Your goal is to get a blog post here that includes a hyperlink.

Task: Review the material about one of these technology speakers and comment on how interesting you think she or he would be for the Bucknell community. I am interested in dynamic speakers who will challenge students, faculty and the larger community to think deeply about technology, its potentials, and the limits or unintended consequences of technology.


Ray Kurzweil:

Ted Talk about tech evolution and human biology:

Kara Swisher:


Her books.

Richard Stallman, Free software guy.

His page.

Clay Shirky

Writer on the Internet, socila Meddia.

His site.

A Ted talk

Mitch Kapor

Founded Lotus 123, first spreadsheet, Electronic Frontier Foundation, head of Mozilla foudnation.

His site.

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly was one of the original editors of Wired.  He also is involved with the long now foundation.

One talk on technology’s epic story.

He discusses next 5,000 days of the web.


Peter Thiel

Inventor, entrepreneur, former hedge fund investor. Founded Paypal.

No death no taxes The New Yorker, Nov 28, 2011 This is a new yorker profile.

Here is a short video.



at the forefront of one of the world’s most successful news sites, and a key figure in the current communications revolution, Arianna Huffington discusses the new media, politics, the economy and lessons she has learned on the road to success.

Arianna Huffington is among the most influential players shaping the national conversation on politics, the economy, the media and public policy. An entrepreneur and business leader, Huffington provides an informed view on the state of the current business landscape and the impact of our financial policy on the future of the economy. Her access to Washington’s key decision makers, as well as global and business leaders, allows her to provide a fresh and in-the-know perspective on today’s current events, culture and politics. Celebrated for her work as the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the must-read Huffington Post, Huffington has won worldwide acclaim, including being named in 2011 to the TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world; Vanity Fair’s 2011 Top 50 New Establishment list; Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business; Financial Times’ 50 People Who Shaped the Decade; Newsweek’s Top Ten Thought-Leaders of the Decade; and Forbes’ Most Influential Women in the Media and The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She is the author of over a dozen books including, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream (2010). Huffington is the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program, Both Sides Now, with Mary Matalin, where they analyze from all perspectives the headlines shaping today’s conversations.


View Clip(s):

Meet Arianna Huffington

Speech – A Return to the Heart of Capitalism

Speech – The Difference Between Traditional and New Media

Speech – On Change and Fearlessness

Biz Stone

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, has been named Nerd of the Year by GQ, one of the Most Influential People in The World by TIME magazine, Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc Magazine, and one of Vanity Fair’s Top Ten Most Influential People of the Information Age but Biz Stone, 37 is best known for over a decade of developing collaborative web systems freely accessed by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Bios and Clips:
Colbert Report:

Garry Kasparov
Kasparov, a legend in the international sports arena for his 20-year reign as the world’s #1 chess player, Kasparov was also a pioneer thanks to his famous matches against the IBM super computer Deep Blue.  In 2005 Kasparov retired from professional chess to lead the pro-democracy opposition against the dictatorial regime of Vladimir Putin, including a run for the presidency of Russia in 2008.  Kasparov is a popular speaker to business groups around the world on topics of strategy, innovation and leadership.  His 2007 book on decision-making “How Life Imitates Chess”, has been published in over a dozen languages.  He has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal since 1991.

One of his specialty topics is artificial intelligence. So there is a tech-angle, and it’s worldly, and it’s different (i.e. I haven’t seem him do a lot of schools) – he is also a pro-democracy leader and talks about the social media /information age stuff as well. The coolest part, I think, is he is willing to do a simultaneous chess match against up to 20 amateurs after the speech. How much fun would that be for the chess-lovers of Bucknell?

Today he delivers keynote speeches around the globe and is working on another book while also devoting time to the “Kasparov Chess Foundation”.  He is active as a pro-democracy leader in the fight to restore democracy in Russia.


Forceful, compelling and knowledgeable are words used to describe a speech by Garry Kasparov, speaking in English.  The subject matter is at your selection and ranges from Strategy, Chess & Life, Logical Thinking to Politics and World Affairs.  Kasparov challenges and inspires his audience with the same energy and charisma that have made him the world’s best-known chess player, a best-selling author and political leader in his native Russia.

He has recently added speeches that deal with Artificial Intelligence.  A.I. speeches have appealed to Universities and hi-tech companies such as IBM, SAP and Fujitsu, to name but a few. 


His keynote speeches range from 20 – 40 minutes in length followed by a Q&A of the same duration.  His speeches on strategy and logical thinking feature innovation, intuition, tactics, talent, calculation, analysis, anticipation, instinct and preparation.  He talks with great passion and verve about his remarkable life.

He enjoys the challenge of personalizing every speech to fit the language, nationality and town of every speech.  Audiences can vary from 50 to as many as 5,000 (Radio City Music Hall) in New York City where he received a five-minute standing ovation.


The ingredients are the same as for his keynote speech except that Kasparov is unscripted and dialogue is “off the cuff”.

Garry and the interviewer chat for approx. one hour.  The subject matter is selected by the Sponsor.  A Q&A follows.  Questions are selected by the Moderator.  The duration of an armchair speech can be between one and two hours.  It could be two bar stools on stage.

Keynote speeches still outnumber armchair speeches by 5 to 1, but there are events where this is a good alternative.  The fee is the same and the main difference is that there is no set speech and the range of topics can be many and varied and tailored to the desires of the sponsor.  It can be advantageous where a preponderance of the audience is not totally comfortable in the English language.  This format leaves more time for translation.  It is adaptable to any size of audience and very acceptable in countries where organizers like a speaker for more than one hour.


His appearance is totally tailored to your needs.  It can be part speech, part chess simul, part book signing, photo op, discussion, interview, Q&A and more recently he speaks on artificial intelligence, its effects and its future.

– you just decide how best to occupy his time and intrigue and entertain your clients, associates  or club.

4.     “SIMUL”:

A ”SIMUL” is a masterful display of chess.  This intriguing contest involves up to 20 amateur opponents playing simultaneously against Garry.  Always for fun, easy to organize and usually for corporate entertainment.  Organizer can add any number of spectators/guests for the simul and entertainment following.

Commentary on mistakes in chess:
Colbert Report:

Barry Schwartz

Loss of wisom in rule-bound society

Time Berners-Lee

Another Woman?


About Jordi

I am an assistant professor in the Management School at Bucknell University. I specialize in organization theory, social networks, and studying the network society. I have three children, including twins. They love bouncing on the couch, legos, music, and my waffles. My wife teaches English at the same university. I am interested in most things, but these days, networks, social entrepreneurs, the environment, innovation, and virtual worlds. Finding Hidden Abodes and Shaking Iron Cages since 1972

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