New Rules

The world is changing fast. Often so fast that we don’t take the time to think about what kind of society and future we actually want to build. Politics has become disconnected from fact. Innovation is pursued without consideration of ethics. Around the world, we are building walls instead of bridges.

New Rules asks:
• How can we be more empathetic when we design for the future?
• How can we reconnect policy with facts, truth, and logic?
• What ethics should we pursue as we shape our rapidly changing world?

The answers are elusive — but we become stronger when we ask these questions together. What are the New Rules that will help guide us for the next century?

Watch Martin O’Malley’s talk »

Martin O’Malley


Martin O’Malley served as the Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. Prior to being elected as governor, he served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007 and was a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999. In City Hall, he implemented a program called CitiStat, a cutting-edge system that tracked how well Baltimore’s government was serving its citizens. The program won Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award, and TIME Magazine named O’Malley “one of America’s top five big city mayors.”

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Watch Ann Mei Chang’s talk »

Ann Mei Chang

USAID Chief Innovation Officer

Ann Mei Chang is the Chief Innovation Officer and the Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID. The Lab is the newest bureau at USAID and aims to transform global development through science, technology, innovation, and partnerships. Prior to USAID, Ann Mei was the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps, an international NGO. She also served as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State.

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Bob Woodward

Journalist & Author

Bob Woodward is regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor of the Post. While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon.

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Jean Case

NatGeo Chairman

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist, investor and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. A passionate believer in all things digital and the amazing potential of technology to change the world for the better, Jean and her team focus the efforts of the Foundation around many of the same entrepreneurial approaches she and Steve cultivated throughout their business careers. In addition to her role as CEO of the Case Foundation, Jean is Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees.

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Krist Novoselic

Musician & Activist

As a member of the groundbreaking rock band Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and bandmates Kurt Cobain and David Grohl changed the course of music history with their much-acclaimed album Nevermind. Nirvana paved the way for a new generation of bands. Krist is one of rock’s most politically-minded musicians. He has committed himself to numerous community projects and has become an influential part of the Northwest political scene. Krist joined FairVote’s Board in 2005 and was elected chair in 2008. He is a strong advocate of fair voting systems to open up politics to the next generation of engaged voters.

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Watch Michael’s talk »

Michael Botticelli

National Drug Policy Director

As Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli leads the Obama Administration’s drug policy efforts. The Administration has advanced historic drug policy reforms and innovations in prevention, criminal justice, treatment, and recovery. Mr. Botticelli has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder for more than 26 years and has encouraged the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders, which often keeps individuals from seeking and receiving treatment.

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Watch Christine Fox’s talk »

Christine Fox

Defense Policy Expert

Christine H. Fox is the Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Prior to joining APL, she served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense from December 2013 to May 2014, making her the highest-ranking female official in history to serve in the Department of Defense. Ms. Fox is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. She has also been awarded the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service.

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Ellen Lupton

Museum Curator & Designer

Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist, one of the highest honors given to a graphic designer or design educator in the U.S.

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Alec Ross

Tech Policy Expert

Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future. Alec Ross recently served for four year as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him by Secretary Clinton to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic agenda.

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Watch Julie Ann’s talk »

Julie Ann Crommett

Science in Media Advocate

Julie Ann Crommett joined Google in December 2013 and is currently the Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, working to shift perceptions of computer science in mainstream media so as to encourage more diversity in the field (a position she created). Previously, she was at NBCUniversal where she was responsible for behind-the-camera diversity initiatives including the NBCU Directing Fellowship Program and Writers on the Verge. Julie Ann is originally from Atlanta, Ga., via San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cuban too!).

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Watch Lester Spence’s talk »

Lester Spence

Political Scientist

Lester Spence is an associate professor of political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. An award winning scholar (in 2013, he received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for his book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics) and teacher (in 2009, he received an Excellence in Teaching Award), he can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show.

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Watch Nina Fedoroff’s talk »

Nina Fedoroff

Molecular Biologist

Nina V. Fedoroff received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Rockefeller University and has served on the faculties of the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Johns Hopkins University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Fedoroff has published three books and more than 160 scientific papers. She is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and a 2006 National Medal of Science laureate.

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Watch Judith Heumann’s talk »

Judith Heumann

Disability Rights Advocate

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She has been appointed Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

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Watch Ronald Sullivan’s talk »

Ronald Sullivan

Criminal Justice Reformer

Harvard Law School Professor Ronald Sullivan has fought to get more incarcerated people out of prison – over 6,000 – than arguably anyone in American history. He is a global leader in combatting wrongful convictions and in advocating for criminal justice reform, having testified before Congress multiple times in this capacity and appearing regularly as a legal analyst on various major news networks. He was also tapped to represent the Family of Michael Brown in their wrongful death suit against the City of Ferguson and Darren Wilson – a case stemming from facts which have spawned a global movement and defined a generation.

