What will it take to build a better web?
MAY 23-25, 2022
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 offers a space and an opportunity to challenge the status quo and explore new possibilities while accelerating social impact. For 2021’s theme, The Future Is Decentralized, influential leaders fostered conversation and deepened understanding of a new digital era that prioritizes people over platforms.
From September 23-24, 2021, Unfinished Live convened online and in-person at The Shed in New York City. During this two-day event, we recognized the launch of Project Liberty by exploring what it means for a society that shares power among its people to have a decentralized web and a decentralized operating system. We imagined what we can achieve when our digital life opens doors to new fields and new actors and gives a voice to diverse communities. We sparked conversations that we hope will lead to a more inclusive, fairer and better world. You can view these mainstage talks and podcast conversations below.
In 2020, Unfinished Live debuted online. Hosted by Baratunde Thurston, the series brought together a range of diverse voices and explored the key questions of our time. Through thought-provoking interviews, extraordinary artwork, innovative videos, unique stories and breathtaking performances, we examined our shared experiences and visualized a new road ahead.
Dive into these shows to be a part of the conversation, and to imagine with us: what’s possible now?
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.