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Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day:  The Flipped Classroom

Come learn from Jon Bergmann as he takes you on his journey from a nineteen year lecturer to a flipped class pioneer.  Hear how teachers can talk to every student in every class every day creating a learner centered, inquiry driven, problem based class.  Learn how schools and organizations are being transformed by asking one critical question:  What is the best use of face-to-face time?

Jon Bergmann is considered one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement — in fact, he co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom, available from ISTE Press in June 2012. Bergmann believes educators should ask one guiding question: What is best for my students in my classroom?  To the best of his abilities he has done this in his two-plus decades as a high school science teacher. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010. He blogs at

Walter Robb

Fireside Chat with Walter Robb

Join us for a Fireside Chat and Q+A with Walter Robb, the Co-CEO of Whole Foods, Inc. The entire session will be hosted by Zach Ware of Shift (formerly Project 100). Zach will lead the first thirty minutes, then follow with thirty minutes of questions submitted from attendees. If you have a question for Walter, please tweet it to #RobbDSS.

Walter Robb, Co-CEO, joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010, was named co-CEO along with John Mackey at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. He is on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Whole Planet Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Robb also serves as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation.

Zach Ware is the Founder and CEO of Project 100, a new type of mobility company blending shared cars, drivers, bikes and more to help people connect people to the places and experiences they care about. He also leads Technology & Industrial Investments at Downtown Project, is a General Partner at VegasTechFund and is a co-founder of Work In Progress.

Dr. Ali Binazir

Connect Powerfully: Increase Your Magnetism and Influence to Make Lasting Impressions 

Most of the people you meet in this lifetime you will only encounter once. And yet, that sole encounter may be the key to your next gig, your next round of funding, finding a co-founder or a lifelong friendship. How do you make it count? In this workshop, you’ll learn the advanced techniques that charismatic folks like Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs and the Dalai Lama have used to connect with and influence people in lasting and powerful ways.

Dr Ali Binazir is Chief Happiness Engineer, pitch doctor and author based in San Francisco. His book “The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible”, was the highest-rated dating book on for 157 weeks. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.D. from UC San Diego School of Medicine, and an M.Phil. from Cambridge University. Formerly a consultant to the Fortune 500 at McKinsey & Co., he writes a popular column for Huffington Post and practices hypnotherapy. He likes to cook, do yoga and listen to classical music, sometimes simultaneously. He wants you to become the happiest, most fulfilled version of you.

Dr Ali Binazir is Chief Happiness Engineer and  ‘Best Dating Advice I Ever Got 2′ and ‘The Tao of Dating: The Thinking Man’s Enlightened Guide to Success with Women.’

Marc Mertens

We are A Hundred Years 

Marc Mertens talks about A Hundred Years as a lens to envision what’s possible and to invent new ways and models to obtaining that future. The talk will outlines the opportunities and challenges of this approach, examples of organizations that already use 100-years thinking to their benefit along with trends and emerging models that have the potential to shift the entire world to a longer-term mindset.
As the visionary behind A Hundred Years, Marc’s greatest passion is leveraging technology to connect people to what matters most and inspire them into action. He’s a believer in the power of design to transform the world for the better, and for over 11 years has created immersive digital experiences for some of the world’s leading brands. In addition to being at the helm of A Hundred Years, Marc also teaches Experience Design at UCLA Extension and has spoken on innovation and design thinking at TEDx Phoenix, TEDActive, the National Art Education Convention and at the Museum Next Conference.

Shawn Gehle

Iterative Cities 

Iterative Cities focuses on challenges and specific opportunities urban communities face in the United States as they reinvent themselves in-place. Following a broad overview on how the history of office work has shaped American post-war cities and buildings over the last three decades, Shawn Gehle will share investigations on how technology, natural resource limitations and aggressive building adaptation can be used to overcome a culture of single purpose buildings, congestion, and restrictions to continually inspire and serve the next generation of urban dwellers and workers.

Since joining Gensler in 2006, Shawn has become the Principal and Design Director of Gensler Los Angeles’ Multi-disciplinary studio, bringing design and technical expertise to a wide range of special projects. His diverse experience, including professional practice and teaching, has solidified him as an invaluable source on the application of emerging materials, technologies and new media within the practice. Responsible for establishing the design direction on a wide range of special projects, his recent work includes “CAPACITY_LA”, “The Future of Work” with UCLA’s CityLAB, Santa Monica College’s new Dance, Athletics and Wellness facility and the expansion and renovation of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.

