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This week in PopTech: Extraordinary women and enduring voices

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • K. David Harrison (PopTech 2008) leads language revitalization projects in an effort to preserve the dying and disappearing languages of the world. Harrison, who is currently working with National Geographic's Enduring Voices, recently returned from Kalmykia, Russia, home to Europe's only indigenous Buddhist people, where he documented Kalmyk music, storytelling, and a strong language revitalization movement among Kalmyk youth. 
  • Longtime friend of PopTech and Social Innovation Fellows faculty member, Ken Banks' new initiative, Means of Exchange, is working to bolster community resilience by focusing on methods of economic self-sufficiency. 
  • Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman (PopTech 2010) took to Reddit for a live Q&A earlier this week. Here's what he had to say about science, art and tapping the mysteries around us.

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Sounds like Iceland

In just over a week, PopTech will convene a network of resilience researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders for a unique gathering in Iceland to explore resilience in its many forms. We look forward to sharing this year-long journey, Toward Resilience, here on the blog. If you're joining us in Iceland, we'll see you soon!

To start getting in the Nordic mood, we've put together a mix of Icelandic music for your listening pleasure.

Here's the playlist: 

  1. Amiina - Over and Again
  2. Útidúr - Fisherman's Friend
  3. Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
  4. Lay Low - By And By
  5. Sigur Rós - Gobbledigook
  6. Emiliana Torrini - Jungle Drum (Jai Paul Remix) 
  7. Retro Stefson - Kimba (Inspired by Iceland)
  8. Björk - Virus
  9. Pascal Pinon - I Wrote a Song
  10. Sin Fang - Two Boys
  11. Lay Low  - I Forget It's There
  12. FM Belfast - American

Sit back, relax and enjoy the jams.

Image: Brian Suda

Shout out to Siggi Baldursson and Icelandic Music Export for turning us on to some great Icelandic sounds.

This week in PopTech: Brain scans, sustainable finance and the micro-everything revolution

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • Adrian Owen (PopTech 2010) has found a way to use brain scans to communicate with people who are in vegetative states. This week, Owen talks to Nature about the fight to take his methods to the clinic.
  • If you missed it earlier this week, we released PopTech Editions II - Small is beautiful: The micro-everything revolution, the second feature in our series that examines an emerging theme at the edge of change from the perspective of some of the remarkable innovators shaping it. As with our last Edition, this one serves as a guide to a timely topic with original essays and articles from contributors, interviews from the field, videos on and off the PopTech stage, and more. Take a look.

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This week in PopTech: Transitions, infographics and laughs

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • PopTech Social Innovation Fellow turned Fellows' faculty, Ken Banks, is handing over the day-to-day operations of FrontlineSMS, an organization he founded six-and-a-half years ago. Banks, who will continue on in his role as Chair of the Board, writes more about the transition on the FrontlineSMS blog.
  • A number of familiar faces have been included in an infographic chronology from PublicInterestDesign. They include D-Rev, a nonprofit tech incubator founded by Paul Polak (PopTech 2007) and currently run by 2011 Social Innovation Fellow Krista Donaldson, and Project H Design, an organization working to mobilize product design ingenuity for social good founded by 2009 Social Innovation Fellow Emily Pilloton.
  • Premiering tonight on IFC is Reggie Watts' (PopTech 2006, 2010, 2011) new show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, which he co-hosts with Scott Aukerman. The show "cleverly riffs on the well-known format of the late night talk show, infusing celebrity appearances and comedy sketches with a tinge of the surreal."

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This week in PopTech: Marriage myths and why we lie

robot wedding

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • We kicked off the week with a great remix of Zee Avi’s (PopTech 2009) Concrete Wall. You're definitely going to want to add this one to your summer playlist.
  • In Why We LieDan Ariely (PopTech 2009) took "a close look at why people cheat, using a variety of experiments and looking at a panoply of unique data sets—from insurance claims to employment histories to the treatment records of doctors and dentists." He found that, "in a nutshell: Everybody has the capacity to be dishonest, and almost everybody cheats—just by a little."
  • Stephanie Coontz (PopTech 2010, PopTech 2011) tackled five myths about marriage this week in the Washington Post. At PopTech 2010 Coontz shared that ironically, as marriage is becoming a more emotionally satisfying relationship, it is also becoming less stable as an institution.

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This week in PopTech: Coping mechanics, fantasy elections and designing from the bottom up

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • Visual artist Adriane Herman (PopTech 2011) has an exhibition called Coping Mechanics opening tonight at Western Exhibitions in Chicago that runs through June 30, 2012.
  • Jason Rzepka, MTV’s vice president of public affairs and PopTech board member, talks to PSFK about MTV's decision to create a fantasy sports game-like experience around the  2012 presidential election.

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This week in PopTech: Routing devices, emerging explorers and being green

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • Jonathan Harris (PopTech 2007) was featured in this Big Think video where he unpacks how social media is used as “routing devices for human attention… providing our species with a common nervous system.”

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This week in PopTech: Body clocks, big data and crowd-sourced diagnostics

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • Richard Florida had a conversation on The Atlantic: Cities website with Jonah Lehrer (PopTech 2009) about the cities chapter from his book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. Lehrer says, “Cities force us to interact with strangers and with the strange. They pry the mind open. And that is why they are the idea that has unleashed so many of our new ideas.

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This week in PopTech: Designing for health, business and social good

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • PopTech 2011 Social Innovation Fellow and MASS Design Group’s Michael Murphy spoke to a group at Van Alen Books for the launch of Empowering Architecture, a publication showcasing the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Murphy discussed his group’s holistic approach to architecture and the potential for architectural practice to play an integral role in building spaces that heal and strengthen communities.
  • Longtime friend of PopTech, Nancy Duarte, the CEO of Duarte Design, has advanced the art and literature of presentations, emerging with her agency as one of the most sought-after authorities in presentation design. Duarte has just released Resonate for iPad, a cinematic, interactive and media-rich business book.
  • Finally, yesterday, Social Innovation Fellow Jake Porway announced that his organization, Data Without Borders, will now officially be known as DataKind

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This week in PopTech: Sound effects, garden parties and community building

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • On Thursday, PBS' Media Shift blog profiled community builder and PopTech 2011 speaker Milenko MatanovicMatanovic uses collaboration to transform communities nationwide.

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