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UP Alumni In The News 8.24.11

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This week in addition to UP Alumni news, we’ve got UP Founder news! UP Experience co-founder Sheryl Rapp has been selected by Texas Executive Women as one of their 2011 Women On The Move. Houston Woman Magazine wrote about the upcoming awards in their latest issue.

Also this week:

Yesterday's East Coast earthquake should be a warning says Michio Kaku. Image courtesy of flickr/digitalsadhu

UP 10 speaker Michio Kaku commented in near real time on yesterday’s East Coast earthquake.

UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis and his X Prize Foundation were featured on CBS News for their work “to solve the unsolvable.”

UP 09-11 speaker and emcee David Eagleman‘s pioneering research on time perception was included in an article from Wired, “Why Some Seconds Seem to Last Forever.”

Congrats are in order for UP 10 speaker Gracie Cavnar who has been recognized by Self magazine as one of three winners of their “Women Doing Good” award.

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UP Alumni In The News 8.10.11

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Happy Wednesday UP blog readers! We took a great end of summer vacation last week but are back with lots of UP alumni news today! This past week:

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger took to The Huffington Post’s Canadian website to discuss the importance of long term action over one time aid in solving the problems of East Africa.

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Blogs buzzed this week as it was announced that UP 09 speaker and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is joining with Seth MacFarlane to produce a new version of Carl Sagan’s popular mini-series “Cosmos.” MacFarlane might be more easily recognized as the man behind the hit Fox television series, “Family Guy.”

Meanwhile The Independent spent time examining the question, “Is David Eagleman the cleverest man in America?

UP 09 speaker Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic, will be returning to the site of the shipwreck to photograph the ship’s stern for a new attraction dedicated to the Titanic in Belfast.

And, as everyone wraps up the summer travel season, UP 10 speaker David Pogue shares, “Five (and Then Some) Tech Tips For Travel.”

Have a great rest of the week!

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UP Alumni In the News 6.1.11

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Welcome to June! We are just five months away from UP 2011. The speaker lineup is almost set and we can’t wait to announce the rest of the amazing individuals that will take the stage on October 27th.

This week some of our 2011 speakers and UP alumni highlighted the biggest stories making headlines.

David Eagleman is in the news again, this time for the U.S. launch of his latest book Incognito. Congratulations go out to David, this morning his book was already at #10 on Amazon’s best seller list. Visit for a great story on his work and the new book.

Chef Jeff Henderson, who we announced as part of the UP 2011 speaker lineup earlier this month, made a preview appearance in Houston at a luncheon benefiting the Living Forward Alliance, highlighting how he turned around his own life to become a renowned chef.

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger‘s latest project Me to We is honoring socially conscious youth, adults and educators for their work to better their communities and the world. See the amazing nominees and vote here.

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David Pogue, who amazed us with the latest technology at UP 10, reported for CBS News this week on the end of NASA’s shuttle program. While his fellow UP 10 speaker, Richard Florida, examined the changing geography and dynamics of NBA dominance as the league heads into its final games of the season.

And, Kevin Kelly, who also took the UP stage in 2010, shared the challenges of publishing an ebook. Good lessons for us all as technology continues to change our daily lives.


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UP Alumni In The News 5.11.11

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

It’s been a busy week here at The UP Experience, we’re finalizing the speaker lineup for UP 2011, announcing some of great new speakers and giving away great books from past speakers. But, our speakers have got us beat! Check out what some UP alumni speakers have been up to:

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UP 09 Speaker Dan Ariely’s research continues to make the news, this time the topic is lessons learned from IKEA’s success. Check out this great article from BNET, The IKEA Effect: Why Consumers Buy “Assembly Required” Products.

UP 08 speaker Steve Wozniak, gave a graduation address at Michigan State University where amidst upbeat advice to the graduates he warned that the artificial intelligence we’re so busy inventing will one day make our species irrelevant.

John Mariani, who took the stage at UP 08, has released his predictions on who will take home this year’s prestigious James Beard awards.

