At a time when the status of the environment is on the minds of researchers and politicians and when companies are striving to become more green and profitable across the globe, the City of Chicago has been spearheading a long discussion about green and business topics among politicians, actors and activists from around the world this week.
Called Chicago Ideas Week, the first of its kind in Chicago, the event co-sponsored by TIME Magazine seeks to call attention to national and global issues while letting more than 100 people speak up about various topics. These speakers include Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and even former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
For example, a panel discussion involving Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as well as Emanuel and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg allowed these politicians to talk about the state of American workers in the various cities. Attorney Naomi Davis, also the founder of Blacks in Green, was hard at work promoting the development of green villages in urban environments as well.
Clinton also addressed topics such as Apple founder Steve Jobs’ effect on the modern economy as well as the current positive debate-sparking Occupy Wall Street movement, a people-powered movement that is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and is taking place in almost 1,000 U.S. cities as well as more than 80 other countries after beginning in Manhattan in September.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the University of Chicago was slated to talk about revolutionizing how people think about academic success, while community development was on the mind of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian during Chicago Ideas Week.
TEDxMidwest – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and features the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading – also featured speakers at The Oriental Theatre during Chicago Ideas Week who discussed how the future belongs to innovators and how the recession can lead to transformation. Other Chicago sites that were highlighted during the seven-day discussion include the Museum of Contemporary Art, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Argonne National Laboratory and even Millennium Park.
For more information about Chicago Ideas Week and its focus on green and business innovation efforts here in the Windy City and elsewhere, read the related blogs by visiting U.S. Green Technology at:
- Chicago Ideas Week Makes Debut in Windy City (27thwardchicago.org)
- Committee for Change Partners with U.S. Green Technology to Offer Green Jobs on 27thWardChicago.org (27thwardchicago.org)
- Chicago Ideas Week – Quotes for Change (letubeu.com)
- The Windy City (teasconesandcowboyboots.wordpress.com)
- Windy City Foodies Site Enhances the Chicago Dining Scene (prweb.com)
- The Windy City of Albuquerque (timesunion.com)
- Chicago Ideas Week: TIME Teams Up to Bring Big Thinkers to the Windy City (newsfeed.time.com)
- Chicago’s Windy City Rx Card is Better Than a ‘Spoonful of Sugar’: New Free Card for Residents & Visitors Helps the Medicine Bill Go Down at 800+ Chicago-Area Pharmacies (prweb.com)
- The Wonderful Windy City (thestar.com)
- Smashburger Sweepstakes: Free Chicago Trip (thedailymeal.com)