About the Speaker:
Marika Anthony-Shaw played the viola as a touring member of Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire for nine years. She also led the band’s philanthropy and community outreach. While playing on stages around the world, Marika and her fellow band members could feel the incredible energy of thousands of people coming together to experience something profound. Motivated by this potential, Marika dedicated herself to building a new organization, PLUS1. PLUS1 empowers artists to partner with their fans to drive awareness, advocacy, and resources for organizations doing proven, measurable work to increase equity, access, and dignity for all.
Marika was raised in British Columbia by her mother, a linguist and academic who works with First Nation communities in language revitalization, who taught Marika the value of identity and the power of language. Marika has degrees in Music Performance and Education from McGill University. She sits on the Board of Directors of Partners in Health Canada, and the PIH Board of Trustees in Boston. She frequently advises and speaks on the power of collective impact and the intersection of effective philanthropy, art, and social justice including at C2 Montreal, the Forbes Under 30 Summit, universities and other engagements globally. She lives in Montreal with her husband, record producer Marcus Paquin, and their young daughter.
Community House: Collective Speakers Series
The Collective Speakers Series is presented in partnership with the Colorado Chautauqua and Collective Speakers. The Boulder-based agency represents dynamic individuals working for the greater collective and takes pride in their core values of bringing awareness to their areas of specialty, including diversity, social justice, mental health and education. Founded by Sean Lawton in 2018, the agency is pleased to present a new series of lectures that challenge and inspire the Boulder Valley community.
Parker Molloy – Unbreak the Internet
Let’s face it: the internet is broken. The internet was presented as a kind of utopia where we would be given a chance to connect with people around the world and have the entirety of human knowledge literally at our fingertips. The internet could ring in an era built on empathy, understanding and opportunity. Unfortunately, none of that ever quite realized, and we’ve instead been introduced to an era of increased political polarization, the weakening of objective truth, a new method of identity theft, tech addiction and more. “Unbreak the Internet” is a look at where things went wrong, and what we can do to get back on the right track and build a world that works for us all.
About the Speaker:
Parker Molloy is a writer whose work has appeared in places like The Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, VICE, and The Verge. Currently, she writes about the intersection of culture, technology, media, and politics as editor-at-large of Media Matters for America. In 2016, she was named one of Fusion’s “The 30,” a group of “30 women 30 and under who will change the presidential election.” In 2014, she was included on the Windy City Times’ annual “30 Under 30” list of influential LGBTQ Chicagoans. Her TV appearances include MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” and NBC’s “The Today Show.”
Parker can be found spending way too much time on Twitter. Really – so, so much time on Twitter. She lives in Chicago with her wife, Kayla, and their pets, a dog named Meatball and a cat named Snickers.
Food Therapy with Gabi Moskowitz
From baking pies to making “angry” pasta through depression and heartbreak, Gabi explores the therapeutic benefits of getting your hands dirty in the kitchen. Life is messy and it’s hard to be truly prepared, but there is no problem from which you can’t cook your way out. Gabi’s show demonstrates how the process can be heartening, hilarious, and fun. It’s one-part live cooking show and one-part interview injected with as much comedy and heart as possible.
About the Speaker:
Gabi Moskowitz is the editor-in-chief of the nationally-acclaimed budget cooking blog BrokeAss Gourmet (brokeassgourmet.com), author of The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook (Egg & Dart, 2012), Pizza Dough: 100 Delicious, Unexpected Recipes (Egg & Dart, 2013), Young & Hungry (Disney/Hyperion, 2017), and Hot Mess Kitchen (Grand Central Life & Style, 2017). Gabi is also the co-producer of Young & Hungry, a Freeform comedy, now in its fifth season, inspired by her life and writing. She also starred in a web series in conjunction with the show, called Young & Foodie. When she is not blogging, writing books or making television, Gabi contributes to The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Evan.
Marika Anthony-Shaw – Accountable Activism: A New Form of Power
What if every live event that brought people together simultaneously collected and directed funds to emerging world crises? What would the world look like if the power of existing crowds was leveraged to raise large sums for global change? Marika Anthony-Shaw, founder and CEO of PLUS1, is turning these questions into reality.
Almost ten years ago, Marika and her fellow Arcade Fire band members initiated a simple campaign. For each concert ticket sold, they would add $1 to raise relief funds for Haiti. Today, Marika has effectively built a global movement for good by partnering performing artists with high-impact nonprofits. With over $7 million raised and granted to over to 250 organizations, the PLUS1 community continues to grow every night and create opportunities for everyday people to have a meaningful and direct impact on world events.
In this empowering keynote, Anthony-Shaw discusses her work with philanthropic organizations and reveals strategies for individuals to get involved with causes for which they care most. Offering realistic plans for engaging one’s communities, whether on campus or online, she outlines how any individual can join people together in a shared mission to harness the power of collective energy and positive action to make a real difference in the world.
About the Speaker:
Dessa – Senseless Love: Torch Songs and Brain Science
Dessa, the touring musician experience something nearly every artist encounters during their career- heartbreak. All the traditional interventions had failed – time, distance, whiskey – and she was prepared to try something drastic. So Dessa assembled a team of neuroscientists to try to excise the love from her brain. Her collaborators include researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and neurofeedback clinician, Penijean Gracefire. The story of her experience is funny, fascinating, suspenseful, and reveals poignant perspectives on our brains, our bodies, and the ties that bind.
About the Speaker:
Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist who earns her living on the road. She’s performed around the world at opera houses, rock clubs, and sometimes standing on barroom tables. Her imaginative writing and ferocious stage presence have been praised by NPR, Forbes, Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times. As a musician, she’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist, a member of the Doomtree collective, and she is a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has written two short collections of poetry and essays.
Dessa has delivered presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship for Fortune 500 companies, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Mayo Clinic, and universities and colleges across the country including Georgetown, Macalester, and the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indianapolis. With a witty, charismatic style, she engages, entertains, and inspires audiences from all walks of life.
She splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit. Her first hardcover collection, My Own Devices, was released in September of 2018 from Dutton Books.