Former President Barack Obama has delivered opening remarks at a Chicago leadership summit hosted by his foundation for hundreds of civic leaders and artists from around the world.
Obama calls the two-day event starting Tuesday a “collective conversation” to exchange ideas with young people and help spark change.
He says a goal is to address civic culture, not create a political movement. Obama didn’t discuss politics aside from saying “what’s wrong with our politics is a reflection of something wrong in our civic culture.”
Other summit guests include Prince Harry. He and former first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday visited a Chicago high school near the site of Barack Obama’s planned presidential center.
Michelle Obama is expected to speak Wednesday.
The inaugural leadership summit is among several activities the Obama Foundation is planning. Among them is a fellowship for young leaders.
The foundation is raising funds for the Obama Presidential Center, which is planned for Chicago’s South Side. Construction is expected to take four years. Photos displayed at a September community meeting about the center show a test kitchen, athletic center, and recording studio as possible features.