David Brooks, Bob Johansen and Larry Keeley Join Lineup for 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience

Atlanta| May 20, 2020

Points of Light has announced the speakers who will join the lineup for the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience, taking place June 10-12. Speakers include David Brooks, New York Times columnist and chair of Weave: The Social Fabric Project; Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future (IFTF); and Larry Keeley, co-founder of Doblin, managing director of Deloitte Consulting LLP, and innovation scientist.

“We are thrilled to welcome these distinguished leaders to the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light. “The global COVID-19 pandemic will likely be the biggest disruptor of our lifetime but from it will spring innovation and renewal. As we look toward the future, our goal for the conference online experience is to curate timely and relevant discussion to provide our attendees with the tools and inspiration they need to be innovators in their communities around the world.”

David Brooks shines a bright light on our social and moral choices. Whether it’s writing columns in The New York Times, appearing as a commentator on “PBS Newshour,” opining on NPR’s “All Things Considered” or debating on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brooks has a central thesis that we are stronger when we unite to move America forward. He founded and chairs Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. Brooks has written five books, including “The Road to Character” and “The Second Mountain.” He is on the faculty of Yale University and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. For more than 30 years, Johansen has helped organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future, including corporations such as Walmart and United Rentals, as well as a range of major universities and nonprofits. Johansen is also the author or co-author of twelve books, including the recently released, “Full-Spectrum Thinking: Escaping the Boxes in a Post-Categorical Future.”

Larry Keeley is co-founder of Doblin, and a managing director of Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has been an innovation scientist for four decades, focused especially on finding the advances that drive effectiveness, and has applied these advances in startups, large corporations, governments, and philanthropies the world over. Keeley has also been selected by BusinessWeek as one of seven global “innovation gurus” changing the field and teaches graduate and doctorate students in innovation at the Institute of Design, Kellogg and other institutions.

Each year the Points of Light Conference convenes the greatest leaders of the social sector, providing the singular opportunity for thousands to come together to collaborate and ensure continued growth and innovation in this rapidly changing world. Traditionally held as an in-person convening, the 2020 Points of Light Conference is transitioning into an online experience.

Thanks to the generous support of the conference sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, The UPS Foundation, and Points of Light’s own investment, attendees will have complimentary access to the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience. This new format opens the opportunity for global access to knowledge and best practice sharing relevant both prior to and through recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration is open for the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience. More information on the agenda, speakers, forums and workshops can be found at pointsoflightconference.org.­­­

About the Points of Light Conference

The Points of Light Conference is the world’s largest service-related convening. Points of Light inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. Through affiliates in 200 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit pointsoflight.org.

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About IFTF

Institute for the Future is the world’s leading futures organization. For over 50 years, businesses, governments, and social impact organizations have depended upon IFTF global forecasts, custom research, and foresight training to navigate complex change and develop world-ready strategies. IFTF methodologies and toolsets yield coherent views of transformative possibilities across all sectors that together support a more sustainable future. Institute ­­­­­for the Future is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California. www.iftf.org

About Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute

There is a better way to live. Thousands of people across the U.S. are taking time to show up for others… all the way up. They are building deep connections in their communities and weaving a rich social fabric. Meeting these “Weavers” lifted New York Times columnist and author David Brooks out of his isolation, inspiring him to found Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute.

Weave supports those who have found a more connected way to live. Weave explores what it means to weave in our schools, our workplaces and every other part of life. Weave’s mission is to invite everyone to start living like a Weaver and shift our culture from one that values achievement and individual success to one that finds value in deep relationships and community success. Learn more at WeAreWeavers.org.

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