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bioethics | Mar 22nd, 2011

Arthur Caplan: The Extraordinary Bravery of the Fukushima 50 Must Be Repaid

While most people have been evacuated from the surrounding areas of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, there are those brave few that stay behind. These fearless workers, dubbed “the Fukushima 50”, are risking their lives — by facing possible explosions, fires, and extended periods of radiation —... Continue Reading →
speaker review | Mar 22nd, 2011

Patti Smith Performs and Reads from Just Kids in New York City

The legendary Patti Smith performed last month in New York, where she read from her book Just Kids and played some of her most famous songs to a packed house at the 92nd St. Y. In a special live show, Smith alternated between reading from the National Book Award winning memoir, musing about life... Continue Reading →
education | Mar 22nd, 2011

Jeremy Gutsche on MBAs: It's Not What You Learn, It's Who You Learn With

Jeremy Gutsche, Lavin speaker and founder of Trendhunter.com, didn’t achieve success all on his own. It was his well rounded background, including an MBA from Queen’s University, that gave him the foundation he needed to become one of the world’s foremost expert on consumer trends. That — and a... Continue Reading →
leadership | Mar 21st, 2011

Drew Dudley: How We've Made Leadership Into Something Bigger Than Us

Here is the amazing Drew Dudley, at TEDxIBYork, talking about how we’ve made leadership into something bigger than us, something beyond our reach. Most people, when asked, simply refuse to call themselves a leader, no matter how accurate that descriptor might be. This is wrong for a number of... Continue Reading →
design | Mar 21st, 2011

Bridging the Gap Between Craft and Technology: John Maeda at The Adobe Museum of Digital Technology

John Maeda, the President of the Rhode Island School of Design and one of the world’s foremost design thinkers, presents a brand new exhibit at the uniquely virtual Adobe Museum of Digital Media. The exhibit, entitled “Atoms + Bits = the neue Craft (ABC)” will run from March 23 - December 31 on... Continue Reading →
op-ed | Mar 20th, 2011

James Fallows on Military Action in Libya: “What Happens Then?”

“Count me among those very skeptical of how this commitment was made and where it might lead,” James Fallows recently wrote in reaction to the news that America and other countries were imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Though he was busy on assignment in China, Fallows was moved to comment... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Mar 17th, 2011

Neuroscientist David Eagleman: What Motivates People to Care About a Brand?

Neuroscientist David Eagleman, whose unique brand of “guerilla science” was recently featured on NOVA, just delivered his new keynote on consumer research — specifically, what does traditional consumer research get wrong? And why is brand loyalty even more important than we assume?   Emotion,... Continue Reading →
muslims in america | Mar 17th, 2011

An Influential Muslim Cleric Fights Extremism: Andrea Elliott's NYT Magazine Cover Story

Andrea Elliott spent months writing this week’s New York Times Magazine cover story, about a Muslim cleric trying to prevent extremism in the U.S. by attempting to talk openly to his young followers about a plethora of thorny topics, including jihad. In the article, Elliott profiles Yasir Qadhi,... Continue Reading →
sustainability | Mar 17th, 2011

Crowdfunding a Book: Help Alex Steffen Publish Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Our Future City

Sustainability speaker Alex Steffen—who just released Worldchanging 2.0 — has taken to the Web in an innovative effort to crowdfund his next book, Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Our Future City. “My goal here is to explain carbon neutrality in a short, amusing book that can be read in an afternoon... Continue Reading →
public health | Mar 16th, 2011

Chernobyl's Lessons for Japan: Laurie Garrett’s NYT Op-Ed

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, global health speaker Laurie Garrett contrasts the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan with the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. Though details of the accidents in Japan remain sketchy, we can heed lessons from Chernobyl today. For one thing,... Continue Reading →
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