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Steven Sinofsky

It's been a little over a month since Windows and Windows Live president Steven Sinofsky abruptly left Microsoft due to apparent clashes with management, but now we know his next move. According to his Twitter account, Sinofsky will be teaching at the Harvard Business School this spring, something he did prior to joining the Windows team. A follow-up tweet indicated that he'll be teaching courses related to product development. It's not clear yet if this is a single-semester deal or whether Sinofsky plans to stick around Harvard, but his extensive experience at Microsoft developing Windows 8 (among other products) should make for an interesting class next semester, to say the least.

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EPF 2012 Finalist

 

Gustavo Jononovich

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RICHLAND is my first long-term book project about the over-exploitation of the natural resources in Latin America and the resulting long-term negative effects, both human and environmental. The push for accelerated world economic growth has led to increasing demand for natural resources. Rather than benefit from natural resources abundance and wealth, local people living in areas of exploitation have experienced loss of livelihoods, health problems, human rights violations and environmental degradation.
The images included in this submission were made in Brazil, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador. In 2008 I traveled to Brazil, a rising demand for soybean on the global market has led the Brazilian government to expand the agricultural frontier into the Amazonia. I covered the struggle of the people who has been displaced by the expansion of soya business into the Amazon region. In 2009 I traveled to La Oroya in Peru, one of the world’s ten most polluted places where thousands of children have blood lead levels that exceed acceptable limits. The lead comes from a smelter owned by the American Doe Run Company. In early 2010 I went to Venezuela to cover the illegal diamond and gold trade. About 200,000 miners are searching for diamonds and gold on the border with Brazil. The idea of finding a single diamond or seam of gold is enough motivation to put up with living isolated in the jungle. In 2011 I traveled to Ecuador to work on oil pollution. Over three decades of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Texaco dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, polluting rivers and streams that local people depend on for drinking, cooking, bathing and fishing and leaving them suffering a wave of cancers and birth defects.
The EPF grant will allow me to complete this project. For the last part, I plan to travel to the south of Chile in order to cover the social and environmental impacts of the construction of hydroelectric dams in the Patagonia region.

 

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Gustavo Jononovich was born in Argentina in 1979. He began his studies in photography in 2002. In 2006, he started working as a professional photographer covering local news for the Argentine media. Since 2008 his main focus are long-term projects, being more interested in providing an in-depth analysis on the stories. His first book project, “Richland” (currently in progress), is about the over-exploitation of the natural resources in Latin America and the resulting long-term negative effects, both human and environmental. His work has been published in BURN magazine, Newsweek Japan, PRIVATE photo review and PDFX12, among others. Gustavo’s main accolades include a nomination for the ICP Infinity Award in Photojournalism (2010) and awards from Sony World Photography Organization (2012, 2nd place Contemporary issues), POYi Latin America (2011, 2nd place in migration and human trafficking category), EPOTY (2009, 2nd place in climate change category) and 14EIF Gijon (2010, finalist).

 

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TEDxUD - Dr. Wendy Smith - The Power of Paradox

Wendy Smith earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. Wendy's research focuses on strategic paradoxes -- how leaders and senior teams manage commitments to contradictory agendas. She has explored how senior teams simultaneously explore new possibilities while exploiting existing competencies. She also explores how hybrid organizations, specifically social enterprises, manage social missions and financial goals simultaneously. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, Management Science and Long Range Planning. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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romotiveRomotive is a 10-15 person shop in Las Vegas that's turning smart phones into affordable robots.

CEO Keller Rinaudo attended Harvard and he's actively recruiting top talent to join the little-known team.

Romotive is one of the best new startups to work for. It's innovative and it is attracting interest from major companies like Disney, Mattel and Apple. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman has ordered two of the robots, alongside 2,000 other people on Kickstarter. Romotive is operating on $1.5 million raised from impressive angel investors like TechStars' David Cohen and Dave Tisch, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and others. 

But the Ivy League students Rinaudo is recruiting have a lot of other employment options. So Rinaudo has to wow them

To win them over, Rinaudo uses the Romotive's team, culture, and tight connections with its investors.

Rinaudo recently flew out one MIT and two Harvard seniors to Las Vegas. They spent the week building robots and partying with Romotive's team of 20-somethings. The three potential hires were given a hands on glimpse of what life could be like post-graduation.

On the last night of the visit, Rinaudo took one of the Harvard seniors who already had a another great job offer to dinner with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and a couple Apple executives. He'll be joining the company to write software for the robots in June.

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TEDxBloomington - Shawn Achor - "The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance"

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. His research and lectures on happiness and human potential have received attention in The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, as well as on NPR and CNN Radio, and he travels around the United States and Europe giving talks on positive psychology to Fortune 500 corporations, schools, and non-profit organizations. Achor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a BA in English and Religion and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. Now he is the CEO of Aspirant, a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers-people who are well above average-to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. In Shawn's TEDxBloomington presentation, he says that most modern research focuses on the average, but that "if we focus on the average, we will remain merely average." He wants to study the positive outliers, and learn how not only to bring people up to the average, but to move the entire average up. www.aspirantworld.com AboutTEDx <b>...</b>
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