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Stephen Hawking shows us how to think like a genius in new PBS series

Famed scientist, Stephen Hawking is part of a new television series, ‘Genius by Stephen Hawking’, that aims to teach us all how to think like a genius. In the six-part series, airing on US television network PBS, Professor Hawking conducts a series of experiments with ordinary people to show the capacity for genius-thinking in our brains.

The series poses the type of questions that have plagued physicists for generations to test participants’ knowledge and how they formulate answers, but also endeavours to make the fundamental principles underlying theoretical physics more understandable to layman brains.

Read the full series’ review published by The Washington Post: “Genius by Stephen Hawking’ puts ordinary people through super-smart tests” by Marc Silver

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Commencement speech by Vivek Wadhwa: “It’s a beautiful time to be alive and educated”

Vivek Wadhwa speakerCheck out the latest column for the Washington Post by Vivek Wadhwa – a leading speaker on innovation.

It is the commencement speech that he gave at Hult International Business School on Friday, to 2000 students and family members. Vivek talks about the opportunity our children have to build the future that we dreamed about, as we are currently living in an age of unprecedented potential. He also stresses the risks, disruptions, and the need for a higher purpose.

“The most important skill of the future will be the ability to learn and adapt. You need to be resourceful, keep your eyes open for advances coming out of nowhere, and embrace the new opportunities as they emerge. You need to be able to collaborate with others and build relationships. You need to be able to share ideas, inspire, and motivate.”

Click here to read the full address.

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Innovation speaker Vivek Wadhwa on “Start-Up Chile”

Vivek Wadhwa speakerIn his latest article for the Washington Post, Vivek Wadhwa, a leading thinker in innovation and education, explores the success of Chile’s grand innovation experiment and argues that Chile has taught the world a lesson about innovation.

In 2010 an ambitious programme called “Start-Up Chile” began; Vivek helped design the project, and he continues to serve on its advisory board. The idea was to pay foreign entrepreneurs to come and visit for six months, and in return all Chile asked was that the foreigners interact with local entrepreneurs and consider making the country their permanent home. The experiment was such a runaway success that, in an Oct. 2012 story, The Economist dubbed it “Chilecon Valley.”

Vivek argues that the success is important because regions all over the world spend huge amounts of money on innovation clusters—at the cost of other efforts. Top-down innovation clusters have a 100% failure rate, yet politicians keep touting them, because they provide great PR, as well as opportunities for patronage and corruption. Instead, Vivek believes that “to foster economic growth and innovation, the focus needs to be on people. They need to be empowered, enabled, and connected.”

Click here to access the full article.

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