Mimi Pickering to attend Obama Foundation Summit

Appalshop filmmaker and Appalshop Community Media Initiative Director Mimi Pickering will be part of a breakout session on media literacy, Internet access and new digital platforms at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on October 31st and November 1st. The Foundation is welcoming hundreds of civic leaders from around the world for a two-day, immersive event in which young leaders will come together with experienced practitioners for a hands-on exchange of ideas to inspire and empower participants with tools to create positive change in their communities.

The Summit will feature five main stage sessions with talks on topics ranging from motivating young people to choose a civic path to technology’s role in creating equitable and inclusive communities. The Summit will also include breakout sessions on topics ranging from communicating across differences to art and culture’s role in creating productive cities to understanding race in relation to one’s civic identity. Breakout sessions will provide attendees with the opportunity to dive deeper into topics, engage directly in conversation, and learn new skills.

 An initial selection of main stage speakers and breakout facilitators includes: Whitney Kimball Coe Director of the National Rural Assembly, Prince Harry, Matteo Renzi former Prime Minister of Itay, and more.