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Tickets features the visionaries, producers and operators behind some of the world’s most exciting and innovative live experiences.

Joining the dots between disciplines, Tickets seeks to find out what goes into bringing amazing ideas, companies and concepts to life.

In this our second season we’re exploring the future of education, and how emerging forms of technology and entertainment are changing the ways we learn and interact. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
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2019-02-2500:00:56

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Back in the late 2000s a number of community-driven internet companies began to change the way new products and services were brought to life. But even the most forward-thinking of those companies’ founders may have been surprised at where their platforms are now being utilized.One example is in the Interaction Design Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Over the last 7 years, over 100 students have taken on the challenge the make $1000 by design, launch and complete a crowdfunding campaign that benefits a community they’ve worked with over the course of the semester. Today on Tickets I’m joined by the teachers of the 1k challenge, Gary Chou and Christina Xu.As the challenge completes its 7th edition, they’re now sharing what they’ve learned so far via Teach the 1k - a workshop to help other entrepreneurship educators run their own 1k challenges.In this conversation we talk about the importance of constraints for creativity, the benefits of communities of practice, and the fear of putting our work and ourselves out there on the internet.More information:http://teachthe1k.comGary & Christina online:http://christinaxu.orghttps://garychou.com Background:https://postindustrialdesign.school/background/https://medium.com/@garychou/infrastructure-and-interdependence-417e926c539c--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
Think about talent agents and the first image that comes to mind may be something similar to the character of Ari Gold in the TV show ‘Entourage’; fast-talking, fickle, and more focused on the action toys and awards than the quality of the art.But beyond the caricature, there’s of course far more to this kind of work than meets the eye - and a growing range of talent with important ideas to share with the world.On this episode of Tickets I’m joined by David Lavin, founder and CEO of The Lavin Agency. The agency represents some of the world’s leading intellectual talent; from bestselling authors Salman Rushdie and Margaret Attwood, to Apple founder Steve Wozniak, and Welby Altidor, former creative director of Cirque du Soleil.During this conversation we get into what really makes for a compelling speaker, where there’s space for new ideas in education, balancing risk and reward, and who’s really worth booking for the $10,000 keynote.About DavidDavid Lavin is the founder and president of The Lavin Agency—one of North America’s largest intellectual talent agencies. His roster of exclusive keynote speakers includes Margaret Atwood; Salman Rushdie; Nicholas Thompson, the Editor in Chief of Wired; Angie Thomas, the #1 bestselling author of The Hate U Give; and Angela Duckworth, the #1 bestselling author of Grit. And many other interesting people!The Lavin Agency consists of 35 staff, with offices in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and Boston. It was founded in 1989, in Toronto, after David spent a few years as a successful live events promoter.David was Canada’s youngest chess master. He has lived in Barcelona, London, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, New York, and Ibiza. His thoughts on the speaking industry have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The National Post, and Hazlitt, and at the TED conference. Every year, David also hosts the invite-only Brain Candy conference—a gathering of exclusive Lavin speakers, staff, and a few close friends of the agency.https://www.thelavinagency.com/--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
Believe it or not, some of the key fundamentals of university haven’t changed much in over a thousand years.But with the US student debt crisis continuing to make headlines, employers’ talent needs rapidly evolving, and software still eating the world, traditional higher education - like other industries before it - is now undergoing change like never before.Today on Tickets I’m joined by Daniel Pianko. Co-Founder and Managing Director at University Ventures, a New York based venture capital firm focused on the future of higher education and the pathways that lead from education to employment. In this wide-ranging conversation Daniel shares his insights into the importance of the live experience in learning, the knock-on effects of urbanization, and why having a great product can matter a lot less than you think.Episode overview02:30 Daniel’s origin story 08:00 4 areas of interest for an education-focused fund10:00 The future of medical school17:00 University - from DMV to Uber21:30 The future of work - now, not tomorrow28:00 Flipped classrooms and using VR in education33:00 Soft skills and how we teach37:00 Hybrid spaces and the knock-on effects of urbanization52:00 Advice for the incumbent university presidents56:00 New innovations and advice for entrepreneurs in educationAbout DanielDaniel Pianko is co-founder and managing director at UV. With over a decade of experience in the education industry, Daniel has built a reputation as a trusted education adviser and innovator in student finance, medical education, and postsecondary education. A frequent commentator