2018 Planet Forward Summit

The 2018 Planet Forward Summit was a two-day national conference on sustainability storytelling.

We brought together a diverse group of students, scientists, communicators, innovators, private sector leaders, and policymakers will share inspiring stories of our planet, and learn techniques of effective communication and compelling storytelling.

On Day 2, we celebrated and rewarded the best environmental storytelling told by college students by presenting the prestigious Planet Forward Storyfest Awards in front of a live audience. Winners will travel to Alaska this June, courtesy Alaska Airlines, for an 8-day voyage between Sitka and Juneau with Lindblad Expeditions aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion with Lindblad-National Geographic photo instructors, naturalists and scientists to explore Alaska's coastal wilderness. 

Led by storytelling platform PlanetForward.org at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, the 2018 Summit included major speakers and topics covering challenges and solutions related to food, water, energy, mobility, built environment, biodiversity, and more.

Watch the sessions, panels, presentations, and conversations from the 2018 event right here.

How do you move the Planet Forward? Tweet us @planet_forward or contribute to the conversation with your own story.

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The 2018 Summit closed with the highly anticipated Storyfest 2018 grand prize awards ceremony to see which six student storytellers will be traveling to Alaska this June.
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Ted Roosevelt IV, Susan Eisenhower, Nick Akins, and Denise Fairchild discussed the politics of climate change and asked: Where does the responsibility lie?
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Anand Varma blew us away with stories that were both bizarre and beautiful, and shared how biology and photography go hand-in-hand.
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Frank Sesno led a conversation with Lindblad Expeditions CEO Sven Lindblad to learn more about his experience in the Arctic and his take on storytelling surrounding the environment.
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Steve Johnson of Boundless Media blew us away with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies, and the way that these mediums can bring experiences to viewers.
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Hannah Fairfield, the New York Times Climate Editor, told us about her work in storytelling at one of the world’s most renowned publications, highlighting the importance of infographics and data visualization.
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Land O'Lakes, Inc.'s Chris Policinski, Discovery, Inc.'s Beth Stewart, Prairie View A&M's Felecia Nave, and Paulman Farms' Roric Paulman spoke about their stories, as leaders — corporate, collegiate and community.
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A panel of young environmental storytellers took the stage to share their experiences as storytellers, and share how Planet Forward helped them grow as environmental storytellers.
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Dennis Dimick and Jim Richardson stole our hearts as they began the next presentation, representing their organization, Eyes on Earth, which is inspiring the next generation of visual storytellers.
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Planet Forward founder Frank Sesno welcomes everyone to the 2018 Planet Forward Summit. Now more than ever, he said, we need to find ways to “communicate and connect, to engage public audiences.”