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  • The Power of Anonymous Work: New Speaker David Zweig on "Invisibles" Work | November 28, 2014 The Power of Anonymous Work: New Speaker David Zweig on "Invisibles"

    Who are the Invisibles? They’re the skilled professionals in your organization who often go unseen or unrecognized, even though they’re vital to your company’s success. New speaker David Zweig studies Invisibles—from the structural engineer at the world's second...

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  • Why We Need to Pay Teachers More: Education Speaker Ninive Calegari Education | November 26, 2014 Why We Need to Pay Teachers More: Education Speaker Ninive Calegari

    — Uber, the much talked-about smartphone taxi service, is recruiting new drivers. That’s good news, right? Well, not really, since the new drivers they’re targeting are teachers....

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  • Black Friday Not a Deal for Companies, or Consumers: Retail Speaker Douglas Stephens Retail | November 25, 2014 Black Friday Not a Deal for Companies, or Consumers: Retail Speaker Douglas Stephens

    — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, retailers are gearing up for the biggest shopping event of the season: Black Friday. Retail futurist Douglas Stephens is examining this relatively new trend, and how it has crept up across the U.S. border into Canada. "It's morphed into a real circus, to be honest," he says....

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  • Tom Wujec: The Way Companies Produce Physical Objects is About to Change Innovation | November 18, 2014 Tom Wujec: The Way Companies Produce Physical Objects is About to Change

    — Whether it’s a car, a shoe, a house, a chaise lounge, or any product, the concept known as RIP, MOD, FAB is going to change how companies make things, and how we consume them. In an accessible new talk, innovation speaker Tom Wujec takes us into this world, and highlights the opportunities. A perfect storm of cheap digital components, computation muscle, and better robots, he says, are disrupting the traditional avenues that we use to produce products. Wujec deconstructs how these design technologies...

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  • <em>Interstellar</em> Co-Producer Lynda Obst on Innovation and Hollywood's New Normal Arts and Pop Culture | November 07, 2014 Interstellar Co-Producer Lynda Obst on Innovation and Hollywood's New Normal

    — Christopher Nolan's much buzzed-about new sci-fi film Interstellar—produced by Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Lavin speaker Lynda Obst—opens today. The New York Times recently praised the film's epic approach to filmmaking, writing: "Interstellar becomes an allegory of its own aspirations, an argument for grandeur, scale, and risk, on screen and off." Not only is it visually stunning, says the Times,...

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  • On Ebola: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Praises Speaker Laurie Garrett's <em>Coming Plague</em> Health and Wellness | November 06, 2014 On Ebola: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Praises Speaker Laurie Garrett's Coming Plague

    — During the Ebola crisis, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Laurie Garrett has offered unrivalled commentary on Twitter, through her blog, and as the go-to expert in the media. Her tweets from Liberia are an exemplary use of the medium: dispelling myths and voicing concerns in real time. Garrett's work has gained her an important following. Recently, the Chairman of the Joint...

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