IDEO’s General Manager Tom Kelley relays a tale about artist and author Gordon MacKenzie. In his book, “Orbiting the Giant Hairball”, MacKenzie asks school children from kindergarten through sixth grade if they consider themselves to be artists. While the enthusiasm for creative free expression seems to run freely for the youngest children, the author notes some attrition from the idea starting with the second graders, and full-blown shame for artistic expression by the time he speaks to the sixth grade. The take-away from this exercise, says Kelley, is that we are all born with a high level of innovation, but it is the cultural norm to have these aspirations and pleasures flattened at a surprisingly young age. Kelley assures his audience that it is, indeed, OK to be an artist.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft
The Ethics of Innovation [Entire Talk]
Tech innovators must index on larger social issues like fairness, accessibility and the effect on jobs to stay relevant.
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Toni Townes-Whitley, MicrosoftThe Ethics of Innovation [Entire Talk]
David Eagleman, Stanford School of Medicine
A Brainy Approach to Innovation [Entire Talk]
Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman shares his passion for translating the complexities of cognition into mind-blowing inventions and educational material for the masses. The public-television host, bestselling author and Stanford adjunct professor speaks with Tina Seelig of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program about his decision to leave the lab and dedicate his life to bringing scientific discoveries into the world.
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David Eagleman, Stanford School of MedicineA Brainy Approach to Innovation [Entire Talk]
Carlos Watson, Ozy Media
Taking a Lead From Tech [Entire Talk]
Carlos Watson, co-founder and CEO of Ozy Media, describes how its forward-focused digital news magazine, Ozy, looks more toward innovators in business sectors outside traditional media. The Emmy-winning journalist shares the unlikely origins of his entrepreneurial drive, and explains how his wide-ranging career has been fueled by family, curiosity and the thrill of starting fresh.
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Carlos Watson, Ozy MediaTaking a Lead From Tech [Entire Talk]