Day 2: Cultivate the Mind
Participants came together to learn how power and privilege relate to social justice, climate change and the environment, public health, philanthropy, media and entertainment, and more. We explored how to build from here, what needs to be left behind, our communal responsibility as leaders, and how to reconnect to the web of life.
Protecting People in a Pandemic: Human Rights & COVID-19
The response to COVID-19 many have adopted is the rallying cry of “we are all in this together.” The reality is that they are not.
Vulnerable communities with a lack of access to food, shelter, water, healthcare, sick leave, or the physical or financial ability to isolate are falling prey to an emergent environment that allows for their exploitation, forced labor, and other forms of modern slavery to thrive. This is a crucial time to share and learn from others - the health, safety, and livelihoods of millions depend on it.
This session with explored systems and structures that have failed during COVID-19 and how we can take action.
Re-connecting to the Web of Life
Power & Representation in Media
When the celebrities we admire speak, we tend to listen. When the NBA walks out of the playoffs in protest, we pay attention. We are at an inflection point, where entertainment and its creators, athletes, and stars play increasingly powerful roles in activism and social change. So, what does the future hold?
Why does inclusive representation matter and what role does popular culture play in transforming our perceptions and beliefs? Is there inherent responsibility within reaching millions of people around the world across all manners of political, economic, and national divides?
This session covered the evolving norms and power of entertainment, as a vehicle for social change, in conversation with industry leaders and creators, and explored the complexity and responsibility of being in the spotlight.
Bridging Leadership Moments & Open Networking: Inclusive Systems
Bridging Leadership Moments/Open Networking sessions were held twice this day around the theme of inclusive systems.
Together, we explored questions including:
- How do power and privilege affect our best intentions for inclusive solutions?
- How might leaders ensure we reach outcomes that truly benefit the whole of our communities?
To help start the conversations, we looked at two videos from members of the Synergos network, both excerpts from conversations about overcoming systemic racism.