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UP Alumni In The News 10.19.11

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Just 9 days stand between us and The UP Experience 2011, can you believe it? Time sure flies when you are discovering the people and achievements who are determining today what the world will look like tomorrow.

We hope we’ll see all of you on October 27th! Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feeds for live updates from UP on the 27th!

UP 09 alumni, Peter Diamandis, kicked off a week-long program for entrepreneurs at Singularity University this past week by saying that optimism is the key to business success. Check out why he says, “the world is getting better at an accelerating rate.”

rethink your workplace at UP 11! Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Michael Lokner

And as the world gets better some of us are feeling the stress of so much to do. If that sounds like you check out this post on how to be more positive at work that cites the research of UP 08 speaker Shawn Achor.

UP 10 alum Richard Florida tackled business from another angle, examining, “How Startups Have Changed the Way American Business Thinks” in The Atlantic.
Can’t wait until October 27th for your next dose of UP? Get your fix now on The UP Experience YouTube channel!

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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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UP Alumni In The News 10.5.11

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

As you read this post, The UP Experience 2011 is just 3 weeks away! We’ve been waiting all year and can’t believe it’s already here.

As we wait on pins and needles for October 27th we thought we’d take a closer look at what some of our UP 11 speakers have been up to this week:

Dr. Anthony Atala was featured on the CBS News in New York for his incredible, pioneering work in growing human organs and the incredible opportunities this breakthrough technology stands to give the thousands on transplant lists in the U.S. His talk at UP11 is definitely one not to be missed.

Also featured on CBS News this week, fellow UP 11 speaker Katie Linendoll, talking about her predictions for yesterday’s big Apple iPhone announcement. See what she expected and if it lined up with the big announcement.

Memory guru Ron White contributed a great actionable memory tip to an interested article produced by Men’s Health and ABC News, “17 Ways to Upgrade Your Whole Life.”

Meanwhile Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy which is revolutionizing education, was interviewed on CNN about how to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math.

Sign UP now to see these incredible innovators on October 27th!

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UP Alumni In The News 9.28.11

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Yesterday marked one month until UP 2011. We can’t believe its already here! We’d love to hear which speaker you are most excited to hear this year!

And, while we’re busy with final preparations for this year’s UP Experience, our UP alumni have been busy pushing their initiatives forward. This past week:

John Gerzema at took a look at “Why You Should Hire E-lancers,” citing UP 08 speaker Sir Ken Robinson‘s work on learning that takes place outside of the classroom and what these “citizen-teachers” can offer the rest of us.

As always tech companies are making headlines and UP 10 speaker David Pogue is breaking down the details for us. Don’t miss his analysis of Netflix’ recent announcement that it will be splitting off its DVD service into a separate service, Qwikster.

UP 09 alumni Michio Kaku was in the news this week as physicists around the world commented on an experiment that appeared to call into question Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Get UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely's advice on how to pay employees. Image courtesy of flickr/aresauburn

Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely, who spoke at UP 09, took to this week to talk about, “How to Pay People.”

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Sign UP and Be Better Informed

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

As Bob Stutman, one of our 2011 UP presenters, has predicted for the past two years, we have reached an unfortunate new milestone today. For the first time in history, automobile accidents are now the SECOND leading cause of death by accident in the United States. What is the LEADING cause of death by accident? Drug overdose!

More people die from prescription drug overdose than from all other drugs combined. Get in the know and learn how to take action at UP 11 Photo courtesy of flickr/NVinnacco

This was announced on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control, based on statistics from 2009 (the most recent year available). In fact, more people die from prescription drug overdose than from all other drugs combined (heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine).

Even more startling is the news that less than 5% of those who died from prescription drug overdose got them from “dope peddlers”. Unfortunately, the source of the supply is more often parents, relatives, friends and, ultimately, physicians. We must take note of this, and we must do better!

Shocking? You bet. And this is just one of the nuggets of information you probably didn’t know but will be amazed to learn at The UP Experience.

Register today, and become better informed about the events, facts, and information that affect ALL aspects of your life.

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UP Alumni In The News 9.21.11

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

It’s been a busy week at UP! We hit 100 followers on Facebook this week, posted so many past UP talks on YouTube and dove into all the details that need to be ironed out with The UP Experience just over a month away!

