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Earth Optimism Summit 2017
Presented by Smithsonian Conservation Commons
April 21-23, 2017
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 21st, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Opening Our Minds

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Success in Conservation

What, why, how?

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dive

Back from the Brink

Rescuing the almost extinct

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dive

New Foods

Beyond the green revolution

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dive

Human Health & the Planet’s Health

When the planet feels good, we do too

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dive: Live-streamed

Inspiring Positive Action

Getting people to do the right thing

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Student Event

Student Lightning Talks

Come enjoy three minute lightning talks by student delegates. No slides, no media, just an optimistic student and a microphone. Event will be held in the Oceanic Room.

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dive: Live-streamed

Success in the City

Urban solutions

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Beating Extinction

Acting today to prevent losses tomorrow

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Apps for the Planet

Smartphones for sustainability

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

The Wild Table

Fish, Forests and Food Security

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

The Next Generation

Passing the torch(es)

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dive

Positive Partnerships

Bringing governments, corporations and citizens together

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dive

Doing More Using Less

Optimizing efficiency, on-site renewables & energy storage

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dive: Live-streamed

Green Farming Blue Fishing

Making the most out of soil and water

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dive

CSI: Earth

Conservation crime solvers

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dive

Philanthropy Roundtable

What to support and why

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Species & Spaces

Success in protecting biodiversity

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Student Event

Conservation Salons: Engaging the Next Generation

Earth Optimism and the Global Co-Lab Network co-host Conservation Salons

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Evening Event

Story Collider Theatre

Bringing true, personal stories about science to life

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Evening Event

Reception hosted by Discovery Channel

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Film Screening

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

Amphitheater

Directed by Susan Froemke, John Hoffman, and Beth Aala Presented by Discovery Channel

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Student Event

Student Lightning Talks

Come enjoy three minute lightning talks by student delegates. No slides, no media, just an optimistic student and a microphone. ​Event will be held in the Oceanic Room.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Science, Conservation, Inspiration

Artists, scientists, and institutions coming together

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Working with Communities

Small groups taking big steps

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Working Lands & Seas

How people and nature can coexist

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dive: Live-streamed

Movement of Life

Eyes in the sky and ears in the ocean

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

The Business of Sustainability

Food and water solutions

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Networks that Drive Solutions

Connecting for Success

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch Session

Conservation Marketing

"Using marketing to conserve biodiversity"

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch Session

Making a Winning Video

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch Session

Kickstarter 101

Build a Community Around Your Science Effort

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Energy & Efficiency

Innovation in real world settings

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dive: Live-streamed

Social Entrepreneurs

Bringing solutions to scale

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

At Home with Conservation

Backyards, back lots, school yards, and shore fronts

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Media Perspectives

Finding and framing the story

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Impact Investment

For people and the planet

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dive

Breakthrough Technologies

Creating a livable future

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dive: Live-streamed

Restoring Nature

Fixing broken ecosystems

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Incomes from Nature

Biodiversity based livelihoods

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dive

Big Ideas for Big Spaces

Large scale solutions for nature and people

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dive

Education for Conservation

Training tomorrow's stewards

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dive

Science at the Edge

Pushing the Envelope

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Evening Event

Reception hosted by National Geographic and Smithsonian

Featuring images from the National Geographic Photo Ark led by photographer Joel Sartore

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Film Screening

Fragile Legacy

Amphitheater

Filmmaker David Brown will introduce the film, featuring Summit speaker Drew Harvell.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

From the Trenches

Fighting for & achieving success

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Looking Forward

From visionary to ordinary

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Pitches for the Planet

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
PLENARY: Live-streamed

Closing Remarks

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Film Screening

Mysteries of the Rainforest

Amphitheater

Directed by Ciaran Flannery Presented by Smithsonian Channel

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Film Screening

Tomorrow

Amphitheater

Directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent