To kick off this year’s WIRED25, a group of entrepreneurs, stars, cooks, and filmmakers gathered (virtually) to talk about how they’re improving the world through art and culture.

During a conversation with WIRED editor in primary Nick Thompson, Netflix co-CEO and cofounder Reed Hastings described how he has preserved a culture of development at Netflix and how the business has risen to the difficulty of entertaining a worldwide audience. In conversation: the mechanics behind Netflix’s recommendation algorithm, the future of his company, and the peaceful beauty of Paul Dano’s directorial launching, Wildlife.

Sonia Chopra, the managing editor of Bon Appétit, then led a talk on sustainability and equitable work practices in the food industry. Joining her was Gabriela Cámara, a chef and owner of the precious Cala dining establishment in San Francisco and Contramar in Mexico City. Accompanying them were Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker, the cofounders of the cooking collective Ghetto Gastro. Throughout the talk, Serrao noted that “food is a system that’s been created for individuals to be oppressed, for individuals to not operate at their optimum self by feeding them foods that have lots of pesticides and sugars, processed foods.” Together, these socially conscious cooks and organization owners have pressed their industry and customers towards much healthier, greener, and more egalitarian eating practices. As Serrao put it, we require to be “mindful about the sourcing and what we’re consuming.”

Next up, Nia DaCosta, the director of Little Woods and the fiercely expected Candyman (being available in 2021), chatted with Jason Parham, a senior culture author at WIRED. DaCosta shared her experience working with the modern-day-Hitchcock Jordan Peele, how she believes the pandemic will affect the film market, and her love of scary movies as a kid. Horror, she states, can foster compassion. “Understanding the scary of a ghost or a serial killer can be concrete for people who do not comprehend Black trauma, Black horror, Black pain.”

Throughout a discussion with WIRED editor in chief Nick Thompson, Netflix co-CEO and cofounder Reed Hastings explained how he has actually maintained a culture of innovation at Netflix and how the company has risen to the difficulty of captivating a worldwide audience. Together, these socially conscious cooks and company owners have actually pressed their market and customers toward healthier, greener, and more egalitarian eating habits. DaCosta shared her experience working with the modern-day-Hitchcock Jordan Peele, how she thinks the pandemic will impact the motion picture market, and her love of scary films as a child.