on higher education, Daniel’s insights have been featured in national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, TechCrunch, Inside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.Daniel began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, and quickly became intrigued by the potential of leveraging private capital to establish the next generation of socially beneficial education companies. After leaving Goldman, Daniel invested in, founded, advised, or managed a number of education-related businesses that led to the creation of UV. Prior to founding UV, he established a student loan fund, served as chief of staff for the public/private investments in the Philadelphia School District, and worked as a hedge fund analyst.At UV, Daniel leads the firm’s investments in the pioneering Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, University of Nicosia/St. George’s University of London Medical School, Vemo Education, Qubed Education, Examity and Galvanize. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Board of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies.Daniel graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, and holds a M.B.A. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. He is the proud father of three children.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
Imagine the world’s most awarded advertising school.Perhaps you’re picturing it housed in an imposing campus of magnificient Edwardian buildings made of stone and marble, or a gleaming high rise in midtown Manhattan.In fact you’ll find it on the top floor of a former church and nightclub in a South London neighbourhood.Its unexpected characteristics don’t end there - from the curriculum design to the class size, the mentors to the learning outcomes.It’s called the School of Communication Arts, and its Dean is Marc Lewis.In this entertaining and enlightening conversation, we talk about Marc’s personal journey from comedy clubs and tech startups to the world of education, coming back from a mental health crisis, and what it means to find your Telos.And there is a little bit of swearing, so listener discretion is advised.Episode overview03:00 Marc's origin story - from stealing car radios, to copywriting and comedy clubs17:00 Selling a company, and finding Telos23:00 SCA v.1027:00 How v2.0 got going in 2010, and being equipped for diversity35:00 Inside the curriculum Wiki42:00 Customizing learning design51:00 AI, technology...and why didn't cover it in this episodeAbout MarcMarc Lewis was a scholarship student at SCA when it last existed in the 1990s. He left to work for Leo Burnett as a writer, but ended up creating technology companies.Marc’s start-ups created over £50m in shareholder value. but he fell out of love with money and wanted to do something more meaningful. A heart-to- heart conversation with Sir John Hegarty and Rory Sutherland led to the re-opening of SCA in 2010. John and Rory became founding Governors.Marc runs the SCA learning experience. If he’s not in SCA, then he’s teaching at a Chinese or a French ad school, or out bringing live briefs into the classroom.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
In the Spring of 1987, a group of music fans and journalists organised a small live event in Austin, Texas. They were pleasantly surprised by its success - around 700 people showed up.That first edition of South by SouthWest has become a 10 day conference and festival with over 28,000 attendees heading to Austin each March.It’s now one of the most recognised and respected live events on the planet, and its core tracks of music, film, technology and education inform as well as reflect what’s happening in modern culture.Today on Tickets I’m joined by Todd Hansen, SXSW’s head of conference programming.In this conversation, Todd shares insights into the programming team’s process, what makes for a compelling keynote, and how to handle one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs showing up at 1 day’s notice. We also reminisce about a surprise gig from a member of purple royalty straight out of Todd’s hometown of Minneapolis. Episode overview03:00 SXSW’s history12:00 Programming for a rocketship18:00 Predicting trends25:00 Getting found, getting noticed32:00 Embracing serendipity40:00 This year’s highlights, and the role of technology in our lives45:00 The long drive from MinneapolisAbout Todd HansenTodd Hansen has spent his career chasing what interests him. The chase began by playing in bands in the ever-creative Minneapolis music scene, and with those relationships in play: a record label was born. Co-founding a record label gave rise to other fast-paced pursuits in the consulting and entrepreneurial worlds. Later, he started a couchsurfing platform for bands, pre-AirBnB, called Better Than The Van, and soon after that created an intensely popular Tumblr called Rich Kids of Instagram. Today, he is the Head of Conference Programming at SXSW, and leads a team of content curators across twenty-five tracks of programming. He's always fascinated by culture, tech and the human condition, and ever-inspired by those creating and collaborating in the arts and sciences: the framework builders of our future. Todd Hansen is a history nut, who asks, "What's next?'.The chase continues.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
