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All programs of Compass Summit can be found at

Guided by NPR’s Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the of the world’s best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas.

Compass Summit: Concluding Comments

Concluding Comments by Brent Schlender, Peter Petre, Mariette DiChristina

SWIFT Wrap Up: The Future of Money

Swift Wrap Up: The Future of Money
Martine De Weirdt,Innovation, SWIFT
Peter Vander Auwera,Innovation Leader, Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication


The Crisis Facing Oceans

Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Mission Blue
Fabien Cousteau, Third Generation Explorer, Environmentalist and Filmmaker
J. Charles Fox, Program Director, Oceans Five
Moderator: Ira Flatow, Science Friday, NPR

02.We Forget Our Dependence on the Ocean
03.Deep Sea Exploration
04.Diversity in the Antarctic
05.Overfishing of Ocean Life
06.Troubled Ocean Needs Protection
07.The Ocean Is a Natural Resource Bank Account
08.Biggest Problem Is Overfishing
09.Q1: Political Calculus for Marine Protection
10.Q2: Climate Change and the Oceans


Jonathan A. Eisen

Jonathan A. Eisen
University of California Davis

Jonathan Eisen is a Professor at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the evolution of new functions and the genomic diversity of microbes and microbial communities. Eisen is also a vocal advocate for “open science”, the Academic Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Biology, an active and award-winning blogger (e.g.,, and a scientific prankster. Previously he was on the faculty of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) where he helped pioneer the field of phylogenomics. He earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard College.

Jonathan Eisen – Wikipedia
Jonathan Eisen: Meet your microbes | TED Talk |

Geoffrey West

Geoffrey West
Distinguished Professor
Santa Fe Institute

Distinguished Professor and former President, Santa Fe Institute. Senior Fellow, former leader of high energy physics, Los Alamos National Laboratory. BA, Cambridge University (1961); PhD (physics,1966), faculty (1970), Stanford University. Theoretical physicist with primary interests in fundamental problems: elementary particles, cosmological implications, origins of universal scaling laws, unifying quantitative framework of biology, including metabolic rate, growth, aging, death, sleep, cancer, and ecosystems. Presently developing unified theory of cities, companies and sustainability, including growth, innovation and the accelerating pace of life. Many awards including Harvard Business Review breakthrough idea (2007) andTime magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2006).

Charles D. Linn

Charles D. Linn
Architect and Journalist

Charles D. Linn is an architect, journalist, and critic. He has spent the last 25 years writing about architecture, urban design, technology and professional practice. His articles have appeared in the most prestigious publications in the field, including Architect, GreenSource, and Architectural Record, where he was Senior Editor for 20 years. He has recently completed assignments for the American Architectural Foundation, the American Institute of Architects, the New York City Department of Design and Construction, and the Urban Green Council. The Images Publishing Group will publish his book on advanced building façades late next year.

Samuel Arbesman

Samuel Arbesman
Senior Scholar
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Samuel Arbesman is a senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Arbesman was a research fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and earned his PhD from Cornell University. His research and writings have appeared in several major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Wired, and The Economist, and he is a regular contributor to the Ideas section of The Boston Globe. He currently is working on a book about how knowledge changes over time, titled The Half-Life of Facts. Samuel Arbesman

Anand Pillai

Anand Pillai
Senior Vice President and Global Head of Talent Transformation, Intrapreneurship Development & EFCS Transformation Initiatives

Anand Pillai is currently the Sr. Vice President and Global Head, Talent Transformation, Intrapreneurship Development & EFCS Transformation Initiatives. He has been recently appointed as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership 2011, given his thought leadership in the field of Leadership & Innovation. He is a key member of the Blue Ocean Task Force at HCL Technologies and is driving the competency of “Blue Ocean Thinking” in the company. He is a thought leader and an evangelist for the inception and implementation of the HCL’s business philosophy “Employees First, Customers Second”. Enthused by this philosophy, he introduced several unique and innovative practices which are focused towards developing intrapreneurs and transforming talent in HCL. Anand has held various roles in HCL, in the past 13 years beginning with Regional director- Canadian Operations for HCL Technologies Inc., and was based in Toronto, Canada.

With more than 27 years of rich experience in the corporate world, Anand has handled challenging assignments in general management and as head of sales operations in companies such as Honeywell, Tata Unisys, Hughes Network Systems and Bay Networks. Anand has been a much sought after speaker in many national and international forums. He has been the distinguished speaker at the Fortune Innovation Forum in NY, USA (the only non American speaker to be invited) and also at the Fortune Global Forum in New Delhi, NASSCOM, CII, etc. He also has given guest lectures at the several premier institutes such as IIM-Ahmadabad, Harvard Business School, ICEDR, MIT Sloan School, LRN, CIPD, SPJIMR, IMT, etc.

His leadership and strong vision has succeeded in bring many accolades and recognition to the department, like “Excellence in Training” for 07-08 & 08-09,at the Asia Pacific HR Excellence Awards “Contribution to the Field of Global Training and Development” & Outstanding contribution to the field of Education, at the Global HR Excellence Awards-2009 and 2010, Award for Talent management, Innovation in Employee retention & Career management, Excellence in Training & HR Leadership award at the employer branding awards. He has also been recognized as “HR Professional of the Year” 2008-09 and also given the HR Leadership award at the Global HR Excellence Awards and Pride of the Industry at the Star of India awards,. Anand has been recently featured in the book “Leading with Wisdom” along with 30 other leaders (Steven Covey, Abdul Kalam to name a few) in the world. He is also featured in a new book “Open Source Leader” published by Penguin Publications.

Anand Pillai – Google Scholar Citations

Thomas Malone

Thomas Malone
MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century”. Professor Malone is the author of the critically acclaimed book THE FUTURE OF WORK. He has also published over 100 research papers, co-edited three books, been an inventor on 11 patents, and co-founded three software companies.

Steve Cousins

Steve Cousins
President and Chief Executive Officer
Willow Garage

Steve Cousins is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and innovator with a strong track record for managing research and development organizations and realizing a significant return on investment. Prior to joining Willow Garage, Steve was the senior manager of the User-Focused Systems Research Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, one of the top human-computer interaction research groups in the world. Earlier, Steve managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers
McKinsey & Company

Matt Rogers is a Director at McKinsey & Company whose carreer has been focused on technology and innovation in restructuring markets in energy and capital intensive industries. He played a leading role in developing McKinsey’s perspectives on global energy supply/demand and pollution abatement economics.
Recently, as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for Recovery Act Implementation, Matt managed the Department’s $35.2B in appropriations which funded 5,000 projects on job creation; accelerating US energy efficiency innovation; transportation; renewable energy; energy infrastructure; carbon capture; environmental clean-up; and basic and applied science.”

David Gelernter

David Gelernter
Professor of Computer Science
Yale University

As Professor of Computer Science at Yale, David Gelernter has worked on interfaces, information management and artificial intelligence. His book, Mirror Worlds, published in 1991, was said to have predicted the World Wide Web, and his earlier work on tuple spaces directly influenced Sun Microsystems’ development of Java. Dr. Gelernter’s work on the “Lifestreams” system, a term he coined in the 1990s, anticipated today’s stream-based tools on major social-networking sites and much other ongoing work on “lifestreaming”. The name has since become generic.