Jay Walker joins National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy

We at TEDMED are excited to announce that Jay Walker, TEDMED’s curator, has joined the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) of the United States National Academy of Sciences.

STEP’s mission is to advise federal, state and local governments on how best to create and apply new scientific and technical knowledge, both to enhance productivity and boost American prosperity.

“Innovation is critical to our economic vitality.  We’ve already seen how advances from varied disciplines and groups of all sizes are absolutely revolutionizing healthcare and medicine and propelling us into the future.  We have the will and we have the imagination.

“I’m honored to be invited and glad that I can help the National Academies and STEP reinforce our readiness to be in the forefront of science and technology,” Jay Walker said.

Along with his work curating TEDMED, Jay is well known as a digital innovation leader.  He is 11th on the list of the world’s most patented living inventors, is named on more than 450 issued and pending U.S. and international patents, and was founder of Priceline.com.

We at TEDMED are excited to announce that Jay Walker, TEDMED’s curator, has joined the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) of the United States National Academy of Sciences.

STEP’s mission is to advise federal, state and local governments on how best to create and apply new scientific and technical knowledge, both to enhance productivity and boost American prosperity.

“Innovation is critical to our economic vitality.  We’ve already seen how advances from varied disciplines and groups of all sizes are absolutely revolutionizing healthcare and medicine and propelling us into the future.  We have the will and we have the imagination.

“I’m honored to be invited and glad that I can help the National Academies and STEP reinforce our readiness to be in the forefront of science and technology,” Jay Walker said.

Along with his work curating TEDMED, Jay is well known as a digital innovation leader.  He is 11th on the list of the world’s most patented living inventors, is named on more than 450 issued and pending U.S. and international patents, and was founder of Priceline.com.

The STEP board includes industrial managers, investors and former public officials in a wide range of policy areas. They are:  Chair, Paul Joskow (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation); Ernst Berndt (MIT); Jeff Bingaman (Former U.S. Senator); Ellen Dulberger (Ellen Dulberger Enterprises LLC); Alan Garber (Harvard University); Kathryn Shaw (Stanford University); Laura Tyson (UC-Berkeley); and Hal Varian (Google Inc.).

Congratulations, Jay, and thank you for your leadership.

Jay Walker on Fox Business: U.S. needs to accept risk in health innovation

What does health innovation have to do with the threat of an impending “fiscal cliff?”

TEDMED’s curator Jay Walker sat down with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business News to discuss last Friday. Walker says innovation in health and medicine is nothing less than an economic foundation for the U.S.:  “The future of health and medicine is really a future of innovation, job-creation and what makes America great, which is real progress in unexpected directions….There are more people working on the future of health and medicine than ever before.”

He added: “We’ve all got to deal with our health. Whether we deal with it in the doctor’s office or we deal with it in our home, we’ve got to deal with it.”

Still, Walker said, “There are a lot of reasons to be concerned, especially if you’re in the innovation space… America has not come to grips with the risk issue in health.  It’s going to take risk.  And right now we live in a risk-adverse environment.”

Watch the four-minute interview here.

Why does TEDMED have Delegates?

As our 1,500 or so Delegates prepare to convene in D.C. for TEDMED 2012, Jay Walker explains on this installment of Discovery.com’s Curiosity series why they’re more than just attendees.

Jay Walker: There’s no such thing as too much tech

Jay Walker with inventor Dean Kamen at TEDMED 2011.

Is it possible to be too plugged in to technology? In another of Discovery.com’s Curiosity series, TEDMED curator, innovator and entrepreneur Jay Walker takes the long view about what human history has to say about rapid new tech uptake — and what we should be worrying about instead.

Jay Walker’s Library of Human Imagination

The Library of Human Imagination

Fun Friday brain fodder:  TEDMED’s curator, Jay Walker, talks to Discovery.com in the  “Curiosity” video series about the origins of his fantastical collection of some of mankind’s greatest innovations, the Library of Human Imagination.  The Library celebrates humanity’s grand adventure of discovery, learning, and creativity, with objects from an original 1957 Sputnik to a 1699 atlas containing the first maps to show the sun, not the earth, as the center of the known universe.  “This map, by far the most important map in history, divides the Age of Faith from the Age of Reason,” Jay says.

Watch Jay Walker at Social Media Week tomorrow

Poor health choices have left many of us unhealthy and led our healthcare system to the brink of collapse. How can we help ourselves make better decisions? And how will that collectively revolutionize healthcare? TEDMED’S curator, Jay Walker, delivers the keynote address on this question and more at the Social Media Week Health and Wellness Hub this Thursday, 2/16 at 9amET. Login to watch a live stream of the event.

Following his address, Jay will hold his first-ever live Twitter Q&A session at 2pmET on Feb. 16th, answering questions about his talk, TEDMED, and whatever strikes your fancy.

Follow us at @TEDMED, submit questions in advance, and join us at #askTEDMED for this special event.

Twitter Q&A with Jay Walker Feb. 16: The power of mental models

Why do so many of us make bad personal health choices? And why has this led to us collectively adding to our burden of challenges as we face the future of health and medicine? Why can’t we accelerate urgently needed progress in health and medicine?

The good news is that we’re on the cusp of change, big change – with the help of serious imagination, overwhelming consumer demand and the inevitable rocket boost of technology-driven innovation.

Curious? Jay Walker, Curator of TEDMED, will cover these topics and more at his Social Media Week keynote at the Health and Wellness Hub in NYC. Following his talk, Jay will host a live Twitter Q&A on February 16 at 2pmET.

Jay will answer questions about the coming upshift from slow “medspeed” to blindingly fast “techspeed,” the consumer-driven healthcare revolution, and any other questions you might have. Be part of the fascinating, groundbreaking conversation, as it happens!

How do you participate? Follow @TEDMED and submit your questions now ahead of time, and at 2pmET at February 16, with the hashtag #askTEDMED.

See you next Thursday at 2pmET.

Jay Walker to speak at Social Media Week

Jay Walker at TEDMED 2011.

On February 16, TEDMED chairman and curator Jay Walker will talk at Social Media Week in New York, on a topic critical to our personal health: Why do we not always do what’s best for us?

Over our lifetimes, every American makes millions of “micro-choices” that impact our health, from having that second cup of coffee (or not) to which doctor’s advice to follow. Unfortunately, our collective choices are making many of us sicker and driving our healthcare system toward bankruptcy.

How can we all make better health decisions that lead to better outcomes? It turns out that we all have “mental models” in our heads that guide our decision-making processes, often unconsciously. Unfortunately, many of our mental models are just plain dysfunctional.

Jay will talk about how Americans can effortlessly develop better mental models, for our own health and that of the country.

Click here for more info. We hope to see you there!