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Thursday, April 6
 

7:30am

Breakfast and Networking
Thursday April 6, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
School of Media and Public Affairs 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

8:30am

Welcome with Frank Sesno
Speakers
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 8:50am
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

8:50am

Innovator: Character-Driven Stories Can Change The World
A master storyteller from Discovery shows the best (and worst) of character-driven storytelling, and reveals how effective characters can compel and inspire change.

Thursday April 6, 2017 8:50am - 9:25am
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

9:30am

Right Brain: Stories That Last: Native American Traditions of Storytelling
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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robin Kimmerer

Dr. Robin Kimmerer

Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse
Dr. Kimmerer serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and the ecology of mosses…She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:05am
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

10:10am

Left Brain: The Reality of Virtual Reality
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.

Speakers
avatar for Tobin Asher

Tobin Asher

Lab Manager, The Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Tobin Asher earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Stanford in June 2016. His initial interest in virtual reality was immersive journalism as a way of making people feel closer to seemingly distant topics. Tobin helps facilitate the Virtual Human Interaction Lab’s research projects, coordinates lab logistics and outreach, and maintains the lab’s software and hardware. He also helps program virtual worlds, edit video... Read More →
avatar for Elise Ogle

Elise Ogle

Project Manager, The Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Elise Ogle graduated from Stanford with her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Communication in June 2015. Her Virtual Human Interaction Lab research of past and present focuses on using virtual reality to design immersive, educational narratives that raise awareness about ocean acidification. Her lab work involves managing projects and developers, designing virtual reality simulations, 3D modeling, and voice acting.


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:10am - 10:40am
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

10:40am

Networking Break
Thursday April 6, 2017 10:40am - 11:10am
School of Media and Public Affairs 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

11:10am

Visionary: Best Food Innovation Stories
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.

Moderators
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katie Dotterer-Pyle

Katie Dotterer-Pyle

Owner and Dairy Farmer, Cow Comfort Inn
Katie Pyle and her husband, Dave, were both raised on family dairy farms. Katie and Dave decided to start their own dairy farm in 2009 and moved to Virginia where they bought their first 90 cows. After renting two farms in the past five years, the couple purchased a dairy farm in Union Bridge, Maryland where they own a herd of 400 cows. Katie is involved in their milk cooperative’s leadership.
avatar for Rick Leach

Rick Leach

President, CEO, World Food Program - USA
Rick Leach serves as President and CEO of World Food Program USA, which proudly supports the mission of the World Food Programme, the leading agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Over his career, Leach has tackled major social issues at a wide range of organizations across the public and private sectors, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has worked with Members of Congress... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Lightfoot

Shawn Lightfoot

Co-Founder, The Fresh Food Factory and Art-drenaline Cafe
Chef Shawn Lightfoot entered the culinary industry in 1982 under the tutelage of Chef Gary Black, then at Washington, D.C.’s famed Hogates Seafood Restaurant. Chef Lightfoot brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to the kitchen and hospitality world. He got his degree at The Baltimore International Culinary Institute of Culinary Arts, and he also studied at the famed Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York. As he... Read More →
avatar for Chris Policinski

Chris Policinski

President, CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Chris has more than 35 years of experience in the food industry. He joined Land O’Lakes, Inc., in 1997 and was appointed president and CEO in 2005.  Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, he held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Pillsbury Company. He serves on the board of several industry groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:10am - 11:50am
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

11:50am

22nd Century: Hey, what’s the Big Idea?
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.

Speakers
avatar for Olorunfunmi Adebajo

Olorunfunmi Adebajo

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Olorunfunmi Adebajo has six years of experience in youth and social development. She is the founder of Jade Academy, a youth-development organization aimed at bridging the gap between formal and informal education. She also recently founded Kindle Africa, where she focuses on initiating, developing, and executing strategies of poverty eradication in urban slums by improving access to formal/informal education for women and children. She has... Read More →
avatar for Nana Boakye-Yiadom

Nana Boakye-Yiadom

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Nana Boakye-Yiadom is an international award-winning journalist with over seven years of experience in the industry. Currently, he is the Ghana correspondent for the New York Times, Radio France International (RFI) and global news agency AFP.  He is also the deputy director of news programming at Citi FM in Accra. He won a continent-wide competition, the African Story Challenge, emerging out of over 300 African journalists in 2013. Nana is... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Nkhawanawo Kalera Mhango

