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. 

 

Speakers

Serena Grant
Serena Grant
Minderoo Foundation
Business and Engagement Lead, Walk Free
Ashif Shaikh
Ashif Shaikh
Jan Sahas
Co-founder
Phyu Sin
Phyu Sin
Local Resource Center (LRC) in Dawei, Myanmar
Regional Coordinator
Corazon ( Dinky) Soliman
Corazon ( Dinky) Soliman
Synergos
Activist and Board member
Pansy Tun Thein
Pansy Tun Thein
Local Resource Centre (LRC) in Yangon, Myanmar
Executive Director
Natasha Tariq
Natasha Tariq
Synergos
Director Philanthropy Asia

Re-connecting to the Web of Life

Climate change is a defining issue of our time and the urgency around it is palpable.

We may not hold all the answers, but nature does. 

We used our time together to learn from the worlds of activism, conservation, and native wisdom, and what we can do to protect and heal our planet.
 

Speakers

Alnoor Ladha
Alnoor Ladha
Author & Community Organizer
Kris Tompkins
Kris Tompkins
Tompkins Conservation
President & Co-Founder
Tashka Yawanawá
Tashka Yawanawá
The Yawanawá in Acre, Brazil
Leader
Katarina Czarniak
Katarina Czarniak
Synergos
Managing Director

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.

Sam Feder
Sam Feder
Director, Disclosure
Logan Meza
Logan Meza
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective & Black Girls Matter MIA Coalition
Lead Organizer & Co-Founder
Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Teen Vogue
Executive Editor
Swati Chaudhary
Swati Chaudhary
Synergos

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. 

Speakers

Marlene Ogawa
Marlene Ogawa
Synergos
Director
Kathryn Uhl
Kathryn Uhl
Synergos
Manager