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The Big Think

TED, PopTech, and other 21st-century innovation conferences — nerds giving speeches to rich guys — have done something rather remarkable: they've turned the public intellectual into popular entertainer.
Providence designer Seth Goldenberg convenes the best and brightest to tackle the "Epic Challenges" of our time. But who appointed them ?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011
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Brave new RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design, for all its artful ambition, is a conservative place. Students draw. They mold clay. They are awash in taxidermy. So there was more than a little anxiety when John Maeda — sneaker designer, MIT professor, digital media
After a year at the helm, president John Maeda is balancing broad shifts in the worlds of art, design, and business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 29, 2009