Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dominican Leadership Series Videos - Alex Pentland, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome, Senator Elizabeth Warren

If you missed any of these events, you can now watch them on: Marin TV, Education Channel 30.  Check the program listings at Community Media Center of Marin -

Alex Pentland
Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - The Lessons From a New Science

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

If the Big Data revolution has a presiding genius, it is MIT's Alex "Sandy" Pentland. Over years of groundbreaking experiments, he has distilled remarkable discoveries significant enough to become the bedrock of a whole new scientific field: social physics. Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread-The Lessons From a New Science will change the way we think about how we learn and how our social groups work.  
My highlight from his talk ... Behavior change = 20% data 80% personal, face-to-face network behavior. Proof that its "who you know not what you know" that counts! Major implications for designing solutions to important issues like poverty, education gap, climate change etc.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome 

Wednesday, August 27, 2013
A rallying cry for revolutionizing democracy in the digital age, Citizenville reveals how ordinary Americans can reshape their government for the better. Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California, argues that today's government is stuck in the last century while-in both the private sector and our personal lives-absolutely everything else has changed. The explosion of social media, the evolution of Internet commerce, the ubiquity of smart phones that can access all the world's information; in the face of these extraordinary advances, our government appears increasingly irrelevant and out of touch.
Despite your political perspective on Newsom this is a must watch for anyone interested in Digital Citizen Engagement and Democracy 2.0.

Senator Elizabeth Warren
A Fighting Chance

Wednesday, September 3, 2013
In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, A Fighting Chance, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class-and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America's government can and must do better for working families. Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. A former Harvard Law School professor, she is the author of eight books. 
Missed this one, wish I hadn't.

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