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UP Alumni In The News 10.12.11

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Just three more UP alumni posts before we’re all at UP 2011 meeting another class of great attendees and future alumni speakers. If you’ve been considering attending don’t wait any longer! A limited number of seats are still available, register now!

There has been some pretty incredible, heart breaking and amazing news in the past week. We’re sure there isn’t a single one of you who hasn’t read, commented on and discussed the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs this past week. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also an UP 08 alumni and he has some inspirational words and great memories to share about his friend and colleague in this video.

Fellow alumni from UP 09 David Pogue, tech writer at The New York Times also shared his thoughts on what Jobs career has done to the way we all live and communicate. Future UP alumni, Dan Pink also shared a poignant speech Jobs’ gave at Stanford University’s commencement.

Other UP alumni were receiving their own honors this week. UP 10 alumni Jessica Jackley along with Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery were honored as winners of The Economist’s Innovation Awards for their work in microfinance.

Also this week, UP 10 alumni Michael Eisner‘s The Eisner Foundation established a $100,000 award for those working to bridge the gap between senior citizens and young people, the first recipient is the Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

And last but certainly not least, UP 09 alumni Peter Diamandis and the X Prize Foundation announced the winner of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. The winning team, from Illinois, developed a system that skimmed oil out of water 3 times better than the industry standard.

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Our next speaker is Marc Freedman!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The eighth announced speaker for UP 2011 is on the forefront of a movement that has been picking up steam for the last few years.

Marc Freedman, a pioneering leader examining careers in the second half of life will speak at UP 2011.

Marc Freedman is the founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. His UP Presentation, “Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life,” is both timely and appealing to anyone facing the possibility of a midlife career change or hoping to discover meaningful work in the midst of retirement.

Marc spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps, now one of America’s largest nonprofit national service programs engaging people over 55, and The Purpose Prize, which annually provides five $100,000 prizes to social innovators in the second half of life.

Marc was described by The New York Times as “the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for…meaningful and sustaining work later in life.” The Wall Street Journal stated, “In the past decade, Mr. Freedman has emerged as a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement.”

He is the author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, published in April 2011, which The New York Times called “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.”

Recognized by Fast Company magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, Marc is widely published and quoted in the national media and has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships. The NonProfit Times named him one of the 50 most powerful and influential individuals in the nonprofit sector in 2010. Marc and Civic Ventures received the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in April 2010.

To learn more about Marc Freedman and how to make the most out of your own second half of life, sign UP today.

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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!


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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UP Alumni In The News 3.23.11

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Happy Wednesday! Time for more UP alumni in the news.

This week, The New York Times announced a timeline for long-rumored plans to establish a paywall on its site and the internet was flooded with opinions on the decision. Fast Company analyzed The Psychology Behind The New York Times Paywall and cited a video from UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely.

Another UP 09 speaker, Shawn Achor, put pen to paper (or fingers to a keyboard) in an article for the Harvard Business Review taking on the stigma, “Are Happy People Dumb?”

Also, this week it was UP 2010 speaker Bill Nye’s turn to serve as an expert to explain the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

Meanwhile, Michio Kaku continued to be active in the media, but not on earthquake recovery. He has released a new book, Physics of The Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.  Interested in learning his predictions? Is a Jetsons-style life in our future? Read an interview with Dr. Kaku and an excerpt on NPR here.

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