As co-director of numerous Gensler LA/Cal Poly studio collaborations, Shawn has led research driven studios focused on urbanism, futurism and emerging materials with Cal Poly’s Department of Architecture including the Winter 2011 “Carless LA” Professional Studio, Winter 2012 “The Evolution of the Office Building “Professional Studio, which led to Gensler’s winning entry into NAIOP’s Office Building of the Future Competition, and the Fall 2011 “Material Research” Studio that resulted in the SLO_Gen Communal Table. In addition, Shawn is a regularly invited studio critic at the University of Southern California (USC), Woodbury University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Shawn’s work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and has been featured by Architectural Record, Archdaily, Dezeen, The Architect’s Newspaper and Fast Company.


Chris Curtis

A Brief History of Fremont St. in 3-Acts

Sargeant Christopher Curtis (Ret.) will be sharing anecdotes and insights about Fremont St., business, and life from the perspective of a rookie, experienced, and retired police officer.

Chris “aka” Sarge was born and raised in the borough of Queens, New York City.  After graduation he enlisted the United States Marine Corps and was selected as the Honor Graduate of his platoon.  After touring the Mediterranean on the USS Guam he was selected for the most prestigious duty in the Marines, Embassy Duty.

He served tours at U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Caracas, Venezuela, and Paraguay, Asunción. After his honorable discharge he joined the ranks of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Chris excelled and worked in many sections to include Community Relations,  Recruiter, D.A.R.E., Domestic Violence, Field Training Officer, & Hostage Negotiator. He was then promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he served for five years.

After retirement, Sarge linked up with the Downtown Project and created the Downtown Ranger program where he holds the title of Ambassador of Good Chill. Sarge is a daily fixture downtown and he looks to make everyone’s downtown experience safer and more enjoyable.

Roger Love

The Power of Tonality

The sounds you make when you speak, the pitch, pace, tone, melody and volume count at least twice as much as the actual words you use. Learn how to utilize the secrets of tonality, and become a master influencer.

Roger Love is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on voice. No other vocal coach in history has been more commercially successful in both the speaking and singing fields. He has vocally produced more than 100 million CD sales worldwide, written 3 top selling books, created the bestselling audio programs Vocal Power and The Perfect Voice, appeared as a regular in 3 major network TV shows. Roger is the voice coach for the stars of the mega-hit show, GLEE, and Roger’s methods are also taught on the hit show THE VOICE. Roger’s vocal coaching for Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix for the film WALK THE LINE helped the movie win 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 Screen Actors Guild Award, 1 Platinum Selling CD Award, a Grammy Award, and an Academy Award. Roger’s efforts on the hit movie CRAZY HEART helped Jeff Bridges win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the song, Weary Kind win as Best Song from a Movie. His singing students range from The Beach Boys to John Mayer to Matchbox 20, and Eminem, The Killers, Maroon 5, Phish, The Jonas Bothers, and Carly Rae Jepsen. His acting clients are celebrities like Keira Knightley, Angelina Jolie, Rooney Mara, Zoe Saldana, Mary Steenburgen, Steve Carrell and Will Ferrell. Roger coaches professional speakers such as Anthony Robbins, John Gray, Glenn Beck and Suze Orman.

3:00pm – 4:00pm Free Big Ern’s BBQ
4:00pm – 5:00pm Roger Love


Doc in the Box

Join us Friday, October 11th for the Downtown Speaker Series featuring Zubin Damania for a discussion about Philosophy, ‘Healthcare stuff’, and the Affordable Care Act.

Zubin Damania, MD is the Director of Healthcare Development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, an ambitious urban revitalization movement spearheaded by CEO Tony Hsieh. During his 10-year hospitalist career at Stanford, Zubin received the Russell Lee Award for Clinical Teaching while maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. His videos, created under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, have amassed over a million views while educating patients and providers and mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional healthcare system.
In Las Vegas, Zubin is making the leap from satire to actionable change by developing an innovative model of healthcare delivery that promotes wellness at both the individual and community level.

