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UP Alumni In The News 9.14.11

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Here we are, halfway through the week again and with more intriguing news from UP Experience alumni:

Mosquito nets like this one can prevent malaria - support an important cause and learn more about smart ways of working by purchasing the book End Malaria. Image courtesy of Flickr/Sheep "R" Us

UP 10 speaker, Kevin Kelly, featured the new book End Malaria as recommended reading on his blog this week. The book, which features advice from some of the world’s best thought leaders on how to work smarter, isn’t about malaria, but $20 from each sale will go to fight the disease. End Malaria features essays not just from Kelly but many past and future UP Experience speakers including: Brene Brown, Dan Pink, and Sir Ken Robinson.

Fellow UP 10 speaker Dan Buettner and his Blue Zones Project joined with Wellmark, Healthways and Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa to launch a new Blue Zones initiative in the state.

Right here in Houston, UP 11 speaker, Laura Spanjian our city’s Sustainability Director, was part of the “Houston Drives Electric” launch and announced that Houston residents can expect to have access to 250 public electric charging stations by the end of 2012.

And, Spanjian’s fellow UP 11 speaker Dan Pink shared one of his favorite, free new productivity tools.

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Welcome Back Brené Brown!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Who guessed it? The clues we posted on Friday to our mystery UP Alumni guest all point to one person, Brené Brown!

Brené wowed attendees in 2009 with a frank, engaging and moving talk on her studies of shame in our society. Her research has gone on to focus on leadership, vulnerability and “wholeheartedness.” She’ll join us again at UP 2011 for an update on the last few years of her work.

Check out her talk from UP 2009 here.

If you are not already familiar with Brene, she holds her Ph.D, LMSW, and is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. Her sense of humor, along with 10 years of research studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame make her an extraordinary presenter who helps us all look at the UP side of being vulnerable.

Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses these questions: How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

Brené is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection: Letting Go of Who We Think We Should Be and Embracing Who We Are and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power. She is also the author of Connections, a psycho-educational shame-resilience curriculum that is being facilitated across the nation by mental health and addiction professionals. Her next book, Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy, will be released in 2011.

Register now to see Brené in October!

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UP Alumni In the News 2.23.11

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Good morning and happy Wednesday to all!

One of our favorite things about The UP Experience is that it allows us to uncover new fields of study, new practices and new passions that stick with us long after the speakers have left the stage. It has also introduced us to a community of people in Houston and around the world who are constantly innovating and announcing new ideas that generate recognition in places around the world.

We do our best to keep up with past speakers to stay on top of their new research, business ventures and publications. Starting today, we’ll be posting weekly updates of notable UP Alumni in the news. Check back each Wednesday to see the latest.

And don’t forget, The UP Experience is about discussion and we love to hear your feedback. If you find a news story you’d like to share please post it as a comment, and let us know what your thoughts are on the stories posted here.

UP Alumni in the news this week:

UP 2009 speaker Brené Brown was interviewed by Martha Rosenberg at The Huffington Post about the findings in her latest book The Gifts of Imperfection

The victory of IBM’s Watson computer on Jeopardy last week has prompted lots of comments on the development of artificial intelligence. Watch here as UP 2009 speakers Michio Kaku and Peter Diamandis discuss AI and Web 4.0

UP 2008 speaker Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage continues to get recognition around the world for rewriting the long held truth that success brings happiness. Read Shawn’s Harvard Business Review article here on how to make stress work for you.

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The Difference an Idea Makes

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The UP Experience is based on our belief in the power of ideas. In the power of one idea to light a spark that leads to a fire and becomes the next great business idea, the next incredible partnership that will change the way we do everything from communicating with friends and family, learning new skills, selecting food for the dinner table and sleeping.

We started The UP Experience in 2008 as a way to help our friends and families improve their lives by learning about the ideas that may seem shocking and revolutionary today, but will be the everyday topics of conversation tomorrow. In 2008 and still today, we are busy people, and are simply trying to learn about our world and make our lives the best that they can be, for ourselves and our family.

Out of that desire we had developed a never ending stack of books on our nightstand that we intended to read, but never had the time to. So, we decided to start traveling to conferences to hear experts speak directly about their ideas, from the nascent science of happiness to the next evolution of the internet.

We wanted to be actively soaking up the cutting edge knowledge of our society – and then came our spark. Why travel to learn these ideas?

Why not in Houston?

And so after meeting with countless friends and colleagues to test the idea, The UP Experience was born. One day of remarkable new ideas that we hope is helping people advance their businesses and their lives. After UP, people are changing their daily routines to make themselves happier and more productive, testing new business concepts they hadn’t thought possible and thinking differently about the world around them. It truly has become an incredible amazing thing in our lives.

And, it has become more than one day. Through The UP Experience we’ve uncovered this amazing community of Houstonians who are truly changing the world. These people have included the many speakers who live in work and Houston – people like David Eagleman, Brene Brown and Rich Baraniuk – and many attendees for whom UP has become a personal and professional development tool.

In the coming year, we hope to use this blog to tell you more about how The UP Experience comes together each year and to share the stories of the incredible people involved in this community. If you are new to this event, please explore this site, watch videos of the incredible talks and the attendee reactions and join us this October. If you’ve already been, please feel free to make this space yours and tell us why you’ve attended, why you come back and why you’ve chosen to make The UP Experience a part of your life.

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