Inspiration to Action // Connection to Collaboration

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Sun Valley Institute, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 5th annual Sun Valley Forum, July 23-26, 2019 at the newly-opened Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, Idaho to build transformative leadership, accelerate innovation, and unlock imagination for our changing world.

We are at a critical moment for the planet: the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Risks report, Out of Control, found the top two risks facing our globe are environment related: extreme weather events and the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environment-related risks account for three of the top five risks by likelihood and four by impact. The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of significant changes to the earth’s life support systems in the next decade, and here, in the U.S., the devastating California fires illustrate how much is at stake.

At the time same, leaders and innovators are showing the way forward with the strategies, technologies, business models and partnerships needed and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Project Drawdown are galvanizing action towards the greatest impact opportunities. We look forward to showcasing these solutions, delivering inspiration and direct results, with new projects and partnerships catalyzed at this action-filled gathering.

High-leverage impact strategies highlighted in our agenda include:

Transforming Leadership

Vital Voices: Women in leadership

Corporate Co-opetition: Competitors cooperating for impact

Claiming Our Future: Youth action for a resilient world

Accelerating Innovation

Financing the Future We Want: Mobilizing money that matters

Rapid Impact: How cities and states are designing the future we want

The Power of Food and Agriculture: Transforming soil, community and capital

Unlocking Imagination

Nature's Brilliance: Ending waste and building the circular economy

The Storytellers: Inspiring action with story and film

New Economic Paradigms: Bhutan as a model for changing what we value

Together, we will transform leadership, accelerate innovation and unlock imagination to build a resilient world at this special gathering during the heart of our summer in the beautiful Wood River Valley of Central Idaho.

We hope you will join us!

Past Speakers

Cory Booker

U.S. Senator

Daniel Dart

Activist, Artist, Social Entrepreneur
Founder & Singer of Time Again


Sustainability and Social Innovation Global Initiatives

Gavin McClurg

Podcast Host
Patagonia Ambassador

Geof Rochester

GRI Consulting

Jeff Goodell

Contributing Editor
Rolling Stone


Managing Director


Senior Writer
Greentech Media


Head of Purpose Investments
Bank of the West / BNP Paribas

Julie Wrigley

President and CEO
Wrigley Investments, LLC

K. Robert “Bobby” Turner

Recovering Capitalist & Enlightened Philanthropist
Chairman and CEO
Turner Impact Capital, LLC

Lila Preston

Generation Investment Management

Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur
Founder of A Better Life Foundation



Renske Lynde

Food System 6



Robert Swan

(OBE) Polar Explorer

Ted Richane

Director of Engagement & Impact
Vulcan Productions


Co-Founder Seed 2 Growth Ventures (S2G), Founder & Chairman of FoodShot Global, Inc., Executive Chairman, Lavva


The Host: Sun Valley Institute

The Forum is the signature event of the Sun Valley Institute, which was founding in 2015 with a bold mission: to be a catalyze for lasting quality of place: SVI builds economic, ecological and social resilience by pioneering transformative solutions, driving awareness, and convening leaders and innovators for impact. The Institute addresses risks and turns them into opportunities, while serving as a resource to others: a think- and do- tank for our changing world. For more information, please visit: and follow the Institute on Twitter @SunValleyInst #SunValleyForum, on Instagram @SunValleyInstitute and on Facebook:


From government and business leaders to innovators and entrepreneurs, from adventurer-advocates and educators to photographers, authors and filmmakers, past speakers include U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, visionary Paul Hawken and Artic explorer Sir Robert Swan, as well as business leaders from BNP Paribas/Bank of the West, Generation Investment Management, HP, Microsoft and The Weather Company/ IBM and media including The Economist, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

The Location

The Forum will be hosted at the Argyros Theater in Ketchum, Idaho home to the storied Sun Valley resort.

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