The DO School Participates in 7 Days of Genius with a Gathering Focused on Social Innovation and Changemaking

This Sunday, March 6 the DO School brought together NYC university students participating in our Innovate NYC program for Gathering #3. The agenda for the day emphasized the development of the students’ social innovation and changemaking skills – working their way through the DO School Method to ensure they are fully prepared for the Shared Resource Challenge being given by New York City Economic Development Corporation coming this June.

The emphasis of the day made the opportunities for engaging 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius festival unmistakable. The #thatsgenius ethos of the 7 Days festival enabled us to bring in special guests like Shana Dressler, Director at Google’s 30 Weeks, to share lessons and insights with the students, as they worked their way through a “NewWater” challenge – getting NYC community members to think differently about where their water is sourced.

As New York City’s first experiential education program bringing together students from across such a broad range of schools,[i] Innovate NYC will build upon the strength of the diverse backgrounds of its students to both deliver on the Shared Resource Challenge while also teaching them universally valuable skills in a truly tangible way.  Special thanks to Conscious Company Magazine for providing support by making a year’s worth of issues available to the students at our gathering.

After a great day at 30 Weeks and working towards our #thatsgenius result the DO School is excited to look to next Monday, when our Berlin campus opening & pitch night will be one of the final events for the 7 Days of Genius festival. Our Innovate NYC students meanwhile will enjoy their spring breaks before reconvening in April for our next chapter.


[i] [1] Students are participating from the following NYC universities: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn Law School, John Jay College of Criminal JusticeColumbia University, The Cooper Union, Fordham University, Guttman Community College, Macaulay Honors College, The New School, & New York University.

2 Geniuses, 2 Americas: Why I Want My Students to Read Ta-Nehisi Coates But Believe Lin-Manuel Miranda

by Robert Pondiscio. Original article published on The Seventy Four. March 3, 2016.

This is one article in a series that examines gifted education, classroom creativity and geniuses in society. (See our full genius archive) The 74 is a proud media partner of the 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius,” a global series of events orchestrated to explore “the power of genius to make a positive impact on the world” running March 5-12. See events

I have no idea if Lin-Manuel Miranda has read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me”; nor am I aware if Coates has seen Miranda’s “Hamilton” on Broadway. But it would be fascinating to listen to the two of them discuss each other’s work and their views on what it means to be young, black or brown, and American today.
All of us who work in classrooms with children of color would be richer if we could eavesdrop on such an exchange.
The parallels are striking. Both are young men of color who have created two of the most praised and dissected cultural works of the moment. Both were recent and richly deserving Macarthur Foundation “genius grant” recipients. Each turns his creative lens on our nation. But their respective visions of America signaled through their work, could scarcely be more different.
To read the full article, visit:

The Genius of Storytelling in Rome

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As part of 7 Days of Genius, Impact Hub Rome put together a Genius Night dedicated to the power of creative genius and its positive impact on society.

On March 11th, people came together to hear from four amazing genius storytellers:

  • Carlo Boschetto, an inventor
  • Paola Pacetti, an author and musician
  • Oliver Page, founder of a startup
  • Gabriele Caiazzo, a student and inventor

To learn more about this event, visit the Facebook page:

 

7 Days of Genius: Monday Recap

Great genius happenings online and around the world:

  • RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) hosted author Adam Grant for a genius discussion on his new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Rule the World
  • Check out Mental Floss’s shout-out to all the lady geniuses who invented things we can’t live without
  • Big Think & Maria Popova celebrate the overlooked genius behind some of our favorite children’s books
  • And follow #thatsgenius to see the great tweets from our global UN Women partners exploring genius solutions to gender inequality

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7 Days of Genius in Anchorage, Alaska

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The Anchorage Museum partnered with 92nd St Y to celebrate their 7 Days of Genius Festival through family programming throughout the museum that explored what genius looks like in Alaska and the North.

Included with museum admission:

  • March 5 – Create your own snow goggles. Held in conjunction with the exhibition “Near the Bear,” looking at the genius of Northern adaptation.
  • March 6 – Take a guided tour of the Anchorage Museum, highlighting themes, objects, ideas and creative pieces that showcase the Genius of Northern Adaptation and Creative Design.
  • March 12 — Create your own hydroponic garden. Vertical Harvest Hydroponics is in Spark! Lab to talk about the genius of creative design through their innovative approach to making hydroponic gardening in Alaska more accessible.