Our esteemed speaker and emcee David Eagleman continues to make appearances in major news outlets, this week with a profile in the Financial Times that takes a look at his work and upcoming book, Incognito.

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UP Alumni in the News 4.20.11.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Our UP Alumni continue to make headlines this week and we’d love your feedback on their activity. Are you reading any of our UP alumni’s new books? Have you used the Blackberry PlayBook? Thinking about raising money with ProFounder? Please share your thoughts below!

And, don’t forget we love suggestions! If you’ve come across a story we didn’t post please add it via the comment section below.

This week, UP 2010 speaker and New York Times tech critic David Pogue was on top of some of the week’s hottest news stories, logging comments on both Cisco’s decision to kill the Flip camera and the launch of Blackberry’s PlayBook

Also at UP 2010, Kiva founder Jessica Jackley gave us a preview of her new venture ProFounder. This past week she was interviewed on the details of Profounder on Benzinga and Daily Br!nk.

If you’ve had it on your list to get UP 2009 speaker Peter Sheahan’s new book, Making It Happen, wait no more! He’s a launched an enhanced version that includes seven in-depth videos feature Peter sharing his words of wisdom.

David Eagleman continued to conquer the media with a profile in The New Yorker and Houston Modern Luxury (check out page 79 of the digital edition from that link)

And, Shawn Achor, continued work on his latest book The Happiness Advantage, launching a preview of The Happiness Advantage DVD from his Facebook page.

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It’s everyone’s favorite time – UP alumni in the news!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Before we dive into this weeks links we want to say thank you to everyone who joined us for last night’s Mini UP. Ankit Fadia and Matthew Knowles each brought a unique perspective to the stage. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Photos and highlights will be posted here and on our Facebook page soon.

And, very importantly, we announced our very first speaker for UP 2011 last night, drumroll please . . . . Dan Pink! Pink is the highly acclaimed author of several books, the most recent of which is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Pink focuses on businesses, technology and helping us make the most of ourselves in our day-to-day lives. We are so excited to bring him to UP this year.

Here are this week’s UP alumni making headlines:

Two big announcements for all of our Houston readers!

David Eagleman has won a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. The Houston Chronicle says this is the first time a professor at Baylor College of Medicine has received the award.

And TONIGHT UP 09 speaker Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be giving a free lecture at the University of Houston. Let us know if you attend.

UP 08 speaker Ray Kurzweil is in the news again. The much talked about futurist is nominated for the 2011 TIME magazine TIME 100 list. Voting closes April 14 so vote now!

Another inaugural UP Experience speaker, Steve Wozniak, was in the news this week when he said he would consider returning to a larger role at Apple if they asked him.

For the social media users out there, are you suffering from FOMO? That is “Fear of Missing Out?” The New York Times detailed the phenomenon in an article referring to UP 09 Dan Ariely’s work.

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UP Alumni In The News 4.6.11

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

It’s Wednesday again! We took a brief hiatus last week, but are back this week with a double installment of our weekly blog feature, UP Alumni In The News.

Here are the biggest stories from past UP speakers. As always, please use the comment section below to add your thoughts and share any stories we may have missed.

And, don’t forget about our first Mini UP of the year this coming Tuesday. We can’t wait to see you there!

Just yesterday Peter Sheahan, one of the most engaging speakers to have taken The UP Experience stage, released his latest book, “Making It Happen: Turning your Good Ideas into Great Results.” We’ve got a copy and will be sharing some thoughts and juicy tidbits next week. Let us know if you pick up a copy so we can trade notes.

Esteemed UP speaker and MC David Eagleman has been on a speaking tour in London to promote his upcoming book, Incognito, which will explore the relationship between our minds and our legal system. As part of his travels Eagleman authored a great piece for The Telegraph outlining some of the main arguments of his book.

Shawn Achor launched a new app for Android and iPhone/iPad devices. The app, I Journal, follows the advice of Shawn’s latest book, The Happiness Advantage, and helps users maintain a regular journaling habit, which, you guessed it, has been shown to increase happiness. The app makes it easy to record your thoughts via voice recording, photos and writing updates. Let us know if you try it out!

