Category Archives: Pop!Tech 2007

Become Pop!Tech’s official blogger

My regular readers know that the Pop!Tech conference, held in October in beautiful Camden, Maine, is one of the highlights of my year. The conference combines some of the very best speakers on science, technology, society and social change with … Continue reading

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Stewart Brand and thinking about Megacities

It’s almost half a week from the end of Pop!Tech and I’m still exhausted. I’d like to tell you that this is because I partied hard, like some of my fellow bloggers, and am deep in sleep debt. It’s not … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – And that’s a wrap

The last three amazing speakers leave the stage, and there’s the sound of a marching band entering from the back of the auditorium. It’s the Hungry March Band, a group of musicians and burlesque-style entertainers, who take the stage in … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Green collar jobs

Van Jones is best known as a civil rights activist and founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. But he takes the stage at Pop!Tech and introduces a new project, Green for All. He tells us that he’ll … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Zainab Salbi and Women to Women

Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, introduces herself as an Iraqi. “15 years ago, I came to US. When I told people I came from Iraq and they stepped back from me. Now they say, ‘I’m sorry’.” … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Swift justice

It’s a challenge to blog everyone who comes across the Pop!Tech stage. The pace isn’t quite as frenetic as at a conference like TED, but it’s pretty damned exhausting. I’ve been cheating by not mentioning most of the entertainers who’ve … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Dialog with/in Islam

Dr. John Esposito leads a conversation titled “Dialog With/In Islam”. He points out that Islam is a powerful and visible force – the second or third largest religion, the majority religion in more than 50 nations. Esposito remembers that he … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Jay Keasling and synthesizing the future

Jay Keasling is a pioneer synthetic biology, the process of hacking microbial DNA to produce ultra-low cost fuel and drugs. His talk, in part, is about just how difficult this hacking process is. In building computers, we can go to … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Victoria Hale and nonprofit drug companies

Dr. Victoria Hale is one of the founders of the US’s first non-profit drug company, One World Health. Her work focuses on diseases you’ve probably never heard of in places you’ve never been. The first disease her firm focused on … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Bill Shannon gets around

Bill Shannon takes the stage on crutches, though he can clearly walk on two legs. It’s disconcerting to see him – is he walking on crutches to make an artistic statement? To explore a four-legged dance style? Because he’s faking? … Continue reading

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