Dan Sturges

“The Future of Smart Mobility & Our “Next” Cities”

In his Downtown Speaker Series Series talk, Dan Sturges will speak to this ever-shifting face of personal transportation and present the exciting opportunities for smart and dual-mode mobility to solve the world’s deepest economic, social and environmental issues. With 25 years experience as a mobility innovator, Dan’s cross-sector professional experience gives him a unique perspective on the transport eco-system and future of mobility. He introduced a new local vehicle category to US roads, the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV), a potentially crucial piece of the reconfigured, local-driven future.

Sturges currently serves as a systems designer for the Downtown Project’s Project 100 and will share a vision for smart mobility in the Las Vegas region and discuss the bright possibilities for Project 100’s path forward. In addition, he will introduce concepts for integrating mobility solutions into our built environment, and the broad implications for market opportunities around smart urban and suburban real estate development.

Sturges is one of the industry’s top entrepreneurs. He founded trans2 in 1997, designing and commercializing the world’s first Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) and creating the first-ever nationally certified new class of vehicle in the process. Today, his NEV design remains at the forefront of local transportation solutions, marketed under the Global Electric Motorcars brand and owned by Polaris Industries.

Sturges has also worked as a designer in various capacities with the likes of Ford (electric vehicles), Target (mobility education), Segway (service and systems), Avego (User-Interface) and the country’s largest vanpool company, vRide (branding). Over the course of his career, ID Magazine selected Sturges as one of the country’s top 40 designers, while Popular Science designated him as one of seven visionaries entrusted to change the future of the automobile. He presented at TED4 in Kobe, Japan, and his work has been profiled in Wired, Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review and Automobile Magazine.

Jesse Kluver

Lost in translation: How scientific research isn’t what we think it is (and what we can do about it)

Every day we make important decisions based on bad scientific information; whether we’re trying to get happier, spice up our love lives, protect and educate our kids, motivate our employees, or improve our communities. Unfortunately, there’s no “consumer reports for the human sciences” to protect us. In this lecture, Jesse gives us a checklist to help us think smarter about the human sciences and make sense out of the tweets, articles, and books we read.

Bio: Jesse is a business ethics scholar and a researcher in the fields of evolutionary psychology and social neuroscience. Before coming to Vegas to consult for and DTP, he co-founded the behavioral research lab at the Darden School of Business. While there he also taught courses in social psychology and research methods and statistics and consulted for companies and community organizations. He was a member of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience and Haidt labs at UVA. Before his doctoral work he did his Master’s degree at Columbia where he studied and modeled human conflict. Jesse also served as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and is the founder and CEO of Hive, LLC, a SaaS bill presentment platform. He is author of the encyclopedia entry for Business Ethics and Psychology, and a number of other academic publications.

Mike Rayburn

“What if…?”  Dare To Do More, Be More and Reach Farther Than You Ever Thought Possible. 

In his hilarious, musically amazing,motivational keynote, “What If…?” Mike Rayburn does what no other presenter can do. Not only is Mike a world-class guitarist and stand-up comedian, he is an authority on personal development and human potential. In this energetic presentation Mike uses his guitar and comedy to teach three simple, powerful tools attendees can use immediately and forever to access their unrealized potential, to look at old things in a new way, and to leap beyond their perceived limitations. These are the tools which took Mike from playing for seven people in a bar in Virginia to standing ovations at Carnegie Hall. They work. For anyone. And everyone. Always.

Known as the “Worlds’ Funniest Guitar Virtuoso” (eh, more or less…), Mike uses his uproarious songs and world-class guitar work to create a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen! Mike has received standing ovations at all eight of his Carnegie Hall performances and is currently headlining on the strip in Las Vegas.


Join the Downtown Speaker Series and Google Ventures Foundation this Friday for a fireside chat with David Copperfield hosted by Kevin Rose. The talk will start promptly @ 4:00pm. Due to occupancy limitations, only those with Ticket Cake RSVPs will be seated in the main trailer. Others will be welcome to view the talk from our overflow trailer via livestream.

Oprah Winfrey calls him “the greatest illusionist of our time.” Over three decades and $3 billion in ticket sales, Copperfield has amassed a staggering 21 Emmy’s. He’s been declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and Guinness certified him as the highest grossing solo entertainer of all time – more than Madonna, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga. Copperfield’s latest show, “An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion,” features a unique blend of intimate, close-up magic and some of the largest illusions ever staged: walking through an industrial steel fan, levitating a member of the audience (IN the audience!), vanishing thirteen random people, and making a car appear – on stage – surrounded. From his humble roots as a child in New Jersey, Copperfield has propelled himself – and magic – to new heights, from worldwide tours to breaking Broadway records. Powerful, inspiring, and evocative, Copperfield’s show reminds all of us that the things we often think impossible are not only possible – but are within our grasp.

