2020 UI Clarke Awards


Clarke Conversation on Imagination: Crises and Renewal

a Live Interactive Video Event

Thursday, November 12, 2020

9 am Pacific, noon Eastern, 5pm London, 6pm Geneva

We celebrate imagination. But we often fail to consider the conditions that allow imagination to flourish and to be an active resource for communal conversation to use imagination as a means for understanding and renewal in our public dialogue.

In our present moment of crisis, we turn to imagination to comprehend our “now” and what could be “next”. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected and upended life nearly everywhere, throwing into high relief our collective social and economic strengths and weaknesses. Piling onto these unprecedented challenges in the U.S. and elsewhere are cries for eliminating systemic social and racial inequities. And throughout these crises, we continue to bear witness to what Arthur Clarke warned as “our planet crying out” for us to listen and take action to stem global warming. In crises of this scale and impact, imagination becomes a lifeline from the world we knew to one that we want to make better. But better how? Imagination—forward-looking imagination—becomes a vital tool to think through our values, our technologies, our social and political arrangements, our interdependencies at home, and with peoples in distant places.

The 2020 Clarke Conversation takes up the theme of crisis and imagination: how crisis makes emphatic the need to reexamine through the lens of imagination the broad sweep of our relationships, past choices, and our approach to human dignity. In this one-hour live video event, the three 2020 Clarke Awardees will reexamine and reimagine our possible futures.

Clarke Conversation Moderator

Dr. Cady Coleman is a former NASA Astronaut and Air Force Colonel with more than 180 days in space, accumulated during two space shuttle missions and a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), where she acted as the Lead Robotics and Lead Science officer.

Dr. Coleman is a vocal advocate for inclusion in STEM/STEAM fields and a sought after speaker on a wide range of topics. She recently co-anchored ABC News Live’s coverage of the SpaceX launch and continues to consult on coverage of that mission. Other speaking highlights include the opening speech for TED 2011 from space, extensive NASA commentary for CNN, ABC and Fox, addressing the UN for World Ocean Day and TED Unplugged 2019.

Currently a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and Global Explorer in Residence at Arizona State University, Coleman consults on space-related work, including microgravity research. She serves on several boards, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Greenfield Community College, Dent the Future, and Skycatch, an innovative A.I. company that provides 3D mapping data for timely decision-making. She is an advisor to Earthrise Alliance, which uses satellite imagery to provide context for environmental and social justice issues.

Cady lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband Josh Simpson, a glass artist, and their two sons. She is an amateur flute player, best known for her “Space Duet” with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull and her work from space with the acclaimed Irish band, The Chieftains.  She coached actress Sandra Bullock from the ISS in preparation for Bullock’s astronaut role in “Gravity.”

2020 Clarke Awards


The videos will be available on our website in the weeks before the live Clarke Conversation.

Lifetime Achievement Awardee: William Draper, a venture capitalist pivotal in the development of Silicon Valley and the former head of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.

Innovator Awardee:  CERN, The European Council for Nuclear Research, incubator of the World Wide Web and the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Accepting on behalf of CERN will be Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, the Director General.

Imagination in Service to Society Awardee: Ted Chiang, much awarded writer of fiction including Hugos and Nebulas. Stories of Your Life and Others has been translated into 21 languages, and Exhalation was chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2019.


Autographed Book Collection

Silent Auction Bidding

Auction Opens:
October 22, 2020 at 9:00am EST

Auction Closes:
November 12, 2020 at Midnight, EST

The 10 highest bids will be accepted and declared the winners!
All winners will be notified on November 13.


Rich with information, these Unleash Imagination Autographed Book Collections
are personally inscribed, full of knowledge, insights and experiences.

The Startup Game

Personally autographed by Author, 

William H. Draper III,

One of the West Coast’s most successful venture capitalists and founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California.

Foreword by Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google

For more than 40 years, venture capitalist Bill Draper has worked with top entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, where today’s vision is made into tomorrow’s reality. From the VC who saw the value in Skype, Zappos, and many other companies, comes firsthand stories of success. In these pages, Draper explores: how to evaluate innovative ideas and the entrepreneurs behind those ideas (lessons from Yahoo, Baidu, Tesla Motors, Activision, Measurex, and more); and the value of political leadership in creating opportunity, including on-the-ground accounts of how Deng Xiaoping brought China roaring into the modern world.

Exhalation: Stories

Personally autographed by Author,

Ted Chiang

Winner of four Hugo, four Nebula and four Locus awards.

The collection of short fiction was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2019 by the New York Times; also named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Time Magazine, NPR, Esquire, Vox, The A.V. Club, The Guardian, Financial Times, and the Dallas Morning News.

This ground-breaking new collection of nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories tackle some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only Ted Chiang could imagine.

Inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider: From the Proton to the Higgs Boson

by Mario Campanelli

Personally Autographed by Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN.

This illustrated book explains the historical development of particle physics, with special emphasis on CERN and collider physics.

It describes in detail the LHC accelerator and its detectors, describing the science involved as well as the sociology of big collaborations, culminating with the discovery of the Higgs boson. Readers are led step-by-step to understanding why we do particle physics, as well as the tools and problems involved in the field.

It provides an insider’s view on the experiments of the Large Hadron Collider.


CERN: Accelerating Science

Personally Autographed by Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN.

These full-color, 20-pages walk you through CERN’s 60+ year timeline, from the first laboratory, to the World Wide Web, to particle accelerators and detectors, and beyond!

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