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Sunday, March 9 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Don't Be Ned Stark: Change Your Institution & Live

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Clay Shirky has said that the only institutions that will thrive in the Internet age are those born of the Internet. We have built an ecosystem to advance digital startups: accelerators and incubators, mentors, curriculum and academic courses. In our rush to embrace startup culture, we risk ignoring the importance of institutions, public and private. US colleges and universities alone control over $350 billion. A handful of leaders and internal change agents are trying to apply startups’ culture of experimentation, appetite for risk and acceptance of failure to government, educational and corporate institutions. Disruption is lonely work; when they’re not successful internal change agents can find themselves isolated and out of a job. The panel will include two digital entrepreneurs with recent experience in institutions and someone with experience driving change within government.

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Brian Bannon

CommissionerChicago Public LibrarySince 2012, Brian Bannon has served as the Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library (CPL). As the chief executive officer of the 80 libraries that serve the 2.6 million residents of Chicago, he leads the largest and most visited cultural institution... Read More →
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John Bracken

Dir of Media InnovationKnight FoundationJohn S. Bracken is director of media innovation for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s prototype fund, its journalism and technology investments. Bracken has over 10 years experience as a philanthropic investor... Read More →
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Laura Ramos

VP Innovation & DesignGannettLaura Ramos is the General Manager and Executive Producer of The Bold Italic, where she is responsible for setting product direction and strategy in the pursuit of creating a modern city publication. She was a member of The Bold Italic’s founding te... Read More →

Sunday March 9, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom 300 E 4th St

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