The 5 Most Memorable Quotes from Chicago Ideas on Wednesday

Chicago Ideas Week continued to inspire action on Wednesday. From looking into whether or not we have free will to a hard look at the state of Chicago’s diversity and segregation, the third day of the festival brought groundbreaking thought leaders to stages across the city. The day was filled with amazing Talks, Conversations and Labs—here are the five most memorable quotes we heard from all of them.

“If we are going to challenge structural racism, first we have to challenge each other.”


Chicago got real at the Chicago: Where Diversity Meets Segregation Conversation. Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network Rami Nashashibi and the other panelists looked into some of the most creative solutions to solving Chicago’s most pressing issues.

“When you start to focus on the people who make you happy, love will definitely come to you.”

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19 : Charles Duhigg, New York Times Reporter; Author, “Smarter Faster Better,” moderated the panel at the “Science of Choice,” talk at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. L to R: Al Pittampalli, Founder, MCW Consulting, Sheena Iyengar, S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division, Columbia Business School, Bela Gandhi, Founder & President, Smart Dating Academy and Marvin Chun, Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology, Yale University. (Photo by Lois Bernstein/Chicago Ideas Week)

At Wednesday’s Science of Choice Talk, speaker Bela Gandhi broke down her research and advice on finding—and keeping—love.

“We scream for stories. We want to be told stories, it doesn’t matter where or how.”

Future of Storytelling

Don Hahn has worked on Disney projects for decades, and has seen technology change the way that they tell stories. At the Future of Storytelling Talk, he looked into how storytelling will change, and why people will keep craving stories—even and especially with the invention of virtual reality.

“Comedy is a political act whether we like it or not.”

Comedy: But, Seriously…

At Wednesday night’s Comedy Talk, Negin Farsad broke down the importance of comedy in culture, and how people can wield it as a powerful tool.

“The single greatest threat to technology being the the way we all need it to be is whether we can trust it.”

Humanity and Technology: What’s at Stake?

Anil Dash is a writer, activist and entrepreneur—a combination that has made him an authority on the future of technology. At Wednesday’s Humanity and Technology: What’s at Stake Talk, he and three other thought leaders looked into what’s at stake if we can’t trust technology.

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