1. Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Eric Drexler in conversation with Krisztina 'Z' Holly discussing Drexler's book, Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology will Change Civilization. Event was held on May 9th at Gensler in downtown Los Angeles. For more on Live Talks Business Forum, visit: livetalksbusiness.com

    K. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology and author of the influential book Engines of Creation explores the coming revolution in nano-scale engineering, and how it will change the world as we know it. He developed, named, and popularized the concept of nanotechnology — the science of engineering on a molecular level. Currently at the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at Oxford University, Drexler is a frequent public speaker on scientific issues, addressing audiences of politicians, business leaders, scientists, and engineers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

    In Radical Abundance, he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will soon have the power to produce radically more of what people want, and at a lower cost. The result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.

    Already, scientists have constructed prototypes for circuit boards built of millions of precisely arranged atoms. The advent of this kind of atomic precision promises to change the way we make things—cleanly, inexpensively, and on a global scale. It allows us to imagine a world where solar arrays cost no more than cardboard and aluminum foil, and laptops cost about the same.

    Cutting-edge technology is already advancing deep into the nanoscale world:

    Nanotechnologies power the ongoing information revolution: Every computer and cellphone today relies on nanoscale electronic devices, produced by technologies that can pack billions of transistors onto a single silicon chip. Nanotechnologies can improve solar electric power production, as researchers engineer nanoscale structures— for example, nanoscale antennas for light waves—that enable photovoltaic cells to capture and convert solar energy with greater efficiency.

    Physicists can now select and move individual atoms using mechanical instruments to build atomically precise structures and devices at the nanoscale.

    At the cutting edge of atomically precise fabrication, molecular scientists can now build structures on a scale of millions of atoms, and produce billions of them in a single batch. Recent results include prototype nanoscale circuit boards and nanoscale robotic machines—and complexity is only increasing.

    Krisztina “Z” Holly is an engineer, entrepreneur, and innovation expert. Most recently, she served as vice provost for innovation at the University of Southern California and founding executive director for the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, a resource for faculty and students and a key driver in the Los Angeles innovation ecosystem. Krisztina previously served as the founding executive director of the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, where she helped spawn nine startup companies from MIT research that raised over $40M in venture capital and has since become a global model for university innovation centers. Named one of the Champions of Free Enterprise by Forbes in 2010, she is a frequent lecturer and contributing columnist and is active in many board and advisory roles in U.S. and abroad, including the advisory council that advances President Obama’s national agenda in innovation and entrepreneurship (NACIE) and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. She has a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

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  2. Video from a Live Talks Business Forum in Los Angeles with A.G. Lafley, former Chairman & CEO, Procter & Gamble in conversation with Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, discussing their book, Playing to Win. Held at Gensler, downtown Los Angeles on March 21, 2013. For more info on Live Talks Business Forums, visit: livetalksbusiness.com

    If strategy is about creating a competitive advantage that allows a firm to win, then pinpointing your strategy to a few critically important choices will dramatically increase your chances of success. This is especially true in the volatile and complex environment that has become the norm for all of us.

    In thei book Playing to Win, one of the most successful business leaders of the last century and a prominent business school dean say most firms shy away from these difficult strategic choices, settling instead for false approaches that can lead to irreversible blunders.

    A.G. Lafley is the former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble. With Lafley at the helm, sales doubled, profits quadrupled, and the company’s market value increased by over $100 billion dollars, making P&G among the most valuable companies in the world. He has authored numerous Harvard Business Review articles and is co-author, with Ram Charan, of The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation (2008). Roger Martin is dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a professor of strategic management at the school. He authored The Responsibility Virus, The Opposable Mind, The Design of Business, Fixing the Game and many articles in leading business publications including Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Barron’s.

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  3. Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Ed Whitacre, former CEO, General Motors and AT&T, in conversation with James Flanigan, business columnist. Whitacre is author of American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM. Event was held March 14, 2013 at Gensler, downtown Los Angeles. For more on Live Talks Business Forums, visit: livetalksbusiness.com

    The man who turned around GM explains why America is still a vital manufacturer–and what we can all learn from his experience

    Ed Whitacre is a charismatic, no-nonsense Texan who fiercely believes that America can still manufacture products with substance. He’d spent his entire career in telecom, ultimately running AT&T, before President Obama pulled him out of retirement to run GM.

    In his new book American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA and on his visit to Live Talks LA, Whitacre offers management insights from his long career, as well as prescriptive takeaways.

    Before being pulled out of retirement to run GM by Obama, Ed Whitacre had spent his entire corporate career in the telecom business, where he ultimately ended up running AT&T.

