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Clay Shirky is always a great speaker.  Here’s his Pop!Tech from last year:

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He makes so much sense!  Kevin?


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In my post on invisible etiology, I challenged us all to be as open-minded as possible when dealing with our most complex problems, for this is the only way to make the invisible become visible.  Here’s where I attempt to practice what I preach.
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One of the most poignant moments of this year’s Pop!Tech for me — which, BTW had many — was Gary Slutkin’s talk on the idea of violence being a virus.  You may have heard about his work in stopping violence in Chicago in a NY Times Magazine cover article earlier this year.  The premise is simple: if you throw out what you think you know about violence and just look at the etiology of how it manifests in the world, you find incredible similarities to the etiology of microbial viruses.  This includes not only how it spreads from person to person, but also the larger epidemiological patterns, and importantly, how it can be stopped via interventions which logically follow from the hypothesis that violence is a virus.  Not that violence is caused by those invisible critters we call viruses, but rather that violence itself is a virus.

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Favorite Pop!Tech Talks, part 1

One of the best speakers of Pop!Tech this year was also one of the best of TED.  But if you’ve seen Ben Zander‘s TED talk, you still need to see this one, it’s not the same!

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Here are a few more favorites, hot off the presses…

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