Rachel Nkhawanawo Kalera Mhango

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
A Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter award winner in the Maternal and Newborn Health category, Rachel Kalera Mhango has been a practicing journalist for ten years. She works for Times Television as a producer and presenter, having been chosen to specialize in health reporting. She currently hosts a popular TV show on health issues for young Malawians and volunteers in her free time to support young women in accessing... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

12:30pm

Lunch and Short Keynote (Limited Seating)
Speakers
avatar for Kate Brandt

Kate Brandt

Lead for Sustainability, Google, Inc.
Kate Brandt served as the Nation’s first Chief Sustainability Officer under President Obama, and was Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy. In her current role, she leads sustainability efforts across Google’s worldwide operations and products, and coordinates with data centers, real estate, supply chain and product teams. Her breadth of experience gives her a unique perspective bridging public policy and the private sector.


Thursday April 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GW Marvin Center Continental Ballroom 800 21st St. NW

2:00pm

B114 - Thursday Breakout Session 1: 22nd Century Thinking
What are today’s dream teams working on for tomorrow? Step into the future — hear from, engage with, and be inspired by the people and companies bringing next century thinking to our present world.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Brandt

Kate Brandt

Lead for Sustainability, Google, Inc.
Kate Brandt served as the Nation’s first Chief Sustainability Officer under President Obama, and was Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy. In her current role, she leads sustainability efforts across Google’s worldwide operations and products, and coordinates with data centers, real estate, supply chain and product teams. Her breadth of experience gives her a unique perspective bridging public policy and the private sector.
avatar for Jordan Goldstein

Jordan Goldstein

Regional Managing Principal, Gensler Architects
Jordan co-manages Gensler’s Washington, DC office in addition to being a Southeast Co-Regional Managing Principal. He is also a member of Gensler’s Board of Directors and Management Committee. A Registered Architect in five states, Jordan has received numerous national and regional awards for excellence in architecture, interior design and product design. A sought-after spokesperson for the future of design both domestically and... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
District House 2121 H St NW

2:00pm

B117 - Thursday Breakout Session 1: Data Storytelling 101
How do you take a piece of data and create a compelling story? Our experts outline some storytelling techniques in this workshop.

Moderators
avatar for Dan Reed

Dan Reed

Director, Planet Forward
Dan Reed is director of Planet Forward, the environmental storytelling platform based at the GW School of Media and Public Affairs. He oversees partnerships, strategy, events, and outreach for Planet Forward and planetforward.org.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Butka

Holly Butka

Global Consumer Engagement Lead, Monsanto
Holly was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in central Nebraska.  She attended the University of Nebraska and received a BS degree in Agriculture and also earned an MBA from the State University of New York.  Holly’s career with Monsanto has spanned 27 years and has included roles in supply chain, field sales, operations, and strategy with responsibilities in the US and global regions. Holly is currently Director... Read More →
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Charla Lord

Senior Media Communications Manager, Monsanto


Thursday April 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
District House 2121 H St NW

2:00pm

B118 - Thursday Breakout Session 1: Students Moving the Planet Forward
Frank Sesno interviews some exceptional students - and the next generation of leaders - who will share their stories, motivations and insights.

Moderators
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Gray

Sydney Gray

Global Food Challenge Alum, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Purdue University
Sydney is from West Lafayette, Indiana, where she attends the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. She is currently studying accounting and finance with a concentration in international business. Drawing on her international travels and accounting/finance background, she hopes to bring valuable strategic solutions to today’s agricultural challenges.
avatar for Olivia Iannone

Olivia Iannone

Correspondent, Planet Forward
2016 Planet Forward Correspondent based out of Syracuse, NY. SUNY ESF class of 2018, BS Wildlife Science and Environmental Writing minor. Journalist, science nerd, and travel lover. My goal is to use storytelling to connect people from all walks of life to the beautiful, fascinating, and increasingly imperiled world we live in today.
avatar for Jacob Lebel

Jacob Lebel

Correspondent, Planet Forward
I want young people to step up and realize their potential as leaders, as creative innovators, and as a positive transformative force for our planet and society. | When I was four years old, my family moved from Quebec to southern Oregon to found a sustainable farm where I grew up milking cows and gardening. At 16, I ran a small-scale Community Supported Agriculture business providing customers in the nearby town of Roseburg with fresh organic... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
District House 2121 H St NW

2:00pm

B132 (UPDATED) - Thursday Breakout Session 1: Frontiers of Storytelling - Virtual Reality
Experts from Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and The Nature Conservancy take a deeper dive into virtual reality as a groundbreaking storytelling device, and discuss how they’ve overcome the barriers to incorporating this technology.