    He was chairman and CEO of AT&T from 2005-07, and was chairman and CEO of SBC Communications from 1990-2005.

    James Flanigan is business columnist for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other publications, has covered national and international business and economics for 46 years. He has focused on every aspect of business and finance and examined in major articles the economies of countries stretching from Europe to Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

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  4. Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with John Mackey, Whole Foods CEO in conversation with Peter Guber, CEO, Mandalay Entertainment discussing Mackey's book, Conscious Capitalism. Event was held January 25 at Gensler, downtown Los Angeles.

    Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
    John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods
    in conversation with Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO, Mandalay Entertainment Group

    The CEO of Whole Foods discusses why 21st century businesses must have a vision built on love and care—instead of fear and stress.

    Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Patagonia, The Container Store. You shop there not only for the products they sell, but for their business philosophy.

    In Conscious Capitalism, iconic CEO John Mackey and professor Raj Sisodia present the fundamental principles and practices of their bold new vision of conscious capitalism: businesses operating from a sense of higher purpose and prospering financially while also generating other critical forms of value—emotional, social, intellectual, ecological, financial, and spiritual. These are businesses built on love and care instead of fear and stress.

    In his first visit to Live Talks Business, Mackey will tap into his decades of personal experience to explain how you can craft and make a vision for your company in order to gain a long-term competitive advantage.

    Some of today’s best companies—Google, UPS, Southwest Airlines, Herman Miller, Bright Horizons, Patagonia, Panera, Starbucks, REI, Tata and others—are making this vision real. They’re not being politically correct. Rather, they understand that conscious capitalism is the ultimate path to long-term competitive advantage. They’re full-throated advocates for free markets, entrepreneurship, competition, and property rights. But they operate by a markedly different set of principles.

    JOHN MACKEY is Co-CEO and Co-founder of Whole Foods Market, the coauthor of the new book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Conscious Capitalism. John has devoted most of his adult life to selling natural foods and building a better business model. He. helped build a $10 billion Fortune 500 company that is now one of the top 20 supermarket companies in America.

    PETER GUBER is Chairman and CEO of the multimedia Mandalay Entertainment Group. Prior to Mandalay, Guber was Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment, Co-Founder of Casablanca Record & Filmworks and President of Columbia Pictures. Guber produced or executive produced (personally or through his companies) films that garnered five Best Picture Academy Award nominations (winning for Rain Man) and box office hits that include The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Batman, Flashdance, The Kids Are All Right and Soul Surfer. Peter Guber is Owner and Co-Executive Chairman of the NBA franchise, the Golden State Warriors, and Owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the storied Major League Baseball franchise, together with Guggenheim and Magic Johnson.Guber is a weekly Entertainment and Media Analyst for Fox Business News and a full professor at UCLA. Guber’s recently published third book, Tell to Win - Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, became an instant #1 NY Times bestseller.

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  5. Video from a Live Talks Business Forum featuring Daniel Pink discussing his book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. He was interviewed by Keith Ferrazzi, CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight Inc. Event was held January 17 at Gensler, downtown Los Angeles.

    We are all salespeople–whether we know it or not. This best-selling author explores the power of selling.

    Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the long-running New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind, and the New York Times bestseller, Drive. His books have been translated into 33 languages.

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 15 million people earn their keep by convincing someone else to make a purchase. Dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Whether we’re entrepreneurs persuading funders, employees pitching colleagues, or parents and teachers cajoling kids, all of us spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales.

    In his new book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Daniel Pink offers vivid examples and stories. It’s the first book on sales for people who’ve never read a book about sales.

    Join us at Live Talks Business for a discussion about the art and science of selling, how sales techniques of old are relics of the past, and the four surprising skills that are essential to sales success today.

    His articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, and The Sunday Telegraph. Dan has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. And he lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace.

    In 2011, Thinkers50 ranked him one of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world.

    A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.

    Keith Ferrazzi is an expert on business relationship development, is the author of the bestseller, Who’s Got Your Back. As CEO of the consulting, training, and research firm Ferrazzi Greenlight, he counsels leading business enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate the development of business relationships to drive sales, spark innovation, and create team cohesion. Ferrazzi has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., and Fast Company. His previous book, Never Eat Alone, was a also a bestseller. He has held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Deloitte Consulting, and later at Starwood Hotels. For more information visit him at: keithferrazzi.com. We welcome Keith Back to Live Talks Business. He last interviewed Harley Manning of Forrester Research at Live Talks Business. See the video here.

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