Joyce Kim: 6 million financial transactions for just 20 cents

Joyce Kim is the Executive Director of Stellar, a technology that enables money to move directly between people, companies and financial institutions as easily as email. Stellar sees financial access as not the final destination, but rather a necessary precondition for people to fulfill their other basic human needs, such as education, food, healthcare and safety.


Robert Neuwirth: Free Markets vs. Flea Markets

Robert Neuwirth tells us about life in the informal economy, what French culture classifies as System D. 1.8 billion people on the planet subsist through economic transactions that happen outside legal spheres and, by 2020, two thirds of our planet will be doing business in this domain. The future is the free market vs. the flea market.

Reihan Salam: New Conservatism

Challenging Conversations: Reihan Salam

Reihan Salam, a New America Foundation fellow, writes on politics, culture, and technology. At PopTech 2009, Salam argues that America’s growing diversity, divided by massive inequalities, will lead the country to increasing social conservatism. Salam also co-authored Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.

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Dan Ariely: Predictably Irrational

The Reset Moment: Danny Ariely

Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, referenced the foolishness of certain actions (e.g. texting while driving), what he calls “small irrationalities” that we do every day. These can lead up to big problems. With our current model of labor, for instance, we reward people with rest. This doesn’t really capture what it is that engages people, what causes them to want to work.

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Peter Whybrow on American Mania: When More Is Not Enough

Leading neuropsychiatrist Peter Whybrow recently authored "American Mania: When More Is Not Enough," a neurobiological look at the instinctual and social behaviors that balance a market economy. Pay attention as he explains how America's reward-driven culture is pushing the physiological limits of our evolutionary inheritance - making us sick in body and mind.
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