Summit at Sea
November 9-12, 2016

Trojan Horses


Cultural evolution doesn’t happen all by itself. It’s driven by daring visionaries who unearth buried truths that force us to rethink everything we thought we knew about our world and ourselves.

Their tools are stories, art, and social action. Their goal is progress. In this series of conversations with today’s boldest change makers, you will explore how the most powerful messages are crafted—and what it really takes to spur enduring transformation.

Snapshots of Select Trojan Horses Sessions


Living Room Radical: How Norman Lear Uses TV to Shakeup America

Considered by many to be the most influential writer and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear has boldly used primetime sitcoms to spur challenging national dialogue on race, class, gender, gay rights, rape, and other highly politicized issues. His legendary 1970s taboo-smashing shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons introduced Americans to indelible characters and earned Norman a reputation as a daring instigator. Today, at age 94, he remains as vital and engaged as ever, producing a reimagined all-Latino remake of his iconic One Day at a Time for Netflix and and a five–part docuseries on social and economic inequality called America Divided for EPIX. Norman sits down with media pundit, producer, and author Baratunde Thurston for a candid conversation about his work, the current television shows that really matter, and his long personal journey.   

The Path to Women’s Empowerment in Saudi Arabia, with Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud is many things: serial entrepreneur, owner of a luxury retail brand, mother of two, advocate for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, and yes, a princess. Her pioneering path invites us to think about the many ways Saudi women can be transformative change makers despite severe restrictions on their public activities. Princess Reema, who recently assumed the role of vice president for women's affairs of the General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia, has a track record of integrating women through a wide range of institutions. In a resolutely no-holds-barred conversation with Syrian American journalist Maytha Alhassen, she will discuss the challenges to women’s empowerment and her Vision 2030, a new plan for economic and developmental growth to reduce Saudi dependency on oil. “You can ask me anything,” promises Princess Reema. “Nothing is off-limits."


Skating as a Force for Change: Tony Hawk’s Faith in Sports and Youth

In 2002, Tony Hawk, god of skateboarding, hero of the X-Games, and king of a burgeoning business empire, established the Tony Hawk Foundation to fund the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities. It seemed like a predictable move—star athlete gives back to his sport—but Tony had a bigger vision in mind. He understood that everything that goes into building, using, and maintaining skate parks has a unique social impact. People become more invested in their neighborhoods, and young people feel emboldened to take on even more positive change in their communities. Skating itself also breeds perseverance, confidence, and creativity—which is why government officials from South Africa to Cambodia have embraced the sport as a vehicle for education and youth empowerment. Tony sits down with CreativeLive founder and CEO Chase Jarvis to discuss his enduring belief in skating as a powerful force for change.  

Carl Bernstein on the New President, the Election, and the State of the American Media

What can we expect from our next president in his or her first 100 days in office? What are the prospects of a successful presidency? And how did the media's coverage of what seemed like America’s interminable election set the stage for Clinton or Trump to have a realistic chance of achieving what they promised? Legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, who shared the Pulitzer Prize with Bob Woodward for their coverage of the Watergate scandal, sits down with writer and cultural critic Baratunde Thurston for a deep dive on the performance of the media—old, new, mainstream, fringe, and social. Carl will give candid assessments of which institutions and journalists did their job and which were atrocious, and discuss the impact this had on the election.

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The Justness Project: How one International Attorney is Creating a Global Human Rights Economy

Former beauty queen, mother of three, and real-life superhero Kimberley Motley became the first foreign attorney to litigate in Afghanistan in 2009 and was involved in some of the country’s most important human rights cases after the fall of the Taliban. She has since expanded her practice to take on commercial and criminal cases on every continent except Antarctica.  With almost 30 percent of her legal practice devoted to pro bono cases, Kimberley considers herself to be a global investor in human rights.  An expert in international law, her clients ranging from young women in Kabul to political prisoners in Malaysia. n an interview with Guy Raz, host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour,  Kimberly will discuss how she uses local laws to enforce justice, the challenge of balancing her desire to make money with the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people who can’t pay her, and her long personal journey from the projects of Milwaukee to the courtrooms of the world.