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Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Touré McCluskey

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Touré McCluskey is the founder of OkCopay, a unique search engine for medical procedures that helps Americans with inadequate insurance find affordable local health care.

To learn more about Touré, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Toure

I hope to introduce price and quality transparency into our health care system so that Americans can confidently understand their provider options and better anticipate their health care costs.

 

 

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Aishwarya Ratan

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Aishwarya Ratan is director of the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative at Yale University and Innovations for Poverty Action, with a goal of ensuring that the financial products, services and tools available to the poor to manage and grow their money are affordable, efficient, secure and welfare-enhancing.

To learn more about Aishwarya, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

We aim to enable institutions in the financial sector to offer nuanced products services that have been tested for their positive welfare impact, across all geographies and to all households, and enable individuals and families to self-select into using the products and services that are suited to their specific needs and goals.

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Watch now: Alyson Warhurst, the risk mapper

Alyson Warhurst is CEO and founder of the risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft, the leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence for the world’s largest multinational corporations, asset managers and governments. “We can really start telling a story in terms of predicting risk in the future...We are actually able to engage in policy change to be able to shape the future growth environment and prevent disaster.”

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Eric Woods

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Eric Woods is the CEO and founder of Switchboard, which uses mobile phones to create nationwide networks of health workers in developing countries.

To learn more about Eric, we askedWhat is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

By building the largest networks of health workers in the developing world, Switchboard hopes to transform every practitioners mobile phone into a tool to seek advice, share information and improve patient care nationwide.

 

 

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

DJ Young Guru joins PopTech Camden speaker lineup

PopTech is pleased to announce additional speakers who will take the stage in Camden in just a few weeks! New speakers include acclaimed music producer, Young Guru, who has mixed ten Jay-Z albums, has over a decade of experience in sound engineering, and is pioneering so-called 3-D sound. We’ll also hear from two of the world’s leading experts on the impact of trauma on the human brain. Other new presenters are a leading figure in the field of business resilience and an Icelandic documentary filmmaker who has delved into thorny questions about supposedly green energy.

Whether you’re joining us in Maine or tuning in via Livestream, we’re looking forward to several days of riveting presentations. The theme this year is resilience; exploring what makes some people, organizations, systems and governments bounce back from disruption while others wilt.

Meet the latest presenters to join the PopTech Camden speaker lineup:
Revered as “The Sound of New York,” Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton has mixed 10 of Jay-Z’s albums and officially became Jay-Z’s tour D.J. in 2010. He has recorded virtually every other top hip-hop artist and has more than a decade of experience in sound engineering, production, and A&R for the acclaimed Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Young Guru is part of a team using a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop so-called 3-D sound, which allows the brain to interpret the depth and direction of sound like it occurs in real space.

Laurie Leitch is a mental health specialist working with adults and children. She has helped develop novel models of intervention for victims suffering from long-term acute trauma, including war-zone-related stress. Leitch has provided treatment and training globally, including following 9/11, in southern Thailand after the tsunami, in Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and with genocide survivors in Rwanda.

Andri Magnason is an Icelandic writer of novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays. He is the co-director of the documentary film Dreamland, about a massive industrial project in Iceland that exposed some ugly truths about politics, industry and so-called green energy.

Yossi Sheffi is the director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management. He wrote “The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage.” His latest book, just released, is “Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth.”

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton is a psychiatrist and founding director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Sutton now works with community-based organizations on peer-to-peer, neurobiologically-based training for veterans, service members, families and caregivers.

 

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Watch now: Didier Sornette on predicting risk

Didier Sornette is a professor of entrepreneurial risks in Zurich. He explores data patterns to help predict crises and extreme events in complex systems, like global financial crises. “Most crises are endogenous. They are not coming out of the blue, like a black swan. They are knowable. They can be diagnosed in advance.”

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Jacobo Quintanilla

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we're excited to share their world-changing work with the PopTech community. 

Jacobo Quintanilla works with Internews supporting local media in enabling people in the midst of disasters to access the information they need and to take an active role in their own survival and recovery.

To learn more about Jacobo, we asked: What is your work's projected impact when it reaches scale?

Jacobo Quintanilla

I want to improve the lives of people affected by crisis by helping everyone involved in humanitarian aid embrace and act upon the principles that ‘information saves lives’ and that ‘communication is aid,’ and that affected communities have a right to know, ask questions and take an active role in their own survival and recovery. 

Watch the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows present their work at PopTech Camden 2012Join us or tune in via Livestream October 18-20.

Watch now: George Bonanno on measuring human resilience

George Bonanno, a professor of clinical psychology, mines massive data sets for surprising revelations about how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity. “There isn’t one thing that predicts resilience. It’s not two things. It is not necessarily in us.”

Introducing the Science Fellows Class of 2012

How can we better understand ocean ecosystems, encourage human cooperation, build resilience in the face of climate change, prevent malaria and make mental health care a global priority? The 2012 PopTech Science Fellows are bringing strong leadership to these challenges and many more, and we are proud to introduce them today.

The PopTech Science Fellows program is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. Fellows learn key skills from a faculty of experts, form an extensive network of mutual support, and play a highly visible role within the PopTech global community of innovators.

Meet the Science Fellows Class of 2012:

  • Kelly Benoit-Bird, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean.
  • Flaminia Catteruccia is a molecular entomologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, specializing in the reproductive biology of Anopheles mosquitoes, the only mosquitoes capable of transmitting human malaria.
  • Sriram Kosuri is a biological engineer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, developing next-generation DNA synthesis technologies.
  • Thaddeus Pace is a biological psychologist at Emory University, exploring how compassion meditation and other complementary practices may improve the health and well-being of children and adults in challenging circumstances.
  • David Rand is a behavioral scientist at Yale University, using a deeply interdisciplinary approach to understand human cooperation, generosity and altruism.
  • Giuseppe “Bepi” Raviola is a psychiatrist with Partners In Health, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, working to integrate mental health services into global health care efforts.
  • John Rinn is a biologist at Harvard and the Broad Institute, researching how “junk genes” actually play key regulatory roles in human health and disease.
  • Leila Takayama is a research scientist with Willow Garage, focused on understanding how humans interact with robots.
  • Tiffani Williams is a computer scientist at Texas A&M University, creating algorithmic tools to reconstruct the Tree of Life, which depicts the evolutionary connections among the world's species.
  • Benjamin Zaitchik is a climate scientist at Johns Hopkins University, researching ways to understand, manage and cope with climatic and hydrologic variability.

The Fellows will join us in Maine in mid-October for a three-day intensive training session, and then go on to introduce their work on stage at PopTech 2012, giving their work greater visibility and finding new opportunities for collaboration and to engage the public in science.

The PopTech Science Fellows program is generously supported by the Rita Allen Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Geographic.

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