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Remaking Power in the 21st Century

Date: September 6, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Location: Engineering Center G-Wing (ECG) room 101 (“Impact Lab”), Tempe Campus

Remaking Power in the 21st Century 

We are living in an uncharted moment in human history. Due to unprecedented opportunities and the vulnerabilities they present (cyber-warfare, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, climate change, and much more), society will make the most consequential decisions of its existence in the next 50 years. In order to meet these challenges of the 21st century, a new type of organization will be necessary. In his talk, Founder and CEO Henry Elkus shares his story of Helena — an organization bringing together leaders from multiple generations and fields to unilaterally identify and address global issues — as a case study for how “hybrid” institutions can make headway in an increasingly chaotic world. His goal in the talk is to challenge the audience to think critically about which organizations and institutions they should work for, partner with, and create as they choose how they will spend the next 50 years.


Henry Elkus, CEO, Helena

Special Guest Speaker: Henry Elkus, CEO, Helena

Henry Elkus is Founder and CEO of Helena. Helena brings together some of the world’s most remarkable people and works alongside them to materialize ideas that address significant global issues and create new innovations. Past Helena projects include “Factory in the Sky”, an effort supporting the construction of the world’s first carbon-capture factory, and “The Shield Project”, which catalyzed state and federal action to help protect the North American Electrical grid from threats due to solar storms and cyber-attack. Henry left Yale University after two years to operate Helena full time. He is 23.