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Emily Parker draws on a unique background in political journalism, technology, and international relations to explain how the internet is transforming global politics. Her book, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground, is an in-depth exploration of Cuba on the brink of change. It shines a light on activist and grassroots movements around the world, showing how the internet and social media have powered protest and change in China, Cuba, Russia, and the Middle East. Watch Emily in her recent talk Voices from the Internet Underground.

Martin Wolf's book The Shifts and the Shocks and Atif Mian's book, House of Debt are on the list of Bloomberg BusinessWeeks Best Books of 2014. They are amongst the most-cited selections from the Bloomberg News annual survey, which asked CEOs, investors, current and former policy makers, economists and academics to name their favorite reads in 2014.

Kathleen Sebelius is one of America’s leading voices on health policy, health care reform, and human service delivery. As Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services from April 2009 through June 2014, she led the charge for the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the most significant health reform in half a century.

At the cutting edge of industrial innovation, JB Straubel is part of the founding team and the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors, the electric car company based in Palo Alto, California. At Tesla, Straubel oversees the technical and engineering design of the vehicles. In addition to his work at Tesla, Straubel is also on the Board of Directors for Solar City. He is a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he teaches the popular Energy Storage Integration class in the Atmosphere and Energy Program. Prior to Tesla Motors, Straubel was the CTO and co-founder of Volacom, where he co-invented and patented the new long-endurance hybrid propulsion concept that was later licensed to Boeing.

Nate Silver has become today's leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states. In 2012, he called 50 of 50 states. Today, Nate is pioneering the new field of data journalism with his award-winning website FiveThirtyEight, now co-produced with ESPN.