Innovation | April 23, 2014
Embrace the Near Win: Sarah Lewis' TED Talk [VIDEO]
— Sarah Lewis' book The Rise has been praised for its bold insights on the roots of innovation and creativity. Now, her triumphant TED talk from Vancouver has been posted online (embedded above). Please take a few moments to watch her graceful, measured, and horizon-expanding keynote on the importance of failed experiments and near-wins. In her uplifting talk, Lewis lays out the difference between success (achieving something once)...
Authors | April 21, 2014
Isabel Allende Says Goodbye to Gabriel García Márquez
— Isabel Allende is the author of many beloved books, including The House of Spirits, Eva Luna, Daughter of Fortune (an Oprah pick), and Maya's Notebook. At last week's news of the death of celebrated writer Gabriel García Márquez, Allende released a beautiful statement and tribute to the man she credits as her inspiration....
Environment | April 16, 2014
Countdown by Alan Weisman Wins LA Times Book Prize
— We're so pleased to share the news that Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science & Technology. Awarded last Friday night, fellow prize winners included J.K. Rowling (in the Mystery/Thriller...
Science | April 14, 2014
First Look: Livewired, A New Book by Neuroscientist David Eagleman
— David Eagleman is one of a kind—a neuroscientist, Guggenheim Fellow, and bestselling author who connects the science of the brain to literature, advertising, social media, and our justice system. His forthcoming book, Livewired: How the Brain Rewrites its Own Circuitry (October 2014), is a fascinating presentation of his new theory about the brain's capacity to constantly change itself. Here's the publisher's description:
Social Change | April 09, 2014
Driving Progress: Lavin Speakers Chosen for GOOD 100
— The GOOD 100 is a compendium of people, ideas, and programs changing our planet for the better. We're so pleased to see Lavin speakers Negin Farsad and Cesar Harada on this year's list, alongside Randi Zuckerberg, Barbara Bush, environmental activist Ma Jun, and Moscow journalist Dmitry Aleshkovsky.
Cities | April 07, 2014
Charles Montgomery: An Engaged City is a Happy City [VIDEO]
— For those who ignore their surroundings, for those who think cities are simply infrastructural boxes storing people and jobs, Charles Montgomery’s new video (embedded above) will come as a shot in the arm. The urban experimentalist and Happy City author presents the city as a force for good—a force for happiness. How effective a city can be in bringing joy to residents, however, is deeply rooted in how we go...
David Robertson, author of Brick by Brick, on how Lego rewrote the rules of innovation.