Over the last 10 years Adobe’s annual 99U conference has captured the imaginations of creative thinkers from around the world through its 2 day programme of talks, workshops and collaborations, featuring a who’s who of both industry leaders and rising talent. And alongside the New York conference, 99U has now grown into a year-round online resource for building a creative career.Today on Tickets I’m joined by Adobe’s Head of 99U Andrea Rosen. In this conversation we talk about the future of work, how anybody can tap into their own creativity, and where to find some hidden opportunities for creative innovation.Episode overview:02:30 The beginnings of 99U08:00 The secret sauce in the conference production11:00 What 99U’s audience are gravitating to in 201919:00 Creativity: lowercase and capital case thinking29:00 Creatives taking a seat at the strategy table34:00 Andrea’s favourite talks from 99U42:00 Why now for ‘the creative future’ at 99U in 2019--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
Spend some time around the world of startups and it probably won’t be long until you hear someone mention the term startup studio. It’s recently become a bit of a buzz term for consultancies, ad agencies and brands, but New York company Betaworks have been working in and around this area for over a decade.As well as their work building and investing in companies, Betaworks have recently opened Studios, their own membership space in the city’s Meatpacking district.James Cooper is the company’s head of creative, working across a diverse range of projects from GIF sharing platforms to spatial design, voice recognition to meditation. We talked about how we can use technology to escape technology, what Betaworks look for when programming live events, the future of the shared experience, and the benefits to looking outside to find inspiration in an always-on digital world.Episode overview04:00 Going from digital to physical products07:00 Why now for building a brick & mortar space?10:00 The thought process behind Studios’ live event programming18:00 The role of a creative director in a startup studio25:00 Inside Betaworks’ ‘Camp’ accelerator program33:00 The future of the shared experience; from games, to meditation, live quizzes and beyond37:00 Where James finds inspiration, and how he stays on track 40:00 Advice for people wanting to build something newAbout JamesJames has been Head of Creative at start-up studio Betaworks since 2013. His role is to explore creative opportunities for betaworks products and tell the betaworks brand story. Some of the betaworks brands include the no.1 game, Dots, which has been downloaded over 150 million times and won many industry awards.Other betaworks products include GIPHY, the search engine for Gifs recently valued at $600M, Poncho, the most popular bot on Facebook and recent star of Apple's, 'Planet of the App's and Dexter, a bot building platform. James also produced ‘The Intern’, a hit podcast about working in betaworks and the tech world. Recently James launched betaworks Studios, a club for builders. Studios is a physical space where the new generation of builders can find one another and learn the secrets of sustained innovation betaworks has uncovered over the last ten years.Before betaworks, James was a creative director in the ad world where he has won many awards including two gold lions at Cannes. He was a Creative Partner at Anomaly and ran Dare - named Digital Agency of the Decade in London and sold for $50m in 2007. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
In a world that’s now full of influencers, thought leaders and keynote speakers, how do you know who’s worth paying your attention, or your money, to?What sets the best education experiences apart from the rest?And how do you know if your new business idea is worth pursuing?Today on Tickets we delve into the answers to these questions and much more with Rob Fitzpatrick.Rob has been working in entrepreneurship and education for over 10 years as a founder, author and educator. His first book ‘The Mom Test’ has become a staple of the startup world, and next up is ‘The Workshop Survival Guide’ - debunking many of the myths about experiential learning, and giving a helping hand to those wanting to deliver workshops that...work.We talk about Silicon Valley accelerator programs, the importance of design in education, and the hidden reasons behind getting hired.Episode Overview05:00 Getting it right (and sometimes wrong) in the Y Combinator accelerator program10:00 From boardrooms to warehouses - bootstrapping a new venture15:00 Writing: from 0 to 10021:00 Being aware of the trade offs in entrepreneurship25:00 The best ways to get started with building entrepreneurial skills33:00 Best practices for workshop design41:00 In a world full of business thought leaders, who’s worth reading, and who’s worth hiring?47:00 Secrets of getting hired as a workshop teacher--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
It’s that app with the owl. That app where you can instantly start learning anything from Spanish to Swahili, Hebrew to Hawaiian.But what’s behind the enormous success of Duolingo, the language learning app that now has over 300 million users around the world?Laura Nestler is Duolingo’s global head of community, bringing together learners and teachers from a multitude of countries and cultures. On this episode of Tickets we get into the art & science of building global communities, the unexpected secrets behind preserving a Duolingo streak, and compare notes on London’s best cocktail bars and fried chicken shops...Episode overview:05:00: Duolingo’s beginning from a Captcha and a ReCaptcha15:00: How much does an owl need to cry for you to come back to Duolingo?(!)20:00: How to grow a community internationally (and Londoners' lack of eagerness...and Mexican food spots)29:00: The growth of Duolingo's in-person events40:00: Getting a new community off the ground: from 1, to 9, then 90--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tickets/support
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