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Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler on Creating Crowdfunding

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 9:24 AM

"Could there be a world where a great idea can happen just because other people thought it was cool? Isn't that a universe we should live in where that's possible and can we create that?"

The company began in 2009 with a simple but important mission: help bring creative projects to life. To date, thousands of artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers and other creators have found the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. And now, in their boldest move yet, Kickstarter is becoming a public-benefit corporation to serve the greater good as well as its shareholders. In this video recorded at 92Y, Kickstarter's Co-Founder and CEO Yancey Strickler talks with Jessi Hempel, senior editor at Wired, about how Kickstarter measures success, the culture he hopes to help create and the unique genius of doing business differently.

This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and 92Y's "7 Days of Genius" Festival, starting March 5, 2016. The festival's intent is to ignite a global conversation to explore the power of genius to make a positive impact on the world. For more information about the festival, and it's schedule of events in New York and around the world, read here. And to join the conversation on Twitter, follow...

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Pilobolus Dance Breaks the Rules by Playing by Them

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 7:15 PM


Video: Pilobolus Dance Theater's Rules @ Play performance at 92Y's "7 Days of Genius"

Rules @ Play is a lively, interactive show created specifically for children and families, exploring how rules actually present opportunities to solve problems and overcome challenges. Pilobolus, known for its unique and diverse collaborations, shows us how rules can spark that creativity and open us up to something new. Pilobolus dancers perform and analyze four of the company's favorite works through movement and discussion on and off stage, showcasing the benefits of playing by the rules. Pilobolus family shows seek to help people of all ages think differently about what they see on stage and beyond. And lots of genius ideas begin with thinking differently.

This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and 92Y's "7 Days of Genius" Festival, starting March 5, 2016. The festival's intent is to ignite a global conversation to explore the power of genius to make a positive impact on the world. For more information about the festival, and it's schedule of events in New York and around the world, read here. And to join the conversation on Twitter, follow...

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Nature's FARMacy: Inspiring Scientific Geniuses Through the Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 4:30 PM

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Vayu Maini Rekdal is a chef-scientist originally from Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently a PhD student in the Molecules, Cells and Organisms program at Harvard University, where he is studying biochemistry under the support of the prestigious NSF graduate research fellowship.

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Michael Steele: What's Right In The GOP And Looking Ahead To 2016

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele recently sat down with 92Y Producer Jordan Chariton at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. to discuss the state of the Republican Party today.

In this final part of our three part interview, Steele details what he sees as positive things...

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Fred Sainz: How The Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling Impacts LGBT Youth

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:54 AM

VP of Communications and Marketing for Human Rights Campaign Fred Sainz recently spoke with us at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. about how the Supreme Court's historic ruling on gay marriage impacts LGBT youth across America.

Like many fighting for marriage equality, Sainz saw the ruling as a major...

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Alex Seitz-Wald: It's A Conspiracy!

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:13 PM

As part of 92Y's partnership with Salon.com, political reporter Alex Seitz-Wald spoke with us at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. about conspiracism and the top stories that are really conspiracy theories.

Alex started off explaining the vaccine conspiracy theory that links giving children vaccines with autism. Alex warned us...

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Michael Steele On Trayvon Martin: "Killed For No Reason Other Than Being Black, Young, Wearing A Hoodie"

(9) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele recently sat down with 92Y Producer Jordan Chariton at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. to discuss how to revive the Republican Party.

In part two of our extended interview, Steele touched on everything from the Tea Party movement to the...

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Rebecca Sinderbrand: Inside President Obama's Economic Offensive

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 2:22 PM

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with POLITICO, we spoke with deputy White House editor Rebecca Sinderbrand at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. about President Obama's aggressive new economic push.

Sinderbrand detailed the upcoming fights the White House will be having with Republicans, including the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations.

