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TEDxWallStreet 2013

Your First Trip to Space


Your First Trip to Space. George Whitesides, TEDxWallStreet, 2013.

George Whitesides is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. This includes oversight of The Spaceship Company, a joint venture with Scaled to manufacture additional vehicle sets. The company currently has deposits from over 530 individuals for its spaceflight experience.

Seeing Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge


Seeing Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge. Jason Latimer, TEDxWallStreet, 2013.

Jason Latimer has spent his entire life wondering about one question, “What is possible?” In the pursuit of answering that childhood question, Latimer’s ongoing education spans multiple fields of science including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology, and economics. Jason’s research, work, and performances have ushered in entirely new genre of magic and illusion for the twenty-first century rooted in applied sciences. “…The secret to bringing impossible situations to life is wonder. …Wonder is the first step in the evolution of science, mathematics, art, medicine, and everyday life. Wonder changes the world. It makes us challenge what we know… I didn’t become a magician to trick anyone. I want to inspire wonder.” – Jason Latimer

Making Absence Visible


Making Absence Visible. Michael Arad, TEDxWallStreet, 2013.

Michael Arad’s design for the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled “Reflecting Absence,” was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. Mr. Arad joined the New York firm of Handel Architects as a Partner in April 2004 where he worked on realizing the Memorial design as a member of the firm. In 2013 his work on the Memorial was recognized with Honor Awards from the AIA and ASLA.

Hooked, Hacked, Hijacked: Reclaim Your Brain from Addictive Living


Hooked, Hacked, Hijacked: Reclaim Your Brain from Addictive Living. Dr. Pamela Peeke, TEDxWallStreet, 2013.

Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress and fitness. Triathlete and marathoner, Dr. Peeke is nationally known as the “doc who walks the talk” inspiring through example. Dr. Peeke is the lifestyle expert for WebMD’s 90 million members, and a regular blogger on cutting edge science in health and wellness. Presently, Dr. Peeke is Senior Science Advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, the nation’s most preeminent network of eating disorders and addiction centers. Her current research focuses on how addictive behaviors have subtly and often profoundly penetrated daily lifestyle habits. – See more at: http://tedxwallstreet.com/pamela-peek…

A Quantified Journey

A Quantified Journey

Shelly Palmer is Fox5 New York’s On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television’s monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network’s, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm, as well as Technology Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).

Humanity in the Machine – What Comes After Greed?

Humanity in the Machine – What Comes After Greed?

The future is Brian David Johnson’s business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called “future casting”‘ using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels (Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction, Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment Computing and the Devices we Love, Fake Plastic Love, and Nebulous Mechanisms: The Dr. Simon Egerton Stories). He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

Filling the Void

Filling the Void

For three decades artist Peter Tunney has crisscrossed the globe—from the African savannah to Wall Street boardrooms he has amassed a wealth of experiences: funny, harrowing, infused with tragedy and joy—and on the other side of these countless miles he has emerged an artist with a message, his own media machine, affirming: GRATITUDE, DON’T PANIC, THE TIME IS ALWAYS NOW, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE AMAZING.

Creating a Future For All of Us

Creating a Future For All of Us

For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rain-forests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in. The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspired Lynne to write her best-selling, award-winning book “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life” (W.W. Norton, 2003).

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How to KISS

How to KISS

Gemma Godfrey is the Head of Investment Strategy at Brooks Macdonald. The firm manages in excess of £4.6 billion, across 10 offices, with Godfrey directing the Asset Allocation and Investment Committees. Profiled by the Sunday Times on the ascent of women in the boardroom, she is on the Advisory Board of Templars, a communications consultancy, and a spokesperson for the Alternative Investment Management Association. The City of London’s “Industry Commentator of the Year”, Godfrey was voted the most popular businesswoman on Twitter by AdvisorOne and among the “savviest by the Wall Street Journal. Co-host of CNBC shows on a weekly basis, she is the ‘go-to’ person for insights into Europe. The channel claims to have a reach of more than 390 million households across the world. Godfrey is dedicated to raising the profile of women in business.

Good Derivatives – You CAN Put a Price on Nature

Good Derivatives – You CAN Put a Price on Nature

Dr. Richard L. Sandor is CEO of Environmental Financial Products, which specializes in inventing, designing, and developing new financial markets. EFP was the predecessor company and incubator to the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the European Climate Exchange (ECX) and the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange (CCFE). He is a Lecturer in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago, a Visiting Fellow with the Smith School at the University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Finance at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Dr. Sandor is the author of “Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation.” The book is in its second printing and will be published in Chinese by People’s Oriental Press this summer.