The Future of News: In Conversation with Christiane Amanpour
According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, media has become the least-trusted global institution for the first time – so how do we fight back against a world without facts and objective truth? This was the topic up for discussion on 17th October 2018, as The Conduit community gathered to listen to an intimate conversation between Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor of CNN, and Paul van Zyl, Chief Creative Officer of The Conduit.
A Just and Equal Society
In his book ‘Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World’, Anand Giridharadas argues that those with power and wealth have been able to define and implement their vision of social change in ways that both obscure and perpetuate structural injustice. We at The Conduit are deeply committed to ensuring that the progress we facilitate results in fundamental changes to unjust systems and believe that Giridharadas’s book sparks a much-needed debate on social change, regardless of whether one agrees with all of his claims. We hosted a critical conversation on just this topic with Anand Giridharadas, himself and Olivia Leland, Founder & CEO of Co-Impact.
Powering the future: What is an ethical battery?
Our future will be battery-powered. The fight to cut carbon emissions depends on it, but being green and ethical is not always the same thing. Every electric car battery uses a thousand times as much cobalt as a mobile phone battery, and cobalt comes from some of the world’s most difficult places. What are the ethics of battery power? Tortoise Media led a ThinkIn at The Conduit to find out.
The largest untapped reservoir of talent and investment in the world
From new investments to existing portfolio companies, emerging data has proved that the gender gap is a significant investment opportunity, yet female founders still face a disproportionately outsized challenge when it comes to securing investment. The Conduit hosted a panel discussion with investors and entrepreneurs to hear what they gained by investing in women-led ventures, with speakers including Anya Navidski, founder & CEO of Voulez Capital, Nadia Sood, CEO of Oktober6 and Credit Enable, Tamara Rajah, Founder & CEO of Live Better With, and Conduit Co-founder Rowan Finnegan.
Of Love & War
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and New York Times bestselling author, Lynsey Addario, joined us at The Conduit for an evening exploring the most remote corners of our world. In conversation with Europe Editor of The New York Times, Jim Yardley, Lynsey showcased photographs from her new book, ‘Of Love & War’, and discussed the challenges of being a female photographer, the importance of conflict journalism in today’s world and how we can support the development of citizen journalists.
Film Screening: The Witness
In honour of Human Rights Day, we hosted a screening of The Witness, a new documentary film exploring the Colombian peace process and the country’s reconciliation. Following the screening, the film’s award-winning director and producer, Kate Horne and The Conduit’s co-founder, Paul van Zyl took to The Speakeasy stage to discuss the themes explored in the film.