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The Best of BoF 2017 | VOICES

Today, we highlight some of the top discussions from this year’s VOICES, BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers in partnership with QIC Real Estate. Watch now.
Imran Amed on stage at VOICES 2018 | Source: Getty Images

THE WIDER WORLD

1. Are the Tech Giants Too Powerful?

Jonathan Taplin and Rohan Silva at VOICES | Source: Getty

The destructive monopolisation of the internet by Google, Facebook and Amazon is undermining cultural production, argued Jonathan Taplin on the VOICES stage in a debate with Rohan Silva, co-founder of Second Home. Watch here.

2. The Gender Revolution Is Here: 'We Can Limit Suffering'

Imran Amed with Laith Ashley, Hanne Gaby Odiele and Phillip Picardie at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty

What is gender identity? What is gender expression? Dr Shazhan Amed, model Hanne Gaby Odelie, Teen Vogue's Phillip Picardi and activist Laith Ashley shared their personal and professional experiences with gender on the VOICES stage. Watch here.

3. 'We Have Never Known a Period of Greater Global Risk'

BoF's Nick Blunden with John Ferguson, John Detrixhe and Rohan Silva at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty Images

For the first time in years, all of the world's major economies are growing again and yet geopolitical risk has never been higher. What to make of the apparent contradiction? Watch here.

INSIDE THE FASHION SYSTEM

4. It’s Time for Adaptive Fashion

Sinead Burke at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Disabled people have long been ignored by the fashion industry, but it's high time for reform, argued Sinéad Burke on the VOICES stage. Watch here.

5. The Power of Circularity: 'Let's Raise the Level of Ambition'

Dame Ellen MacArthur at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Dame Ellen MacArthur challenges the fashion industry, where less than 1 percent of garments are recycled, to work together to implement a circular economy. Watch here.

6. Colette’s Sarah Andelman Reveals Next Move

Sarah Andelman and Rachel Shechtman at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty Images

On the VOICES stage, Colette's Sarah Andelman announced her next move following the closure of the beloved Parisian concept store: a new consulting company called Just An Idea. Watch here.

7. Dries Van Noten on Being a Citizen of the World in the Age of Cultural Appropriation

Tim Blanks and Dries Van Noten at VOICES | Source: Getty

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten joined BoF editor-at-large Tim Blanks on the VOICES stage to discuss the challenges of being a 'citizen of the world' amid rising critique of cultural appropriation. Watch now.

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

8. Airbnb Co-Founder Shares Innovation Advice

Joe Gebbia at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Speaking at VOICES, Joe Gebbia explained his duct tape philosophy on innovation and how the sharing economy can power philanthropy for the 21st century. Watch here.

9. Fashion in the Age of Biofabrication

Andras Forgacs at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Biofabrication is set to shake up the $100-billion business of leather goods, explained Andras Forgacs of Modern Meadow on stage at VOICES. Watch here.

BUILDING COMMUNITIES

10. What Young People Really Think About Identity, Influence and the Experience Economy

Moj Mahdara on stage at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty

Beautycon chief executive Moj Mahdara took to the VOICES stage to share results of her extensive survey of Pivotals, the super-generation age 13 to 34. Watch here.

11. LVMH’s Antoine Arnault on Model Safety Charter: ‘If They Don't Comply, We Will Not Work With Them’

Imran Amed, Antoine Arnault and James Scully on stage at VOICES | Source: Getty

One year after James Scully issued a plea to end the 'cruel and sadistic' abuse of fashion models, LVMH's Antoine Arnault joined the casting director to discuss the enforcement of a landmark charter to protect models. Watch here.

12. Amid ‘Retail Apocalypse,’ The Future of Commerce Is Community

Doug Stephens at VOICES 2017 | Source: Getty Images

In a world where traditional retail is dying, stores must embrace communal experiences, explained retail futurist Doug Stephens on stage at VOICES. Watch here.

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