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  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • Welcome to the Obama Summit

  • 2017.

  • hi, everyone!

  • Welcome to the second day of the

  • Obama foundation Summit!

  • We're thrilled to have you all

  • tuning in.

  • I hope you have really enjoyed

  • the main stage events.

  • A reminder, we're here to

  • inspire, empower and connect the

  • next generation of leaders.

  • You're critical to that.

  • We hope you stay in touch with

  • the Obama Foundation as we go

  • forward.

  • As part of this, we'll get into

  • some conversation with great

  • leaders and hear their

  • perspectives with civic

  • engagement and the work we can

  • do together.

  • First up, we have a writer,

  • award winning film maker and

  • activist.

  • Welcome.

  • Thank you so much.

  • Thank you for being here.

  • Thank you.

  • I want to start by first letting

  • our viewers know that you have

  • done really important,

  • innovative work in France when

  • it comes to addressing issues of

  • race, gender and religion.

  • I would love to hear from you

  • your view of civic engagement,

  • how do you think about what that

  • is and how has that informed

  • your approach to addressing

  • these issues?

  • Thank you for allowing me to

  • share my views.

  • First thing, I think that it is

  • important for every citizen to

  • think about himself or herself

  • as someone important.

  • As someone that can have a voice

  • and that can be part of the

  • global conversation.

  • I started my organization

  • because I was tired of hearing

  • people speaking about me as a

  • woman, as a French woman of

  • color without having me on the

  • set.

  • I decided with my organization

  • to tackle every day racism,

  • especially statements authored

  • by public personalities.

  • You mention that we try to be

  • innovative, we created a

  • ceremony, an award ceremony that

  • would reward the worst racist

  • sentences offered by public

  • personalities.

  • It was a way to use humor and to

  • work with comedians and at the

  • same time raise awareness on the

  • fact that when you hear the

  • media, public despair, you hear

  • much racist statements and you

  • feel there is nothing that you

  • can do about that.

  • Having that ceremony was a way

  • to be vocal in that.

  • Wow.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you for your work!

  • Thank you for sharing it.

  • You're welcome.

  • I'm curious, you mentioned you

  • created this organization, the

  • indivisibles, I'm curious as a

  • young woman, as you were

  • recognizing the need in this

  • space what inspired you to

  • create an organization as

  • opposed to joining others, other

  • organizations in this space?

  • Just tell us a bit about that

  • process of creating that.

  • Because I had the feeling that

  • the other organizations were

  • doing a great job, but they

  • weren' really working on the

  • specific topics of prejudices

  • that I was concerned about.

  • Actually I was inspired by

  • another woman, another European

  • woman, I watched a dock ministry

  • on -- a documentary on a black

  • German, she said you cantic

  • German and black at the same

  • time, you can do this and be

  • black at the same time.

  • I contacted her, she -- we just

  • spoke and she said you should

  • gather with your friends and

  • start something.

  • That was all.

  • We were only six at the

  • beginning.

  • I had never, ever would have

  • known that it would be that big

  • in France.

  • Wow!

  • Thank you.

  • Last question for you.

  • Just tell me a little by the

  • about -- we're in day two of the

  • Summit.

  • What are you taking away?

  • What have you enjoyed and

  • inspired you?

  • The first thing I enjoy a lot is

  • the energy.

  • Everybody is enthusiastic, we

  • have people from all around the

  • world.

  • Wherever I turn around, I just

  • jump into someone that's

  • amazing, that's doing an amazing

  • job in his or her city or his or

  • her country.

  • That's something I really want

  • to bring back to my country.

  • It is inspiring.

  • I have the feeling that I can

  • connect with everyone here to

  • work back in my country.

  • Wonderful.

  • A final question.

  • What advice do you have folks

  • watching, perhaps what you have

  • said about questions of

  • identity, making a difference in

  • your community, perhaps really

  • resinate butt not but not sure o

  • get started.

  • What would you share about the

  • first steps to take.

  • Everyone has to learn that power

  • is in our hands.

  • We can do whatever we want to do

  • as long as we believe that we're

  • fighting for the right cause.

  • You know, I had no idea about

  • where I would go with my

  • organization but we were

  • convinced we were doing the

  • right thing.

  • That's the feeling I have being

  • here connecting with people who

  • are working on causes in other

  • places.

  • Wonderful.

  • Thank you so much for being

  • here.

  • Thank you.

  • We're proud of the work that

  • you're doing.

  • Thank you for encouraging me.

  • Thank you.

  • Next up, we have another special

  • guest, this is Joe, he's a

  • cofounder of RBNB which of

  • course we know -- many folks

  • watching right now, they have

  • taken advantage of the the

  • service in the past.

  • Welcome, Joe.

  • Come on up.

  • For anyone watching the morning

  • session, if you're able to

  • stream that, you know that Joe

  • joined an exciting, interesting

  • I think conversation about the

  • role that business has in

  • thinking about civic society and

  • that's really where I would like

  • to start, Joe, in case folks did

  • miss that.

  • We think at the Obama Foundation

  • a lot about the role that people

  • have, individuals have as

  • we're -- we want people to feel

  • that they have the power to make

  • a difference in their

  • communities.

  • I'm curious with the hat that

  • you wear as running a business

  • what do you view the role is for

  • business and institutions in

  • terms of creating the type of

  • civic society we want to have

  • together.

  • A great question.

  • I'm excited to be here.

  • It was a fascinating panel.

  • I think to get right into it I

  • feel like companies in the 21st

  • century have a responsibility to

  • go above and beyond the normal

  • calls of duty of the business,

  • to actually take whatever the

  • strengths are, whatever they're

  • good at and go out in the world

  • and solve problems and they can

  • do that through partnerships

  • with the public sector,

  • obviously, so I'm thinking right

  • now specifically of things that

  • we're good at as a company,

  • short-term hospitality, creating

  • trust between strangers and a

  • global scale through a

  • technology platform.

  • It showed up for us, how to

  • answer the question, how do we

  • put the roof over the head of

  • people that need it the most, we

  • create a pod, open homes,

  • allowing anyone to house someone

  • that's been displaced by natural

  • disaster, political conflict,

  • and so we host all over the&

  • world and they're going above

  • and beyond even hosting a

  • traveler, saying I want to open

  • my home to somebody that needs

  • it.

  • Wow.

  • Tell me a little about it, Joe,

  • you mention on the panel this

  • morning the story of how airBNB

  • came about, you had to pay the

  • rent.

  • It was the asset, it is key to

  • understand the assets that you

  • have in the community

  • organizing.

  • I'm curious for a lot of us, you

  • have an idea, the reality is

  • that a multibillion dollar

  • company like AirBNB followed

  • with an idea and tenacity to

  • make it real.

  • It can be hard when we have

  • ideas floating in and out of the

  • heads of that can be a -- that

  • can be a major company, a

  • powerful way to make a