At a time of profound upheaval in our world, RiseUp is gathering leading young global activists, artists, technologists and political leaders to explore how to transform rising tides of protest into a positive wave of social progress.

This one-day event will feature conversations, provocations, and deep insight into global youth protest movements and the ascendant power of technologies and people to inspire and improve lives.

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8:45 AM – 8:55 AM

WELCOME

Jorge Ramos, Fusion, introduces Marcus Brauchli, Chair, RiseUp

8:55 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening remarks by John Cho, Emcee

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

OPENING CONVERSATION: THE CHANGE IMPERATIVE

Cory Booker, Senator (D-NJ) in conversation with Alicia Menendez, Fusion

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

THE MOMENT

A conversation with activists on the front lines. What inspires action and propels someone to get involved? What factors must align for a movement to coalesce: frustration, the possibility of change, the right tools?

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Speakers

Yon Goicoechea, opposition activist, Venezuela

Wei Liulin, founder, “White Shirt Army,” Taiwan

Chernor Bah, global youth activist, Sierra Leone

Gisela Perez de Acha, 132 Movement, Mexico

Moderator  - Jorge Ramos

10:45AM – 11:00 AM

STORYTELLERS’ STAGE

Throughout the day, Storytellers’ Stage showcases compelling personal stories about creativity, protest, failure, and persistence, told by today’s leading young activists, artists and innovators.

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Speakers

Sofia Campos, Board Chair, United We Dream

Wael Ghonim, Internet activist

Viraj Puri, founder, Bullyvention

11:00-11:10

BREAK

11:10-12:10

RYOT HOUR: EARTH IN THE DIGITAL AGE

So, you want to save the world (literally). How do you use the tools of the information age to spread the word on environmental and animal welfare causes? How can people reconsider their relationship with animals, and the consequencesof that relationship? Speakers discuss the new tools of activism, how to marshal collective action, and forging connections between diverse audiences and the natural world. (Jointly presented with Ryot)

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Speakers

Jo-Anne McArthur, animal rights activist and subject, "The Ghosts In Our Machine"

Madison Stewart, ocean/shark conservation advocate

Nico Ibarguen, Fusion

Moderator  - Molly Swenson, COO, Ryot

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., in conversation with Jorge Ramos

FUSION LAB/LUNCH

The lab starts with several lightning-style talks with people creating new platforms and channels for activism. Attendees then break out into clusters to meet with speakers over lunch and discuss their own solutions to thorny social and political challenges like human rights abuses or poverty.

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Lab Leaders

Benjamin Knight, founder, Loomio

David Keyes, Movements.org

CL Kao, founder, g0v.tw

Eileen Guo, Impassion Media, Afghanistan

Aliya Rahman, director, Code for Progress

Moderator  - Felix Salmon, Fusion

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

TECHNOLOGY: PROMISE AND PERIL

Activists around the world are trying to unleash the productive power of technology without falling afoul of repressive regimes. This debate-style session examines how technology is affecting the distribution and exercise of power, highlighting competing views and drawing lessons from the past to better understand where things are heading. (Jointly presented with Brigade)

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Speakers

Sascha Meinrath, founder X-Lab, New America Foundation

Baglan Nurhan, Revenue Chief, AnchorFree

Gayle Karen Young, Chief Talent and Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

James Windon, President, Brigade

Marc Rotenberg, founder and executive director, EPIC

Moderator  - Alexis Madrigal, Fusion

2:45 PM-2:55 PM

STORYTELLERS’ STAGE

Throughout the day, Storytellers’ Stage showcases compelling personal stories about creativity, protest, failure, and persistence, told by today’s leading young activists, artists and innovators.

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Speakers

Mike Kim, North Korean refugee activist

Ala’a, Syrian American activist, subject of “#ChicagoGirl”

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of Pussy Riot, in conversation with Alicia Menendez

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3:15-3:17

Message to RiseUp attendees from Reince Preibus, chair, Republican National Committee

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Movie clip, Spike Lee interview clip, introduced by Jorge Ramos

3:40 PM – 4:30 PM

Attendees have a choice of:

1- MAKING PROTEST MATTER

How do you hold on to progress and make it last? Are there ways to change the system from within? Conversation in the round with experts from the worlds of advocacy, journalism and government, focusing on the best ways to lock down gains and push a movement forward.

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Speakers

Dante Barry, Executive Director, Million Hoodies Movement

Michael Tubbs, Stockton Council Member

Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler

David Burstein, Founder, Run for America

Paula Recart, North America Leader, Ashoka

Moderator  - Nando Vila, Fusion

2- SURMOUNTING THE SETBACK

The truth is, most movements experience numerous setbacks. When you’re pelted with stories of success, getting there doesn’t always feel real or achievable. What lessons are learned from setbacks? How can you move on to achieve your goals?

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Speakers

Cansu Yapici, Taksim Solidarity

Walid Al-Saqaf, Cyber activist, Yemen

Marvin Ammori, SOPA legal activist

Emily Jacobi, Founder, Digital Democracy

Moderator - Felix Salmon, Fusion

3- WINNING FRIENDS AND INFLUENCING PEOPLE

What can we learn from small movements that have achieved global impact? How can you reach multiple audiences, and what advocacy strategies work best – especially on a shoestring budget? What are the best ways to leverage technology?

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Speakers

Naomi Hirabayashi, CMO, Dosomething.org

Caitria O’Neill, Founder, recovers.org

Nyle Fort, Activist, Ferguson October/Black Lives Matter

Robert Munuku, Activist, Mtaani News Bureau (Kenya)

Moderator - Anna Holmes, Fusion

4:45 PM –5:15 PM

RYOT HOUR - SPOTLIGHT: ACTIVISM

How do you use the spotlight to raise awareness around important causes? Our panel discusses strategies for using celebrity to achieve impact.

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Speakers

Dawn Olivieri, Actor and Environmental Activist

Nikki Reed, Actor and Environmental Activist

Iris Andrews, Greenpeace

Moderator - Bryn Mooser, Co-founder, Ryot

5:15 PM – 9:00 PM

DOWN TIME

9:00 PM – late

RISEUP AFTER PARTY

Featuring live performances from rising young artists and DJs, including

Jon Batiste

Juan Fonseca

DJ Stiletto

Cucu Diamantes

Music Director: Andres Levin