Last week we hosted the ninth annual ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego, a gathering of leaders from across the global innovation economy with the mission of accelerating exponential ideas in education and talent. We welcomed over 4,000 attendees from 40 countries, including 900 speakers and 450 presenting companies.
As I observed in my opening night speech, what makes the Summit so impactful is the unusual “cocktail” of participants we convene, with the common ingredient being a commitment to giving everybody an equal opportunity to participate in the future.
We all go to conferences where there is intellectually stimulating conversations and compelling speakers. This year’s Summit had its fair share, including former heads of state (George W. Bush and Vicente Fox), artists and activists (Matthew McConaugheyand John Legend), and leaders across a broad range of issues related to the future of education and talent (Grit author Angela Duckworth, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and others).