Mark & P!nk

Nerve Breakers: Conquering Lifes Stage Fright

World-class drummer, Mark Schulman’s presentation allows you to experience what it’s like to transform any fear or anxiety that you have about giving a presentation or performance into a confident peak performance.  Mark features exciting multi-media in his keynote and interviews from top performers from many fields.

 Mark has performed for nearly a billion people in his 25 year career as the drummer for some of the greatest musical artists in history including Pink, Foreigner, Cher, Billy Idol, Stevie Nicks, Simple Minds, Beyonce’, Tine Turner, Velvet Revolver, Dave Koz and many more.

Mark has written a book called Nerve Breakers: Conquering Life’s Stage Fright.  In his book he reveals simple concepts, stories and exercises you can immediately employ to turn your performance anxiety into confidence.  Mark features interviews with top performers including Tony Hsieh- CEO of Zappos, Chicago Bears Kicker- Robbie Gould, Actor– Jeremy Piven, Astronaut– Alan Bean, Media Sales Maven– Mark Papia and Drummer for The Police – Stewart Copeland.

Rehan Choudry

Finding the Beauty in Life

Life is full of beauty, hope and opportunity.  But it can take people a long time to realize that.  My story shows that, above all, if you look hard enough you can find the inspiration to do more.

Rehan Choudhry is the Chief Executive Officer of Aurelian Marketing Group. He is a highly creative, experiential marketer specializing in brand experience strategies. He’s known for creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences that elevate and enliven the brands of his clients.

Prior to founding Aurelian Marketing Group, Rehan was Director of Entertainment & Special Events for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Founder of the Food Network’s Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, and Regional Director of Marketing, Partnerships & Development for Caesars Entertainment. Rehan holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Chade-Meng Tan

Search Inside Yourself

Search Inside Yourself reveals how to calm your mind on demand and return it to a natural state of happiness, deepen self-awareness in a way that fosters self-confidence, harness empathy and compassion into outstanding leadership, and build highly productive collaborations based on trust and transparent communication. In other words, Search Inside Yourself shows you how to grow inner joy while succeeding at your work.

In designing Search Inside Yourself, a popular course at Google, early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop. Created in collaboration with a Zen master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and Daniel Goleman (the guy who literally wrote the book on emotional intelligence), this program is grounded in science and expressed in a way that even a skeptical, compulsively pragmatic, engineering-oriented brain like Meng’s can process.


John Mackey

Join us for a Fireside Chat and Q+A with John Mackey, the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Inc. The entire session will be hosted by Zach Ware of Zappos. Zach will lead the first thirty minutes, then follow with thirty minutes of questions submitted from the community. If you have a question for John Mackey, please e-mail [email protected]

John P. Mackey is a Co-Founder, Director, and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Whole Foods Market, Inc. He has been its Co-Chief Executive Officer since May 2010. Mr. Mackey served as President of the firm from June 2001 to October 1, 2004; Chief Executive Officer from 1980 to May 12, 2010; and a Chairman from 1980 to December 2009. He is also a Co-Founder of Whole Foods Market Services, Inc., and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mackey is widely credited with helping fuel the rise of organic and natural food in the United States.

Hunter Walk

How Cat Videos Are Changing the World

Global platforms such as YouTube are, for the first time, allowing people across the world to experience media together. The result goes way beyond just the phenomena of viral videos but a rapid increase in the spread of information and feeling of connectedness. I’ll share some thoughts developed during my time as YouTube’s product lead as to why citizenship itself is being changed by social media.

Hunter Walk most recently was a Product Management Director at YouTube where led consumer product management, delivering billions of playbacks a day to the world’s largest video community. After joining Google in 2003, he has also managed product and sales efforts for Google’s contextual advertising business.
Prior to this, Walk was a founding member of the product and marketing team at Linden Lab, the creators of online virtual world Second Life. Earlier, he was a management consultant and also spent a year at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, broadcasting to an audience of insomniacs, truckers and college students. Hunter has a BA in History from Vassar and an MBA from Stanford University.

Peter Weijmarshausen

3D printing & the Democratization of Production

What is 3D printing and why is it so relevant for many people? What can we do today and how will 3D printing disrupt manufacturing and supply chains?

Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community.  Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite broadband modems and Director of Engineering at Aramiska, where he was responsible for delivering a business broadband service via satellite. Earlier in his career, Peter worked as ICT manager for Not a Number where he facilitated the adoption of the widely successful open source 3D software Blender. Peter was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to New York in 2010.

Jim Kwik

Unleashing Your Super Brain – How to Boost Your Memory & Learn Faster

Jim Kwik (pronounced quick, his real name) of Kwik Learning, has taught speed-reading, memory improvement, and accelerated learning for over 18 years. In this workshop-style talk, Jim will share some of his amazing techniques to unleashing your super brain.

Jim has shared the speaking stage with global leaders, from Sir Richard Branson to the Dalai Lama. He has a passion for teaching others how to maximize their superpower brain, navigate information overload and unlock their true genius. His upcoming book, The Art of WARMTH, is a sustainable success framework for caring commerce for businesses committed to doing well by doing good.

David Balter

The Four Methods to Get Anyone to Do Anything

In today’s socially connected world, turning everyday consumers into opinion-sharing advocates is a key to success.  Join BzzAgent CEO, Dave Balter, as he shares the secrets learned from motivating real people to generate hundreds of millions of opinions about products and services.

Dave Balter is an innovation-obsessed builder of companies, often as a Founder/CEO but occasionally as a Board Member, advisor or investor. He is currently the CEO of BzzAgent, Inc., which he founded in 2001 and sold in 2011 to dunnhumby, a division of Tesco PLC (LSE: TSCO). In addition to his BzzAgent CEO duties, Dave now serves on the Global Executive Team for dunnhumby. Dave is Executive Chair of Smarterer, which assesses digital, social and technical skills, and is an active investor and advisor individually and as part of Boston Seed. Dave helped launch, a classroom space that helps professionals learn what they need to win from people who have done it before, is a mentor with Tech Stars, and sits on the advisory board of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange.

John Kluge

The Power of Purpose: How Superheroes, Gardening, and Toilets can make you a Billionaire

John W. Kluge will tell an inspiring story of how his unique upbringing contributed to a passion for finding purpose in everything he does, ultimately leading him to redefine not only what it means to be a billionaire, but more importantly a human being in the 21st century. 

John is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Eirene, a private equity and business development firm that combines entrepreneurship and philanthropy to drive radical change in the fields of sanitation, caregiving and education.

John holds a B.A. from Columbia University and he serves on a number of non-profit and for profit boards, including UNICEF, Pencils of Promise, GivingWater and Fonderie47. He is the author of the book John Kluge: Stories, published by Columbia University Press and co-author of the book Charity and Philanthropy for Dummies, to be published by Wiley in 2013.

Jeff Sparr

Create Peace of Mind

Jeff’s talk will detail his personal story, going from a college athlete to being diagnosed with mental illness and how art changed his life, providing him the peace of mind he had desperately longed for.

These experiences would transform Jeff’s life work, leading him to discover a passion and talent for teaching and communicating a message of hope. His newfound purpose would lead to recreate my personal art studio experience and build PeaceLove Studios: an inclusive community space designed to bring people together to experience and celebrate the healing power of art.

PeaceLove Co -Founder Jeffrey Sparr is a father, husband, advocate, successful entrepreneur, and an acclaimed artist, who has suffered much of his life with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Following his diagnosis he began treatment and continued on with his life, launching a profitable textile company, getting married and starting a family; however, through it all he continued to wage a daily war against his illness.

Mike Del Ponte

Throw Out Your Business Plan and Follow Your Heart

Hear the improbable journey of Mike Del Ponte, an award-winning social entrepreneur who went from being a peace activist in the West Bank to studying to be a priest at Yale to launching his latest venture to end the global water crisis.
Mike is the founder and former CEO of Soma, which makes beautifully crafted water filters that give back. Previously he was the founder and CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs. Mike’s leadership earned Sparkseed a Financial Times Social Innovation Award and recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, and CNN.

Alex Abelin

Bridging the Divide: Digital and Analog

Google vet Alex Abelin will cover the need to blank the planet with web access, share an opportunity to create a more healthy internet consumer, and muse on the increasingly important topic of offline interaction. The online and offline chasm is growing, and its time to roll up our sleeves and address it.

