2012 Envision Program

Monday, April 16, 2012

Opening Night

5:30pm Opening Reception

6:30pm Welcome

Orlando Bagwell Director, JustFilms, Ford Foundation

Maher Nasser Acting Head, Department of Public Information, United Nations

Joana Vicente Executive Director, IFP

6:40pm Opening Address

United Nations Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro

7:00pm Opening Night Screening

Last Call at the Oasis

(USA, 2011, 105 minutes)

Directed by Jessica Yu; produced by Elise Pearlstein

Firmly establishing the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, this documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we are willing to act now.

Inspired by the book The Ripple Effect by Alex Prud'homme

Followed by Take Action: A Discussion and Q&A with:

Diane Weyermann, Executive Vice President of Documentary Films, Participant Media; Chad Boettcher, Executive Vice President, Social Advocacy and Media, Participant Media; and director Jessica Yu

Moderated by Orlando Bagwell, Director of JustFilms, Ford Foundation

9:15pm Performance: Bernice Johnson Reagon

Cultural historian, singer/composer/producer, activist

Tuesday April 17, 2012

8:30am Continental Breakfast Reception

9:30am Welcome

Joana Vicente Executive Director, IFP

Scott Tong, Sustainability Correspondent, Marketplace, American Public Media and Host for today's Envision program

9:50am Presentation: Last Train Home

Excerpt from Last Train Home & presentation by director Lixin Fan

10:20am The Promise of Cities

Cities have long been engines of opportunity, creativity and vitality. In today's increasingly global and rapidly urbanizing economy, how can we ensure that our vision of just and sustainable cities is realized? How can storytelling help citizens find ways to connect to opportunity? What are the stories that need to be told today?

Moderator: George McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity Program, Ford Foundation


Leila Janah,Founder, Samasource

Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat and former Mayor of Kigali, Rwanda

Gary Lawrence: Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM

In addition to the panelists, interested members of the audience will be invited to to the stage to join the discussion on a rotating basis in a dynamic conversation.
11:30am Presentation: Detropia

Excerpt from Detropia directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

Presentation by director Rachel Grady

11:45 am Lunch

Sustainability and the Corporate Citizen

Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund, Global Market Transformer

What is the role of corporations in meeting the challenges of sustainability? Jason Clay works with big corporations to transform the global markets they operate in, so we can produce more with less land, less water and less pollution.

1:30pm Keynote Address

Alexandra Cousteau

Founder, Blue Legacy and National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Environmental advocate Alexandra Cousteau takes us on her journey to investigate global water issues. Presenting excerpts from Blue Legacy and stories of exploration, education and social entrepreneurship, she shares stories of people, from inner cities to rural villages, who are working to solve one of the greatest challenges of our generation — the global water crisis.

1:45pm Understanding the Value & Vulnerability of Water

A conversation about the vital role water plays in our lives, the struggles many people are now facing and what each of us can do to have a positive impact.

Moderator: Andrew Hudson, UN Development Programme, Water and Ocean Governance

Panelists: Alexandra Cousteau, Environmental Advocate, filmmaker; Elise Pearlstein, producer, Last Call at the Oasis and Food, Inc.

2:45pm Power to the People: Stories of the Global Energy Challenge

In five-minute pitch presentations to filmmakers and producers in the audience, three practical solutions to global energy challenges are used to underscore the importance of energy for human progress in health, education, job creation and economic competitiveness. From these real-world initiatives — are there stories to be told that can be engaging, educational, inspiring and ultimately, impactful?

Moderator:: Eugene Hernandez, Director of Digital Strategy, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Overview of UN Framework for Action:

Richenda Van Leeuwen, UN Foundation, Executive Director of Energy and Climate

Pitch Presentation 1: Multi-Functional Platform:presented by Bahareh Seyedi, UN Development Programme, Executive Energy Policy Specialist

Pitch Presentation 2: Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves:Presented by Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Pitch Presentation 3: EarthSpark Programme: presented by Whitney Showler, Chief Operating Officer, Music for Relief

3:45pm Presentation: One Day on Earth

Excerpt from One Day on Earth & presentation by director Kyle Ruddick and producer Brandon Litman

4:00pm Mapping Earth's Stories

How new digital technologies can tell the stories of our people and planet.

Moderator:Ethan Zuckerman, Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab

Rebecca Moore, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine

Dave Cole, General Manager, MapBox

5:00pm Closing Remarks - Don Cheadle

Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Environment Programme

5:15 Closing Performance - Michael Franti

Musician and Filmmaker

5:45pm Cocktail Reception


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