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UP Alumni In The News 8.31.2011

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The sun is going down on summer 2011, which means UP 2011 is just around the corner! image courtesy of Flickr/paul+photos=moody

It’s already the end of August. Summer is coming to a close and fall is just around the corner. We’re looking forward to the best of fall, cooler temps and UP 2011! October 27th will be here before you know it. In case you missed it, we’ve started some great registration specials. If you’re not registered yet, now is the time!

Our UP alumni barely took a summer break, here’s what they’ve been up to this week:

UP 08 and 09 alumni, Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis are also co-founders of Singularity University. This summer’s Singularity University class developed solutions to big problems related to world poverty. One solution, The Matternet, was featured in Fast Company yesterday for its potential to triumph over the issue of delivery of medication, food and other critical goods to rural areas.

UP 10 alumni David Pogue took to his blog to address this week’s stunning announcement that Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple.

Meanwhile UP 09 speaker Shawn Achor took to The Huffington Post to share “5 Ways To Turn Happiness Into An Advantage.”

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Tax Day!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Good morning! We hope today you are taking it easy today with your taxes filed weeks ago and your refund burning a hole in your pocket.

If you are deciding what to do with your refund, check out this article from Carla Fried at CBS Money Watch and note #7 which cites the great research of UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely – “we derive more happiness from experiences than stuff.”

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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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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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