Lost and Found
September 20, 2016 • NOVA Place
From artisans, to makers, to a new generation of manufacturers, we're examining the value of revitalizing the past, reengaging with experiences fading into memory, and reimagining once dying industries as vital engines of growth. We're not just doing this for the sake of posterity — we need to properly chart the future.
September 21, 2016 • Kelly-Strahorn Theater
Pittsburgh is surging in relevance and notoriety nationally and globally, and is emerging as one of the premier destinations for people seeking great opportunities to make an impact. What can Pittsburgh (and cities like us) do to sustain this competitive advantage, knowing the window to capitalize on our momentum may be short-lived? In the midst of this newly found attention, how do we answer critical questions about the future of Pittsburgh, most notably on the topics of culture, identity, and authenticity?
The Ripple Effect
September 22, 2016 • NOVA Place
Often, there have been little things that have been applied, leveraged, or used in new ways which, in turn, led to something big. Economics, finance, sociology, and science all refer to this as the "Ripple Effect": a seemingly unnoticed act or action that expands upon itself incrementally and exponentially. What stories are out there that teach us that big things can sometimes come in small-looking packages? Or that building the "next big thing" may not require millions of dollars or celebrity endorsements — it may just come from the right combination of ideas, people, and circumstances.
Ria David, Ph. D.
President & Co-Founder, Cybergenetics
Founder, Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Founder, The Mattress Factory
Inventor & Entrepreneur
Inventor of the Hashtag
Dr. Bennet Omalu
First to Discover and Diagnose Chronic Brain Damage in NFL Athletes
Pulitzer Prize Winner & Nationally-Syndicated Columnist
Dr. Jim Withers
Founder, Operation Safety Net & Founder, Street Medicine Institute