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Chicago Ideas Week – Inspirational Quotes for Change

October 16, 2011

Inspiration from ChicagoChicago Ideas Week (CIW) has been everything I expected it to be. You can expect me to be promoting 2012’s event starting tomorrow. If you watch TED videos you will love CIW. Some of the most innovative and world changing humanitarians of our time were in Chicago to talk about their ideas to improve the quality of life on our planet. I attended talks 6 out of 7 days and want to share with you some of my favorite quotes from each of them. These are amazing people we can all learn from. Enjoy!

October 10, 2011 Social Entrepreneuership

From Robert Fogarty (@rxfogarty), founder of Dear World:

Try. Fail. Try Again.

From Scott Harrison (@ScottHarrison, @CharityWater), founder of Charity:Water:

It’s never too late to change.

October 11, 2011 Photography

Ami Vitale (@AmiVee), photojournalist for National Geographic:

Outside was a war zone, inside people found ways to celebrate life.

Alex Garcia (@AGarciaPhoto), photojournalist for Chicago Tribune:

Tomorrow is promised to nobody.

Vincent Musi, animal photographer for National Geographic:

Animals poop and pee everywhere.

October 12, 2011 Film

Fisher Stevens, actor, director, producer:

We’re not all going to pursue change all of the time, but we should all pursue change some of the time.

Justin Dillon (@JustinDillon), director of Call + Response:

Find yourself by giving yourself away.

October 13, 2011 Heroes

Bill Strickland, President & CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation:

People are born into the world as assets, not liabilities.

Eddie Bocanegra, a Violence Interrupter with Cease Fire:

Commit to some cause.

October 15, 2011 Poetry

Agustina Woodgate, interdisciplinary artist:

Give, accept, reciprocate. The gift must always move.

Also from Agustina:

The more we are, the louder it gets.

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