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Fireside Chat with Nobel Prize Laureate Maria Ressa

November 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and the MIT Initiative on Digital Economy (IDE) invite you to join a special event with Maria Ressa, the Philippines’ first Nobel Prize Laureate and founder of Rappler. Rappler is an online news platform that began with a small team of 12 young reporters and developers and grew to be a first-of-its-kind media platform through the power of social media. Maria and Rappler have openly spoken against the Philippine government’s extrajudicial killings, earning the ire of the administration, resulting in the platform’s shutdown by the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018 as well as multiple legal cases filed against her and her colleagues.

In conversation with MIT IDE Director, Sinan Aral, Maria will share reflections on her journey as an entrepreneur and advocate. She will speak about the impetus of founding Rappler and how she and the company have used principled entrepreneurship to leverage their platform for social change, what she attributes their success to, and what lessons she has learned as a leader and public figure.


  • 6:00-6:05: Welcome & Introduction by Myrish Cadapan Antonio, Senior Director for Fellowships and Global Initiatives at the Legatum Center
  • 6:05-6:45: Conversation with Maria Ressa, Moderated by Sinan Aral
  • 6:45-7:00: Audience Q&A

Important Ticketing Information

Only MIT ID holders may attend the event in person. Tickets are limited and pre-registration is required. A virtual live streaming option is available to non-MIT ID holders.


November 17, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST


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