The Storyteller's Journey:
Navigating Crisis, Seeking Solutions
In every crisis, we face a journey.
The story of the climate crisis is more challenging than ever. How will we navigate it?
What stories will we tell? Who are the heroes?
What are the tools, solutions, and innovations that will see us through?
The 2022 Planet Forward Summit will bring together scientists, students, and storytellers. They'll provide unique insight on the innovations we need and the narratives we can use to prompt action.
Register now to reserve your place at the 2022 Planet Forward Summit.
1:00 pm - WELCOME: Greetings from Frank Sesno, founding director of Planet Forward
1:06 pm - LEADERSHIP: Remarks by George Washington University president Dr. Mark Wrighton
1:10 pm - CRISIS, SOLUTIONS, STORIES - José Andrés, chef, international humanitarian, and founder of World Central Kitchen, in conversation with Tara Scully, director of the Sustainability Minor Program at GW
1:20 pm - THE FOOD STORY: Remarks by Jocelyn Brown Hall, director of FAO North America
1:26 pm - THE BIODIVERSITY STORY - A dedication to the late Tom Lovejoy, godfather of biodiversity, featuring students who live his legacy
1:35 pm - PASS THE MIC: Inclusive Storytelling to Seek Solutions - Matt Scott, Project Drawdown, interviews Eli Chen, Sr. Editor for Overheard At National Geographic, and McKenzie Allen-Charmley, a journalism student at ASU and Planet Forward-Comcast NBCUniversal Sustainable Storytelling Fellow
1:45 pm - GET INVOLVED: Frank Sesno shares student opportunities
1:47 pm - DISINFORMATION DILEMMA: Ethan Porter, assistant professor of media and public affairs at GW
1:50 pm - KEYNOTE: The Slow Violence of Climate Change - A presentation by Arati Kumar-Rao, National Geographic Explorer, followed by a virtual Q&A with students
2:05 pm - COMPELLING CHARACTERS: Climate Theater - A short screening of "Weathering the Storm,” presented by Steven Beschloss, director of Arizona State University’s Narrative Storytelling Initiative
2:12 pm - TOOLS, CREATIVITY AND STORYTELLING - Mala Sharma, vice president and general manager of Adobe Creative Cloud in conversation with Planet Forward Correspondent Diana Quintero
2:20 pm - STORYFEST - Frank Sesno and Dr. Imani M. Cheers will announce the 2022 winners who will travel to Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions
2:30 pm - TOWN HALL - Share your thoughts on sustainability storytelling
3:00 pm - FAREWELL - Closing remarks from Frank Sesno
Learn why inspirational stories are the most motivational — and effective — to drive action.
Learn the very best in communication techniques that you can apply immediately to your environmental stories.
Learn how you can create a movement for the planet on your campus and in your community.
Connect with leading journalists, policymakers, innovators, and more and apply for exclusive internship and job opportunities.