ValleyZen Reflections on a Fascinating Future Salon

03.18.10 | Category: Valley Future

Unconscionable acts of many large corporations have become significant concerns of many people in the United States. Their concern have been further enlarged by the U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that Corporations can not be precluded from directly contributing money to political candidates or causes…

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The Zen of Arianna Huffington: Arianna says “Unplug and Recharge!”

03.02.10 | Category: Power Zen

arianna-huffington Drue Kataoka
Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is digitally connected in every way possible. But at her recent appearance at the Churchill Club, she challenged the audience to “Unplug and Recharge.”

Here are some photos from the event. Arianna was most gracious in person.

Before the event, she told ValleyZen that …

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TEDx Silicon Valley: Over 100,000 watch in 45 countries

12.16.09 | Category: Breaking News, Interaction Design, Power Zen, Simplicity

On Dec 12th, TEDx Silicon Valley brought together several hundred leading thinkers and doers to talk about Innovations for Social Change. A great lineup included Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Peter Thiel (Clarium Capital/Founders Fund), Thomas Goetz (Wired Magazine), Dr. Clayborne Carson (Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University) and many more. [...]

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Moonalice Band, Twitter & the art of Subtraction

11.29.09 | Category: Breaking News, Simplicity, Valley Future

Roger McNamee of Moonalice“We used to have a manager and we got rid of them. We use to have a PR person and we got rid of them. We used to have a [inaudible] and we got rid of them,” Moonalice guitarist Roger McNamee (aka Chubby Wombat) said on stage to the enthusiastic crowd below at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Sound serious? Sure — the art of subtraction is not an easy one.

McNamee continued “So we turned it all over to Facebook and Twitter and …

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How to Get a Lucky Domain: ZEN, Numerology and IDN

10.14.09 | Category: Valley Future

Drue Kataoka's Enso
As a child, I was enthralled with the works of James Burke. Like the enso, the tales he told had no beginning or end. His work simply explored the “connectedness” of things, both past and present.

I was reminded of James Burke while attending the recent ICANN gTLD & IDN Outreach event in Hong Kong (videos of all of the sessions and materials are available here online)…

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Fashion Week: Catherine Malandrino, Mary J Blige, Tyson Beckford, Kim Kardashian

09.19.09 | Category: Asymmetry, Breaking News, Power Zen, Simplicity, Zen Fashion

Mary J Blige, Catherine Malandrino and Drue Kataoka
Catherine Malandrino and Bernard Aidan invited us to Catherine Malandrino’s Spring Summer 2010 Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC. Staged at the Chelsea Art Museum on the West side of Manhattan, Malandrino placed her models on pedestals instead of walking them down a runway. We arrived early to slip backstage and capture the pre-show mayhem and excitement. Recording star and hip hop diva Mary J Blige, Grammy Award-winning British R&B singer Estelle, Ralph Lauren supermodel and Host of Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel” Tyson Beckford, E! Star Kim Kardashian, TLC’s “Who Are You Wearing?” and TV Guide’s “Live from the Red Carpet’s” Keisha Whitaker, the fashion press, NY fashionistas, socialites, and buyers and guests from Japan and Europe all came to check out the show…

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Chris Anderson, Wired Editor-in-Chief leads “FREE” Panel

08.04.09 | Category: Valley Future

Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson talks with Bill Fenwick and Drue Kataoka
Drue and Bill were invited to attend the Churchill Club’s July 23, 2009 program, held at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, CA, “The Free Economy: How Companies Make Money From Giving Things Away.” Chris Anderson, whose latest book FREE: The Future of a Radical Price was the moderator of an outstanding panel including five founders and/or CEOs of companies that produce products made of bits. The event started with a short context-setting statement by Chris. He explained how the “zero”-cost of bit product reproduction makes it possible for companies to make money by giving away a large quantity of a product in order to sell at a “Freemium”…

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Martin Perl, Nobel Laureate in Physics VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

07.05.09 | Category: Power Zen, Simplicity

Watch our exclusive interview with Prof. Perl who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the tau lepton, one of the elementary particles forming our world. In this lively video, experience his incredible energy, intellectual curiosity and excitement.

  • How Prof. Perl missed “The Call” from the Nobel Committee
  • Dining with the King and Queen of Sweden (hint: can’t go to the bathroom, no matter what!)
  • Why Physics is the simplest of the sciences…
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The Zen Art of Sitting

06.09.09 | Category: Simplicity, Zen Health

Esther Gokhale with Drue Kataoka and Bill Fenwick sittingGuest Post by Esther Gokhale
Author, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back

Whether in Zazen or Valley Zen, sitting is very much a part of our lives. In Zen sitting, each muscle, bone and ligament has a natural place. The design of the skeleton, the end product of millennia of collaboration between gravity and structure, has a natural balance and harmony. When we restore that balance, the result is stillness and flow. No part of the body is pinched or pulled, no part signals the brain that it needs to shift, toss, turn, tighten or be protected. Structure informs function. Blood, lymph, cerebrospinal fluid and Qi circulate unimpeded. A myriad accumulated injuries and rogue events sort themselves out spontaneously.

If this is not the way you currently sit…

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Meg Whitman for Governor – MEGa Women Launch Rocks Redwood City

05.28.09 | Category: Breaking News, Power Zen, Valley Future, Zen Government

Drue Kataoka and Meg Whitman at MEGa Women
“It’s not brain surgery—It’s economics,” Meg Whitman recalled the take of her brain surgeon husband, Dr. Griffith Harsh, on California’s budget crisis. With a wry sense of humor, and authentic personal stories, Meg shared her impressive vision for a new California at the MEGa Women Bay Area Launch. Pumping up the audience was Statewide Chairwoman Jillian Manus: “there’s so much estrogen in this room, it could blow off the roof.” A diverse audience of female Silicon Valley influencers cheered when Jillian challenged them to go out and make MEGa Women a million strong…

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