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  • “Big Data Had More to Offer”: FiveThirtyEight Profiles Christian Rudder of OKCupid Big Data | September 26, 2014 “Big Data Had More to Offer”: FiveThirtyEight Profiles Christian Rudder of OKCupid

    — “OKCupid discovered earlier than most what data could tell us,” writes the website FiveThirtyEight in a lengthy profile of big data speaker—and OKCupid cofounder—Christian Rudder, who released his first book, Dataclysm, to

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  • Learning through Failure: Cirque du Soleil's Welby Altidor on Innovation Innovation | September 25, 2014 Learning through Failure: Cirque du Soleil's Welby Altidor on Innovation

    Welby Altidor, Executive Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil, recently sat down with the Globe and Mail to discuss learning, creativity, and innovation. In the video, which is embedded above, he spoke about the importance of failure as a necessary step in the learning process. "I think of my daughter and how she learned to walk, and that’s what she did most of the time: she failed," he says. "I remember the first time we...

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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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