hundreds of thousands of communities for people to connect across shared interests, in politics, jokes, hobbies, life struggles, and countless other topics. From new content policies to protecting user privacy, Reddit’s approach to human connection sets it apart from its peers.

Featuring:
Katie Couric, Steven Huffman, Brian Goldsmith

Luckily for us, a truly sustainable world already exists. Life on Earth had been in perfect balance for 3.8 billion years, and the secrets to that sustainability are still all around us. Biomimicry is the emulation of nature’s genius in design, engineering, even business. Today, biomimics are learning to repel bacteria like a shark, gather fog like a desert beetle, and circulate resources like a forest. The resulting designs are beautiful, functional, and — not surprisingly — sustainable.

Featuring:
Janine Benyus

The last year has seen a clear trend toward a more authoritarian China at home and a more aggressive China overseas. As the world’s most populous country becomes increasingly economically dominant from the South China Sea to Africa — and embarks on the world’s most ambitious global infrastructure project since the Marshall Plan — what’s the reality of the threat from America’s most important “frenemy”?

Featuring:
Elizabeth Economy, John Pomfret, Jung Pak, Yasheng Huang, Mary Kay Magistad, William Shelton, Scott Swift, Orville Schell, Rebecca Blumenstein

After The Atlantic ran a cover story with the headline “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation of Kids?” a spate of stories and opinion pieces followed. The media was flooded with rants in comments sections, a former Facebook exec warned that social media is ripping apart our society, and Apple investors formally asked the company to take measures that would prevent iPhones from harming children.

Featuring:
Emily Bazelon, Tristan Harris, Anya Kamenetz, Pete Dominick, James Steyer

When asked about faith in our larger institutions and organizations, citizens globally suggest that CEOs, not government, should take the lead on creating change. That said, many business organizations are still far from meeting the standards that employees and the consuming public hold them to. Some, however, are. Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, has not only driven increases in pay, he has announced an investment in higher education for US associates.

Featuring:
David Rubenstein, Doug McMillon, Dan Schulman, Rebecca Blumenstein, David Brancaccio

As technology advances into schools, and children grow up immersed in gadgets, apps, and social media, concerns about the implications of a high-tech environment on child development are becoming more urgent. With the pervasiveness of attention-seeking and addictive electronic devices, how can we maximize the benefits and convenience of technology while mitigating potential downsides?

Featuring:
Ross Wiener, Anya Kamenetz, Robert Runcie, Diane Tavenner

As consumers increasingly get their news online, and many news outlets shift from advertising-based business models to digital subscription-based business models, what role should tech platforms like Facebook play in supporting quality journalism? How do publishers tackle the challenges of breaking through various online channels to establish trust and relationships with readers directly? And what responsibility do platforms have to ensure quality news is thriving on and off their apps?

Featuring:
Adrienne LaFrance, Dylan Byers, Campbell Brown, Joshua Johnson

A noted author on animal behavior joins a corvid cognition expert to delight us with new discoveries about the remarkable brains of birds. Marvel at their ability to solve multi-step problems by planning ahead like a skilled chess player, exercise astonishing feats of memory, create works of art, and not only make and use tools but pass those designs on to future generations. You’ll never look at a crow the same way again.

Featuring:
Jennifer Ackerman, Alexander Taylor, Flora Lichtman

The Aspen Challenge presents three high school teams from Dallas and one team from Philadelphia who developed innovative solutions to issues that have chronically impacted their communities. See these young change-makers take to the stage to prove that entrepreneurial community solutions can be created at any age.

Financial-technology innovation is accelerating globally, making financial services more affordable, convenient, and secure for individuals and businesses. Billions of people — and entire economies — stand to benefit from this transition, but more work must be done to unlock the full potential of these innovations. What is fintech’s role in driving inclusive economic growth, and what are the steps needed to get there? Can we (and why should we) design and innovate with empathy?

Featuring:
Kevin Delaney, Susan Lund, Jose Quiñonez, Louise Pentland

What does it take for a team, business, or nonprofit to achieve audacious goals? Venture capitalist John Doerr argues that success has everything to do with how organizations — starting with their leaders — establish thoughtful objectives and transparent and measurable key results. With inside stories from Google to the Gates Foundation, from start-ups to giants, and from our families to our government, Doerr shares how to measure what matters most.

Featuring:
John Doerr, Derek Thompson

Nations experience crises which require making selective changes, and some nations are more successful solving them than others. We as individuals also experience personal crises, often associated with certain stages of life (teenage or midlife crises), or triggered by external shocks like relationship problems, the death of a loved one, or a health or job or financial blow.

Featuring:
Jared Diamond

For years, Adam Gopnik’s writing has delighted with charming and nostalgic observations of our behavior within the world around us. In this lecture, he’ll use findings from a series of New Yorker essays to ask us, what is it exactly that we do when we learn to do something? When we learn to drive, draw, play the piano, or do magic, what is it that we get good at when we get good, and what's the difference between superficial skill and confident mastery?

Featuring:
Adam Gopnik

Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. For its proponents, the global integration of states and their economies was a political and economic win that created a wealth of opportunities for workers and consumers around the world. But in the United States, jobs are disappearing in construction zones, clerical offices, and coal mines.

Featuring:
Jared Bernstein, John Donvan, Jason Furman, James Manyika, Thea Mei Lee

Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling, who counts international hip-hop star Kiari Cephus — known onstage as Offset, one third of the music trio Migos — as a client, discusses the intersection of criminal justice, race, and hip-hop. These issues, common themes in hip-hop music, reflect deeply rooted societal schisms which play out endlessly in the collateral consequences of criminal conviction and mass incarceration.

Featuring:
Joshua Johnson, Drew Findling

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