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    Fellows Luncheon 2015

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    Photos: Awards 2015

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    When You Give David Lynch A Hammer…

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    Press Release: 6th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

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    VIDEO: TDIA Profiled on HLN

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    Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca

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    Jack Dorsey Debuts Square at the First Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, 2010


Is Donald Trump a Disruptive Political Innovation?

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Despite all of the hoopla about Donald Trump’s quixotic quest to become the 45th President of the United States, it remains highly improbably, in spite of leading in the Republican polls, that the Donald will ever sit in the Oval Office. It is easy to cast aspersions and ridicule almost everything about Donald’s shoot-from-the-hip campaign from his inflammatory and offensive epithets about Mexicans, his… [See Full Post]

Matt Chamlin, Lifelong Disruptor

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Matt Chamlin has been president of nine consumer product companies including Lark Luggage, Burlington Hosiery, Ellesse, Arrow Shirts, Cybergenics and Izod-Lacoste.  He has also held senior executive positions at Revlon, General Mills, Merck and Reebok.  He is a graduate of Columbia College, received an MBA from Columbia School of Business and subsequently taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Pratt Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University, Fordham University and New York University.  He has been a consultant… [See Full Post]

Camille Massey – Founding Executive Director, Sorensen Center at CUNY Law School

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Camille Massey is the Founding Executive Director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY Law School. Launched in the fall of 2014, the Sorensen Center is named after Ted Sorensen, long-time close advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy. The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers and protects the rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. Previously Camille served as Vice President of Global Strategy and Programs at… [See Full Post]

Jennifer Lopez – Founder and CEO, Wisenn & Co and Founding Member, NASA Datanaut Corps

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Jennifer Lopez is the Founder and CEO of Wisenn & Co., a global advisory firm providing personalized solutions for strategic partnerships in areas of social impact, STEM, and innovation. Among her recent clients: CASIS – Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, The New York Academy of Sciences, Global STEM Alliance, PopTech, American Society for Clinical Pathology, United Nations Association, and Women’s Foreign Policy Group. Jennifer is the Founding Member of NASA’s Datanaut Corps in the… [See Full Post]

Rabbis Without Borders: The Pop-up Rabbi (by Irwin Kula)


A few weeks back I wrote about how exciting and unnerving it is that, according to a new Pew Report on religion, institutional religion in America is clearly weakening. With people mixing, blending and bending their identities – and with spiritual resources increasingly accessible independent of religious institutions and authorities – there are now more Americans religiously unaffiliated than there are members of any denomination! In other words, America’s largest religion is None (or unaffiliated). I suggested… [See Full Post]

Asi Burak — President, Games For Change

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Asi Burak is an award-winning game creator, tech executive, and social entrepreneur.  He is the President of Games for Change (G4C), a nonprofit with the mission to catalyze social impact through digital game.  As the Executive Producer of the Half the Sky Movement games, he orchestrated partnerships with Zynga, some of the world’s leading NGOs and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  The Facebook game has reached 1.4 million registered players and generated $500,000 in… [See Full Post]

Ava DuVernay – AFFRM Founder & Filmmaker


Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, her most recent film SELMA chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‎She previously wrote, produced and directed the dramatic feature, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which earned her the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award. In 2010, she wrote, financed, produced and directed her first narrative feature, I WILL… [See Full Post]

Veni, Video, Vici

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The Wall Street Journal featured a front page story on our own Prince Fahad al Saud who gave the world its first public preview (at Tribeca and Games for Change) of his gaming company’s ground-breaking video game “Saudi Girls Revolution.” Scheduled for release toward the end of the year by Fahad’s gaming company NA3M, SGR is designed to help change cultural stereotypes of the Middle East. This game could be a real game-changer. Fahad previewed SGR at Games for… [See Full Post]

Congratulations to our Fearless Moderator Perri Peltz on her New Film

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Here’s a piece I’d like everyone to read. And watch the video. It’s a piece Irwin did about Perri Peltz’s latest film:  “I was in Baltimore this past weekend for the bar mitzvah of my close friend’s grandson. The site of our last racial hot zone, Baltimore is still reeling from the recent unrest over Freddie Gray’s death (tourism is reportedly down; some students are turning down Baltimore universities where they’ve been accepted for 2015-’16), while… [See Full Post]


Jay Walker — Lifetime Achievement Award

Jay Walker is the founder and chairman of LabTV, an innovative new video platform designed to encour…

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Fellows Luncheon 2015

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Is Donald Trump a Disruptive Political Innovation?

Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Despite all of the hoopla about…

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