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    Performance by Matt Muse

    Hip-Hop Artist Matt Muse performs at “A World With(out).” Muse kick-started his musical career as a student at Northern Illinois University, performing at multiple shows on campus and at other Illinois colleges. His music has been featured on “Sway in the Morning” and urban alternative Vocalo Radio FM Chicago, and he has performed at many Chicago venues, festivals and shows.

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    • Check out The Economist’s 2017 Edition: The World If…
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    • See WIRED’s photo series of a world without light pollution.
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    A World With(Out)

    What would happen if the world as you know it changed?

    John Mackey
    Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market
    Amanda Seales
    Comedian & TV Host
    Martin Varsavsky
    Executive Chairman, Prelude Fertility; Founder & Chairman, Fon
    David O. Brown
    Correspondent, ABC News; Chief of Police, Retired, Dallas Police Department
    Jessamyn Stanley
    Author & Yoga Instructor
    Brad Keywell
    Founder & Chairman, Chicago Ideas and Founder & CEO, Uptake

    Consider a world in which a city’s police force resembles the people they represent. What about a world without capitalism as we know it? Would society crumble, or would we find ourselves flush with new opportunities? What if your biological clock never stopped ticking, freeing you up to do all the things you never thought you had time for? These are just some of the scenarios we’ll be presenting as visionary thinkers imagine a world that isn’t the one we’ve come to know.