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Newton's Football:
The Science Behind America's Game

Materials scientist and co-author of "Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game," Dr. Ainissa Ramirez argues that the game isn't just a clash of bodies, it's a clash of ideas where incremental changes can have unforeseen or counterintuitive consequences.

In the latest Thought Series podcast, she highlights the important role played by the behavioral sciences in the innovation game. She will examine if our risk-averse nature is a barrier to change and its effect on society's choices. She will take a look at how the practical understanding of chaos theory can have a meaningful impact on our daily lives.
Podcast (10:06): Listen Now | Download Now

Recommended Links

Visit Dr. Ainissa Ramirez's website for information on upcoming events and publications.
Follow Dr. Ramirez on Twitter.
Check out the TED Blog for articles and talks featuring Dr. Ramirez.

 
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Democracy and the Modern Dictator:
Adapting Authoritarianism to a Globalized World

An award-winning editor and journalist, Will Dobson is the author of "The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy." In this critically-acclaimed work, Mr. Dobson argues that today's dictators and authoritarians are far more sophisticated than ever before. They understand that in an interconnected world of technology and social media, brutal forms of intimidation are better replaced with subtle forms of coercion.

In this podcast, Mr. Dobson contrasts the success of these modern authoritarians' efforts to project a kinder, gentler image versus the regimes that still cling to the more traditional murder and mayhem approach to maintaining power.
Podcast (22:01): Listen Now | Download Now

Recommended Links

Read Will Dobson's work as the politics & foreign affairs editor for Slate.
Learn more about Mr. Dobson on his website.
Keep up to date on Will Dobson by following him on Twitter.
 

 
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What Makes a City Walkable and Why It Matters

Jeff Speck is a city planner, architectural designer, and the author of the book "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time." A former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts and a leading proponent of New Urbanism, Mr. Speck currently leads a design practice at Speck & Associates in Washington, D.C.

In this podcast, Mr. Speck focuses on what he believes is the key factor that makes cities healthier, more sustainable, and helps them to thrive: walkability.
Podcast (27:38): Listen Now | Download Now 

Recommended Links

Watch Jeff Speck's TED Talk on how to make a city walkable.
Jeff Speck shows how we free ourselves from dependence on the car in this TED Talk.

Learn more about Jeff Speck on his website.

Keep up to date on Mr. Speck by following him on Twitter.
Watch Jeff Speck present his book at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon.

 
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Doing Business in China:

Emerging Success or Endless Culture Clash?

John D. Kuhns, an American financier and industrialist, was one of the first Western businessmen active in China after the economic reforms of the late 1970's. Mr. Kuhn's presentation focuses on what it's like to do business in the "real" China, not the China we usually hear about from academics, State Department officials, trade mission representatives, currency experts, and other "talking heads" who concentrate on policy issues in Beijing and Shanghai.

John Kuhns talks about the business and cultural challenges of dealing directly with Chinese bureaucrats, managers, and workers whose methods and aspirations are often at odds with the China we recognize as an emerging economic super power.
Podcast (19:41): Listen Now | Download Now 

Recommended Links

Learn more about John D. Kuhns on his website.
Watch as Mr. Kuhns talks about what it's like to do business in China on Business News Network.
In this Bloomberg Law video, Mr. Kuhns discusses his views on inflation in China.

 
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Walking the Tightrope:

Responsible Marketing in a Connected World

Ann M. Fudge, recognized as one of America’s most influential and innovative corporate executives, examines the varying attitudes about privacy between different generations and the fine line between sharing and over-sharing information.

We have gone from a world of mass marketing to micromarketing; from broadcasting to narrowcasting. What are the implications? What does it mean for consumers and the companies that are trying to reach us?
Podcast (25:22): Listen Now | Download Now 

Recommended Links

Read Ann M. Fudge's bio.
Watch as Ms. Fudge discusses national debt and how to address it.
In this video, Ms. Fudge shows her passion for education reform while reflecting on her own grandchildren.
Watch as Ms. Fudge talks about the challenges leaders face as they respond to the demands for sustainability while simultaneously trying to cut costs.

 
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Who Owns Your Body?
Bioethics and the Privatization of Medical Research

Harriet A. Washington, award-winning author and medical ethicist examines the legal, ethical, and social issues which result from the growing practice of awarding gene patents to private life sciences companies.

