What is Unfinished
Unfinished works to strengthen our civic life in the digital age.
With a network of partners in technology, academia, social impact and the arts, Unfinished is imagining the future of technology, culture, and governance to create a thriving multiracial democracy and just economy.
To achieve this, Unfinished is advancing a very concrete solution through Project Liberty, an initiative with the potential to transform how the internet works and who benefits from the digital economy. Project Liberty aims to create a new civic architecture for the next generation of the internet that prioritizes people over platforms, returns the ownership and control of personal data to individuals, reflects a commitment to ethics and shared values, and expands economic opportunities for both users and developers.
Unfinished Live is the preeminent convener of engaged citizens invested in our digital future. Taking place annually in September at The Shed in New York City, thousands of leading technologists, policymakers, impact and business leaders, artists, and youth join together as an unparalleled community of disruptive thinkers committed to shaping what’s next for the web. Curated content spanning several days focuses on our digital future and the new movements, governance, and technologies that will shape it. From mainstage talks, to workshops and masterclasses with leading experts, to interactive art installations, to live podcasts, Unfinished Live’s programming features an abundance of speakers and sessions.
Each year we imagine what we can achieve when our digital life opens doors to new fields and new actors and gives a voice to diverse communities by sparking conversations with the potential to lead to a more inclusive, fairer, and better world. To check out content from our most recent Unfinished Live, watch here. To access mainstage talks and podcasts conversations from 2021, click here. To experience Unfinished Live 2020 – which took the form of a series of online episodes – see below.
1.Economy & Justice
Featuring Abigail Disney, Darren Walker, Dan Schulman, Angela Glover Blackwell, Aaron Huey, Julián Castro and many more voices.
2.Democracy & Voice
Featuring Krista Tippett, Yo-Yo Ma, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Eric Liu, Arthur Brooks, Hank Willis Thomas and many more voices.
3.Technology & Humanity
Featuring Andrew Yang, Manoush Zomorodi, Tristan Harris, Ina Fried, Rashad Robinson, Nadya Tolokonnikova and many more voices.
4.Questions, Culture & Change
Featuring Alicia Garza, Bruce Springsteen, Precious Okoyomon, Anna Deveare Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Frank McCourt and many more voices.
Unfinished Questions asks you to reflect on the state of the world and to envision the future in which you want to live. You will explore the doubt and uncertainties, and imagine with the full force of your curiosity. It’s not the answers that will enable this exploration, but the questions themselves.