The Top Five Quotes from Chicago Ideas Day One

As usual, the opening day of Chicago Ideas Week explored a variety of ideas from a diverse array of thought leaders, with events centered around creativity, blockchain technology, leadership, and more. There’s still time to get in on some of the many events we have lined up this week. Here’s our hot list of events with tickets still available:

Talk: Melodic Milestones: How Music Creates Culture

Talk: Doing Well to Do Good in Business: The Economic Case for Altruism

Conversation: National Security, Facts and the Concept of Proof

Conversation: Trump, Trade and Tariffs: A Look into America’s Trade Policies

Lab: An Acoustic Tour of DePaul’s New Holtschneider Performance Center

Lab:  Healing from Trauma with Pride ROC

Special Event: Screening + Cocktail Event: Blueprint for Better: Architects as filmmakers on the front lines of civic change

Ideas Day: Afternoon Session – Community Projects Only


Read on for our favorite quotes from Day One of Chicago Ideas Week—and join us!


Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks to Jamil Smith about his decision to remove confederate statues.

“Leading is, by definition, doing something that everybody doesn’t want to do—you have to be willing to lose, to not be a part of, to not be liked.” —Mitch Landrieu



Ayesha Jaco, senior program director of West Side United, speaks about Chicago’s “death gap.”

“We need to get more people to the hospital, but they’re not going to interact with people if they don’t look like them, if they don’t sound like them, if they don’t understand the cultural nuances”  —Ayesha Jaco on the importance of amplifying community voices from the inside



Rie’Onna Holmon, B.R.A.V.E. youth leader, gives thumbs up alongside David Hogg and Jamil Smith.

“We need to address the problem instead of coming up with reasons why it’s not a problem.” —Rie’Onna Holmon

Author Ingrid Fetell Lee speaks about creativity.

“When you collect T-shirt’s they become archives of past joy.“ —Ingrid Fetell Lee on why we’re obsessed with our T-shirt collections.



#NeverAgain Activist David Hogg speaks out with B.R.A.V.E. youth leader Rie’Onna Holmon at “Raising Your Hand: What Leadership Looks Like in 2018”

“Don’t thank me, just vote.” —David Hogg

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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