Speakers
avatar for Tobin Asher

Tobin Asher

Lab Manager, The Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Tobin Asher earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Stanford in June 2016. His initial interest in virtual reality was immersive journalism as a way of making people feel closer to seemingly distant topics. Tobin helps facilitate the Virtual Human Interaction Lab’s research projects, coordinates lab logistics and outreach, and maintains the lab’s software and hardware. He also helps program virtual worlds, edit video... Read More →
avatar for Ethan Kearns

Ethan Kearns

Mobile Marketing Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Ethan Kearns has been at The Nature Conservancy for just over 10 years and brings expertise in digital campaigns & mobile marketing, video, photography & design. Currently, Ethan is the Mobile Marketing Manager for the Conservancy, focused on advancing the organization's mobile strategy. An Alumnus of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Ethan is an All-American cross country runner, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker... Read More →
avatar for Elise Ogle

Elise Ogle

Project Manager, The Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Elise Ogle graduated from Stanford with her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Communication in June 2015. Her Virtual Human Interaction Lab research of past and present focuses on using virtual reality to design immersive, educational narratives that raise awareness about ocean acidification. Her lab work involves managing projects and developers, designing virtual reality simulations, 3D modeling, and voice acting.


Thursday April 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
District House 2121 H St NW

3:20pm

B114 - Thursday Breakout Session 2: The Art and Impact of Environmental Photography
Dennis Dimick (@ddimick), who served for many years as National Geographic's environment editor, will briefly discuss the value of environmental photography as a tool for visual storytelling and documentation. Come prepared with copies (digital or prints) of your environmental photos and discuss your work with an expert.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Dimick

Dennis Dimick

Photographer, National Geographic Editor Emeritus
Dennis Dimick has focused his more than four-decade journalism career on the collision between human aspiration and the planet. In a 35-year career at National Geographic, he served as the magazine’s environment editor for more than a decade, and he guided creation of major projects on climate change, freshwater, population, and global food security. Winner of many editing awards from Pictures of the Year, Dimick is a 20-year faculty member... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 3:20pm - 4:35pm
District House 2121 H St NW

3:20pm

B117 - Thursday Breakout Session 2: The Power of Narratives to Inspire Social Change

How do you construct a narrative to inspire social change? How does the media format play into your storytelling? Join a panel of experts sharing how they use narrative to encourage action.


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Imani M. Cheers

Dr. Imani M. Cheers

Assistant Professor, George Washington University
Imani M. Cheers is an award winning multimedia producer and Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C, which she joined in May 2013. Before joining the faculty at GWU, Cheers was director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, a producer/writer at Howard University Television and a multimedia producer at Newsweek.com. She received... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erik Assadourian

Erik Assadourian

Transforming Cultures Project, Senior Fellow & Director
Erik Assadourian is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, where he has studied cultural change, consumerism, sustainability education, economic degrowth, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, and sustainable communities over the past 15 years. Erik has directed two editions of Vital Signs and five editions of State of the World, including the upcoming State of the World 2017. Erik also directs Worldwatch Institute’s... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Baxter

Rachael Baxter

Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Conscious Magazine
Craving a platform where she could tell the inspiring stories of true agents of change, and in doing so elevate the conscious culture conversation, Rachael Baxter co-founded CONSCIOUS Magazine with her sister, Elena Baxter. As the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Rachael develops stories featuring social entrepreneurs, community development, local to global initiatives, and more.” Rachael has spoken on Social Good at Harvard’s... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton

Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton

Filmmaker, NMHS Unlimited Film Productions
Dr. Wilma E. Mosley Clopton, Ph.D.  is a Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society graduate of St. Louis University.  She is a writer, producer, director, author, world traveler, wife, mother, grandmother, a Mississippi native and only daughter of the late Drs. Charles C. and Jessie Bryant Mosley.  As the creator of NMHS Unlimited Film Productions she is dedicated to highlighting the continued significant contributions of... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Rogers

