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July 16, 2020

The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Edward Norton and Jonathan F.P. Rose

On Thursday, July 16 at 2:00pm EDT, we continue The Garrison Institute Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health with a conversation between Edward Norton, Renowned Actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity and Jonathan F.P. Rose, Co-Founder of the Garrison Institute.  Edward Norton, a third-generation conservationist,  is widely recognized for his work in developing collaborative strategies for sustainable ecosystems. He currently serves as Board of Directors President for The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in Kenya.  These interactive sessions aim to expand our understanding around how each of us can play a role in supporting a regenerative, just and prosperous world, nurturing the health and wellbeing of all of life.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 2pm EDT on Thursday, July 16th. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 1pm EDT on July 16. Please note that participation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. We will also be live-streaming this program on our Youtube.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.


Edward Norton is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation and has starred in, produced, written or directed over 30 films.  He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won the Golden Globe, an Emmy, an Obie and numerous other awards for his performances and productions.

His most recent film is, “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in.  A meditation on hidden power and the threat of autocracy in America, filmmaker / historian Ken Burns wrote that the film is ‘nothing less than a modern masterpiece.’

Norton has a substantial parallel career as an entrepreneur, investor and activist in both environmental sustainability and technology ventures.  

In 2010 Norton and three partners founded and launched CrowdRise, a crowdfunding platform and fundraising strategic consultant that, within three years, grew into one of the largest charitable crowdfunding platforms in the world. Over $500 million has been raised for charities on CrowdRise. In 2017, CrowdRise merged with GoFundMe to create the largest online charity platform in the world. Norton serves on the Board of GFM, which now processes over $3billion of charitable contributions annually. 

In 2015, Norton and Daniel Nadler co-founded EDO, a company applying advanced data science and machine learning to the development of highly innovative audience engagement signals for the media and advertising industries.  The company’s data and software is now used by all of the major movie studios, the majority of the major television network ad sellers, the world’s largest auto and insurance companies, as well as other brand advertisers.

He is also an early or seed investor in companies such as Uber, Kensho and Tala.

He currently serves as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity and for nearly 20 years he has served as the Board chair of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a community-based organization working to preserve the endangered wildlife and threatened forest ecosystems in Kenya’s iconic southern rangelands.  MWCT’s work to develop an innovative portfolio of sustainable, natural capital-based revenue streams for Maasai communities has been awarded both the UNDP Equator Prize and the UNEP Champions of the Earth Prize.  Norton seeded MWCT’s effort to build the Chyulu Hills Carbon project and has led the effort by the project to build a consortium of corporate partners buying offset credits for a market redefining $15 / ton. 

He also served on the Boards of: Conservation International, Friends of the High Line, Signature Theatre Company, Enterprise Community Partners and Harlem Grown.


Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. Jonathan and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. He serves on its Board and leads its Pathways to Planetary Health program.

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