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805 21st Street Northwest

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Sustainability and science need storytellers now more than ever.

The Planet Forward Summit will focus on how we as students, scientists, communicators, innovators, policymakers and citizens of the earth, communicate to inspire action. The summit will bring everyone together, all in one room, to share inspiring stories, featuring the best storytellers, collaborating to learn what makes an effective environmental story and to celebrate and reward the best environmental storytelling by college students.

The two-day Planet Forward Summit investigates effective sustainability storytelling through the lens of our Storyfest contest categories: character, creativity, science/data, innovation and big ideas. Major topics covered include: food, water, energy, mobility, built environment, and biodiversity. Be the first to learn the winners of our student storytelling contest, Planet Forward Storyfest 2017.

FEATURING:

Olorunfunmi Adebajo, Journalist, Nigeria, Mandela Fellow, Young African Leaders Initiative

Tobin Asher, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University

Rachael Baxter, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Conscious Magazine

Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Journalist, Ghana, Mandela Fellow, Young African Leaders Initiative

Kate Brandt, Sustainability Lead, Google

Darren Davis, President, iHeartRadio

Dennis Dimick, Photographer, National Geographic Editor Emeritus

Katie Dotterer-Pyle, Farmer, Cow Comfort Inn, Maryland

Jamie Hestekin, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas

Jordan Goldstein, Managing Principal, Gensler

Sydney Gray, Purdue University, Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge

Shawn Lightfoot, Co-Founder, The Fresh Food Factory and Art-drenaline Cafe

Tom Lovejoy, “Godfather of Biodiversity”; Professor, George Mason University

Rachel Kalera-Mhango, Times Television, Malawi, Mandela Fellow, Young African Leaders Initiative

Robin Kimmerer, Professor; Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, SUNY-ESF

Barbara Kline Pope, Executive Director, Communications of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Rick Leach, President, World Food Program USA

Elise Michelle Ogle, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University

Chris Policinski, President and CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Andrew Revkin, Senior Reporter, Climate Change, ProPublica

Jenny Rogers, Associate Editor, The Nature Conservancy Magazine

Frank Sesno, Founder and Host, Planet Forward; Director, GW School of Media and Public Affairs

Michael Svoboda, Sustainability Minor Director, George Washington University


AGENDA

For full schedule and descriptions of each session, click here.

Summit Day One: Thursday, April 6, 2017

8:00 AM - NETWORKING BREAKFAST - 2nd floor, GW Media and Public Affairs building (805 21st Street NW)

8:30 AM - WELCOME - Inspiring Stories to Move the Planet Forward - Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st Street NW)

Frank Sesno, founder and host, Planet Forward; Director, GW School of Media and Public Affairs

8:50 AM - PRESENTATION - Character-Driven Stories Can Change The World

Speaker to be announced, Discovery Communications

Summary: A master storyteller from Discovery shows the best (and worst) of character-driven storytelling, and reveals how effective characters can compel and inspire change.

9:25 AM - STUDENT PRESENTATION

9:30 AM - PRESENTATION - Stories That Last: Native American Traditions of Storytelling

Dr. Robin Kimmerer, Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, SUNY-ESF, Scientist, Storyteller
Summary: The rich tradition of storytelling in Native cultures has resulted in stories that last — stories of culture, nature, and wisdom that are passed down through many generations. In a crowded digital world, these powerful Native oral traditions of storytelling show how can we can capture the heart and soul of story and incorporate this tradition into our storytelling.

10:05 AM - STUDENT PRESENTATION

10:10 AM - INTERACTIVE - The Reality of Virtual Reality

Tobin Asher, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Elise Ogle, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Summary: Anything is possible with virtual reality. Experts from Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab reveal the connection between people and immersive virtual reality simulations, and take us on a groundbreaking virtual “field trip” to a degraded ocean ecosystem, exposing the power of VR.

10:40 AM - NETWORKING BREAK - 2nd Floor, Media and Public Affairs Building

11:10 AM - PANEL - Best Food Innovation Stories

Moderator: Frank Sesno, Planet Forward
Chris Policinski, President and CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Rick Leach, President, World Food Program USA
Shawn Lightfoot, Co-Founder, The Fresh Food Factory
To be announced

Summary: What are the scalable and inspiring innovations that can change the world within the next five years? Dive into the story of food innovation with world leaders, farmers and entrepreneurs.

11:50 PM - PRESENTATION - Hey, What’s the Big Idea?

Olorunfunmi Adebajo, Journalist, Mandela Fellow
Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Journalist, Mandela Fellow
Rachel Kalera-Mhango, Journalist, Mandela Fellow
Scientist (TBD)
Student (TBD)

Summary: What are today’s dream teams are working on for the future? How do we tell the story of these ambitious ideas? Frank Sesno will lead a conversation featuring journalists and storytellers from Africa - the world’s fastest changing continent.

12:30 PM - LUNCH & KEYNOTE - GW Marvin Center Ballroom (800 21st St. NW)

A conversation with Kate Brandt, Sustainability Lead, Google

2-4:35PM - BREAKOUTS - The District House (2121 H St. NW)

2-3:15

Students Moving the Planet Forward
Sydney Gray, Purdue University, Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge
Planet Forward Correspondents

The Power of Narrative in a Video World
Rachael Baxter, co-founder, Conscious Magazine

Frontiers of Storytelling - Virtual Reality demonstration
Tobin Asher, Stanford University
Elise Ogle, Stanford University

Data Storytelling 101
To Be Announced

3:20-4:35 pm

Science in the Polarized Era
Jamie Hestekin, University of Arkansas
To Be Announced

22nd Century Thinking
To Be Announced

Environmental Photography
To Be Announced

Mandela Fellows
Moderator: Frank Sesno
Olorunfunmi Adebajo, Journalist, Mandela Fellow
Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Journalist, Mandela Fellow
Rachel Kalera-Mhango, Journalist, Mandela Fellow

Summit Day Two: Friday, April 7, 2017

8:30 AM - NETWORKING BREAKFAST - The District House (2121 H St. NW)

9-10:15 AM - BREAKOUTS

Escaping Your Bubble - Framing Bridges Across the Political Divide
Michael Svoboda, Sustainability Minor Director, George Washington University
To Be Announced

Character Building: Storytelling to Inspire Social Change
To Be Announced

Communicating Complexity
To Be Announced

Ask More: The Power of Questions
Frank Sesno

11:00 AM - PRESENTATION + STORYFEST GRAND PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT - Jack Morton Auditorium

Andy Revkin, Senior Reporter, Climate Change, ProPublica
Tom Lovejoy, ecologist at George Mason University

Summary: Telling the powerful story of climate and our planet; Storyfest Prize Announcement: Five grand prize winners of a biodiversity storytelling expedition to the Brazilian rainforest are revealed.

12:15 PM - LUNCH & NETWORKING

Join us in the 2nd floor art gallery for lunch and networking.

1:30 PM - SITE VISITS - Student Site Visit Opportunities in Washington, D.C.

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Want to be a volunteer? Please send your availability to Jack Quinn: info@planetforward.org

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Stephanie Aboukasm: saboukasm@email.gwu.edu


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