Plenary Session

Stronger Together: Moving from Conflict to Cooperation

From the Charleston shootings and the spread of ISIL, to the ongoing discrimination against vulnerable groups, there is no shortage of reminders that the world must continue to address the ongoing risks of intolerance and extremism. While access to information is a powerful tool for combatting these threats, a true culture of inclusion requires more than information alone—even in our tech-focused, increasingly interconnected world. To truly achieve equality of opportunity for all individuals, it is critical that students also expose and speak out against discrimination and violence, and go beyond this by taking part in the challenging work of building networks of cooperation and trust. This session will explore how students, universities, and civil society can:

• Move beyond tolerance alone and begin the hard work of building cross-cultural alliances.
• Create proactive dialogue with historically underrepresented, marginalized, or insecure sectors of society.
• Launch effective and inclusive social movements that can harness online tools for tangible, offline impact.

Panel Discussion:


Gianna Toboni, Correspondent and Producer, VICE on HBO


Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development & Policy Initiative (AEDPI), Co-Convener, #BringBackOurGirls Movement
John Lewis, Congressman, Georgia's 5th Congressional District Representative
Abuzar Royesh, Founder, One Two Three Organization
Maysoon Zayid, Comedian, Writer, Disability Advocate, New York Arab American Comedy Festival


Beyond Good Intentions: Designing for Unintended Consequences

Even the most seemingly well-designed initiatives can have unforeseen outcomes, despite experts in nearly every sector working to identify these scenarios in their own work. A campus ban of bottled water can result in increased soda sales on campus. Anti-malaria nets that are used for fishing can deplete regional fish stocks. These examples illustrate that any new project is entered into a system of highly complex processes that encompass intricate social and economic dynamics. By taking into account some of the intended—and unintended—consequences of a proposed solution, the opportunity to create greater sustainable, long-term impact can emerge. This session will explore how student innovators and advocates can:

• Gain extensive knowledge of projects’ target populations and local economies before developing solutions in close collaboration with them.
• Address the root causes of issues rather than immediate symptoms.
• Ensure solutions have the necessary infrastructure and buy-in to be effectively adopted.
• Invest early in evidence-based methodologies while having the humility to change course if unintended consequences emerge.

Panel Discussion:


Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation


Mohamed Barrie, Co-founder and Chief Strategic Officer, Wellbody Alliance
Catlin Powers, Co-Founder and CEO , One Earth Designs
Premal Shah, Co-Founder and President, Kiva.org
Rajiv Shah, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Laura Tyson, Professor, UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business & Blum Center for Developing Economies

Closing Plenary Session

A closing conversation with President Clinton hosted by Conan O’Brien.


Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Janet Napolitano, President, University of California

One-on-One Conversation:


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Conan O'Brien, Host, CONAN