Five Things I’ve Learned.

Live, essential lessons from a lifetime of learning.

Dan Russell


Tuesday, September 8th
2:00pm est/11:00am pst

shares the five things he’s learned about how Google Search shapes our common understanding.

Daniel Russell is Google’s Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View, CA. He earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. These days he realizes that amplifying human intelligence is his real passion.

His day job is understanding how people search for information, and the ways they come to learn about the world through Google. Russell’s current research is to understand how human intelligence and artificial intelligence can work together to be better than either as a solo intelligence. His book The Joy of Search: A Google Insider’s Guide to Going Beyond the Basics was published by MIT Press in September 2019.


Wednesday, September 9th
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shares the five things she’s learned about following her passions.

Isabel Allende, novelist and philanthropist, is one of the most widely read authors in the world and has sold more than 74 million books.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her hugely popular first novel, The House of the Spirits. Since then, she has authored more than twenty-three bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including her most recent novel A Long Petal of the Sea.


Thursday, September 10th
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shares the the five things he’s learned about creating emotional illustrations.

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, What is the What, A Hologram for the King, and The Lifters. He is founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers around the United States.


Friday, September 11th
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share the five things they’ve learned about writing a great mystery.

Cara Black is a bestselling American mystery writer. She is best known for her Aimée Leduc mystery novels featuring a female Paris-based private investigator. Black is included in the Great Women Mystery Writers by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd edition. Her first novel Murder in the Marais was nominated for an Anthony Award for best first novel.

Elizabeth George’s Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel offers readers a master class in the art and science of crafting a novel––a subject she knows well, having taught creative writing both nationally and internationally for over thirty years.

Jacqueline Winspear is the creator of the award-winning New York Times and National Bestselling series featuring psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs. Jacqueline’s “standalone” novel set in WW1, The Care and Management of Lies, was a finalist for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.


Saturday, September 12
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shares the five things she’s learned about living during the current crisis.

Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, before graduating in 1997.

Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the stories of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book), and two BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards (Best Book/Novel and Best Female Media Newcomer). It was also shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Author’s Club First Novel Award. White Teeth has been translated into over twenty languages and was adapted for Channel 4 television for broadcast in autumn 2002, and for the stage in November 2018.


Sunday, September 14th
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shares the the five things she’s learned about finding her voice.

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney Biennials. July wrote, directed and starred in Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Caméra d’or. Me and You and Everyone We Know has been released as a BluRay/DVD by the Criterion Collection. In 2011 she wrote, directed and starred in The Future. She also co-starred in Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline.

In 2019 July directed the Sleater-Kinney video for ‘Hurry On Home.’ July’s new feature film is Kajillionaire, produced by Plan B and Annapurna. The film stars Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020.


Monday, September 15th
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shares the five things she’s learned about supporting her local community.

Dominique Crenn‘s Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters is an honest, revealing look at one woman’s evolution from a daring young chef to a respected activist–all as she makes a place for herself in the kitchen, and in the world.

Dominique began her formal kitchen training in San Francisco in 1988. In 1997, she made culinary history as the first female executive chef in Indonesia, heading the kitchen at the InterContinental Hotel in Jakarta. She returned to California in 1998 as executive chef of Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach.


Tuesday, September 16th
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shares the five things he’s learned about fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

Larry Brilliant is the board chair of the nonprofit Ending Pandemics and senior advisor to the Skoll Global Threats Fund. He was previously the head of Google’s philanthropic arm and is co-founder of the Seva Foundation, a nonprofit that has restored vision to more than 5 million people in over 20 countries. He has worked with four presidents, the United Nations, G8, and chaired the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee.

Board-certified in preventive medicine, Larry lived in India for more than a decade working as a United Nations medical officer where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization smallpox eradication program.


Wednesday, September 17th
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shares the five things he’s learned about the music he loves.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. As a songwriter and artist, Henry is celebrated for his exploration of the human experience. A hyper-literate storyteller, by turns dark, devastating, and hopeful, he draws an author’s eye for the overlooked detail across a broad swath of American musical styles — rock, jazz and blues — rendering genre modifiers useless.

Henry has collaborated with many notable American artists on his own body of work, from T Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, and Van Dyke Parks on one side of the spectrum, to Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau, and Bill Frisell on the other. A three-time-Grammy-winning producer, Henry has made records for Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie, Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Costello, and Solomon Burke among many others.