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Watch John Noonan’s talk »

John Noonan

National Security Advisor

John Noonan is former national security advisor to Governors Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. Noonan spent over half a decade working in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is the veteran of two presidential campaigns. He is a former Policy Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a Washington based think-tank committed to a strong American role in world affairs. A former Captain and U.S. Air Force nuclear launch officer, Noonan was assigned to the 90th Missile Operations Group as a weapon system instructor and missile combat crew commander.

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Watch Laura Dowling’s talk »

Laura Dowling

White House Floral Designer

Laura Dowling served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House for 6 years from 2009 until 2015. In this position, she planned and implemented decorations for major events at the White House, including the White House Christmas, state dinners, the presidential family quarters, the public tour route displays, and Camp David, an imposing portfolio of literally thousands of large and small events, floral arrangements, table settings and innovative volunteer projects.

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Haley Edwards

TIME Correspondent

Haley Edwards is an author and correspondent at TIME. Her book, Shadow Courts: The Tribunals That Rule Global Trade will be published in 2016. Previously, she was an editor at the Washington Monthly and a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and the former Soviety Union, where she reported for the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and other publications. She studied philosophy at Yale University and journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

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Watch Amr Hamzawy’s talk »

Amr Hamzawy

Human Rights Activist

Amr Hamzawy is an Egyptian political scientist and human rights activist. He is a former member of the People’s Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and an associate professor of political science at Cairo University.

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Watch Sarah Shanley’s talk »

Sarah Shanley Hope

Renewable Energy Advocate

Sarah Shanley Hope is the Executive Director of the Solutions Project, a national organization accelerating the transition to 100% clean energy for 100% of people. Solutions has engaged millions through its marketing campaign, influenced and convened dozens of leaders from business, government, entertainment and the social sector to carry the 100% banner, and invested more than $1,000,000 in community organizations making 100% happen in target states. Sarah is also on the Board of People’s Grocery.

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Watch Mark Gage’s talk »

Mark Foster Gage

Acclaimed Architect

Mark Foster Gage is an acclaimed architect, innovator and Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. His pioneering design work fuses advanced technologies with philosophical speculation and interdisciplinary collaboration, and has been featured in institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Venice Biennale, and the Beijing Biennale. His projects have been published in venues such as Vogue, Fast Company, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and on PBS, Fox and MTV.

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Watch Ari Wallach’s talk »

Ari Wallach

Futurist & Innovation Strategist

Applied futurist and innovation strategist Ari Wallach is CEO of New York City based Synthesis Corp. and is Fast Company’s expert on emergent macro-trends in business and culture. Combining a grasp of new technology and business models with a broader understanding of social, political, economic, and demographic transformations, Wallach helps leaders understand, and shape, the future — of their organizations, their industries, and the world.

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Stefaan Verhulst

Governance Researcher

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory at NYU (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information to advance the public good.

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Watch Adrienne Clancy’s talk »

Adrienne Clancy

Dance Educator

Adrienne Clancy, Ph.D. , M.F.A. (Founding & Artistic Director) is a dance artist and proclaimed “wizard of invention” by the Washington Post. As a “tour de force of unpredictable partnering,” her work explores architecturally informed partnering developed among diverse artists. Simultaneously dynamic and emotionally perceptive, Clancy’s choreography exemplifies an environment of mutual respect and creates images that embrace diversity and foster community awareness.

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Watch Jeffrey Kahn’s talk »

Jeffrey Kahn


Jeffrey Kahn is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.  He is also Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies.

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Watch Leonard Tramiel’s talk »

Leonard Tramiel

Computer Industry Pioneer

Fresh out of graduate school, Leonard Tramiel joined his father and two brothers when his father bought Atari from Warner Communications in 1984. For the next 12 years, Tramiel was involved in the development of Atari’s products as vice president of software, managing an internal group of a dozen programmers while interacting worldwide with software developers and contract programmers. Since retiring from Atari at age 42, he has been concentrating on advocating science education.

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Watch Anna Rothschild’s talk »

Anna Rothschild

Science Educator

Anna Rothschild is the creator and host of Gross Science, a YouTube series from NOVA and PBS Digital Studios. More generally, she’s a multimedia producer and science journalist with a deep curiosity, a passion for education, and expertise in all areas of production: Anna directs, shoots, edits, animates, narrates, and hosts. Anna is committed to fostering diversity in both science and media. Anna was awarded the American Institute of Physics’ 2012 Science Communication Award for New Media, and their 2015 award for Broadcast/New Media.

