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    Going Virtual. Staying Inspirational.

    We're still bringing you big ideas and bigger connections to build a better world.

    Chicago Ideas REimagined

    We believe this is a time to accept things as they are and consider the role each of us plays in creating the future.  In this tenth year of Chicago Ideas, it’s time to RE. RE can be found in a number of ways: REthinking, REviewing, REorienting, REvising, REminding, REcommitting -- to name just a few.  The South African poet Gift Gugu Mona advises, ‘Rethink, relearn, replan,’ rather than regret.  Her words truly resonate in these challenging times.

    The pandemic and the resulting ‘zoom overload’ have led us to REformat Chicago Ideas Week 2020.  We’ve REvised our long-form week-long series of intensive talks and will be creating content easier to share and consume in today’s media landscape. Chicago Ideas already provides year-round content, and we are acting on our belief (in mid-Covid times) that connectivity is best created incrementally (rather than through big-bang productions).  We embrace this evolution. We find great optimism within change.

    Our platforms of engagement will be both established and experimental. While we will continue in-person events once the pandemic allows, we will focus our efforts towards online channels as means to connect, provoke, inspire, instigate, and galvanize through storytelling and conversation.

    Through this commitment of serving as a year-round virtual platform offering continued conversation on much more consistent cadence, we have also made the decision to offer this content at no cost to our Community of Curiosity.  We feel strongly that our impact is wrapped around the notion that ideas should be available to everyone, irrespective of their circumstances. We believe our “membership” to be anyone who wishes to engage with us and consume our content. With that said, we welcome any charitable contribution to our organization – large or small – so that we may continue the work of building and improving the impact Chicago Ideas has on our city and the world.  

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