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Wallace J. Nichols
Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You DoWhy are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, Nichols will discuss how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish...
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Date: 31 July 2014
Duration: 01:04:38
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Robert Scoble
Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of PrivacyIn 2006, co-authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel wrote Naked Conversations, a book that persuaded businesses to embrace what we now call social media. Six years later they have teamed up again to report that social media is but one of five converging forces – mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology – that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. The...
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Date: 29 July 2014
Duration: 01:07:40
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
John Rossman
The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the WorldIn just twenty years, Amazon.com has gone from a start-up internet bookseller to a global company revolutionizing multiple industries, including retail, publishing, logistics, devices, apparel, and cloud computing. But what is at the heart of Amazon.com’s rise to success? Is it the tens of millions of items in stock, the company’s technological prowess, or the many customer service innovations like “one-click”? As a leader at Amazon who had a front-row seat during its formative years, John Rossman...
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Date: 22 July 2014
Duration: 00:55:59
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
John Foreman
Leading from the Back: Making Data Science Work at a UX-driven BusinessMailChimp sends 10 billion email newsletters for over 6 million customers each month (a lot of that goes to Hotmail), and from those sends comes a mountain of clicks, opens, purchases, and other transactional data. But MailChimp's success as a start-up wasn't built on data. It was built on a user experience that placed an intuitive and friendly interface on email marketing and removed much of the busy work. So how does a company whose business is not data, use its massive data set? John Foreman, author of...
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Date: 14 July 2014
Duration: 01:03:27
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Aaron Hurst
The Purpose EconomyA series of shifts are happening in our economy: Millennials are trading in conventional career paths to launch tech start-ups, start small businesses that are rooted in local communities, or freelance their expertise. We are sharing everything, from bikes and cars, to extra rooms in our homes. We now create, buy and sell handcrafted products in our local communities with ease. While these developments seem unrelated at first, taken together they reveal a powerful pattern that points to purpose as the new...
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Date: 8 July 2014
Duration: 01:05:27
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Yukari Kane
Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve JobsFor her book, Haunted Empire, former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs's death. Kane conducted hundreds of interviews with current and former executives, business partners, and others and offers an investigative look at Jobs's final years with the company and how it’s become more efficient, but also more bureaucratic since his death. According to Kane, Apple is caught between uncertain peril and new opportunity. ...
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Date: 27 June 2014
Duration: 00:39:23
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
G. Richard Shell
Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for SuccessSuccess, both in one’s career and in life, can be difficult to measure and even harder to define. Professor Shell will challenge you to investigate two deeply personal questions: • How do I define success in my life? • What are my strengths and weaknesses in terms of success-oriented practices? He will help you to discover your current success beliefs in a story-filled talk on what modern social science research can teach you about the components of success, including such things as happiness,...
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Date: 25 June 2014
Duration: 01:12:13
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Jordan Ellenberg
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical ThinkingMath-whiz Jordan Ellenberg believes that math is not confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do; the whole world is shot through with it. He argues that math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It is a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted:...
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Date: 18 June 2014
Duration: 00:53:24
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Katie Davis
The App Generation: How TodayNo one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply—some would say totally—involved with digital media. Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today’s young people The App Generation, and in this spellbinding book they explore what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled” and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era.Gardner and Davis are concerned with three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy, and imagination. Through...
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Date: 5 June 2014
Duration: 01:08:46
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Rick Barraza, James George, Stephen Schieberl, Genevieve Hoffman, Anna Czoski, and Michael Szivos
Ambient Creativity Hackfest Panel on Computational Design, Diversity and the Changing Face of Modern DevelopersPlease join us for a panel discussion on computational design, diversity and the changing face of modern developers with guest speakers from our Ambient Creativity hackfest. Bringing together a small group of pioneers in this space, ranging from award winning Agencies to researchers, artists and architects, this talk will explore the blurring line between designers and developers and how open source communities are helping to redefine the way we craft experiences around emerging technology.
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Date: 3 June 2014
Duration: 01:24:38
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Rajiv Narang
Orbit-Shifting Innovation: The Dynamics of Ideas that Create HistoryOrbit-shifting innovation happens when an area that needs transformation meets an innovator with the will and the desire to create, and not follow, history. At the heart of every orbit-shifting innovation is the breakthrough that achieves a transformative impact. Rajiv Narang, founder of the Innovation firm Erehwon, argues that business, social enterprises and even governments need orbit-shifting ideas to create a transformative impact. He’ll discuss how groundbreaking ideas come about, and what...
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Date: 22 May 2014
Duration: 01:10:10
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Andrew Yang
Smart People Should Build Things. How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in AmericaWe’ve got a problem- young people aren’t building things. They’re not starting or joining innovative companies that are addressing crises in education, energy, or transportation. Meanwhile, in emerging cities such as New Orleans, Detroit, and Baltimore, promising startups and growth companies are desperate to attract the talent they need to expand. Andrew will discuss the problem with the flow of talent in the United States and how his organization is addressing this issue and building a path to...