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Watch David Fleischer’s talk »

David Fleischer

Prejudice Fighter

Dave Fleischer runs the Leadership LAB at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The LAB helps both LGBT and straight leaders improve their ability to reduce prejudice and change the hearts and minds of voters. After an independent evaluation of the LAB’s effectiveness was published in the April 8, 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Science, media coverage for the LAB’s work included this New York Times Magazine story. In September 2016, the American Political Science Association’s Experimental Research Section gave Dave its public service award for his body of work.

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Watch Iris Krasnow’s talk »

Iris Krasnow


Iris Krasnow is the author of Surrendering to Motherhood, the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, Surrendering to Yourself (Miramax Books), and I Am My Mother’s Daughter (Basic Books). The Secret Lives of Wives, published in October 2011 by Penguin/Gotham Books, continues her journey as a journalist who chronicles the adult female growth cycle. Her latest book was published February 2014, Sex After…Women Share How Intimacy Changes As Life Changes.

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Watch Gabe Klein’s talk »

Gabe Klein

Transportation & City Planner

Gabe is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington DC Departments of Transportation. In both cities he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help each cities mobility goals.

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Watch Ed Mabaya’s talk »

Ed Mabaya

Seed Innovator

Ed Mabaya is a scholar and a development practitioner with more than a decade of experience working on agricultural development and food security issues in Africa. Motivated by childhood experiences growing up in rural Zimbabwe, he is involved in several programs that seek to improve the lives of African farmers through improved access to better performing seed varieties. He is a 2016 Fellow of the The Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship and current President of African Association of Agricultural Economists.

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Watch Kate Wagner’s talk »

Kate Wagner

Author of McMansionHell

Kate Wagner is the author of the blog McMansionHell, which aims to educate the general public about architecture, design, and urbanism by making examples of America’s most despised architectural style. Her personal research is in how socioeconomic changes in the last 36 years are reflected in architecture and design at the consumer level. Kate is currently a first-year master’s student in Acoustics, a joint venture between Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory.

Watch Melanie Nezer’s talk »

Melanie Nezer

Immigration Advocate

Melanie Nezer is HIAS’ Vice President, Policy & Advocacy. She directs HIAS’ Washington, DC office and leads HIAS’ education and advocacy on immigration, asylum, and refugee protection issues. Melanie also has served as HIAS’ Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy and, previously, as Migration Policy Counsel and Director of the Employment Visa Program, representing at-risk Jewish professionals and religious workers seeking to work in the U.S. during times of instability and crisis in their home countries.

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Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Communication Researcher

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Jamieson’s research areas include political communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, studies of various forms of campaign communication, and the discourse of the presidency. She is the author or co-author of 15 books.

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Watch Evan Lutz’s talk »

Evan Lutz

Food Waste Fighter

Evan is a Conscious Capitalism entrepreneur from Baltimore, MD. From an early age, he’s been passionate about business, food justice, and the Baltimore Ravens. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014, and started on a food-waste fighting journey called Hungry Harvest at the age of 21. He was recognized in 2016 as one of Baltimore’s ’40 under 40,’ and was featured on the ABC show Shark Tank, where he made a deal with Robert Herjavec.

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Watch Dan Bell’s talk »

Dan Bell


Dan Bell’s narrative films and documentaries have screened at  national and international film festivals. His critically acclaimed documentary web-shows, “Dead Mall Series” and “Dead Motel Series” have a large and devoted fan base worldwide.
Bell is currently producing a new show, “Another Dirty Room” which will premiere this Halloween on his Film It channel. His documentary feature, “Margie and Scott” is slated for release in spring of 2017.

Watch Carolyn Yarina’s talk »

Carolyn Yarina

Sisu Global Health

Carolyn Yarina is the CEO and co-founder of Sisu Global Health, based in Baltimore, Maryland. Sisu Global Health is a medical device company for emerging markets where her role includes business operations, development and strategy. The company is currently launching Hemafuse, a surgical tool to recycle a person’s own blood from internal bleeding. Outside of Sisu, Carolyn is particularly involved in promoting an inclusive culture for women and minorities within the technology community through mentorship.

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Carla Dirlikov Canales

Opera Singer & Educator

Versatile mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales has been acclaimed by Opera Magazine for possessing a voice that “grabs the heartstrings with its dramatic force and musicality.” Ms. Canales is a passionate humanitarian who for the past 10 years has served as a U.S. Department of State Cultural Arts Envoy promoting American culture overseas, giving master classes and teaching music to orphans and poverty-stricken youth.

