Chicago Ideas Day Two: Five Quotes to Keep You Moving Forward

Especially with today’s climate, sometimes it’s hard to feel like we’re moving forward, both on a national level and even in our day-to-day lives. Chicago Ideas Day Two helped attendees fight the fatigue with introspective programs that covered the future of the “Obama Foundation Center District,” what’s next for the Time’s Up revolution, how brands can authentically connect to consumers, making music that matters, and of course, life’s big questions. Here are five quotes from the day that will uplift you to keep moving forward, no matter what you’re creating, exploring, or fighting for.

Paul Blair (DJ White Shadow) enlightens Andrew Barber at Melodic Milestones: How Music Creates Culture.

“You just have to be kind. Kinder than everybody else. Do everything with an intent of kindness.” —Paul Blair (DJ White Shadow) on success.


Author & Researcher Daniel Pink talks timing at Life’s Big Questions.

“Sometimes the midpoint is a spark. Sometimes the midpoint is a slump….Most midpoints are invisible. Be aware.” —Daniel Pink


Journalist Joan Morgan is black girl magic personified at Melodic Milestones: How Music Creates Culture.

“Hip-hop feminism is my refusal to give up on hip-hop or on feminism, but to try to reconcile how those two things can exist congruently.” —Joan Morgan


Actress & Author Amber Tamblyn speaks out as Lawyer and Time’s Up Leader Tina Tchen looks on at #TimesUp: What’s Next

“When you see that here is someone who’s missing out of the conversation, you have to do everything you can to make sure they’re included.” —Amber Tamblyn


Spoken word artist Malcolm London inspires at The Consumer Experience: When Business Got Personal.

“You are builders. Hold your dreams like your lover’s hand.” —Malcolm London



Jennifer Boudinot is a freelance writer and entrepreneur focused on the changing workplace, disruptive business practices and cocktails—yes, cocktails. She's also a book editor and a best-selling ghostwriter.

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