The signature event of the Jefferson Innovation Summit was the Rotunda Dialogue, a unique exchange among thirteen thought leaders about the power and promise of entrepreneurship and innovation. Moderated by CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen, a carefully selected group of innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, authors, and creative thinkers worked through a provocative hypothetical scenario highlighting the challenges of strengthening a nation’s innovative capacity and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Developed by Fred Friendly Seminars in collaboration with CNBC, the Summit’s official media partner, the Dialogue took place in the Dome Room of Jefferson’s iconic Rotunda.
The Rotunda Dialogue was modeled on the award-winning Fred Friendly Seminars, created by the late president of CBS News and producer for Edward R. Murrow. In a seminar, a diverse group of participants are asked to respond to a fact-based hypothetical scenario. They are given no scripts or materials to prepare; instead, with guidance from an experienced moderator, they work through the decisions the scenario presents, taking on roles consistent with those they play in real life. The focus throughout is not “What do you think?” but “What would you do?”
View video shorts of the Rotunda Dialogue captured by CNBC here