April 4, 2019 - Summit Day 1
Jack Morton Auditorium
8:30a: Welcome - Frank Sesno
8:55a: Keynote - Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO, TerraCycle
Tom Szaky has one mission — to outsmart waste. His company, TerraCycle, makes the un-recyclable, recyclable. As the planet drowns in plastic and chokes on trash, Szaky is discovering new ways to turn waste into consumer goods. Hear his story – and how he uses media to tell it and convince the world there is another way.
9:30a: Panel - Stories That Reach
What kind of impact do you want to have with your sustainability story? It depends how you define impact. Are you trying to inform? Engage? Persuade? Mobilize? In this conversation, storytellers from different media backgrounds share how they build community and measure success.
- Danielle Nkojo, ReThread DC, D.C. Department of Energy & Environment
- Kameel Stanley, St. Louis Public Radio, "We Live Here" Podcast
- Kimberly West, Director of External Communications, MARS Inc.
10:00a: Panel - Students With Impact
Just about anyone with a smartphone and a social media account can tell a story. But to attract a crowd, you’ll need a great idea, a powerful narrative, and a distinctive “voice.” Planet Forward student storytellers share their experiences, challenges, and the techniques they’ve learned.
- Terrius Harris, University of Mississippi
- Peter Jurich, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Harleen Marwah, GW School of Medicine
- Alex Rubenstein, George Washington University alumnus
10:25a: Interstitial - Student Opportunities
Planet Forward announces sustainability internships, travel, and other special opportunities offered by our partners and consortium schools. You can learn more, meet people, and visit tables during the networking break.
10:30a: Networking Break and Opportunity Tables
11:00a: Keynote - Kaitlin Yarnall, Senior Vice President of Storytelling, National Geographic Society
Perhaps no publication has been more influential in the environmental space than National Geographic. So how do they define and measure impact? And how can you be involved?
11:30a: Presentation - NowThis is Storytelling with Impact
Know your audience. This panel discusses how climate change and sustainability can resonate with young, engaged, digital news consumers.
- Lucy Biggers, Producer, NowThis
- Zinhle Essamuah, Producer, NowThis
LUNCH & CONVERSATION
The Marvin Center
- Stella Salvo, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Bayer
Media and Public Affairs
2:00-3:05p - School of Media & Public Affairs - 507A (TV Studio)
Sound Off: Using Podcasting as a Way to Amplify Storytelling
In this workshop, podcaster and journalist Kameel Stanley will dig into one of the coolest ways to amplify storytelling — through sound. You’ll hear how she makes We Live Here, an award-winning St. Louis-based podcast about race and class, *and* walk away with ideas and techniques to bring stories from YOUR lips to THEIR ears.
3:10-4:15p - School of Media & Public Affairs - 507A (TV Studio)
Making Better Pictures
Bill Douthitt, Photography Managing Editor for Science Magazine, will share a few simple concepts about making pictures. If you practice these and learn to use them, they will make a huge difference in the quality of pictures that you produce. This has nothing to do with equipment. It has everything to do with the way that you look at the world. Everything he will talk about and almost everything he'll show you is done with a camera phone. Having pictures with your story helps attract reader interest. And just as having a story with good writing is more marketable a story than one with acceptable writing, having good pictures is more marketable than acceptable pictures. Being able to produce your own good—that is to say, publishable—pictures not only helps attract attention to your story. It can make you more attractive to the editor who is deciding whether to hire you or someone else. And, it is potentially another income source.
2:00-3:05p - Jack Morton Auditorium
Gene Editing: Is This The Next Food Revolution?
What exactly is gene editing, and what is CRISPR? We learn about the technology, and discover what kind of impact could gene editing might have for agriculture and farmers.
2:00-3:05p - School of Media & Public Affairs - 2nd floor
STEMinism: Women, Girls, and Leaderships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Women are underrepresented in several areas of STEM, especially in STEM leadership. This panel will have women leaders, from different walks of life, tell their stories and share their challenges. It is hoped that this open dialogue will inspire more to be leaders.
3:10-4:15p - Jack Morton Auditorium
Science Stories That Stick: Connecting With Your Audience
Gene editing can be a solution to many of these challenges, but too many either a.) don’t understand the technology as a result of lack of scientific understanding, b.) conflate the technology with GMOs and dismiss it, and/or c.) have questions or concerns about the technology even with the understanding that’s different from GMOs. To work around these societal roadblocks, we’ve learned that we must have a values-based conversation. Consumers care about their morning coffee and OJ, so we must educate them on the role gene editing can play in ensuring these goods will be around for a long time. That values-based conversation must be intriguing and must include several mediums to carry message. We must drive conversation to where consumers are.