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Date: 13 May 2014
Duration: 01:00:42
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Carmine Gallo
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the WorldTED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public...
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Date: 22 April 2014
Duration: 01:00:49
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Denise Brosseau
Ready to Be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and SuccessWithin their fields, thought leaders are sources of inspiration and innovation. They have the gift of harnessing their expertise and their networks to make their innovative thoughts real and replicable, sparking sustainable change and even creating movements around their ideas. In Ready to Be a Thought Leader?, renowned executive talent agent Denise Brosseau shows readers how to develop and use that gift as she maps the path from successful executive, professional, or civic leader to respected thought...
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Date: 9 April 2014
Duration: 00:56:42
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Bill McGowan
Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every TimeSaying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing the account, getting a promotion, or getting a pink slip. It’s essential to be pitch perfect—to get the right message across to the right person at the right time. In Pitch Perfect, Bill McGowan shows you how to craft the right message and deliver it using the right language—both verbal and nonverbal.Pitch Perfect teaches you how to overcome common communication pitfalls using McGowan’s simple Principles of...
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Date: 7 April 2014
Duration: 00:59:26
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Erica Ariel Fox
Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting ChangeWinning from Within by leadership and negotiation expert Erica Ariel Fox presents a contemporary approach for getting more of what you want, improving relationships, and enjoying life’s deeper rewards. With principles developed while teaching negotiation at Harvard Law School and coaching executives around the world, Fox provides a map for understanding your inner world and a method for sorting yourself out. Fox uses insights from Western psychology and Eastern philosophy to resolve the gap between what...
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Date: 3 April 2014
Duration: 01:03:02
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last : Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others DonSimon Sinek’s mission is to help people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home every night fulfilled by their work. His first book, Start With Why, offered the essential starting point, explaining the power of focusing on WHY we do what we do, before getting into the details of WHAT and HOW.Now Sinek is back to reveal the next step in creating happier and healthier organizations. He helps us understand, in simple terms, the biology of trust and cooperation and why they’re essential to our...
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Date: 2 April 2014
Duration: 01:08:19
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Sarah Wilson
I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and CookbookSarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn't realize how much sugar was hidden in her diet, or how much it was affecting her well-being. When she learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change. What started as an experiment to eliminate sugar—both the obvious and the hidden kinds—soon became a way of life, and now Sarah shows you how you can quit...
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Date: 31 March 2014
Duration: 00:56:01
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Warren Berger
A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough IdeasOne of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities.
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Date: 19 March 2014
Duration: 01:01:33
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Sheila Heen and Doug Stone
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback WellThe bestselling authors of the classic Difficult Conversations teach us how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms, and coaching into productive listening and learningWe swim in an ocean of feedback. Bosses, colleagues, customers—but also family, friends, and in-laws—they all have “suggestions” for our performance, parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it.That’s because receiving feedback sits...
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Date: 14 March 2014
Duration: 00:56:00
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
danah boyd
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked TeensWhat is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed,...
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Date: 6 March 2014
Duration: 01:10:36
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Michio Kaku
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the MindFor the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.The Future of the Mind gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the...
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Date: 4 March 2014
Duration: 01:04:06
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Jonathan Bailor
The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live BetterIn this revolutionary weight-loss program informed by more than 1,200 scientific studies, fitness and diet expert (and Microsoft PM) Jonathan Bailor offers concrete evidence that the calorie-counting model of weight loss doesn’t work. In fact, cutting-edge science supports a radically different approach to weight loss and health, proving that by focusing on food and exercise quality—rather than calorie quantity—you can burn fat and boost health more easily and enjoyably than you ever thought possible.The...
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Date: 27 February 2014
Duration: 01:17:58
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Itamar Simonson
Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers in the Age of (Nearly) Perfect InformationGoing against conventional marketing wisdom, Absolute Value reveals what really influences customers today and offers a new framework—the Influence Mix, a totally new way of thinking about consumer decision making and marketing, and about developing more effective business strategies.How people buy things has changed profoundly—yet the fundamental thinking about consumer decision-making and marketing has not. Most marketers still believe that they can shape consumers’ perception and drive their behavior....
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Date: 25 February 2014
Duration: 01:06:19
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
Megan McArdle
The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to SuccessMost new products fail. So do most small businesses. And most of us, if we are honest, have experienced a major setback in our personal or professional lives. So what determines who will bounce back and follow up with a home run? If you want to succeed in business and in life, Megan McArdle argues in this hugely thought-provoking book, you have to learn how to harness the power of failure.
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Date: 18 February 2014
Duration: 01:09:22
Collection: Visiting Speakers Series
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