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Opening | Techonomy Speaker Excerpts We think there’s a hole in the dialogue about progress. The role of technology as a tool is underappreciated. We do believe that revolutions are underway. That’s why we call this Revolutions in Progress and we consider ourselves revolutionaries; revolutionaries fighting for a new way of thinking about businesses and organizations and society that is based more around the idea of technology’s power to transform efficiency, equity, and inclusiveness in the world today. There’s a fear now that resources cannot match needs.

The Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world Welcome to the first Wired Smart List. We set out to discover the people who are going to make an impact on our future --by asking today's top achievers who, emerging in their field, they'd most like to have a leisurely lunch or dinner with. So we approached some of the world's brightest minds -- from Melinda Gates to Ai Weiwei -- to nominate one fresh, exciting thinker who is influencing them, someone whose ideas or experience they feel are transformative. Some suggested names you may be aware of, others might be new. Richard Branson -- entrepreneur selects Lesego Malatsi -- designer Lesego Malatsi has a business called Mzansi Designers Emporium, based in Johannesburg. Niklas Zennström -- founder, Atomico; cofounder, Kazaa and Skype selects Markus Alexej Persson aka Notch -- creator, Minecraft Notch saw a chance to create computer games in a different way, and executed it brilliantly.

Mona Eltahawy Big History at Macquarie - Macquarie University What is Big History Big History is the attempt to understand, in a unified and interdisciplinary way, the history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity. Big History is ambitious - it seeks understanding by bringing together and linking the knowledge available in many different scholarly disciplines. Alexander von Humboldt sought a synthesis of nature and history more than 150 years ago, but was restricted by the limitations of scientific knowledge in his time. Big History offers us the possibility to understand our universe, our world, and our humanity in a new way. Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone... Van Gogh's' Starry Night Over the Rhone was painted in Arles, in September 1888. This sense is experienced by astronauts in the 'overview effect' - as they see planet earth from space. View this beautiful short film to share the thoughts of Apollo astronauts about their experience of travelling into space - and their resulting cognitive shift in understanding their home planet earth.

The Most Innovative Digital Coverage of Superstorm #Sandy Updated Nov. 5, 2:15 p.m. EDT. While I’ve been blogging on Idea Lab since 2008, this is my first post since starting my new job as the Peter Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School. In that role, I’m adopting an Idea Lab “beat” that I call “Journovation“ that seeks to put the spotlight on innovative ways that journalists, and the people formerly known as the audience, do their jobs. You can read more posts like this at our Journovation site, and JournovationSU on Twitter. First up: natural disaster reporting thanks to Superstorm Sandy. Disasters bring out many of the most predictable cliches of traditional media (reporters standing in the middle of a storm surge, photos of empty store shelves, and worse), but they also lead to some of the best and most impactful work by journalists, computer programmers, and online services. Data Visualization, Infographics and Social Media Local Resources and Grass Roots Media Maps and Mapping APIs More Reading

Digitak immersion: Inventing the Future with Robert Tercek, Transmedia storyteller Robert Tercek is one of the world’s most prolific creators of interactive content. He has created breakthrough entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive television and mobile networks. His expertise spans television, telecommunications and software. In 2009, he was named one of the “25 Executives to Watch” by Digital Media Wire. His 22-year career is marked by achievements which include several milestones: the first multichannel television service in Asia (STAR TV in 1991); the first multiplayer Java games on the Web (Sony, 1997); the first interactive game shows on US Television (Sony, 1999); the world’s first streaming video service on mobile phones (PacketVideo and NTT DoCoMo’s V-Live, 2001); the largest audience for live interactive video events on the web (Oprah Winfrey’s 2009 web casts); the most popular free book download in history (Suze Orman on, 2009).

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