A diverse group of American and International artists, educators, scientists, and activists, as well as a number of students and faculty from the Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School community, have presented stories and ideas that captivated their audiences and, more importantly, got people thinking. We bring these events to the public to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters.

FAST FORWARD | OCTOBER 21, 2015
The 2015 event in the REAL Talks Atlanta series, Fast Forward, took a look at some of the scientific, academic, and cultural breakthroughs that will shape our not-too-distant future.
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Martin Ford

Author of Rise of the Robots, and a leading expert on the robot revolution, artificial intelligence, and the impact of technology on workplaces.

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Joe Conway

Film and Broadcast Journalism teacher and a screenwriter with three feature films to his credit, on the future of the cinematic arts.

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Trung Le

Architect and design educator who is rethinking the way schools use space and light to transform the ecology of learning.

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Larry Freil

Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech’s Human Centered Computing program and a lead researcher in wearable technology to help service animals communicate with their handlers.


SMALL STORIES, BIG IDEAS | OCTOBER 23, 2014
Our first event held at The Atlanta History Center, Small Stories, Big Ideas explored how extraordinary things can result from the most routine circumstances; it takes just one person to view them from the right angle.
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Edward Humes

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.

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Alex West

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of WonderRoot.

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Ann Daniels

Polar Explorer and international speaker.

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Bailey Lyles

Activist for survivors of child sexual abuse and the sex trafficking trade.

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Ben Foss

Activist for the dyslexic community and inventor of the Intel Reader.


ENDURING SPIRIT | OCTOBER 22, 2013
Enduring Spirit focused on how we persevere in the face of closed doors, disability, pain, and war. What is the spirit that allows us to endure, to survive, to flourish in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges?
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Josh Hanagarne

Author of The World’s Strongest Librarian, a memoir of his lifelong battle with Tourette’s Syndrome

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Sam Fallon and Owen Penn

Students who brought a Wheelchair Lacrosse exhibition and clinic to Atlanta

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Clay Coley

Singer and Songwriter who made the documentary The Clay Coley Thousand Mile Tour, about his struggle for success

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Craig McGowan

Middle School Science teacher who spends summers guiding at-risk teens on wilderness activities


HARNESSING CHAOS | APRIL 4, 2013
Harnessing Chaos focused on how we navigate the commotion of our 21st-century world, i.e. how we grapple with language, music, technology, education, and poverty to find meaning, create solutions, and shape our lives.
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Dr. Helene D. Gayle

President and CEO of CARE USA.

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Andy Greenberg

Reporter for Forbes and author of This Machine Kills Secrets.

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Sydney Coleman

High School student and author of three novels.

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David Gale & Gary Klingman

Middle School English and History teachers, respectively.

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Jonida Beqo

Performance artist, Slam Poet.


PUSHING BOUNDARIES | NOVEMBER 14, 2012
The inaugural event in the REAL Talks Atlanta series, Pushing Boundaries tied the narratives of five diverse speakers into an evening focused on the power of innovation, creative drive, and perseverance. Pushing Boundaries was about exploring limits, testing barriers, and chasing dreams — about seeking to better understand our cosmos, our societies, and ourselves.
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Miguel San Martin

Chief Engineer, Guidance, Navigation, and Control, ​Mars Science Laboratory.

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Jon Ronson

​Journalist, Author, Documentarian, best known for his books The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test.

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Stacey Davis

Olympic Category Wrestling Referee and Asst. Dir. Of Admissions and Athletics Coach.

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Philip Verre

Chief Operating Officer of the High Museum of Art.

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Holly Shaw

11th Grader who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the summer of 2012.