Michael Rogers, best-selling author, technology pioneer and futurist, New York City, New York.
The 21st century has brought enormous opportunities to the life sciences: big data, cognitive computing, and increasingly inexpensive tools for genomics. But the challenges have grown also, from the needs and impacts of a still-rising world population to the decrease in public funding for research and development. Add to that a generalized public mistrust of any work that involves "genetic engineering," and you have a complex environment indeed. What kind of careers lay ahead for young scientists, with the rise of peer-to-peer innovations like crowdfunding and open access journals? How do older researchers adapt to disciplines that seem increasingly driven by algorithms? And what is the responsibility of scientists to speak out on global issues that may well threaten life as we know it? Find answers to these questions and more at this thought provoking and insightful session.
Michael Rogers most recently served as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He has worked with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and Genentech to Microsoft, Pfizer and Siemens, focusing on how companies can think about the future in useful ways. He speaks to audiences worldwide and is a regular guest on radio and television.
Rogers began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine. At Rolling Stone he attended the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA and wrote the award-winning book Biohazard about the implications of genomic research. (James Watson: "It would be extremely hard to improve upon Michael Rogers' masterly description.")
He co-founded Outside magazine and then launched Newsweek's technology column, winning numerous journalism awards. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division, leading both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century and earning patents for multimedia technology. He is also a best-selling novelist whose books have been published worldwide, chosen for the Book-of-the-Month club and optioned for film.
Rogers studied physics and creative writing at Stanford University, with additional studies in finance and management at the Standford Business School Executive Program. He lives in New York City and is currently working on book and television projects.
Doug Parker, Ph.D., Director, California Institute for Water Resources, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
To understand California’s water situation, one must recognize a fundamental paradox: Enough will never be enough. We are a land-rich but water-limited state, and increased supply leads to more demand, which makes answers to California’s water challenges complex, involving a combination of policy, technology and conservation.
California is now into its fourth year of record breaking drought and everyone is looking for a silver bullet solution. Parker will discuss how the urban, agriculture and environmental sectors are addressing the drought now and planning for a sustainable future.
Doug Parker is the Director of the California Institute for Water Resources and Strategic Initiative Leader for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic Initiative. He coordinates water-related research, extension, and education efforts across the 10 UC campuses, the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources system, and other academic institutions within California.
Scott Zimmer, Generation Expert, BridgeWorks (Bridging the Generational Divide), Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Four distinct generations are working together shoulder to shoulder, each with a unique set of attitudes, values and work styles. It used to be that older workers were bosses and younger ones took orders. Now, roles are all over the map and rules are being rewritten. Businesses and institutions are feeling the pain of generations and they struggle to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards and morale. This program will give you the tools to convert this form of diversity from an obstacle to an opportunity.
Scott Zimmer (Generation Xer) is a writer, market researcher and generational expert with BridgeWorks, a Minneapolis based company that has been dedicated to bridging the generational divide in the workplace and marketplace for over 16 years. A child of the 80s and 90s, Scott has insider knowledge into what makes his generations tick. Sandwiched between the idealistic Boomers and the innovative millennials, his Xer lens allows him to hone in on the key challenges facing each generation.
BridgeWorks is dedicated solely to the study of generational differences and has two best sellers When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work and The M Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace.
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