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Six Insights from Tuesday at Chicago Ideas Week

By Kevin Beerman / October 16, 2019

Tuesday challenged us with an unfiltered look at whether or not facts can be reported in the era of fake news while showing the ways social media is reshaping modern journalism. We unpacked life at work in 2019, then examined human connection and mental health with Taraji P. Henson and Brian Grazer. Labs took us from the North to the South Side, where we practiced mindfulness, channeled our inner architect, and tackled food deserts right here in Chicago.

Here are 6 six insights you won’t stop thinking about:

Taraji P. Henson on resilience and tenacity:

“When you own your flaws or mistakes in life, you teach other people to do it. No one can hold your past against you.”

 

CBS News Correspondent Major Garrett on how to navigate information in our changing media environment:

“People will ask me, where do I go, who do I trust? I say, if the news you consume from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep makes you feel good—you’re doing it wrong.”

 

Leadership and Life Hacks author Alyssa Rapp on making the move to the next phase of your career:

“Pivoting is not easy. To do so you need to believe in the change you’re envisioning and believe in yourself.”

 

UCLA professor Ramesh Srinivasan on how to prevent bias in algorithms:

“People who create algorithms will create them based on how they see the world. We need to ensure that the design process is inclusive.”

 

The Cares Family CEO Alex Smith on our nation’s loneliness epidemic and how that impacts work:

“It used to be that loneliness was an individual, personal crisis. But in the last few years, it appears more as a public health crisis.”

 

Poet & Author Saeed Jones on the importance of sharing our stories:

“Because no one person can or should shoulder the burden of helping us understand every facet of the human experience.”