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At TEDSummit, Don Tapscott gave the first TED Talk about the Blockchain, and its impact on the world. He argues that blockchain represents the second era of the internet — the Internet of value. Blockchain technology is a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.
The technology that's likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived — and it’s not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It’s called the blockchain.

The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert Gordon and Success and Luck by Robert H. Frank have been chosen for the Financial Times/McKinsey Best Business of the Year 2016 long list. The judges will pick from the 15 books on the longlist on September 7 for a shortlist of up to six books. The award will be presented on November 22. Good luck to Robert Gordon and Robert Frank.

Congratulations for Gideon Rachman for winning the European Press Prize: Commentator Award 2016. The European Press Prize is an award programme for excellence in journalism across all 47 countries of Europe. The Commentator Award is for "the commentator, columnist or editor whose work has made a decisive impact". Congratulations, Gideon!

Angus Deaton was honoured with a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to research in economics and international affairs. Congratulations Professor Sir Angus Deaton!

Eric Whitacre has been appointed the Los Angeles Master Chorale's (LAMC) first Artist-in-Residence announced by the LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon and President & CEO Jean Davidson. His two-year post begins in the 2016-17 season.
"Eric Whitacre is a true original," says Davidson. "His singular vision, bold concepts, powerful artistry and global reach through new technologies will impact the Los Angeles Master Chorale in myriad ways." Gershon adds, "Over the years, the LA Master Chorale has shown a deep affinity for Eric's choral works. We are pleased to expand our relationship with him in such a meaningful way."

Do challenges and problems derail your creative process? Watch Tim Harford's recent TED talk, How messy problems can inspire creativity, on how distractions make us more creative. Sometimes called ‘Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell’, Tim offers a distinctive blend of storytelling, humour and intelligence.

September 2016
Sian BeilockFrance
Chris AndersonKorea
Don TapscottChina
Bre PettisGermany
Jeffrey GoldbergHong Kong
Wolfgang MünchauGermany
Alex TapscottPortugal
Professor Sir Angus DeatonKorea, China, and France
Gillian TettFinland
Joi ItoJapan
Daniela RusHong Kong
Paul KrugmanAustria
Robert J. GordonHong Kong
October 2016
Don TapscottKorea
Paul KrugmanKorea
Robert J. BarroKorea
Tom KelleyBrazil and Korea
Tim HarfordSingapore
Amy ChuaFinland
Alex TapscottFinland, Australia, Germany and Switzerland
Bill EmmottJapan
JB StraubelSingapore
Kevin AshtonIndia and Honduras
Gillian TettDenmark
John B. TaylorKorea
Eric WeinerPortugal
Professor Sir Angus DeatonSwitzerland, Scotland and France
Bruce SchneierAustralia and Czech Republic
November 2016
Adam S. PosenJapan
Daniela RusSweden
Joi ItoItaly
Philip E. TetlockUnited Arab Emirates
Juan EnriquezUnited Arab Emirates
Chris AndersonAustralia
Don TapscottSpain
Kenneth CukierFinland and Germany
Kevin AshtonAustralia
Tim HarfordNetherlands
Radek SikorskiGermany
Tom KelleySpain
Malcolm GladwellUnited Arab Emirates
December 2016
Don TapscottGermany
Paul KrugmanIndia
Kevin SlavinFrance
January 2017
Emma DuncanTurkey
Gideon RachmanSouth Africa
February 2017
Tom KelleyIndia
Robert KaganSwitzerland
March 2017
Michael SchrageSwitzerland
Adam S. PosenGermany
Philip SheppardGermany
Sian BeilockNorway