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Isaacson on Innovation - An Intimate Conversation

Walter Isaacson presents at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

From the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame during the Cleveland Convening, watch the full presentation of Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation, sharing a global perspective on how diversity and creativity are critical components of innovation and how cities are cultural ecosystems that foster progress. 

Thursday night, the last night of the Cleveland Forward Cities Convening took place at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.  The evening started with a surprise performance by Shaka Zulu, Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Indians (the most important Mardi Gras Indian Tribe in New Orleans), and his wife Naimah, during the cocktail hour. This was followed by a thought-provoking presentation from Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, on the critical role urban centers play in promoting innovation. 

Isaacson is well-known as the best selling author of the Steve Jobs biography, the Albert Einstein biography and, his most recent book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.

During his presentation, Isaacson shared a global perspective on how diversity and creativity are critical components of innovation and that cities are the engines that foster progress.

Following his presentation, the Mayor of Cleveland, Frank G. Jackson, sat down with Isaacson for an engaging conversation on the role and responsibilities of cities in promoting inclusive innovation.

You can watch the full presentation below. 


Walter Isaacson Talk at Forward Cities Cleveland Convening from Forward Cities on Vimeo.

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