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  • Up Close & Personal: Susan Pinker On Face-to-Face Contact and Happiness Work | September 17, 2014 Up Close & Personal: Susan Pinker On Face-to-Face Contact and Happiness

    — Psychologist and bestselling author Susan Pinker is back with a fascinating new book: The Village Effect. In it, she shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity—and how it can even save our lives....

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  • First Look: Work Smarter with Jeremy Gutsche's New Book, <em>Better and Faster</em> Innovation | September 15, 2014 First Look: Work Smarter with Jeremy Gutsche's New Book, Better and Faster

    — What do you do with data collected from a 100,000,000-person audience? If you're Jeremy Gutsche, innovation speaker and founder of Trendhunter.com, you leverage the power of all that data to study what actually causes opportunity. The result is a series of frameworks for finding better ideas faster: tested and perfected with several hundred brands and top executives at some...

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  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Refusing to Ignore "the Same Old Racism," Named to <em>Politico</em> 50 Politics | September 11, 2014 Ta-Nehisi Coates, Refusing to Ignore "the Same Old Racism," Named to Politico 50

    — Lavin speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates has been named to the Politico 50: a list of today's "thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter." In recognizing Coates for his groundbreaking Atlantic cover story, "The...

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  • The Dark World of Debt Collection: Jake Halpern's<em> NYT Mag</em> Cover Story Economics | September 08, 2014 The Dark World of Debt Collection: Jake Halpern's NYT Mag Cover Story

    — In his new real-life thriller Bad Paper, acclaimed writer and Fulbright Scholar Jake Halpern dives into the shadowy underworld of consumer debt collection. Due to be published on October 14, 2014, the book was recently adapted for the cover story of The New York Times Magazine....

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  • Is Honesty the Best Policy? Carlin Flora's Cover Story on Communication Health and Wellness | September 04, 2014 Is Honesty the Best Policy? Carlin Flora's Cover Story on Communication

    Carlin Flora is the author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are and a former editor at Psychology Today. For the magazine's September cover story, Flora wrote "Just Say It"—a feature on if, when, and how we should say the things we don't want to say to the people we love. She writes:...

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  • First Look: Christian Rudder's New Book <em>Dataclysm</em> Examines Who We Are Big Data | September 03, 2014 First Look: Christian Rudder's New Book Dataclysm Examines Who We Are

    — As the cofounder of popular dating site OK Cupid, Christian Rudder has access to a lot of data—a lot of very personal data. But instead of using it to spy on us or sell us products, he has written a new book that reveals a new way of seeing ourselves: Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)....

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