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Nest's Tony Fadell: The New Steve Jobs?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

This week, I met the "legendary" Tony Fadell at SVForum's Visionary Salon in Palo Alto. Fadell has been called "the father of the iPod."

BBC Report: Will El Nino End California's Water Saving?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.15.2015 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

With dramatic El Nino conditions building in the Pacific and predictions of an unprecedented deluge of rain hitting drought-starved California this winter, will the "save water" mantra evaporate as the first raindrops fall?

Tesla's Elon Musk Gives VW a Lesson in Clean Air at Model X Launch

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.30.2015 | Business
Alison van Diggelen

Last night, the long awaited Tesla Model X was launched and Elon Musk took great pleasure in underlining its clean air qualities. He couldn't contain a smile, as he talked about air quality and referred to "recent events," i.e. the VW DieselGate scandal.

California Drought Official Tells Techies: Get Your Hands Dirty

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
Alison van Diggelen

California's drought has spurred everyone to pay close attention to their water use. Farmers are especially thirsty for water-saving ideas, but where are the innovative tech solutions?

They Shot the Wrong Girl Says Malala's Favorite Author, Khaled Hosseini

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.02.2016 | World
Alison van Diggelen

On Friday, she joined her favorite author, Khaled Hosseini (of Kite Runner fame) at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley, for a hard hitting conversation about Islam, violence and her dream of one day becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Cynthia Breazeal: Will Robots Like Jibo Take Your Job?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.09.2016 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

Many people worry about the consequences of tech innovation, in particular: will automation and robots take our jobs? I sat down to explore the impact of robots and the chance of "robo-apocalypse" with social robot pioneer Cynthia Breazeal.

What You Can Learn From Elon Musk Book: 6 Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Alison van Diggelen

Today, the Elon Musk biography by Ashlee Vance is finally available. It will "likely serve as the definitive account" of the most successful entrepreneur in the world, writes Jon Gertner in the New York Times.

What's Musk's 'Missing Piece?' Tesla Insider Shares Insights

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Alison van Diggelen

This evening, Elon Musk announces details of Tesla's new products: not cars, but battery storage for the home and for the business/utility. So why does Musk call battery storage "the missing piece" and why is it so significant?

'Eat, Pray, Love for Families': Wide-Open World Book Review

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Alison van Diggelen

The book really hits its stride when the family spends time at an orphanage in India, and Marshall forges a powerful connection with a little orphan named Job. He's a cheeky little fellow, who lectures Marshall on religion and politics and yet is fiercely loyal and protective.

Daydreaming Helped 13-year-old Auschwitz Prisoner Survive

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Alison van Diggelen

Seventy years ago today, the prisoners of Auschwitz were liberated. Irene Weiss is one of those survivors. She was 13 years old when she was captured, her long blond braids shaved off and her family killed in the gas chambers. Weiss sat down with me to share her inspirational story.

Fear Is Not An Option

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Alison van Diggelen

She's done it all: married (and divorced) a prince; been painted by Andy Warhol; made the front page of Newsweek; survived cancer; faced bankruptcy and become a doting grandmother.

Chelsea Sexton Explains Why Getting Butts in Electric Cars Is Top Priority

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

An employee of GM, Sexton was part of the L.A. team tasked with leasing the first commercial electric vehicle: the EV1. When GM decided to recall the car, she became a vocal opponent of the recall, but that didn't stop the company crushing the majority of the fleet.

Lesley Stahl on Barbara Walters: Why They're Soul Sisters

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.16.2014 | Media
Alison van Diggelen

"Barbara has been a pioneer all along," Lesley Stahl says. "Even in hanging in there to the age of 84, she's still leading the way."

Great Gatsby Era Building in San Francisco Goes Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Built in the "Great Gatsby era," this remarkable Art Deco building was the tallest tower in San Francisco for almost 40 years. Today, 140 New Montgomery may be only 33rd in height, but it's still the talk of the town, from NPR's KQED Radio in San Francisco to The Atlantic in D.C.

Why Is Tesla Part of Google's Electric Fleet?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

In this exclusive Fresh Dialogues interview, Google's Rick Needham describes the company's fleet of electric vehicles and how it has enabled millions of miles of electric driving (almost 2M and counting).

Katie Couric Explores 5 Rules for Happiness

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.18.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

How to find happiness? Katie Couric explored the pursuit of happiness today at Stanford University, California with a panel of experts in psychology, business, neuroscience and design.

History Making TV Journalist Belva Davis Shares Passion, Advice

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.22.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Belva Davis, who hosted KQED's This Week in Northern California for almost 20 years, explains why she admires PBS Newshour's anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill; and why journalists need both curiosity and passion to create a successful career.

Cisco's Warrior Shares 7 Secrets of Her Success

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.16.2013 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

Warrior emphasizes the importance of authenticity in leadership, letting people see "who you truly are." Of course, being approachable... coaching, mentoring, and brainstorming ideas with your team are also key, she says.

Newsom Explains Carbon Tax for Dummies

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.17.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Gavin Newsom<, Lt. Governor of California and new father, explains why the U.S. needs a national carbon tax. Newsom shared his views on climate change, oil companies and his dream of being Governor of California one day.

Ex-Energy Secretary Steven Chu Has Message for Climate Deniers and Cooking Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.09.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

In this Fresh Dialogues interview, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu shares his reaction to Obama's major speech on climate change.

What Does Sheryl Sandberg Want? Just 5 Things

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.10.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

What does Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg really want? Fresh Dialogues explores Sandberg's top 5 wish list on this special day, 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act.

The Amazing Race for Clean Energy - A Big Idea From Jennifer Granholm

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.07.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Let's face it, President Obama is struggling to get anything through Congress right now, never mind a national energy policy, so Granholm plans to create policy... from the bottom up.

What's Biggest Exhibit at New SF Exploratorium?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.10.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Some argue it's the entire Exploratorium structure itself, an audacious experiment in green building that aims to create the world's largest "net-zero" energy museum.

Bill Clinton Praises His New Climate Change Hero

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

You may recall Dr. Muller, the self-described "former skeptic" who emphasized the fallibility of research on global warming. Last summer, after thorough research with the Berkeley Earth project, he announced his dramatic conversion. He agreed to answer a few Fresh Dialogues questions.

Meryl Streep Shares Her Green Inspiration

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.18.2013 | Celebrity
Alison van Diggelen

This week, Meryl Streep shared the inspiration for her green activism with Fresh Dialogues and also shared some of her wicked sense of humor in this tribute to green design guru Bill McDonough.