#AnonymousGenius: Dr. Dorothy Hansine Andersen

The Nightingale-Bamford School celebrates 7 Days of Genius by sharing work from their Anonymous Project. As part of the Open Doors Leadership Program, every girl from Kindergarten through Class XII has researched, studied, and created a project celebrating the life and work of a female leader whose achievements have been elided by history.  In the lead up to 92Y’s Genius Festival, we’ll highlight some of these overlooked and anonymous female geniuses.

Dr. Dorothy Hansine Anderson was the first person to identify cystic fibrosis and created the first tests to diagnose it. Read more about her below.

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#AnonymousGenius: Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

The Nightingale-Bamford School celebrates 7 Days of Genius by sharing work from their Anonymous Project. As part of the Open Doors Leadership Program, every girl from Kindergarten through Class XII has researched, studied, and created a project celebrating the life and work of a female leader whose achievements have been elided by history.  In the lead up to 92Y’s Genius Festival, we’ll highlight some of these overlooked and anonymous female geniuses.

One student highlighted Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who, in 1983, helped discover that HIV is the cause of AIDs. This discovery remains vital in the search for a cure for AIDS.

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How a 27 Year-Old Poet Became the World’s First Computer Programmer

Big Think is partnering with 92Y to bring you a video series on female genius as part of its 7 Days of Genius Festival.

Check out this video about Ada Lovelace. The daughter of a mathematically gifted mother and the Romantic poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace’s understanding of computational logic was matched only by her interest in art and poetry.

But Big Think isn’t the only one talking about Ada Lovelace as a female genius. Students at Nightingale-Bamford School are celebrating 7 Days of Genius by sharing work from their Anonymous Project. As part of the Open Doors Leadership Program, every girl from Kindergarten through Class XII has researched, studied, and created a project celebrating the life and work of a female leader whose achievements have been elided by history.  

5 first grade students chose to highlight Ada Lovelace as part of the Anonymous Genius Project. Check out their awesome artwork!

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Think Olio celebrates an unknown genius of the Jazz Age

Brooklyn-based 7 Days of Genius partner, Think Olio, celebrates Jazz Age genius Nancy Cunard & the genius professor who inspired their event March 8 at Chinatown Soup. 

He wore a fedora on the first day of class and he pulled a flask out of his pocket within the first seven minutes. He knew the Jazz Age better than Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, or any of those who lived it. There wasn’t an empty seat in the classroom.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:45, in Professor Charles Riley II’s class, I was brought to another time. I was there in Paris living the Jazz Age as vividly as any of the writers, painters, and expatriates of the time. I’d watch the clock, unable to understand how the hour and fifteen minutes could pass so quickly. I’d sneak out my phone in an attempt to record his analysis of a poem by Gertrude Stein or Picasso’s Woman in White, and he’d yell at me to put the doohickey away.

I’d take “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” to dinner with my parents and we would attempt to break apart Hemingway’s writing. I’d tell them that I wished they could come to the class, that they would love to see this guy in action. I wished there were a way that I could share the experience with them.

With Think Olio I can. I was able to bring Riley to a loft in the Chelsea where he taught on the Jazz Age as an audience of 25 took it all in over French wine. We revitalized the literary salons of Paris with a lesson on the literary salons of Paris. Riley was the star of the show, but it was really my night because I was finally sharing him with the world outside our classroom.

And for the 7 Days of Genius Festival, I am excited to say that he is teaching with us for a second time. He’ll be giving a passionate lesson on Nancy Cunard, the unknown genius of the Jazz Age, on March 8 at Chinatown Soup.

7 Days of Genius Festival: Find Your Path to Genius at the Free Library

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By August M.

Information and books and podcasts and programming and computers and Wi-Fi and a great place to hang out: All of this and more make up the Free Library of Philadelphia.

But what does the Library mean to you? We aim to help you find out.

From March 5-12, the Free Library participated in the 7 Days of Genius Festival, in partnership with the 92nd Street Y. This week-long extravaganza of events and conversations showcased genius in many of its various forms, from cooking for education, to advances in technology, to showcasing the expert minds of young people and how they’ll shape the world. The Festival was a celebration of the mind, yes, but at the Free Library, it was also a celebration of the ways libraries unlock genius in every community in our city.

Click here to learn more and check out FLP’s full list of Genius events.

Drink a beer. Have a Laugh. Learn How to Build a Spaceship with Raising the Bar.

Raising the Bar is excited to bring you a special mini-series to celebrate 7 Days of Genius.

Check out some of their awesome events!