Alex Abelin is the External Affairs Manager for Google Northeast. Alex’s duties include building relationships with local and state level government officials, managing a large investment fund for nonprofit entities, acting as the intermediary between external membership organizations and schools, and producing Google focused seminars and events for key stakeholders. He has served as the chief architect in developing seven Google sponsored outdoor WiFi networks; the most recent includes the Chelsea WiFi network, the largest contiguous NYC WiFi network ever created. Prior to serving time on the Policy team, Alex worked on Google’s Sales team, working with Fortune 500 companies under the Financial Services vertical. His duties included developing digital marketing strategies across Google’s many products, optimizing his clients investment to maximize ROI, and educating potential and existing clients on the power of online advertising. His quarterly quota tended to exceed $10M, where he regularly exceed his goals. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.


The Call to Adventure is All Around Us

Bobby Bailey will walk through his own personal calls out, to jump first and fear later , and the importance of allowing others into that story. The call to adventure often is accompanied with not only a disruption of ones own life, but the often controversial risk of removing the veil of normality for others. He will draw from stories of two organizations he helped found,  1. Invisible Children and the challenge to end the longest running war in Africa, by stopping a mad man 4,000 miles away. 2. Global Poverty Project USA whose goal is to end extreme poverty world wide.

Bobby Bailey is a Social Entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of Invisible Children, an organization that seeks to end the longest running war in Africa, a civil war in Northern Uganda. Bobby has spoken at large conference and film festivals around the world, notable colleges and organizations, including the UN, Passion Conferences, Summit Series, The Carter Center, The West Wing, Senate and House Hearings. Bobby’s expertise includes millennial leadership, grassroots movements, new media markets, Brand Love marks, distribution principals, new platforms of development, and politics in the global system.

Michael Balaoing

(WTF) What’s The Formula?! Celebrity + Charity = Social Change??

What really happens – and what’s still missing – when fame, media and Madison Avenue conspire… to convince us to tackle the world’s biggest problems?  Find out how Hollywood can rewrite the celebrity-driven script of catastrophe-inspired philanthropy and cause marketing.   An entertainment industry veteran shares a decade of candid lessons on how our good intentions can have the greatest impact, from 9/11 to Haiti.

Michael J. Balaoing, Esq. trains and coaches professionals around the world, including Fortune 500 CEO’s, senior executives, managers, teachers, lawyers, and leaders in business, government, media, entertainment, technology and industry.

Richard Demato III

Surfing, Science, and Accelerating Social Change.
Richard has connected, advised and catalyzed some of the most influential creatives of our time, but he still felt a growing discrepancy between the results he created and the meaningful impact he wanted to have. On a life changing trip to Costa Rica, Richard discovered surfing is the ultimate tool to unleash our unique potential for impact at the intersection of business, creative and social innovation. Join this talk to hear key lessons and stories that you can powerfully apply to accelerate your own career, projects and organization.


Patent Trolls

Dan Fredinburg’s talk about the Arthur Pryor Foundation will brief you on the state of the US software patent system, highlight how it is stifling innovation in Silicon Valley, and provide some potential solutions. It will not focus on law, domestic policy, or other failed approaches. Instead, the proposed path forward will draw upon the engagement of rebellious engineers, free thought, and activists of all varieties.

Dan Fredinburg is an adventurer, inventor, and energetic engineer. Dan works as the Head of Privacy Strategy for Google, where he leads a product management team and sets the vision across Google to put users in control of their internet experience. Among other things, he works on ideation, strategy-setting, and the facilitation of an innovative culture at Google. Previously, Dan helped YouTube become profitable, managed a software consultancy startup and worked as a software architect in the defense industry. Always inventing and creating has earned Dan 50-100 patents pending; however, he is heavily involved in the Arthur Pryor art foundation, an anti-patent organization that stresses the importance of Free Thought. Arthur Pryor creates tangible art to publicly disclose software inventions, which prevents companies from exercising patent assertion and stifling innovation. To gather inspiration for his professional activities, Dan is the Chief Adventure Officer for an adventure tourism company, Seamless Planet, and is a cultural explorer that organizes expeditions to summit the world’s tallest mountains.


Radically Reinventing Community Development

The Mama Hope story began in 2006 when founder Nyla Rodgers suffered the sudden loss of her mother, Stephanie Moore, to cancer. In an effort to heal from her terrible loss, Nyla traveled to Kenya to meet a young man whose education her mother had sponsored since 2001. To her surprise, she was greeted by hundreds of others whom her mom had also helped. Nyla describes that day as the day that her work found her … and Mama Hope was born.

