Live Online Policy Forum

They Say It Can’t Be Done

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Date and Time
October 26, 2020 4:30 - 5:30 PM EDT
Live Online

Featuring Patrick Reasonover (@ItCantBeDoneDoc), President and Cofounder, Taliesin Nexus; Johan Norberg (@johanknorberg), Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; author, Open: The Story of Human Progress; moderated by Chelsea Follett (@Chellivia), Editor of Human​Progress​.org and Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

They Say It Can’t Be Done is a documentary that explores how innovation can solve some of the world’s greatest problems and promote human progress. The film tracks four companies on the cutting edge of technological innovations that could help to protect the seas from pollution, solve hunger, eliminate organ transplant waitlists, and reduce atmospheric carbon emissions. The documentary also explores how, in the fast‐​paced world of technological development, well‐​intentioned regulations can inadvertently hamper beneficial discoveries. Each company in the film has the potential to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, but all face a common roadblock: a restrictive bureaucracy impeding their pathways to success. To unleash the full potential of human innovation, is it time for us to imagine new regulatory approaches?

Directed by award‐​winning filmmaker Michael Ozias and produced by Andrea Fuller and Patrick Reasonover, They Say It Can’t Be Done shows how entrepreneurs are advancing technological solutions in areas as diverse as aquaculture, 3D printed human organs, cultured meat, and carbon capture.

This online event will feature a discussion between lead producer Patrick Reasonover and Johan Norberg, followed by a question‐​and‐​answer session with the audience. Participants are encouraged to watch They Say It Can’t Be Done before the discussion and will receive a link and password upon registering for the event so they can watch the 80‐​minute film online.