Liz Lynch; Kristoffer Tripplaar Photography; Max Taylor/The Atlantic
Readers of this website and our print magazine may not realize The Atlantic has a powerful third platform for communicating big ideas to our audience: live events. Each year, AtlanticLIVE puts on more than 130 events, from 50-person forums in Washington to two-day festivals in New York to the weeklong, 2,800-attendee Aspen Ideas Festival, which, as it happens, starts next week. Recent speakers at these events have included John McCain, Eric Schmidt, Nancy Pelosi, Mario Batali, Madeleine Albright, Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer, Joe Biden, and many more.
The new Events Channel will cover the most interesting and consequential ideas to emerge from these conversations. We'll tell these stories in a variety of ways: text, video, charts, and photos. Posts might include original video, like this piece about South Florida's transformation into a hub for entrepreneurship, which we shot as part of this spring's Start-Up City: Miami event. Others will provide a snapshot of a pressing issue, like this post about what's at stake among a menagerie of deficit hawks, doves, and even owls at this spring's Economy Summit.
For those who attend Atlantic events, we hope the Events Channel will extend the conversations beyond the conference hall. For the many, many other readers of TheAtlantic.com, we hope it will distill useful or provocative arguments for further thought. Ultimately, we want the channel to provide a starting point for examining debates of the day.
You can find information about upcoming events here, including links to register for events and access live streaming video. Questions about events can be directed here; comments, critiques, and inspirations about our editorial coverage, here.