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Town Hall #81 - Impact - USA

Updated: May 23, 2022

Hosted by Mark Bergin - Founder at the Design Exec Club / BETTER FUTURE


Julia Monk - Hospitality Thought Leader, Architect, Interior Designer

Rick Bell - Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York

Dan Formosa - Designer / Founder of ThinkActHuman

Lucy Grant - Communications Coordinator at BETTER FUTURE and The Design Exec Club



“Young people are saying ‘enough talk’… they are instead asking ‘what are we doing about it?’” - Rick Bell 05:23

“There is a general sentiment at the moment that people are willing to be uncomfortable and guide themselves by values and ideals, even if that throws up a sense of chaos… There is obviously fear in being uncertain but there is also something incredibly exciting about it.” - Lucy Grant 08:27

“We need to encourage people to be untethered and say ‘actually how about this?’” - Mark Bergin 13:27

“You need to feel a sense of safety to begin with in order to be able to abandon it later on.” - Lucy Grant 21:52

“We cannot create impact if we think that everything is on the line.” Mark Bergin 22:48

“I mentor a lot of young women in our profession and a lot of that is giving them permission to just be who they are.” - Julia Monk 24:44

“I learn a lot from my students, it’s very much a two-way street… I’m learning as much from them as they are from me.” - Rick Bell 30:35

“Celebrate discomfort. If you’re going to be innovative and if you're going to create impact then it is not going to be comfortable.” - Dan Formosa 39:39

“It's really important that wherever we are, in terms of impact, to just keep questioning. I think we all have the answers inside of us if we just allow them to come out, give them space to be heard and to breathe.” - Julia Monk 44:07

Better Future Statements

It will be a better future when we are willing to listen and respond in equal measures and not be afraid of what our impact might be. - Lucy Grant
It will be a better future when we all feel safe enough to have a voice. - Julia Monk
It will be a better future when we get over the pessimism and the perception that there are too many impediments to make the changes that are needed. - Rick Bell
It will be a better future when hope is universal. - Mark Bergin
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