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resources | Feb 21st, 2011

Charles Fishman on Everything Corporations Need to Know About the New Age of Water

Above is a sneak peak at Charles Fishman’s new book, The Big Thirst, his globe-trotting tour de force on water — the world’s most precious and least understood resource. The golden age of water — an age when water was clean, cheap, and abundant — is coming to an end, says Fishman, a Fast Company... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 16th, 2011

Think Groupon, Not Facebook: Daron Acemoglu on the Role of Social Networks in The Middle East Uprisings

While many people are quick to dub the protests sweeping the Middle East as “The Facebook Revolutions,” Daron Acemoglu thinks that Groupon might serve as a better analogy. In a recent New York Times article, Acemoglu argues that the real power of social networking tools is their ability to... Continue Reading →
innovation | Feb 16th, 2011

Kindergartners Outperforming MBA's: Tom Wujec's "Marshmallow Challenge"

Innovation speaker Tom Wujec’s “Marshmallow Challenge” is a design experiment that reveals surprising lessons about teamwork, collaboration, and project management. Tom’s experiment sounds simple enough: teams try to build the tallest freestanding structure they can out of 20 sticks of spaghetti... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Feb 16th, 2011

Steven Pinker Answers Questions About IBM's Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer

As IBM’s Watson outsmarts its human competitors on Jeopardy this week, Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist, weighs in on what the computer’s victory could mean for humanity. Asked by The New Yorker whether Watson is a scientific breakthrough or merely a parlor trick—an elaborate billion-dollar... Continue Reading →
microfinance | Feb 15th, 2011

Mutual Respect, Not Pity: KIVA's Jessica Jackley on Microloans That Connect People

In a recent Globe and Mail video, Jessica Jackley directly addresses the camera — the viewer — to explain how KIVA differs from other non-profit organizations. For one thing, Jessica says, KIVA lenders can truly connect with borrowers and get to know them, which fundamentally changes the... Continue Reading →
compassion | Feb 15th, 2011

Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Started With This TED Talk

A few weeks ago, religion expert Karen Armstrong released Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, the book which sprang from her winning a TED Prize in 2007. The TED Prize winner spends the next year or so — with the help of TED — promoting an idea worth spreading. Armstrong’s idea is that everyone... Continue Reading →
book release | Feb 14th, 2011

Orange is the New Green: Sustainability Speaker Alex Steffen Releases Worldchanging 2.0

A new edition of Worldchanging — edited by sustainability speaker Alex Steffen — is already the #1 environmental book at Amazon.com, based on pre-orders alone. The demand is that high. This second edition of Steffen’s monumental anthology, with a deep focus on cities, promises to be nothing less... Continue Reading →
awards | Feb 14th, 2011

The High Priestess of Punk Meets the National Book Critics Circle: Patti Smith's Just Kids Up for Another Award

After winning the National Book Award and landing on countless “Best of 2010” lists, Patti Smith’s Just Kids has just been named as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category. Serving as a snapshot — as a faded but still vivid Polaroid — of the New York... Continue Reading →
television | Feb 13th, 2011

John Elder Robison to Appear on Discover Science's Ingenious Minds

Author, mechanic, designer, photographer, speaker — these are just a few words that could describe John Elder Robison. The Look Me in the Eye author runs a multi-million dollar car specialty shop and a successful photography business. He’s designed guitars for KISS and toys for Milton Bradley. Oh... Continue Reading →
mental health | Feb 13th, 2011

Mental Health Speaker Drew Dudley: Being Called Superman, But Feeling Weak

Below are some very personal paragraphs from mental health speaker Drew Dudley. It’s an outline for his keynote speech on living with bipolar disorder — a powerful, myth-clearing talk about what it’s like to be one of the millions of Canadians who struggle with mental health. Before delving in,... Continue Reading →
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