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Sun Valley Institute Presents

Sun Valley Forum

Tue, Jul 23rd - Sat, Jul 27th Get Tickets (TBD) Get Directions Email Add to Calendar Jul 23 Tue

through Sat, Jul 27th

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Argyros Performing Arts Center

120 Main Street South, Ketchum, Idaho, 83340, United StatesSun Valley Forum 208-928-7873 Email

The Sun Valley Institute announces the fifth annual Sun Valley Forum, “The Future We Want: Transforming Leadership, Accelerating Innovation, Unlocking Imagination,” to take place at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, Idaho on July 23– 26, 2019.

The Forum will gather several hundred leaders and luminaries, trailblazers and change-makers from across the globe for three days together to build the future we want. Attendees engage in a participative experience, hearing from experts in government, business, philanthropy, investment, advocacy, the arts and entertainment from the main stage and participating together in breakout “Innovation Laboratory” working sessions. Topics include: the transformation of our energy and food systems, impact investment, building resilient cities and rural communities, protecting our oceans from plastic waste and islands as innovation laboratories, the Political Climate podcast will be back again to be taped live on stage, now hosted by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute.

Our task is informed by the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Risks report, Out of Control, which named the top two risks facing humanity: extreme weather events and the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Last fall’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned of significant changes to the earth’s life support systems in the next decade, and here in the U.S., the devastating California fires illustrate how much is at stake,” said Aimée Christensen, founder of the Sun Valley Forum and the Sun Valley Institute. “Fortunately, leaders and innovators are showing the way forward to build the future we want, and dozens of them will be joining us this summer in Sun Valley, including military leaders, the insurance industry and indigenous communities. Each year the Forum sparks new cross-sector collaborations, mobilizes capital towards promising ideas, and inspires uncommon thinking.”

The 2019 Forum will also include parallel programming for high school-aged leaders at the inaugural “Claiming Our Future: Youth Action for a Resilient World.” 

“We look forward to welcoming global leaders from as far away as New Zealand, India, the Netherlands, Guam and Ecuador, to come together to collaborate in Sun Valley! We will welcome the leading foundations and investors tackling these challenges such as the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, BNP Paribas/Bank of the West and BlackRock: the innovators transforming our energy and food systems including American Farmland Trust, the Drawdown Fund and Food System 6; global organizations leveraging their reach for impact including Atlantic Council, Conservation International and HP; as well as experts from Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability, Duke University and Idaho National Laboratory.”

“Washington State is on the frontlines of our nation’s most pressing challenges, from wildfire to struggling rural economies,” said Hilary Franz, Washington State’s Commissioner of Public Lands. “Solving these challenges requires big, bold ideas. The Sun Valley Forum plays a critical role in bringing people together to share knowledge and develop the solutions we need to confront climate change and build healthy, strong communities.”

The Sun Valley Institute is pleased to present its 2019 program to build the future we want, with the help of these sponsoring partners: American Farmland Trust, Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, BNP Paribas / Bank of the West, Hillary Institute of New Zealand, Idaho Public Television, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Lonely Whale Foundation, New Barn Organics, IBM/The Weather Company and The YEARS Project.

A selection of speakers at the 2019 Forum includes:

Mitch Anderson, Founder & Executive Director, Amazon FrontlinesMark Brand, Social Entrepreneur & Founder, A Better Life FoundationMeagan Fallone, CEO and Founder, Barefoot College InternationalHilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, State of WashingtonDavid Gelber, Co-Creator & Executive Producer, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLYJeff Goodell, Contributing Editor, Rolling StoneSherri Goodman, Secretary General, International Military Council on Climate and SecurityBrandon Hurlbut, Co-Founder & Partner, Boundary Stone PartnersDune Ives, Executive Director, Lonely Whale FoundationEllen Jackowski, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Innovation, HPMike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner, State of WashingtonRenske Lynde, Co-Founder & CEO, Food System 6 AcceleratorRobyn O’Brien, Vice President, rePlant CapitalJohn Piotti, President, American Farmland TrustMark Prain, Founding Director, The Hillary Institute, New ZealandJulia Pyper, Host, Political Climate podcast & Contributing Editor, Greentech MediaTed Robb, Co-Founder, New Barn OrganicsAshley Schulten, Managing Director, BlackRockJulie Shafer Davitz, Head of Purpose Investments, Bank of the West / BNP ParibasShane Skelton, Partner, S2C PacificOlaf Sleijpen, Director of Insurance Supervision, De Nederlandsche Bank N.V.Erik Snyder, Co-Founder, The Drawdown FundEamonn Store, Founder & CEO, FairShareNainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging SocietyPaul Walsh, Director, Weather Strategy, IBM Global Business Services/The Weather CompanyJustin Winters, Executive Director, Leonardo DiCaprio FoundationSteve Wysmuller, Global Lead Meteorologist, IBMAdmiral Paul Zukunft (Ret.), 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard


2019 Sun Valley Forum Schedule

Tuesday, July 23: Opening Afternoon Sessions, Reception & Dinner at The Warfield

Wednesday, July 24: Full Day of Forum Sessions, Reception at The Limelight

Thursday, July 25: Full Day of Forum Sessions & Closing Dinner at Galena Lodge

Friday, July 26: Adventure Day


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