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Mathew Ramsey

Chef & Author

Mathew Ramsey is a chef, food stylist, and photographer, and author of the cookbook Pornburger. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, he has worked for National Geographic and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food and Wine section. After launching PornBurger to huge buzz and rave reviews, Ramsey began Bar R, a four-person dinner series featuring a secret, six-course tasting menu, with a waitlist of hundreds for its second season. He lives in Washington, DC.

Watch Naeemah Clark’s talk »

Naeemah Clark

Race in Media Researcher

Noticing a lack of diversity and unfair portrayal of marginalized groups in the media, Naeemah Clark pursues an interest in race and gender, economic status, disabilities, LGBTQIA and ethnicity in the media. She also studies and teaches about economic, programming and diversity issues related in the media and entertainment industries. She has edited the book, “African Americans in the History of U.S. Media,” co-authored a textbook, “Diversity in U.S. Mass Media,” published work in Journalism History, American Behavioral Scientist and has presented numerous papers at various conferences.

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Sebastian Johnson

Economic Policy Analyst

Sebastian Johnson is a Senior Associate with Freedman Consulting, LLC and a passionate believer in the role public policy can play in bettering lives. From 2014 to 2016 Mr. Johnson was the state policy fellow at the Institution on Taxation and Economic Policy. He also served as a policy analyst for Governor Martin O’Malley and a number of local officials in Maryland. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Politics.

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Knatokie Ford

Tech Policy Advisor

Dr. Knatokie Ford is a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she oversees development of national initiatives to raise visibility and improve the image of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and careers. She previously served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at OSTP from 2012-2014 with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) where she managed concurrent projects on education technology and improving the Nation’s health care system.

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Jay Newton-Small

Journalist & Author

Jay Newton-Small is Washington correspondent for TIME and the author of Broad Influence, a book about women in politics. She writes about everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends. She has covered stories on five continents for TIME from conflicts in the Middle East to the earthquake in Haiti to the Scottish independence movement and the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

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Watch Sheryl Winarick’s talk »

Sheryl Winarick

Immigration Advocate

Sheryl Winarick is an immigration lawyer based in Washington, DC and Austin, TX. Her clients include organizations like Oxfam International and TED, small businesses and start-ups, as well as individuals and families from all over the world. She is an Aspen Institute Scholar (2014) and serves on the HIAS Public Policy Committee. Sheryl recently completed the TED Residency in NYC.

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John Phillips


John Aristotle Phillips is a serial entrepreneur and investor, and his company, Aristotle was the first to introduce specialized computer software to political campaigns, online contribution processing, voter targeted digital messaging and big data analytics to politics. In 2014 Aristotle launched with Victoria University. This stock market for politics, authorized by the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission, allows individual investors to forecast, with real money, political outcomes.

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Watch Tariq’s performance »

Tariq Al Sabir

Vocalist & Composer

Vocalist and composer Tariq Al-Sabir has been described as a “prolific composer” by the Peabody Magazine and the Baltimore Examiner dubbed him “a rising musical mastermind.” He sings and writes many styles of music including gospel, classical, jazz, pop and musical theater. Tariq began writing music/poetry and performing in 3rd grade. His first complete piece “Carry On” was premiered by the Peabody Conservatory’s Junior Bach program in his 6th grade year.

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Watch Judah’s performance »

Judah Adashi


The music of composer Judah Adashi, grounded in the classical tradition and imbued with soul and pop influences ranging from Nina Simone to Björk, has been described as “beguiling” (Alex Ross, New Yorker), “elegant” (Steve Smith, Boston Globe), “affecting” (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun) and “impassioned” (Will Robin, Bandcamp). His recent work centers on the the interplay of art and activism, guided by a belief that the creation and performance of new music can bear witness to injustice, bring together diverse constituencies, create space for empathy, and serve as a call to action.

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Jessica Garand

Musician & Educator

Jessica Garand has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Le Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, and the Museum of Fine Art in Montreal. Jessica holds a bachelor degree from McGill’s Schulich School of Music and is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School under the direction of Samuel Rhodes.

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Strother Gaines


Strother is a speaker, trainer, and coach for creative entrepreneurs and those who want to become one. He works with lawyers who just wanna dance, programmers who wish they were potters, and undercover Yogi CFO’s to integrate their professional life with their authentic creative self. He is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with a background in theatre, education, sales, management, leadership, and Segway tour-guiding.

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Lavena Johanson


Cellist Lavena Johanson is a multifaceted musician who has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Her passion for chamber music has led to performances with esteemed artists such as Robert McDuffie, Mischa Dichter, Peter Wiley, Andres Diaz, Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Elizabeth Pridgen. Lavena is a member of the Atlas String Quartet, semifinalists in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed new and recent works by Ted Hearne, Amy Beth Kirsten, Caroline Shaw and Anna Thorvaldsdottir on Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series.

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