From creating an ecosystem that levels the playing field for women and minorities to the impact the latest technologies are having on our everyday lives, this week’s Full Frame discusses who and what puts the “I” in impact and how individual effort and initiative can spark positive change that affects us all.
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Eric Liu: The art of effective and creative citizenship
The Aspen Ideas Festival is one of the largest annual gatherings of thought leaders and innovators in the world and one such trailblazer is educator Eric Liu. Liu is the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program and the founder and CEO of Citizen University. The goal of his programs is to teach leaders, activists and practitioners the art of effective and creative civic citizenship.
Recognized by The New York Times and The Washington Post as a leading voice of his generation, Liu was a White House speechwriter for U.S. President Bill Clinton and later served as Clinton’s Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor. The son of Chinese immigrant parents, Liu has written several acclaimed books that highlight his storytelling abilities, penchant for new ideas and his civic involvement.
Mike Walter sat down with Liu at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss his belief that we all need to be part of something bigger than ourselves and that individual involvement can have a powerful impact.
Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne: Impact investing
We’ve all heard the term “impact investing”, but no one knows it better than Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne. The CEO of The Prometheus Exchange and principal of Maya Ventures, she and a collective of social change-makers are working to build a diversity-based venture capital ecosystem that levels the playing field for women and minorities. A former vice president of Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase, she managed the tri-state portfolio, a $250 million initiative and one of the largest private sector efforts working to address the skills gap.
She recently joined the advisory board of ClimateDonor.org, a crowd-sourced funding platform for organizations, programs, and projects focused on global climate change mitigation. In addition, she writes a regular column for Investments & Wealth Monitor magazine and speaks widely about social change, philanthropy and impact investing.
Mike Walter sat down with Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and she shared the social and economic impact of empowering female entrepreneurs of color through impact investing opportunities.
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Gill Hicks: Triumph over tragedy
As a survivor of the 2005 London Underground terror attack, Australian Gill Hicks is a member of a tragic and exclusive club. Hicks was on a busy commuter train when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb killing 26 passengers. The attack resulted in the loss of both of her legs below the knee – instantly and drastically changing her life and turning Hicks into one of the most inspiring and sought-after speakers in the world.
Following the attack, Hicks left her successful career in architecture and design to work on projects and initiatives that are aimed both towards ending violent extremism and building sustainable models for peace. In 2007, she founded M.A.D. for Peace, a non-profit organization that connects people worldwide and encourages us to think of “peace as a verb”—something she believes we have an individual responsibility to do on a daily basis.
Gill Hicks joins Mike Walter from London via satellite to share her remarkable story and the courage and determination it takes to triumph over tragedy.
Eric Pickersgill: The smartphone effect
Finally this week, the advanced technology of the smartphone has impacted our lives like virtually no technology in the past. Most of us can’t imagine a day, much less a moment, when we’re without our smartphone. So, just what kind of impact are these devices making in our everyday lives? How are they shifting social behaviors? Are they creating or limiting our human interactions?
Photographer Eric Pickersgill wanted to take a look at the psychological and social effects behind cameras and the role they play in our society. You may be astonished – or even dismayed – by what he found.
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