  • You can learn how your brain both senses and makes sense of taste and smell – and also, how it’s fooled at their talk on Scents & Sensibility.
  • At a talk on Transforming Health with Small Data you can discuss techniques for using data to close the gap between what we are born with and what we die from.
  • Join neuroscientist Professor Moran Cerf for Decision-making & the Brain to talk about the processes underlying our decision making and the way our brains navigate our choices.
  • Explore the ways in which the human condition is primed for creative rebels and change agents to disrupt the status quo for activated social change at Disrupting the Status Quo. 

 

 

#AnonymousGenius: Mary Elizabeth Walton

The Nightingale-Bamford School celebrates 7 Days of Genius by sharing work from their Anonymous Project. As part of the Open Doors Leadership Program, every girl from Kindergarten through Class XII has researched, studied, and created a project celebrating the life and work of a female leader whose achievements have been elided by history.  In the lead up to 92Y’s Genius Festival, we’ll highlight some of these overlooked and anonymous female geniuses.

Check out Mary Elizabeth Walton. In 1879, she invented a method that helped cut down the amount of pollution emitted through the chimneys of locomotives, automobiles, and residences.  Later, she invented a method for reducing noise produced from the elevated railway.

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Talk the Geography of Genius on Parlio

From ancient Greece to Silicon Valley, why does genius flourish in certain locations at certain times?

To celebrate 7 Days of Genius, Silicon Valley start-up, Parlio, will host a Q&A with Eric Weiner on his new book, The Geography of Genius.

Eric will be taking questions about the origins and geography of genius. We’d love to get questions from around the world!

Join the conversation here.

And for inspiration, watch the trailer for Eric’s book:

About Parlio:
Parlio is a Silicon Valley start-up that was co-founded by Wael Ghonim, the former Google executive who used social media to help spark the Egyptian revolution.

Parlio is an online conversation platform for civil, thoughtful conversations. Members include Francis Fukuyama, Fareed Zakaria, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Steven Pinker, Christiane Amanpour, Nick Kristof and many others.

Who is the Ultimate Genius? This Week’s Match Ups

92Y and MSNBC gathered 32 world shakers and placed them head-to-head in one bracket spanning four regions: Politics, Innovation, Science, and Morality. Genius indeed takes many forms, and which kind will triumph comes down to you. 

Who do you think is the ultimate Genius? We’re now in the semi-finals and here’s who is competing this week:

Barack Obama vs. George Washington Carter & Malala Yousafzai vs. the Theory of Relativity.

Don’t forget to vote this week — and tune in next week to see who wins it all!

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#AnonymousGenius: Vera Rubin

The Nightingale-Bamford School celebrates 7 Days of Genius by sharing work from their Anonymous Project. As part of the Open Doors Leadership Program, every girl from Kindergarten through Class XII has researched, studied, and created a project celebrating the life and work of a female leader whose achievements have been elided by history.  In the lead up to 92Y’s Genius Festival, we’ll highlight some of these overlooked and anonymous female geniuses.

Check out Vera Rubin, an Astronomer who helped pioneer work around galaxy rotation rates.

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How a Team of Female Astronomers Revolutionized Our Understanding of Stars

Big Think is partnering with 92Y to bring you a video series on female genius as part of its 7 Days of Genius Festival.

Check out this video featuring astronomer Anna Frebel as she talks about the women who pioneered the field of stellar research.

Why Fewer Women Succeed at the Highest Levels of Science — From a Woman Who Did

Where Are All the Women Scientists?

Big Think is partnering with 92Y to bring you a video series on female genius as part of its 7 Days of Genius Festival.

Check out this video with Dr. Joy Hirsch, Director of the Brain Function Laboratory at Yale University, as she discusses the challenges women face in the professional world of science.

ECOWEEK Joins 92Y For Seven Days of Genius

NGO ECOWEEK joins 92Y for Seven Days of Genius. ECOWEEK is hosting satellite events co-organized with local partners in Jerusalem, Athens, Thessaloniki, Bucharest and Sarajevo. Young and established entrepreneurs, designers, innovators, architects, landscape architects, researchers, and planners, will come together for a day of presentations, brainstorming workshops, and networking on new and established ‘genius’ ideas. The guiding theme of the week is ‘DESIGN FOR SOCIAL GOOD’.

ECOWEEK’s work focuses on sustainable design at international gatherings and design workshops. In 2008, ECOWEEK organized its first conference in Greece with the AIA Continental Europe. Inspired by Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy, young and established professionals work together at ECOWEEK events to solve real problems in real sites, aiming to learn new skills and knowledge, while benefiting the local communities.

