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    Edison Talks

    Edison Talks: the Uncharted

    Our premier daylong event is now open to the public.

    Friday, Oct 20, 2017 10:00 - 4:30 PM @ Harris Theater
    This event is over - check out the videos below and be inspired!

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    Tennis Coach Kamau Murray on the Solution for Success
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    Climate Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez on How Young People Can Save the World
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    Jennifer Garner on How to Help Children in Poverty
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    How Small Talk Can Make You Live Longer
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    Mysteries Under the Sea
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    Tererai Trent’s Powerful Dreams
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    Impression Master Ross Marquand on Finding Yourself
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    Taking Traditions to the Future in the Kitchen
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    Zoë Quinn Interview: Women and Game Dev
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    How Healthcare Can Be Fixed
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    Acrobatics by Dana Dugan
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    Performance by Chicago Dance Crash
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    Piano Performance by Paul Hamilton
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    An Inside Look at the Fight for Refugees
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    How Did People Lose Trust in the News, and What’s Next?
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    NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin on His Journey to Space
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    Virtual Reality and the Future of Storytelling
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    Dance Performance by Benjamin Holliday Wardell
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    Dominique Fils-Aimé performs "Feeling Good"
    Jennifer Garner
    Actress & Philanthropist
    Kamau Murray
    Founder, XS Tennis and Education Foundation
    Mark K. Shriver
    Senior Vice President, US Programs and Advocacy, Save the Children; President, Save the Children Action Network
    Eli Pariser
    President, GOOD Worldwide; President, Upworthy
    Zoë Quinn
    Game Developer & Activist
    Ross Marquand
    Aminatou Sow
    Digital Strategist & Cohost, "Call Your Girlfriend"
    Ann Friedman
    Journalist & Cohost, "Call Your Girlfriend"
    Eugene Chung
    Founder & CEO, Penrose VR
    BJ Miller
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
    Francisco Migoya
    Head Chef, Modernist Cuisine
    Celeste Headlee
    Communication and Human Nature Expert, Award-winning journalist, and Author
    Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
    Climate Activist, Hip-Hop Artist & Author
    Leland Melvin
    Former NFL Athlete; US Astronaut, Retired & Author
    Becca Heller
    Director & Co-Founder, International Refugee Assistance Project
    Tererai Trent
    Humanitarian; Author; Founder, Tererai Trent International
    David Gallo
    Brad Keywell
    Founder & Chairman, Chicago Ideas and Founder & CEO, Uptake
    EDISON TALKS - Edison Talks are our premier, specially curated day of mind-bending speakers, provocative performances and unique experiences around a single theme.

    Join us a Edison Talks this year, where we’ll explore our theme, the Uncharted, with more than a dozen speakers and performers who are pushing boundaries in their fields.

    Exploring the uncharted not only requires courage, empathy and perseverance. It must also be fueled by curiosity, diligence and discipline.

    It is looking upward and outward to imagine dimensions not yet within our consciousness. It is letting go of expectation and opening yourself to endless possibility. It is often riddled with inefficiency, experimentation and failure, but if you postpone judgment and embrace the unknown, the rewards include fresh perspectives, breakthroughs, insights and serendipitous encounters. It is discovery. When we choose mapping over tracing, we begin to realize that endpoints do not exist. It’s simply the ends of the known.

    We hope to see you there!

    Friday, Oct 20, 2017 10:00 - 4:30 PM
    Harris Theater
    205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
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