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Mark your calendar: Very cool events coming to Miami Beach, San Diego, Chicago and beyond

12x Learning Optimizer is my series of posts providing you with some very valuable opportunities for your education and entertainment: First, you will find information on up to seven upcoming events likely to be meaningful for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists; second, I’ll provide four momentous sources for relevant gatherings currently shaping up. Also, there will be a thoughtful video. Ideally, this combination of information will be beneficial in your ongoing education and development, and you will come back again soon. The next edition of this feature will publish in August. Read more

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Contribute Now to the Biggest Night in Sports: The ESPYS

This Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, The 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will once again unite the world’s premier athletes, its biggest stars and the very best sports stories of the year. Hosted by John Cena, this 24th annual celebration supporting ESPN’s ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research will be televised live from LA’s Microsoft Theater.

In the meantime, ESPN Radio’s 12th Annual ESPY Day Auction to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research is officially underway on eBay, where it will run through July 13. This year’s auction of more than 100 items includes tickets to prime sporting events, autographed memorabilia, unique experiences with athletes, celebrities and behind-the-scenes experiences with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike and sports-related experiences with ESPN personalities Stephen A. Smith, Jon Gruden, Julie Foudy and more. To date, the ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction has raised more than $8.4 million. To participate in the Auction and/or donate to the Jimmy V Foundation, go to http://www.ebay.com/rpp/espn or call 1-800-4-jimmyV.

Another way for fans across America to participate in The ESPYS is to help determine exactly who will be selected for these and other ESPY Awards: Read more

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Mark your calendar: Stellar events coming to London, NYC, Toronto and LA

Summertime is in full swing in America, and between the national holidays here and there, people are planning more get-togethers sure to inspire, excite and illuminate. I’m happy to present a couple of hold-overs from the previous edition, and share details on several other stellar happenings coming very soon. Enjoy! Read more

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Mark your calendar: Insider events coming to Brooklyn, Boston, Portugal, NYC and London

I can see now that providing a comprehensive resource detailing upcoming happenings that you are sure to deem highly valuable and inspirational could easily be a full-time job. In the past two weeks, there were at least 10 major ones that I’m sorry to have missed… like the 2016 WIRED Business Conference, for which I am embedding a YouTube Playlist here. I have added WIRED’s seminal event and many others that slipped by to my tracking calendar, and will do my best to alert you in advance of their next editions. Meanwhile, I hope you will find something here of interest. Thank you in advance for your feedback on any of these events and news sources in comments or by direct message. Stay cool my friends!

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Sharing Secrets: 2016 Cannes Lions Live Sessions of the Day


It has been an exciting week for me, even though I am once again missing the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently underway in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 18-25 June has teamed-up with global media agency network Mindshare and YouTube to provide two live-streamed sessions every day this week. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… new videos will continue to go live here over the days ahead. Hopefully these presentations – streamed in real-time for a global audience – will be rich with valuable secrets and insights.

Here is the complete rundown of the sessions that were chosen by almost 20,000 voters: Read more

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America’s national parks, part 5: Go!

Last Updated June 20, 2016.

Back on Sept. 27, 2009, Ken Burns and his colleagues began revealing the history and splendor of, and public passion for, America’s national parks. As you can see if you watch the videos in the embedded playlist, this six-part series by Burns and Dayton Duncan tells the story of a radical idea: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. From Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades to the Gates of the Arctic, the series explores the stories of the people who devoted themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved.

You can buy the DVD here, and learn a lot more at www.pbs.org/nationalparks. Most importantly, I urge you once again to get out and explore these treasures first-hand, as soon as possible, to the greatest extent you are able.

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Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and PBS: Thanks for the documentary

Last Updated June 10, 2016.

In September, 2009, a new PBS opus from filmmaker Ken Burns arrived in the form of a 12-hour documentary series entitled “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” This fascinating 12-hour history of America’s national park system spans the pivotal era of 1851 to 1980; watching it over six consecutive nights, it affected me profoundly (just ask my family members and friends). Inspired by America’s glorious national parks, the film’s riveting, masterfully written and edited stories hooked me heart and soul. Dayton Duncan wrote and co-produced the series and co-wrote the Alfred A. Knopf companion book with Ken Burns, and he shares many memorable, inspirational contributions on screen, along with many other important interview subjects. Peter Coyote narrates, and my old friend Tom Hanks voices several central characters; you’ll also hear Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Kevin Conway, Andy Garcia, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Carolyn McCormick, Campbell Scott, George Takei, Eli Wallach and Sam Waterston. The complete DVD box set available from PBS Home Video features “making of” footage and an interview with Burns and others involved in the film.

Just before the film’s debut, Mike Hale wrote these words about it for The New York Times: In what feels very much like a thesis statement near the end of the 12 hours, an American Indian park superintendent says: “America is not sidewalks. America is not stores. America is not video games. America is not restaurants.” Read more

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Mark your calendar: High-profile events coming to London, Brooklyn, Santa Fe, NYC, LA and Cannes

I am relatively certain that this is the busiest time of the year for major industry networking events. With that in mind, I hope you will find the following information on upcoming happenings that are highly valuable and especially inspirational to be of good value. As always, feedback on any of these events and news sources is most welcome in comments or by direct message. Wishing you great times… and safe travels!

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Mark your calendar: Momentous events happening in Sydney, NYC, LA, London, San Diego and beyond

I’m very happy to share this update reflecting my commitment to providing timely information on upcoming, highly valuable and inspirational opportunities for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists. Feedback on any of these events and news sources is always welcome in comments or by direct message.

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