Gel 2006

  • May 4-5, 2006
  • New York City

Speakers

Katy Börner

Associate Professor of Information Science, Indiana University
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Geoffrey Canada

President and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
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Building the Harlem Children's Zone: In one of the all-time most popular Gel talks, Geoffrey Canada describes how his nonprofit, the Harlem Children's Zone, works to help young people in inner-city Harlem. Canada issues a sober indictment of failing... More

Building the Harlem Children's Zone: In one of the all-time most popular Gel talks, Geoffrey Canada describes how his nonprofit, the Harlem Children's Zone, works to help young people in inner-city Harlem. Canada issues a sober indictment of failing schools, then describes the solution he has created.

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Dennis DiFlorio

President of retail banking, Commerce Bank

Dan Dubno

Producer and technologist, CBS News
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Jason Fried

Co-founder, 37signals
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Seth Godin

Entrepreneur, author, and public speaker
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This is broken: Why are so many things broken? In this entertaining talk - one of the favorites of Gel 2006 - Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

This is broken: Why are so many things broken? In this entertaining talk - one of the favorites of Gel 2006 - Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

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Greg Harper

President, Harpervision
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Pablos Holman

Intellectual Ventures
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Ji Lee

Founder, The Bubble Project
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The Bubble Project: A few years ago in New York City, cartoon "thought bubbles" began appearing on print advertisements in the subway. Interested passersby wrote in text, beginning a dialogue about the ad, its message, the city, American culture, and... More

The Bubble Project: A few years ago in New York City, cartoon "thought bubbles" began appearing on print advertisements in the subway. Interested passersby wrote in text, beginning a dialogue about the ad, its message, the city, American culture, and with each other.

Ji Lee's low-tech, decentralized Bubble Project needed no instructions, no moving parts, no planning, and almost no investment - and yet it yielded a rich set of commentary from and about the people of New York (and now other cities, as the project has since spread to several other cities). A brilliant example of good experience in the city.

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Jane McGonigal

Game designer, Institute for the Future
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Erin McKean

CEO, Wordnik.com
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Your daily lexicographer quota: Words rock... and so does this lexicographer. At the time of this talk, Erin was serving as editor-in-chief of The New Oxford American Dictionary - and here she describes the process of making, and editing, the words in the dictionary. Well worth watching.

Your daily lexicographer quota: Words rock... and so does this lexicographer. At the time of this talk, Erin was serving as editor-in-chief of The New Oxford American Dictionary - and here she describes the process of making, and editing, the words in the dictionary. Well worth watching.

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Craig Newmark

Founder, Craigslist
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Growing Craigslist: Craig Newmark describes the values that he's held true to while growing and managing Craigslist.

Growing Craigslist: Craig Newmark describes the values that he's held true to while growing and managing Craigslist.

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Andrew Rasiej

Founder and publisher, Personal Democracy Forum
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City politics with an online twist: Andrew describes his experiences running for Public Advocate of New York City.

City politics with an online twist: Andrew describes his experiences running for Public Advocate of New York City.

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Douglas Rushkoff

Author and media theorist
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Marc Salem

Mentalist
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Cathy Salit

President, Performance of a Lifetime

Leni Schwendinger

Founder and Principal Designer, Light Projects Ltd
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Rick Smolan

Photographer
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An adoption story: Rick tells the story of a young orphan he met in Korea in the 1970s - and what happened next.

An adoption story: Rick tells the story of a young orphan he met in Korea in the 1970s - and what happened next.

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Linda Stone

Former VP, Microsoft
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Continuous partial attention: One major downside of technology, Linda Stone says, is its power to distract us from more important things.

Continuous partial attention: One major downside of technology, Linda Stone says, is its power to distract us from more important things.

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Charlie Todd

Founder, Improv Everywhere
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A convincing rooftop prank: U2 didn't actually play from an 8th Avenue rooftop, but prankster Charlie Todd made it look that way.

See also: clip from Charlie's Gel 2005 talk

A convincing rooftop prank: U2 didn't actually play from an 8th Avenue rooftop, but prankster Charlie Todd made it look that way.

See also: clip from Charlie's Gel 2005 talk

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Gel 2006 is part of the Gel series of events.

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