Sense-making: Deborah Ancona Talks with Karl Moore for Forbes

MIT’s Deborah Ancona talks with McGill University’s Karl Moore about MIT’s approach to leadership and their capabilities model.

 

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn: TEDx

 

Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.  […]

 

Winners & Losers In The Digital Age

In the digital economy new business models, platforms and brands rise over night while seemingly big industry names can suddenly be forgotten or evolve into something new. Scott Galloway of digital innovation think tank L2 calls it a winner-take-all ecosystem.

In a data driven overview of Scott will give us his predictions on who’s racing ahead and who might be left behind in this digital derby in the fields of social networking platforms, retail, brands and societal trends.

 

Abundance with Peter Diamandis

Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge—this is a book about how we rise to meet it.

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing—fast. The authors document how four forces—exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion—are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

Examining human need by category—water, food, energy, healthcare, education, freedom—Diamandis and Kotler introduce dozens of innovators making great strides in each area: Larry Page, Steven Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, among many, many others.

 

Are We Ready For the Coming ‘Age of Abundance?’

Of all the forces that will impact business in the future, several mega-trends stand out: disruptions in technology, demographics and emerging markets. These were just a few of the trends that were examined in detail at SAP’s recent SAPPHIRE NOW event in Orlando, Florida.

Booz & Company’s Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer Tom Stewart moderated the Big Think panel made up of Michael Schrage, MIT Sloan School of Management research fellow, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X-Prize Foundation, and Isabel Aguilera, former CEO of Google’s Spain & Portugal operations.

 

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success (TED)

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

 

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex (TED)

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

 

Appreciative Inquiry: A Conversation with David Cooperrider

Distinguished Visiting Professor David Cooperrider talks about Appreciative Inquiry and the power of strength-based leadership.

 

WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson

With Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his bestselling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

 

Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world (TED)

The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng — and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure.”

 
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