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Friday, July 23, 2010

Ten Most Recent MIT World's Video Lectures

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This month I present to you ten most recent MIT World's video lectures. Actually this is a guest post and it was written by Alexis Bonari. She is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at, researching areas of online universities. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

Capitalism 3.0: An Institutional Revolution in the Making

C. Otto Scharmer, a senior lecturer in Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, presents this lecture on the latest emerging version of economics. He gives details about his theory of capitalism 3.0, referred to as an intentional ecosystem economy, and advocates collective (rather than individual) economic leadership mindsets.

Warning: Physics Envy May be Hazardous to Your Wealth

Andrew Lo is MIT’s Harris & Harris Group Professor of Finance and Sloan School of Management Director. He delivers this lecture on comparisons between physics and economics, highlighting some unexpected results.

Lunch with a Laureate: Robert Merton

The Nobel Prize-winner, whose areas of expertise consist of financial engineering and innovation, as well as risk management, describes his breakthrough work on derivatives. Audience members’ questions direct Merton toward a discussion of the role of derivatives in the current financial crisis.

The Culture Beat and New Media

The “golden age of arts criticism” has arrived with substantial economic implications, despite a decrease in print journalism. Art discourse translates well to the Web as entertainment shifts from the broadcast model to an interactive form. MIT professor Douglas McLennan and online arts forum editor Bill Marx describe the challenges of developing a working business model for this growing economic field.

Are You Ready for IPO?

A group of four panelists gives fresh and sincere insight into the realm of entrepreneurship. With straightforward and honest advice, start-up company owners can take what they need from this candid, no-frills forum. MIT moderator Robert Buderi discusses the bumpy but rewarding ride of business ownership with two CEOs, a Managing Director, and a Managing Partner from four different companies.

Anthropogenic Climate Change: Science, Economics, and Policy

Ronald Prinn, MIT’s TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Center for Global Change Science, uses his expertise on global warming to show the audience how human activity affects climate change. Because there are significant economic consequences to making changes in human activity, Prinn invites the science of economics to join natural sciences in an effort to improve the future.

Climate Change: The Economics of and Prospects for a Global Deal

Describing climate change as “the greatest market failure the world has ever seen,” the London School of Economics IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Sir Nicholas Stern, makes a case for natural science in the realm of economics. He discusses measures to curtail the future long-term effects of global warming, citing climate change damage to the global GDP as he suggests practical action.

News, Information and the Wealth of Networks

Participatory culture and the economics of production combine to form a compelling discussion between Harvard Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies Yochai Benkler and Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities Henry Jenkins. Mediated by MIT’s William C. Uricchio, the production and dissemination of information and social patterns is discussed within the context of current “apprenticeship” mentalities and inevitable future activism.

Economics: Regulation and Deregulation of Energy Sectors

Paul Joskow delivers a substantial mountain of information on the history of energy industries in the U.S. as Management Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. Tracing the complex regulatory phase changes in all energy sectors, Joskow analyzes the outcomes and identifies key challenges for economists.

Ending Global Poverty

Muhammad Yunus advocates that banking convention be overturned in poverty-stricken circumstances, giving highest priority to those with the fewest resources. As the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, Yunus details the transformation of his academic economics experiment into a life-changing personal crusade.

That's it for this month. And thanks again to Alexis Bonari for putting this post together!

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