We imagine our UP alumni and UP 11 speakers have also been busy, here are some of their activities making headlines this week:

Learn how to improve your memory skills from expert Ron White at UP 11. Image courtesy of Flickr/therichbrooks

UP 11 speaker and memory expert Ron White was featured in SUCCESS Magazine this week. White had an MRI taken at the University of Texas this week, while he memorized information. The results showed that White uses 35 percent more of his brain when memorizing than the average person! Don’t miss him at UP 2011 when he shares his tips and tricks!

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger took to the Huffington Post to talk about the incredible difference education can make for a child in their article, “An Education Takes Kids from Slums to Schools.

On a light note, UP 10 speaker and New York Times tech columnist David Pogue took some time to help us all get up to speed on the latest cultural references in his guide, “Internet Memes 101: A Guide to Online Wackiness.”

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Top 10 Reasons UP is a Great Investment!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

There is just one day left to take advantage of incredible registration deals for you and an educator or out-of-town friend, family member of colleague. Don’t wait another minute! Get the details here.

Still considering UP? For attendees, The UP Experience is much more than a one day event. Each year at UP you’ll find inspirations that drive you all year, and you’ll make connections that will help you get ahead personally and professionally. Check out our top 10 reasons to invest in UP:

1.  You’ll be exposed to 16 thought leaders who have all achieved enormous success and are ready and willing to share their unique perspectives and insights with YOU.

2.  By enhancing and improving your own perspective, your business and those around you will also improve.

3.  You’ll instantly be better informed by staying ahead of trends and changes taking place in our own backyard and around the globe…changes that are making a difference to YOU.

4.  Learning through the experiences and successes of others provides the kind of motivation and inspiration that facilitates great achievements.

5.  Expanding your mind to trends and concepts you don’t experience every day will make you more aware, more open-minded, and more innovative.

6.  You’ll begin to think differently – both professionally and personally – and will receive “takeaways”  that can be applied to every aspect of your life.

7.  It’s an opportunity to be a part of something unique in Houston that it is consistently attended by many of the city’s most prominent individuals, business leaders, and corporations.

8. Demonstrates that you are socially, culturally, economically, and globally responsible and aware.

9.  It’s a powerful networking opportunity that allows you to engage with others in a way that is impactful, meaningful, and memorable.

10. It’s in your own backyard – no travel, no hotel, no expense reports – just a mentally challenging and invigorating day!

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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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Sign UP! Just one week left on great registration deals!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The great registration deals we announced over the last few weeks expire one week from today! Don’t waste any time, register now!


With the purchase of your full-priced ticket to The UP Experience, you have the opportunity to purchase one additional ticket specifically for an educator for only $250. The $250 Educators ticket must accompany a full-priced ticket purchase. Simply register on our Web site and select the box for “Attendee Plus Educator” to register yourself. We will email or call you for the information to register your educator.


With the purchase of your $1,000 ticket to UP, you can purchase one additional ticket for an out-of-town guest for only $250. The $250 O
out-of-town ticket must accompany a full-priced ticket purchase. Simply register on our Web site and select the box for “Attendee Plus Out-of-Towner” to register yourself. We will email or call you for the information to register your out-of-town guest.

These fantastic UP offers are available through September 20, 2011. If you need any additional information, please send an email to Sheryl Rapp at or call 713-665-2708.

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UP Alumni In The News 9.7.11

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

We hope everyone had a great long weekend! The week might have just started but it’s already Wednesday and time for UP Alumni In The News!

This past week:

UP 10 speaker and New York Times tech critic David Pogue reexamined previous advice to never unsubscribe from spam emails.

Kevin Kelly recommends his book on paperback over ereader. Image courtesy of Flickr/edwc

September marks the month when Pogue’s fellow UP 10 speaker and technology writer Kevin Kelly releases the paperback version of his book What Technology Wants many of you may have read it as all of last year’s UP attendees got copies in their gift bags. Kelly has some surprising thoughts on the advantages of buying the book versus reading it on an ereader and highlights some unconventional interviews he’s done lately.

UP 09 speaker Michio Kaku was featured in the latest edition of “Symphony of Science” on CBS News. This series mixes some of society’s greatest current scientific minds including Kaku and Stephen Hawking with the entertaining world of viral internet videos.

Don’t forget, our full speaker lineup for UP 2011 has been announced and posted. Check it out!

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