ECOWEEK is an NGO based in Israel and Greece, established by architect Elias Messinas, a Yale-graduate and Ford Motor Company Fellow, with the mission to raise environmental awareness and to promote sustainability and integrated development. When Elias was an architecture undergraduate student, he travelled to Egypt to meet Fathy and was inspired by the vision of a man who tried to change the architectural culture of his country with sustainable practices. “From our work in 15 countries around the world,” says Messinas, “where we bring together young professionals of different cultures and faiths, we have learned to value cooperation. I like a quote by legendary innovator John Seely Brown who said ‘conversation is a catalyst for innovation’. In all our events we encourage dialogue and teamwork to empower young professionals to innovate and change.”

More information below about the Seven Days of Genius events organized by ECOWEEK and its local partners:

Athens, Greece – March 5, hosted by AKTO College of Art and Design, includes presentations from young and established architects, landscape architects, designers and innovators from Greece and abroad.

Thessaloniki, Greece – March 7, hosted by TECHNOPOLIS Business Park with presentations from young and established innovators, designers and architects from Greece and abroad.

Jerusalem, Israel – March 8, hosted by the American Center and includes presentations by young and established architects, landscape architects, innovators, designers, and researchers from East and West Jerusalem.

Bucharest, Romania – March 10, hosted by Seneca Anticafe, and includes presentations by young and established academics and professionals, and Urbanism Landscape Social Diploma Projects from Bucharest.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – March 11, hosted by Networks Hub and includes presentations primarily by young and established innovators from Sarajevo.

“The ECOWEEK model is to work closely with local partners, so that each event engages, empowers and benefits local entrepreneurs and professionals, it is locally generated and relevant to the local community,” says Elias. “I take this opportunity to thank our partners who worked with us in making these events possible: AKTO Art and Design College, LoveGreece.com, The Mamidakis Foundation, Design Lobby, ArchiSearch, Nanotypos, TECHNOPOLIS ICT Business Park, The American Center, The US Embassy in Israel, JEST, Seneca Anticafe, Do-It_Achitectura, Networks, International University of Sarajevo, Lift-Spatial Initiatives, and the ECOWEEK Greenhouse.”

To learn more about the ECOWEEK satellite events visit:

Who is the Ultimate Genius?

92Y and MSNBC gathered 32 world shakers and placed them head-to-head in one bracket spanning four regions: Politics, Innovation, Science, and Morality. Genius indeed takes many forms, and which kind will triumph comes down to you. 

There are four match-ups this week and voting is now underway for round 3. Who do you think is the ultimate Genius? Here are some of the matches up on this week’s line-up:

  • Lin Manuel Miranda, the Genius behind the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, or George Washington Carver, the botanist, chemist, and scientist, who invented over 100 products made with peanuts.
  • Malala Yousafzai, human rights and education activist and youngest ever Nobel Prize Laureate, or Rosa Parks, one of the most iconic figures in the Civil Rights Movement who spurred the Montgomery Bus Boycott after refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus.

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As you’re getting excited for the official start of 7 Days of Genius, think about Geniuses from past and present, and join in on the fun of the Ultimate Genius Showdown and vote for your favorite Genius!

Drumroll, please…

Last month, we launched three challenges as part of our 7 Days of Genius Festival to unleash Genius ideas and generate Genius excitement leading up to the official Festival in March. We asked individuals across the United States to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our communities. The bolder and more ambitious the idea the better!

Now, the top six submissions are with the expert judges who are evaluating submissions to decide on first, second, and third place winners. We’re excited to announce these Genius ideas soon, but in the meantime, you can learn more about the competitions below. 

For over a month, submissions were open on Facebook for three competitions. We received hundreds of submissions, and the ones with the most likes moved on to the final round of judging. In addition to cash prizes, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.

Here’s what we asked:

1. Start-Up Challenge

92Y and Impact Hub partnered to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Do you have an idea that could impact communities, environments and cultures in an innovative way? We’re looking to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies with the potential to have a major positive impact on our world.

2. Design for Good (for high school students)

What are your community’s biggest needs? Team up with up to three classmates and submit your solution to one of your community’s biggest problems through a human-centered design process. Winning submissions will leverage a design thinking process: integrating the needs of people, the potential of new technologies and innovation.

3. Challenge for a New Religion 

92Y and On Being invite you to imagine a religious or philosophical framework that that cuts across boundaries, strengthens our sense of community and acts as a force for good. Design a framework for a new belief system — or a reimagining of an existing belief system — and share it with us.

