Unfinished Live Episode One: Economy & Justice

October 2020. Virtual

On October 27th, 2020, the first of four episodes of the Unfinished Live digital series streamed live on the web, YouTube and NowThis to an international audience. Focused on big societal issues and how conversations can lead to impact and positive change, Unfinished Live is a new kind of intelligent digital programming that combines storytelling and content with live audience interactivity and calls to action. The topic of the first of these groundbreaking episodes was Economy & Justice.

Writer, Artist and Activist Baratunde Thurston serves as host of the series, guiding the audience through a fast-paced hour of insight discussions, films, and artistic commissions that invite the audience to participate and imagine ​what’s possible now.

The first episode explored questions including whether capitalism is working for us all and whether we can reimagine a better economy together. Bringing together a wide range of disparate voices and perspectives, the first episode featured ideas and artistic contributions by documentary photographer, Aaron Huey, Founder & CEO of Coalfield Development, Brandon Dennison, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Julián Castro, Ford Foundation President, Darren Walker, JUST Capital CEO, Martin Whittaker, Filmmaker Abigail Disney, New York Times writer, David Leonhardt, Executive Director & Co-Founder of GreenWave, Bren Smith, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman as well as workers, activists, small business owners and social innovators.

The program consists of live host segments, dynamic films and thought provoking performances to showcase lived experience, creative expression and real-world candor. Through conversations, interviews, exchanges and roundtable discussions, experts join everyday voices in a nuanced exploration of possibility and discovery on each episode’s topic.

Unfinished Live has partnered with an unparalleled, impact-driven partner network to create both the series and the impact platform (see below) including The Aspen Institute, The Shed, For Freedoms, Imperative 21, Ashoka, Georgetown, MilM2, and PolicyLink.

Empire is proud to serve as producer of this important series, managing the development and production of each episode as well as the overall project.

About Unfinished Live

Unfinished ​is an impact network and media platform devoted to the simple idea that if we open our minds and create the space for possibilities, we can advance powerful solutions to the most critical challenges of our time. By tapping into the power of communities, creative media and new technology, we connect thought-leaders, culture-shapers, policy-makers and innovators to provoke ideas, elevate unheard voices and pursue collaborations for greater impact.

To learn more and to RSVP for an upcoming episode visit: https://unfinished.com/

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