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David Hooks to Present to Innovation Execs at National Conference in Boston!




david hooks uab edge of chaos_jan 14_jesse chambers CROP.jpgDavid Hooks. (Jesse Chambers/

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – David Hooks, director of innovation at The Edge of Chaos at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has been invited to give a presentation at a conference to be held in Boston on July 16 by The ILO (Innovation in Large Organizations) Institute.

Hooks and Phil Swisher -- chief innovation officer at Brown Brothers Harriman, a long-established American investment bank and securities firm -- are to be the two presenters at the conference, according to a news release on Tuesday from Laura Coulter, an Edge of Chaos administrator. 

The event, which will feature small-group sessions that allow attendees to meet the presenters, will be held at the The Union Club of Boston. 

The Edge of Chaos is a unique conference venue and meeting space funded by the UAB School of Public Health and located in the Lister Hill Library on campus. 

It is a place where academics, students, entrepreneurs and area residents get together, share ideas and look for solutions to some of Birmingham's persistent problems. In his presentation in Boston, Hooks will discuss the "innovative work" taking place at The Edge of Chaos, according to the news release. 

He will focus on programming at the venue, which has hosted more than 1,000 meetings in its less than two years of existence, the release states. 

The ILO Institute offers these research and small-group conferences to its members, which include corporate executives, especially those responsible for such areas as innovation, technology and product development.

Guest presenters at the ILO events have included Nobel Prize-winning economists and scientists, according to the release. 

In June, The Edge of Chaos named 26 scholars to deliver lectures during the coming year and to help attack what the venue's web site calls 'wicked,' or persistent, problems in Birmingham. 

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