UP 2008 speaker and Esquire food writer John Mariani spoke to NPR about his book, How Italian Food Conquered the World. The book examines the cuisine’s journey from one time “poor mans food” to plates hitting tables in kitchens and restaurants all over the U.S. nightly. Check out the interview and read an excerpt here.

Last but not least, UP 2010 speaker Richard Florida used his regular column at The Atlantic to examine the question, “Why Are Some Cities Happier Than Others?”

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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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Keep It UP!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Thank you to everyone who joined us at UP 2010. Every year we are truly amazed at the discoveries shared on our stage and the connections made both within the audience and between attendees and speakers. And, without a doubt our favorite part is hearing about the ideas sparked over the course of the day.

Now it is up to all of us to keep it UP! It is our goal to make The UP Experience a year round inspiration, a community where exploration, innovation and entrepreneurship are happening every day.

Please post comments here and contact us at to share how you are staying UP, and let us know how we can help! We’ll be using this blog and a few other means to keep things going in the coming months. Check back for more news on how to stay connected and involved.

Follow your favorite speakers on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and visit their websites and blogs to get the latest news on their work. And, don’t forget about us at UP!

The UP Experience:

On the web:

Twitter: @theupexperience



Linked In:

Michael Eisner:

On the web:

Dan Buettner:

On the web: (check out the bottom right-hand side of the site to sign up for Dan’s newsletter)

Twitter: @BlueZones



David Pogue:

On the web:

Twitter: @Pogue




Luis Von Ahn:

On the web:

Twitter: @LuisvonAhn



Adora Svitak:

On the web:

Twitter: @adorasv



Gracie Cavnar:

On the web:

Twitter: @r4shouston




Steve Thomas:

On the web:

Kevin Kelly:

On the web:

Twitter: @kevin2kelly




Wendy Schiller:

On the web:

Richard Florida:

On the web:

Twitter: @Richard_Florida


David Eagleman:

On the web:

Twitter: @davideagleman


Jessica Jackley:

On the web:

Twitter: @jessicajackley @kiva @teamprofounder



James Maas:

On the web:

Bill Nye:

On the web:

Twitter: @TheScienceGuy



Dennis Littky:

On the web: – check out “stay informed” to sign up for the newsletter

Twitter: @Dennis_Littky @bigpiclearning



Shawn Achor:

On the web: – newsletter sign up on the left



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“Sum” Interesting Ideas

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
David Eagleman,  PhD.

David Eagleman, PhD.

Baylor neuroscientist and UP 2009 speaker David Eagleman was recently interviewed by Nancy Wozny for the most recent edition of Houston Modern Luxury magazine.  She talks to him about his best-seller, SUM, as well as his new book on synesthesia, Wednesday is Indigo Blue.  Link to the online version of the magazine here, then “flip” to page 56 for the article.

SUM is a series of short vignettes, each exploring a fanciful scenario from a range of possible afterlives.  Favorably reviewed in a variety of media, the book has also gotten good responses from believers and atheists alike.  Like The UP Experience itself, the book explores big questions in a way  that opens minds instead of closing them.

Eagleman himself defies the stereotype of Brilliant Scientist,  and our notion of single-minded laser focus on career from an early age.  His early aspirations to be a screen writer, and dedicated flirtation with film school, are evident in the cinemagraphic qualities of SUM.  Although he tells Nancy Wozny that he  doesn’t have time for “fun,” his creativity and diverse interests  make it  hard to imagine David Eagleman living a life of drudgery.  Besides,  parts of  SUM are  downright hilarious.  He, like the other UP speakers, seemingly can’t help himself  from viewing  life, experience, and his work, from a unique perspective.

The Whole is greater than the sum of the parts, as the old saying goes.  Just  as  Eagleman’s entertaining  fantasy of the afterlife gives a fuller, creative picture of the big questions  of our existence,  one can expect the entire UP Experience to yield much more than the sum of a bunch of talks.  How will that affect your unique perspective?

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