Month: October 2008

Pop!Tech2008: Benjamin Zander

I’ve posted about Benjamin Zander before, but it’s always great to see him present again with a live demo for a mini master class! Zander rocks along with Rozie (Zanders inspiration)! Buy his book “The Art of Possibility“.

“Opportunity is always one sentence away.”
“Always give an A!”
“When you make a mistake, say, HOW FASCINATING!”

“The only conductor to ever lead the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Zander is a prophet of human potential and an unrivaled champion of joie de vivre. Watch as he helps unlock the boundless potential of a 15 year old cellist and teaches the entire Pop!Tech audience what it means to live in a world of possibility. “

Pop!Tech 2008: Matt Mason on Pirates

Watch this video!
“Journalist, author and former pirate radio DJ Matt Mason argues that if you can’t stop the pirates – and you can’t – you should figure out how to out-compete them (like Apple did). Mason is an ardent believer that where there’s piracy, there’s market failure – and a big opportunity for organizations smart enough to understand that “you should talk to marketing before you talk to legal.”

The Pirates Dilemma book!

Juan Enriquez 10 Commandments to Save the US Economy

Juan Enriquez (2008) Pop!Tech Pop!Cast from PopTech on Vimeo.

Juan Enriquez presents a vigorous 10 point commandment plan to save the US economy for our next president during Pop!Tech 2008. Watch the video here with more info on joining to help out including a pdf of his presentation!

Buy Juan’s books here.

Copied from the current wiki here:
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS FOR THE COUNTRY AND PRESIDENT ELECT DURING THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION’S FIRST 60 DAYS:

1. We have to save the dollar (AAA rating in jeopardy)

2. We have to fundamentally and brutally restructure debt

3. All entitlements are fair game.

4. Cut back military by 2% per year for ten years

5. Cap medical costs at 18% GNP (going to be a cat fight, but we need to have it)

6. We have to triage our support for companies (don’t attempt to save dying whales)

7. The program has to be fundamentally American, meaning it must once again limit the federal government.

8. Simplify and broadly apply Sarbanes Oxley – apply it to government, apply it to hedge funds

9. We will invest in growing start up companies (which create the most jobs – this is where the economy is growing)

10. We will treat education as a varsity sport (and continue to recruit foreign PhDs)

Pop!Tech 2008: Scarcity and Abundance


I’m off to Camden Maine again for this years “Pop!Tech 2008:Scarcity and Abundance” Conference! This years lineup of speakers and musicians are awesome! I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to post, but make sure to watch the FREE live online video stream!(9am-6:30am EST) Check out the entire speaker list and schedule here, otherwise I’ll list a few highlights below:

Chris Anderson, Editor Wired magazine
Stephen Badylak, Regenerative Medicine
Malcolm Gladwell, Tipping Point, Blink, New Yorker
Van Jones, human rights and civil rights activist
Jay Parkinson, online doctor
Clay Shirky, all things web
Frank Warren, Post Secret Founder
Benjamin Zander, renaissance musician
Imogen Heap, musician
Erin Mckean, lexicographer
Chris Jordan, photographer
– the unusual, suspenseful, mind blowing, amazing!!!