Denver:  We are now going to do Take 5 now with Mark Edwards, the Chief Executive Officer of Upstream USA. Are you ready, Mark?

Mark: I‘m ready.

Mark Edwards

Denver: What should we be worried about?

Mark: We should be worried about our survival on this planet.

Denver: What is one of your favorite documentaries or movies?

Mark: Get Out.

Denver: What is today’s most underreported story?

Mark: The rate of unplanned pregnancy in the US.

Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement?

Mark: Every organization should do a randomized controlled trial.

Denver: Name some organization or person that you have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for.

Mark: Phil Buchanan at the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

Denver: What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?

Mark: That men should be interested in unplanned pregnancy.

Denver: What is a favorite part of your morning ritual?

Mark: Coffee in bed with my wife.

Denver: What is something you have changed your mind about in the last 10 years and why?

Mark: I’ve come to believe that young people in this country really have the chance to make an extraordinary difference, and I feel that way today more than 10 years ago because of what has happened in the last year.

Denver: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

Mark: A lemon squeezer.

Denver: What do you wish people were more open and honest about?

Mark: The things that keep them up at night.

Denver: If you were to start your career all over again to do something completely different and away from this field, what would that be?

Mark: I would be the chief brand officer for the United States government.

Denver: What’s your super power?

Mark: Blending in.

Denver: If you can have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would you have it say?

Mark: Vote.

Denver: What is something whether this is related to your work or not that you are exceptionally excited about right now?

Mark: Running in my next marathon with my daughters.

Denver: What are you currently reading?

Mark: My wife’s novel.

Denver: What is the one book you would give as a gift other than your wife’s novel?

Mark: All the Light I Cannot See

Denver: What do you think about when you’re driving in the car alone?

Mark: My organization.

Denver: What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED Talk on something outside your main area of expertise?

Mark: The joy of raising girls.

Denver: What is something about you that very few other people know?

Mark: I’m an obsessive grower of lettuces.

Denver: Given a choice of anyone famous in the world, dead or alive, that you can invite over as a dinner guest, who would that be?

Mark: Barack Obama.

Denver: When was the last time you sang to yourself?

Mark: This past weekend.

Denver: To someone else?

Mark: This past weekend.

Denver: What advice would you give to your 25-year-old self?

Mark: Take the long view.

Denver: Do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?

Mark: To those who much is given, much is expected.

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