David Kelley: Design Disrupter

David Kelley: Design Disrupter

Billiard balls on display - drawing by Lisa Van Dusen

Founder, IDEO and Stanford d.School

David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Stanford d.school talks with First Person host Lisa Van Dusen about his mission to help as many people as possible regain their creative confidence, the universal applicability of human-centered design and the importance of play. He reflects on his summers growing up in the Midwest; his friendship with Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass; and his very early desire to become a school bus driver.

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Camilla Olson: Odds Defier

Camilla Olson: Odds Defier

This sculpture, tucked in a corner of Camilla's garden serves as a memorial to her father.

Founder & CEO of Savitude

Camilla Olson defies the norms. She relishes taking on big challenges and has a proven record of overcoming them as a successful serial entrepreneur. Olson talks with Lisa Van Dusen about what motivates her: solving big, consequential problems, creating companies, building teams and championing women —- ideally all in combination.

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My TEDx Talk on "The Joys of Otherhood" (2017)

My TEDx Talk on "The Joys of Otherhood" (2017)

Actually, in Silicon Valley, some people check the "other" box on standardized forms. Maybe the category on those dreaded forms that confounds you is ethnicity or gender or even age (you might feel like a different age than you technically are.) For me, that category is "occupation" or "profession".  I just don't fit into any of the standard options. Pretty much ever.  My TEDx talk on the The Joys of Otherhood is about just that.

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Transparency + Overcombing

Transparency + Overcombing

Actually, in Silicon Valley.  On a recent neighborhood walk, I experienced a rare sighting in Palo Alto.

A Trump lawn sign.

I imagine that there are more Trump supporters in Palo Alto than one might suspect. What’s noteworthy to me, however, is our neighbor’s willingness to be transparent. While my own views could not be more opposite, on one level, I admire their courage to display views that are so clearly in the minority here.

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Jeff Dean: Deep Dabbler

Jeff Dean: Deep Dabbler

Jeff Dean's special Google ID Badge for the Deep Neural Networks Team, complete with steel cable and brain.

Senior Fellow at Google Research

Try Googling "Jeff Dean jokes" and you will find many results — they seem to have a life of their own. While both flattered and a little embarrassed by this April Fools joke that keeps on giving, Dean is actually quite serious about his work. 

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Esther Wojcicki: Education Astronaut

Esther Wojcicki: Education Astronaut

Journalism/English teacher, Education Innovator and Author

Esther Wojcicki has been attending high school for more than 31 years and can't imagine not going to school every day. Being with her students is what fuels her, she said. And something must be happening there because one of her biggest challenges is to get the students to leave. 

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Sarah Mummah: Vegetable Nudger

Sarah Mummah: Vegetable Nudger

Founder of DreamCatchers and Ph.D. candidate in behavioral science at University of Cambridge and Stanford University

Caution: being near Sarah Mummah can cause healthy habits to form because she believes that if you can change people's behaviors, you can change the world. A self-described minimalist, she runs, writes and eats vegetables.

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Bob Wenzlau: Waste Alchemist

Bob Wenzlau: Waste Alchemist

Terradex CEO and Environmental Engineer

Bob Wenzlau, pioneer recycler and compost champion is now focused on what's under our workplaces, schools and homes that is known to be harmful to our health. Through his Palo Alto-based environmental information company, Terradex, Wenzlau developed a web application called What's Down as a kind of "Yelp for the environment."

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John Markoff: Technology Translator

John Markoff: Technology Translator

New York Times Writer

In this "First Person" interview, John Markoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times senior writer and author, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about growing up in Palo Alto, covering Silicon Valley for more than 30 years and his current interest in artificial intelligence and robotics -- the "next big thing.

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