Brazil: beaches, endless surfers, music, dancing…GENIUS??

Florianopolis, Brazil: 45 beaches, endless surfers, even more parties, lots of soccer, and technology. Lots of it, actually. You probably imagine Brazil and think of Rio and the Amazon; of vibrant and colorful culture and music. Honestly, you probably think of anything other than technology. But here, in Brazil, when you mix an emerging tech industry with our uniquely creative culture and one of the highest levels of income inequality in the world, a solution appears: Tech for Good.

Technology can be used for profit, for transport, for health, for really just about anything. All that’s needed is the initiative and the resources to put it in place. Brazil has a lot of the former; you can nearly taste the energy and inspiration in the tropical air. But the latter, well, that’s where we come in. Impact Hub Floripa, along with the four other Impact Hub’s scattered throughout Brazil are the resource providers. We are an on-ramp for those who want to use tech to improve society.

Here, in our 160m2 space, we are home to a social network for health providers, a governance innovator, a storyteller, an incubator, a blogger; nearly anything you can think of all under one roof, mingling, meshing and mutating. Impact Hub is where transformative ideas that can change the way the world thinks and acts are born. It’s where tech can be leveraged and transformed for good.

And with our upcoming 7 Days of Genius, Tech for Good Mash Up we hope to bring our energy and inspiration to an even greater Brazilian and worldwide population. Check back here for updates!

Social Impact Start-up Challenge!

92Y & Impact Hub NYC partnered on the 7 Days of Genius” Start-up Challenge. The winner will score $10,000 + IHNYC membership. The deadline to enter was February 12, 2016. If you missed it, check back here for updates on the winning genius ideas.

Also, don’t miss the IHNYC & House of Genius co-sponsored event on Saturday, March 5, as part of the 7 Days of Genius festival. See last paragraph for details.*

  1. Christina Cobb talks with Asha Curran, Director, Center of Innovation and Social Impact at 92Y.

The concept of genius typically celebrates the exceptional individual. How does the 7 Days of Genius festival integrate genius and community?

As a community center, we know that extraordinary things can happen when you bring people together and provide the right kind of spark. 7 Days of Genius is designed to generate that spark. We are hosting a slew of talks and events here at 92Y that consider genius through a variety of lenses–technology, philosophy, science, literature, education and more. We’re also working with partners in cities around the world, including Impact Hub NYC, to engage people around genius in ways that are relevant to them in their own communities. We hope that 7 Days of Genius amplifies many voices and points of view, and leverages technology and social media to bring people together in meaningful ways.

The festival definitely explores the lives and work of individual geniuses, both past and present, through a middle-school curriculum on famous geniuses; with our psychobiography series that explores the personal lives of extraordinary people; and in a free interactive exhibit for families dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, among other initiatives. But we’re also interested in unearthing genius in typically untapped places including underserved, under-resourced communities around the world, where some of our global partners are bringing adults and children together to develop new ideas for the benefit of their own communities. We hope to give voice to the ideas of people who don’t have a platform like the great academics and public intellectuals do.

Why did 92Y choose to partner with Impact Hub for the Start-Up Challenge?

92Y and Impact Hub definitely share values and have complementary missions and audiences. Not only are we aligned in our commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, but both our organizations are asking the big questions about how those things can positively shape the future. And 7 Days of Genius is all about bringing partners together so that the whole festival is more than the sum of its parts. We think the Impact Hub community is full of people who should be entering the start-up challenge!

Read the full interview!

Unearthing Genius Across Africa: Global Minimum

As part of 7 Day’s of Genius in 2015, the 92nd Street Y partnered with Global Minimum’s Innovate Kenya program to present a “Genius in Innovation” event for Nairobi students. 35 students representing five local schools gathered at iHub, an innovation center in Nairobi, to discuss the idea of genius and present their own innovative ideas.

In 2016, we’ve partnered with Global Minimum to host events in Kenya, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out the video of these young innovators – and check back soon for updates from this year’s events.

Welcome to 7 Days of Genius 2016!

March is quickly approaching, which means our third annual, 7 Days of Genius Festival is on the horizon. Over the past three years, we’ve grown into a community-curated exploration of all things genius, from around the globe.

In 2016, we will examine genius through a variety of lenses, including spirituality, science, the arts, business and technology. We have partner events planned on every continent from NYC to Sierra Leone and Guatemala.

Check out some highlights from the 2015 Festival below, and check back here for daily dispatches from our global partners.