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POLITICO's Darren Samuelsohn Discusses Military Sexual Assault E

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 2:16 PM

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with POLITICO.com, we spoke with Senior Policy Reporter Darren Samuelsohn at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. about his coverage of the spike in military sexual assaults currently under review in Congress.

Samuelsohn describes in detail the drastic increase in sexual violence, showing that...

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Michael Steele: How To Revive The Republican Party (Part One)

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele recently sat down with 92Y Producer Jordan Chariton at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. to discuss how to revive the Republican Party.

In part one of our extended interview, Steele urged his party to become the party of civil rights,...

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Dave Weigel On Trusting The NSA: "People Want More Proof Than That"

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Slate.com Political Reporter Dave Weigel recently spoke with us at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. about the growing outrage over the NSA surveillance program.

In reaction to lawmakers and NSA officials asking Americans to trust that the NSA isn't invading their privacy, Weigel suggests "just trust us" doesn't cut...

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Joan Walsh: "They Are Trying To Repeal The 20th Century"

(17) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 1:08 PM

As part of 92Y's partnership with Salon.com, editor at large Joan Walsh spoke with us about her disappointment with the Supreme Court's recent decision on the Voting Rights Act, suggesting it was a political decision made by Chief Justice John Roberts the "politico" instead of John Roberts the "constitutional expert."

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How Abraham Lincoln Can Save Today's Republican Party

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 6:01 PM

National Review editor and author of the new book Lincoln Unbound , Rich Lowry, spoke with us about how the philosophies and policies of our 16th President can help save today's Republican Party.

To Lowry, everything starts with opportunity:

"Everything has to be through the prism of those Lincolnian...

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Chris Hayes: "Cursed With An Overclass Convinced They Are All Scrappy Underdogs"

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:02 PM

MSNBC host Chris Hayes joined former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on June 21, 2013 at 92Y to discuss all things politics. In this clip, Hayes detailed the "curse of the overclass."

"We are cursed with an overclass convinced they are all scrappy underdogs."

Hayes shared a quote from...

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Andy Borowitz On 2016: Bet Democrats Nominate Hillary Clinton, Pray Republicans Nominate Rand Paul

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Andy Borowitz hosted The Borowitz Report at 92Y on May 1, 2013. In this clip, Andy gives his early predictions for the 2016 presidential elections.

"I'm not a betting man, but I think the Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton. And I am not a religious man, but I pray...

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Shelby Steele: On Minority Communities' Evolution From The Civil Rights Movement To Today

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 3:42 PM

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, we spoke with Senior Fellow Shelby Steele about the changes he sees in the minority community from the times of the civil rights movement to today.

Steele thinks things begin to change for minorities after the mid...

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Ralph Nader Is No Fan Of President Obama

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke with Democracy Now host Amy Goodman at 92Y on June 6, 2013. In this clip, Nader gives his frank assessment on the lack of progress on a minimum wage increase, as well as a strong criticism of President Obama.

On lack...

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How To Save America From Becoming A Dystopia

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 2:54 PM

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with Salon.com, senior writer Andrew O'Hehir spoke with us about the validity behind the view of America becoming a dystopia. O'Hehir talks about the decay of the country over recent years as a "nation state" and draws comparisons between present day America and cult...

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Tom Brokaw On An Iraqi Student's Post College Plans: "Join Jihad And Fight The United States"

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 6:25 PM

News legend Tom Brokaw joined media personality Phil Donahue at 92Y on May 28, 2013. The two spoke about Brokaw's Military Channel program The Brokaw Files and current events. In this clip, Donahue asks Brokaw about his reporting on the Iraq War, soliciting an interesting anecdote from Brokaw about what...

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Around The World With Richard Engel

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 5:06 PM

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel spoke with Allen Grubman, senior partner of Grubman, Indursky, Shire & Meiselas P.C. at 92Y on April 25, 2012. In this clip, Engel used a world map to take the audience through all the global hotspots Americans should care about.

Which countries Engel...

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