Jenny Rogers

Associate Editor, Nature Conservancy magazine
Jenny Rogers is an editor at Nature Conservancy magazine — the membership publication of The Nature Conservancy — and a writer for the organization’s science blog Cool Green Science. She serves as the editor of the front and back of the magazine and a science writer throughout. Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, she wrote about higher education for The Chronicle of Higher Education and aircraft maintenance for Aviation... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 3:20pm - 4:35pm
District House 2121 H St NW

3:20pm

B118 - Thursday Breakout Session 2: Meet the Mandela Fellows
How does the story get told on a continent that is facing the fastest growth, but perhaps the most urgent environmental challenges?

Moderators
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Olorunfunmi Adebajo

Olorunfunmi Adebajo

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Olorunfunmi Adebajo has six years of experience in youth and social development. She is the founder of Jade Academy, a youth-development organization aimed at bridging the gap between formal and informal education. She also recently founded Kindle Africa, where she focuses on initiating, developing, and executing strategies of poverty eradication in urban slums by improving access to formal/informal education for women and children. She has... Read More →
avatar for Nana Boakye-Yiadom

Nana Boakye-Yiadom

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Nana Boakye-Yiadom is an international award-winning journalist with over seven years of experience in the industry. Currently, he is the Ghana correspondent for the New York Times, Radio France International (RFI) and global news agency AFP.  He is also the deputy director of news programming at Citi FM in Accra. He won a continent-wide competition, the African Story Challenge, emerging out of over 300 African journalists in 2013. Nana is... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Nkhawanawo Kalera Mhango

Rachel Nkhawanawo Kalera Mhango

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
A Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter award winner in the Maternal and Newborn Health category, Rachel Kalera Mhango has been a practicing journalist for ten years. She works for Times Television as a producer and presenter, having been chosen to specialize in health reporting. She currently hosts a popular TV show on health issues for young Malawians and volunteers in her free time to support young women in accessing... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 3:20pm - 4:35pm
District House 2121 H St NW

3:20pm

B205 (UPDATED) - Thursday Breakout Session 2: Science in the Polarized Era
With science and facts being questioned regularly, how do we, as scientists and storytellers, cut through the noise?

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Kline Pope

Barbara Kline Pope

Executive Director, National Academies Press
Barbara Kline Pope is Executive Director for Communications and Executive Director of the National Academies Press at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. As the Executive Director for Communications she  manages the National Academies’ brand, and is currently leading an institution-wide branding campaign. She also develops innovative and dynamic programs that bring science, engineering, and medicine to public... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Buizer

Jim Buizer

Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Director of Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona
Jim Buizer is Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Director of Climate Adaptation and International Development in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, where he also holds faculty positions in Arid Lands Resource Sciences, and the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change. In addition to his service on the Planet Forward Board, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Hestekin

Jamie Hestekin

Associate Professor, Jim L. Turpin Endowed Professorship in Chemical and Biochemical Separations, University of Arkansas
Jamie Hestekin’s work with charged membrane separations impacts technologies as diverse as biofuels, artificial lungs and hydraulic fracturing.  Hestekin enjoys collaborating with industrial partners, energized by the cross-fertilization not found in solo lab research. In 2012, Hestekin and team of undergraduates were named co-winners of Planet Forward’s Innovator of the Year for algae-to-butanol project in a contest that aired... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

Professor and Tropical and Conservation Biologist, George Mason University
An ecologist who has worked in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965, Thomas Lovejoy works on the interface of science and environmental policy. Starting in the ‘70s he helped bring attention to the issue of tropical deforestation and in 1980 published the first estimate of global extinction rates (in the Global 2000 Report to the President). He also coined the term “Biological diversity,” originated the concept of debt-for-nature... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 3:20pm - 4:35pm
District House 2121 H St NW
 
Friday, April 7
 

8:30am

Breakfast and Networking
Friday April 7, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
District House 2121 H St NW

9:00am

B114 - Friday Breakout Session: Communicating Amid Complexity
From complexity as a 'challenge’ to ‘complexity is an invitation’; opening the space for communicating about difficult issues.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Hirsch

