2020 SNF Conference

In a time of the Covid 19 pandemic and rapid technological change, the dialogue encouraged by the SNF Conference helped us understand what was happening around us, and the new choices ahead of us. And so, despite the pandemic's disruptions, on June 22nd and 23rd, we presented a virtual version of the SNF Conference, open to all. The conference balanced broad discussions of the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic with a sneak-peek at our 2021 event, which will be focused on the challenging issue of Humanity and Artificial Intelligence. Over two days, the SNF Conference brought together icons and iconoclasts—innovators, commentators, prognosticators, and youth to draw the lessons the past can teach us and consider the big questions about what the future could and should hold. All together we explored questions such as: what lessons can we learn from past crises? How can we "bounce forward" from the pandemic to a more inclusive and sustainable future? What's the proper role for philanthropy and the arts in responding to this global moment? And how do we ensure that in that future, technology – and artificial intelligence in particular – serves humanity, and not the other way around?

For the full schedule, speakers bios and videos from the panel discussions click here.