Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation in a conversation titled, "Older Buildings, Livable Cities: Historic Preservation and the Dynamic Urban Environment" with Wayne Ratkovich,President and CEO, The Ratkovich Company.
Since 2010, Stephanie Meeks has been the President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit created in 1949 by congressional charter to support the preservation of America’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Trust, she headed up the international humanitarian organization Counterpart International, and before that worked for seventeen years with the Nature Conservancy.
Her focus at the Trust has been on its Main Streets Program, an initiative to revitalize cities and towns around historic commercial districts, and its Preservation Green Lab, which promotes the reuse of older commercial buildings in the interest of sustainable, environmentally responsible urban growth.
Wayne Ratkovich is President and CEO, of The Ratkovich Company. The company’s work has been conducted in association with a number of the country’s largest financial institutions and has received many awards from the City of Los Angeles, BOMA, the Los Angeles Conservancy, USC, UCLA and a number of civic organizations. He served as a Trustee for the Urban Land Institute for 21 years. He has served as a Vice Chairman, a member of ULI’s Executive Committee and as a Governor of the Urban Land Foundation. Ratkovich is an Emeritus Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and in 2011 he was named a Life Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. He is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow & Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow in conversation with Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News Real Estate reporter. The Forum took place on February 14, 2014 at Gensler, downtown Los Angeles. For more information on Live Talks Business Forum -- upcoming events, podcasts and videos, visit livetalksbusiness.com
Spencer Rascoff, Zillow’s CEO, was listed as one of America’s most powerful CEOs under 40 by both Fortune and Forbes. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University and is an alumnus of Goldman Sachs and TPG Capital. He founded Hotwire, which he sold to Expedia at age 24, and was one of the founders of Zillow in 2005.
Stan Humphries is Zillow’s chief economist and the creator of the Zestimate. Stan has built out the industry-leading economics and analytical team at Zillow and is a frequent commentator on housing trends for CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News. Stan has a B.A. from Davidson College, a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Zillow, he worked with NASA and the Peace Corps.
Buying or selling a home is the biggest financial decision most people will make in their lifetime. For most, it’s an infrequent, expensive and above all emotional transaction. But the biggest housing recession since the Great Depression has drastically changed the rules around buying and selling.
Enter Zillow, the nation’s #1 real estate website and mobile app. Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today’s housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In their book, Zillow Talk, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate.
Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Andrew Keen in conversation with Terrence McNally discussing Keen's book, "The Internet is Not the Answer." The talk took place on November 13, 2014 at Gensler in downtown Los Angeles. For more information on Live Talks Los Angeles - upcoming events, videos and podcasts, visit: livetalksla.org or the Live Talks Business Forum, visit: livetalksbusiness.com
Andrew Keen is an entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet company. He is the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, the host of the Techonomy web series “Keen On’, a columnist for CNN and has been featured in the national media, including on CNN, NPR and “Colbert Report.” He has spoken at LeWeb, DLD, Disrupt, Next Web and TEDx. His books include Digital Vertigo and the Cult of the Amateur, which has been published in 17 different languages.
Now that the World Wide Web has been with us for twenty-five years, no one can doubt that it has transformed the world forever. In his book, The Internet is not the Answer, Andrew Keen, the writer that The Guardian calls “the man Cyberspace loves to hate,” argues that on balance the web has done more harm than good except for a tiny group of young, privileged, white male Silicon Valley multi-millionaires. Rather than making us wealthier, he writes, the unregulated digital economy is slowly making us all poorer. Rather than generating jobs, it is contributing significantly to rising unemployment. Rather than fostering equality, it is creating a chasm between rich and poor. Rather than holding our rulers to account, it is turning the world into a brightly lit glass cage in which everything is recorded and privacy no longer exists. Rather than promoting democracy, it is empowering mob rule. And rather than fostering a new renaissance, it is encouraging a culture of distraction, vulgarity, and narcissism.
How did we get here? Keen reminds us of the innocent beginnings of the Internet as he traces its evolution from World War II to the Cold War and then to the early nineties when Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web began its remarkable rise. It was then that the U.S. government handed over the publicly funded network to the commercial forces of start-ups like Netscape & Yahoo. The turning point was the meteoric rise of multibillion dollar Web 2.0 companies like Google and Facebook, which set in motion an increasingly exploitative and monopolistic Internet economy that in no way resembles the values the World Wide Web was founded upon.
By 2039, almost everyone alive will be online. Before it’s too late, it’s up to us to stop the corruption of the Internet and return it to its founding principles to foster creativity, self-expression, small business and personal freedom. What we have now, Keen writes, is a “top down winner takes all economy run by a plutocracy of lords and masters.” What we need, he explains, is a networked society that enriches citizenship, not consumption.
Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Judith Rodin in conversation with Hiram E. Chodosh discussing her book, "The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong." Rodin is President of the Rockefeller Foundation and Chodosh is President of Claremont McKenna College. The talk took place on November 13, 2014 at Gensler in downtown Los Angeles. For more information on Live Talks Los Angeles - upcoming events, videos and podcasts, visit: livetalksla.org or the Live Talks Business Forum, visit: livetalksbusiness.com
Judith Rodin has been president of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2005. During her tenure she has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges and disruptions of the twenty-first century, to support and shape innovations that strengthen resilience and build more inclusive economies. A research psychologist by training, Dr. Rodin was the first woman to serve as president of an Ivy League institution, the University of Pennsylvania. She was the provost and dean of the graduate school at Yale University. She serves on the boards of corporations and nonprofit institutions, has received nineteen honorary degrees, and is widely recognized as a global leader.
Building resilience—the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively—is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow.
Through an astonishing range of stories, Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges.
Hiram E. Chodosh is president of Claremont McKenna College. He is an internationally recognized expert in institutional justice reform and comparative legal scholarship. Chodosh has served in senior advisory positions for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. State Department, and many court systems, non-profit organizations, and national commissions. He received the Gandhi Peace Award in 2011. He is the author of Global Justice Reform: A Comparative Methodology, published in 2005 by NYU Press. Chodosh’s forthcoming book, co-authored with Shimon Shetreet, is entitled The Uniform Civil Code of India: Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.
Video from a Live Talks Business Forum with Erwin Chemerinsky in conversation with Terrence McNally discussing his book, "The Case Against The Supreme Court." The talk took place on October 28th, 2014 at Gensler in downtown Los Angeles. For more information on Live Talks Los Angeles - upcoming events, videos and podcasts, visit: livetalksla.org or the Live Talks Business Forum, visit: livetalksbusiness.com
Erwin Chemerinsky is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.
In his book, The Case Against the Supreme Court, the preeminent constitutional scholar offers a hard-hitting analysis of the Supreme Court over the last two hundred years.