Taken from her new book, "Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself – And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future," Ms. Washington questions some of the basic tenets behind restrictive patents and increased privatization.
Podcast (27:23): Listen Now | Download Now 

Recommended Links

Listen to Harriet A. Washington on NPR's "FreshAir" 
Read "Gene Patenting Produces Profits, Not Cures" by Ms. Washington 
Watch Ms. Washington as she discusses how firms are taking over life itself on Democracy Now 
 

 
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Water Security in a Changing World:
Motivations, Myths, and Challenges

Dr. Briscoe, the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health at Harvard University, examines how water security affects the trade-offs developing countries make among economic, cultural, and environmental objectives.
Podcast (40:47): Listen Now | Download MP3  

Recommended Links

Learn more about John Briscoe 
Harvard Magazine features John Briscoe in "The Water Tamer"
Learn about the Harvard Water Security Initiative and the Harvard Water Security Initiative 
Read Dr. Briscoe’s article “Water Security: Why It Matters and What to Do about It” in Innovations 

 
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Our Digitized World:
The Impact of Social Media on Defining You

John Henry Clippinger, Co-Director of The Law Lab at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, delivers an entertaining look at how we form relationships and define identity in a networked world.
Podcast (30:42): Listen Now | Download MP3  

Featured Content

Read an overview of Dr. Clippinger's talk

Recommended Links

Learn more about John Henry Clippinger’s background and what he’s working on now.
Stay updated on Dr. Clippinger’s work at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Read "Facebook Is Betting Against its Users," by John Henry Clippinger.

 
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The Evolution of an Accidental Entrepreneur:
Obstacles, Lessons, and Victories of a Documentary Filmmaker

Mary Mazzio, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Olympian, and former law firm partner, tells entertaining and inspiring stories about entrepreneurial spirit, social change, and the importance of never giving up.

Featured Content

Audio excerpts from Mazzio's talk.
Podcast (39:38): Listen Now | Download MP3

Listen to a brief interview with Ms. Mazzio.
Podcast (17:22): Listen Now | Download MP3

Read an account of the presentation

Recommended Links

To learn about 50 EGGS, Inc., Mary Mazzio’s independent film production company, and the films she’s produced.
Stay updated on what Mary has to say by reading her blog.
Read about Mary's latest film, TEN9EIGHT.
Connect with TEN9EIGHT on Facebook.

 

 
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The Irresistible Illusion:
A Perspective on What Can Be Accomplished in Afghanistan

Rory Stewart, Ryan Professor of Human Rights at Harvard University and Faculty Director of the Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy introduced the many faces of Afghanistan to a rapt audience of Cambridge Trust Wealth Management clients. Mr. Stewart discussed his work in the region and recounted adventures from his 6,000-mile walk across Afghanistan.

Featured Content

Audio excerpts from Stewart's talk.
Podcast (55:41): Listen Now | Download MP3

Listen to a brief interview with Mr. Stewart.
Podcast (6:41): Listen Now | Download MP3

Read an account of the presentation

Recommended Links

A slideshow of Rory Stewart’s photos from his trip through Afghanistan
Rory Stewart’s bio
An in-depth profile of Rory Stewart featured in The New Yorker
PBS interview with Rory Stewart
Eight-part Rory Stewart Lecture “Afghanistan: The Places in Between”
Turquoise Mountain Foundation

 
Featured Topic:

The Art of Possibility:
Transforming Professional and Personal Life.

Boston Philharmonic Conductor Benjamin Zander and Executive Coach Rosamund Zander present tools to turn life's challenges into possibilities. Using stories from their own experience and their book, The Art of Possibility, the couple shows how we can unlock our hidden potential and live more satisfying lives.

Featured Content

Audio excerpts from the Zanders' talk.
Podcast (39:26): Listen Now | Download MP3

Recommended Links

Benjamin Zander biography
The Boston Philharmonic
Benjamin Zander on music and passion at TED
Rosamund Zander biography
About the book: The Art of Possibility

 
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Early Childhood Development and Public Policy:
Closing the gap between what we know and what we do.

Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University spoke to Cambridge Trust Wealth Management clients about how society can realize significant returns on investment in the healthy development of all children and discussed moving to a new era in early childhood policy driven by science-based evidence, bipartisanship, and public-private partnerships.

Featured Content

Audio excerpts from Dr. Shonkoff's talk.
Podcast (39:49): Listen Now | Download MP3

Recommended Links

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. biography
Center for the Developing Child at Harvard
The Developing Child
Report on a Science-Based for Early Childhood Policy
Video of the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy

 
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Living Long & Living Well:
Navigating Longevity with Innovative Technology.

MIT AgeLab Director Joseph F. Coughlin spoke to Cambridge Trust Wealth Management clients about innovative technologies that are changing how we think about retirement, aging, and driving well into our nineties.

Featured Content

Audio excerpts from Dr. Coughlin's talk.
Podcast (22:29): Listen Now | Download MP3

Recommended Links

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. biography
Technology Needs of Aging Boomers, by Joseph Coughlin
MIT AgeLab
12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement
Six Decades at the Center of Attention, and Counting
In a Graying Population, Business Opportunity 

 

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