Nyla Rodgers is the founding director of Mama Hope. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Global and International Studies. During her senior year Nyla interned at the International Peace Bureau and UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva, Switzerland where she conducted an independent research project, “Children as Emissaries of Change: Peace Education in Post Conflict Societies.” Nyla then completed a Master’s Degree at the European University of Peace Studies in Austria, where she held a graduate research position at Education for Peace International in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Later, Nyla was employed as the Program Director of the Pacific Rim Foundation (PRF) in San Francisco. At PRF she directed day-to-day operations and worked with diplomatic organizations from five continents to secure participation in international peace events. In 2007, Nyla was the Africa Program Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s San Francisco Delegation to Kenya. It was during this trip that Nyla decided to create her own organization to provide resources to community based organizations in the developing world.

Kyle Westaway

Career in Beta

The nature of work has shifted at a fundamental level. Our generation’s concept of career is vastly different than any other generation in history. Those of us who will thrive in this new paradigm must be willing to take risks, experiment with a variety of meaningful projects while seeking continual, iterative improvement. Come learn how to create your own Career in Beta.

Kyle believes in the power of the market to create a positive social and environmental change. He is a cofounder of Biographe - a sustainable style brand that employs and empowers survivors of the commercial sex trade – and Founding Partner of Westaway Law - an innovative Brooklyn law firm that counsels social entrepreneurs. Kyle is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

Christina Sass

Successes and Failures in International Development

Christina has had the diverse and incredibly rewarding experience of starting education initiatives in Southeastern China; the West Bank; Nairobi, Kenya; and in her home state of Georgia. (Go Dawgs!) Her field experience combined with a bird’s-eye view of over 2000 development projects, or “Commitments to Action,” at The Clinton Global Initiative has taught Christina a very distinct lesson: We have the tools to solve global poverty, but it is the international will and the way we attempt to address problems that hold us back. Christina will talk through examples of the successes and failures in international development, and propose ways for people to connect with and support efforts that are effectively addressing global poverty.

Morgan Spurlock 3

Morgan will speak about his experience as a documentary filmmaker and what inspired him to enter the field.

Morgan Spurlock is a New York based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won him Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America best documentary screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for best feature doc. Since then he has directed, produced and distributed multiple film and TV projects, including the critically acclaimed FX television series, “30 Days,” and the films Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, Confessions of a Superhero, Czech Dream, Chalk, The Future of Food, What Would Jesus Buy?, and Freakonomics.


From Homo economicus to Homo duplex: Harnessing human nature to create flourishing teams, communities, and societies

Jesse’s academic work integrates principles and methods from neuroscience, evolution, and moral psychology to answer a fundamental question: how do human groups (from entire societies to communities to organizations, militaries, or sports teams) flourish?

His more recent work has focused on how to make people more creative, eat fewer calories, become more trusting (and trustworthy), become better at “reading” people, tolerate more physical pain, become more resilient, and turn their own genes on and off (and pass those turned on or off genes on to their children).


X PRIZE Design

Kacy Qua attempts to predict the future and incentivize entrepreneurs to bring that vision to life. She does this via the X PRIZE Foundation’s Prize Development team*, where she leads Education Prize Design and masterminded a $10 Million X PRIZE for Global Literacy.

Prior to joining the X PRIZE Foundation in 2009, she worked and consulted for The Man at various industry leading companies including Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, and Participant Media.   She holds a BS from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. In her spare time she enjoys contorting into strange yoga positions, making things occur simply by focusing intensely on them, and attempting to communicate telepathically. She has found marginal and limited success, respectively, with the latter two.

*Kacy was so inspired by the Downtown Project Vision and team that she has since left the X PRIZE Foundation to come build her own tech company in Downtown Las Vegas.  Stay tuned for details…

Cathy Brooks

For self-described writer and raconteur Cathy Brooks of Other Than That, facilitating those connections between people requires a willingness to use a very simple modern tool: the off switch.

“There’s a lot of noise in the world today—technological noise. We’re all in such a hurry to communicate, but what we need to do is stop or pause,” she says. Brooks asserts that the world of hyper-connectedness in which we live, a world where we are all constantly “sharing” through a plethora of social media platforms, is actually leading us to be disconnected from those around us and to our true selves.