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UP 2011’s First Speaker is . . . .

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Today’s a day we’ve been long preparing for and hope you’ve been looking forward to! Today we begin publicly announcing the incredible lineup for UP 2011.

For everyone who read our teaser announcement on Friday, did you guess right?

The UP Experience 2011’s first speaker is . . .  DANIEL PINK!

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Currently best known as the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink is authority on human motivation and performance.

According to Pink, everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong. He pits the latest scientific discoveries about the mind against claims that people can be motivated only by the hope of gain and the fear of loss. Pink cites numerous case studies revealing that “carrot and stick” motivation tactics can actually significantly reduce the ability of workers to produce creative solutions to problems. And, what truly motivates us once our basic survival needs are met is the ability to grow and develop, to realize our fullest potential. Drawing on research in psychology, economics, and sociology, Pink’s analysis — and new model — of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature.

Pink has published four books, authored numerous articles on business and technology for Wired, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Telegraph, and Fast Company, and has appeared as a featured presenter at TED Global.

His focus on improving people’s professional and personal lives by reexamining conventional theories strikes at the heart of what The UP Experience looks to deliver each year – new insights that allow all of us to live better lives.

We hope you are as excited as we are to see Daniel Pink on October 27th.

Don’t forget to come back to The UP Experience blog tomorrow for UP alumni in the news and on Friday for clues about the speaker we’ll announce next week!

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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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