3:10-4:15p - School of Media & Public Affairs - 406A
SymbioSEAS: Connecting Science, Education, Art, and Society
SymbioSEAS is a locally-based art exhibit in Honolulu, Hawaii, representing a collaborative effort between community artists and scientists at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology over the past year. Through various artistic mediums, the exhibit strives to bring global awareness to the health & rehabilitation of our oceans and coral reef. This unique partnership has allowed us to engage our community to tell the story of coral reef ecosystems and the scientists who study them. We are excited to share our journey with you and hope to inspire you to explore your own outlets of creative communication.
School of Media & Public Affairs - 525
Teaching the Earth: Lessons from the Classroom and Beyond
This session of the Planet Forward conference will focus on best practices in teaching Environmental Communication. Faculty from consortium partners will briefly present the pedagogical models they have used in their teaching, followed by a workshop style discussion of "what works" and "what does not." Participants interested in issues on Environmental Education / Communication are invited to attend. The session will be chaired by Dr. Anandam Kavoori, Professor, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.
Place and Environment: Place-Based Learning that Bolsters Environmental Literacy
This session will highlight Adventure Media, a regularly-held experiential media and communications course that exposes students to their natural environment and a greater understanding of place through backcountry bikepacking and media production. Additionally, the presenters will share thoughts, considerations and recommendations on creating coursework that integrates field-based academics and environmental knowledge and application.
Question: Can games be stories?
Answer: As Frank would say, they've got characters, overcoming worthy obstacles, to achieve worthy outcomes. All the ingredients of great stories and more.
This session will explore games as interactive narratives as well as vehicles for education, awareness raising, influencing behaviors and persuasion. We will discuss some of the science behind educational gaming, view a few different types of environmental and educational games, and discuss how to use educational games in your classroom or community to achieve environmental progress.
Jack Morton Auditorium
4:30p: Spotlight Talk - Jeff Nesbit, Author and Executive Director, Climate Nexus
As an author and influential climate realist, Jeff talks about the climate story and how he has influenced the climate narrative. He turns data into a powerful storytelling device to illustrate how serious the situation is. He believes storytelling can inspire the change needed to help rescue the planet.
4:45-5:30p: Panel and Audience Participation - Climate Meets The Press with Frank Sesno
A roundtable with journalists and communicators considers how the media are changing their approach to the climate story. Is it enough? Will it make a difference? Audience Q&A throughout.
- Lucy Biggers, Producer, NowThis
- Katy Daigle, Deputy News Editor, Science News
- Jeff Nesbit, Executive Director, Climate Nexus
- Rajesh Mirchandani, Chief Communications Officer, UN Foundation
April 5, 2019 - Summit Day 2
Jack Morton Auditorium
9:00a: Keynote - Marco Borges, New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder, 22 Days Nutrition
The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s nutritionist, Marco Borges, believes eating plants is not just good for you, it’s good for the planet. Meet the entrepreneur and storyteller behind 22 Days Nutrition. Find out why the food story is more than a fad. It’s a lifestyle that affects you - and the world.
9:50a: Networking Break
10:10a: Conversation - Laura Turner Seydel, Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation: Empowering a New Generation of Environmental Heroes
Stories need heroes. So does the planet. In this extraordinary conversation with passionate environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel, we learn about how she and her father, media mogul Ted Turner, launched Captain Planet and turned a kids' show into a catalyst for change. Laura now strives to empower a new generation of environmental heroes.
10:35a: Keynote - Steve Winter, National Geographic Photographer
The power of the picture is indisputable. But how do you turn an image into a story. Steve Winter has traveled the world and taken some of the most powerful pictures on earth. How does he turn the visual into the memorable? Sponsored By National Geographic.
11:20a: Conversation and Storyfest Awards Presentation with Lindblad Expeditions & CEO Sven Lindblad
Storyfest finalists and the rest of us find out who wins, and who gets to go on a storytelling expedition to the Galapagos Islands with Lindblad Expeditions and Planet Forward!
12:25p: Closing Comments and Storytelling Sendoff
Media And Public Affairs, 2nd Floor
12:30p: Lunch & Networking