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Chris Hughes

Co-Founder, Economic Security Project


Chris Hughes has spent his career working at the intersection of politics and technology. He was a co-founder of Facebook, a digital architect for President Obama’s campaign, and a the publisher of the digital and print magazine The New Republic. In 2016, he co-founded the Economic Security Project, an initiative to study and build support for universal financial security through cash transfers. The Project supports the growth of the basic income movement and seeks to support near-term opportunities for progress such as expansion of the earned income tax credit. Hughes works on a range of progressive causes from his home in New York city. Hughes is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and an investor and board member in several New York- and California-based start-ups. He graduated from Harvard in 2006 magna cum laude with a degree in History and Literature.


The Millennial Explosion: How the Largest Generation Will Shape Our Collective Future

Millennials — those born between the years 1977 and 2000 — comprise 80 million people in the U.S., or 25 percent of the population. They are said to represent $1 trillion in buying power and exert considerable influence over previous generations. They are early adopters of technology and operate seamlessly across platforms, whether on line or in real life. As a co-founder of Facebook, and a Millennial himself, Chris watched this generation ignite and evolve. Find out how the largest generation in history is already shaping our future.

The Digital Evolution of Media & Politics: Changing the Way We Live, Communicate, Work & Interact

Following his success as a co-founder of Facebook, Chris left the game-changing social network to create another one, as part of Barack Obama's historical presidential campaign. Then he bought The New Republic, which he transformed into a major media company for the digital age. Discussing the disruptive tactics he has employed in all of these endeavors, Chris reveals how media and politics are at the forefront of digital life — and how we can use them to change our lives for the better.

Silicon Valley Contagion: How the Practices & Principles of Entrepreneurship are Changing Business, Government & Society

Having had firm footholds in Silicon Valley, the electoral system and journalism, Chris is well-versed in the new codes of entrepreneurship that are shaping politics, digital media and everyday life. Find out how the Silicon Valley way of doing business has infiltrated every sector of life and work — and how an entrepreneurial ethos can help your own business stay ahead of the curve.

The Changing Nature of the University & the Future of Education: Staying Ahead of the Learning Curve

Technology has transformed many facets of the education system — most impressively at the University level, where the disruptive force of digital media has made higher learning accessible to more people than ever before. Examining game-changing innovations like distance learning and social media, Chris reveals how the average citizen or the seasoned student can gain a competitive advantage through the new ways we learn now.

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