Paul Hirsch

Assistant Professor, SUNY-ESF
Paul Hirsch is an assistant professor in environmental policy. His research explores the conceptual and organizational challenges of managing multi-scaled, complex environmental problems. His research approach is to bring together methods from the policy and cognitive sciences, and he is particularly interested in the interplay of science, values, and politics in shaping the boundaries within which environmental problems are conceived and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Holly Butka

Holly Butka

Global Consumer Engagement Lead, Monsanto
Holly was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in central Nebraska.  She attended the University of Nebraska and received a BS degree in Agriculture and also earned an MBA from the State University of New York.  Holly’s career with Monsanto has spanned 27 years and has included roles in supply chain, field sales, operations, and strategy with responsibilities in the US and global regions. Holly is currently Director... Read More →
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Charla Lord

Senior Media Communications Manager, Monsanto
avatar for Barrett Pitner

Barrett Pitner

Journalist, The Daily Beast
Barrett Pitner is a writer, columnist and journalist based in Washington, D.C. He moved to the District upon completing his master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Pitner is from the metro Atlanta suburban city of Marietta, Georgia, and he spent most of his formative years in the South. He's never had a Southern accent, so no one — including Southerners — thinks he's from the... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
District House 2121 H St NW

9:00am

B117 - Friday Breakout Session: Ask More: The Power to Open Doors and Tell Stories
Questions help us break down barriers, pinpoint solutions, and explore new ways of doing things. Frank Sesno addresses ways to put questions to work in a truly effective way. 

Speakers
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
District House 2121 H St NW

9:00am

B132 - Friday Breakout Session: Escaping Your Bubble - Framing Bridges Across the Political Divide
In response to student feedback received at our Sustaining Sustainability in the Trump Years forum and through two surveys conducted since, we are offering this summit breakout session on how to escape our ideological bubbles and how to bridge the political divides that separate us. After a brief overview of the framework, participants will be sorted into small groups to practice techniques for recognizing one's biases, reconfiguring one's news feeds, detecting fake news, and shifting one's perspective or viewpoint in order to hear and respond to others in less polarizing terms and ways.

Speakers
avatar for Zachary Elder

Zachary Elder

Incoming Director, Pearl Bailey Public Library, Newport News, Va.
avatar for Michael Svoboda

Michael Svoboda

Sustainability Minor Director, George Washington University
Michael Svoboda is an Asst. Professor of Writing in the University Writing Program (2005 - ) and Director of the Sustainability Minor (2015 - ) at George Washington University. In his writing classes he alternates between the related themes of communicating climate change and political psychology, critical behavioral perspectives he now brings to his work with sustainability. Since 2010, he has also been a regular contributor to Yale Climate... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
District House 2121 H St NW

10:30am

A Conversation with Andrew Revkin: Telling the Story of Climate and Our Planet

As the administration considers deep cuts to the EPA, climate research and renewable energy, how does the story get told? PF creator Frank Sesno engages ProPublica climate correspondent Andrew Revkin in a provocative and forward-looking conversation about the challenges confronting the advocates and communicators of climate change and sustainability.



Speakers
avatar for Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin

Senior Reporter, Climate Issues, ProPublica
Andrew Revkin is the senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica. He joined the newsroom in December 2016, after 21 years of writing for The New York Times, most recently through his Dot Earth blog for the Opinion section, and six years teaching at Pace University. Revkin exposed political suppression of climate findings at NASA and editing of federal climate reports by political appointees with ties to the petroleum industry. He... Read More →
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

11:05am

Storyfest Grand Prize Announcement
Storyfest Prize Announcement: Five grand prize winners of a biodiversity storytelling expedition to the Brazilian rainforest are revealed.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

Professor and Tropical and Conservation Biologist, George Mason University
An ecologist who has worked in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965, Thomas Lovejoy works on the interface of science and environmental policy. Starting in the ‘70s he helped bring attention to the issue of tropical deforestation and in 1980 published the first estimate of global extinction rates (in the Global 2000 Report to the President). He also coined the term “Biological diversity,” originated the concept of debt-for-nature... Read More →
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 11:05am - 12:10pm
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

12:15pm

Box Lunch and Networking
Friday April 7, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm
School of Media and Public Affairs 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

1:30pm

Washington DC Site Visits
Friday April 7, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
TBA