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women's rights | Oct 12th, 2011

Lisa Shannon: The Other Crisis in Somalia

There's a crisis in the Horn of Africa, and it's not just around food. Writing in The Guardian, grassroots activist Lisa Shannon alerts us to the dramatically escalating sexual violence spreading in Somalia—the silent catastrophe lost in coverage of the region's devastation. “Sexual violence is... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurs | Oct 11th, 2011

Jeremy Gutsche: On Leaving a Cushy Financial Job to Start Trend Hunter

In the Financial Post this week, Jeremy Gutsche talks about what inspired him to leave his cushy management consultant job at Capital One to concentrate full-time on Trend Hunter, the world's most influential trend website. As Gutsche tells the Post, his driving entrepreneurial spirit is second... Continue Reading →
global health | Oct 10th, 2011

Nathan Wolfe: Envisioning a Different Approach to Pandemic Control

If you've got a pandemic on your hands, the person you'll want on your side is Nathan Wolfe. The founder of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative knows his way around contagions. In fact, he was a consultant on the recent #1 film Contagion, which deals with a fictional virus that's handled in real... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Oct 5th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer: Why Some People Learn Better Than Others

Popular science prodigy Jonah Lehrer—who is always teaching us new things on his Wired blog—writes about learning itself in his latest column. Specifically, Lehrer focuses on the ways your brain reacts to and learns from your mistakes. Technically speaking, there are two signals that your brain... Continue Reading →
financial unrest | Oct 4th, 2011

Matt Taibbi: Will The Occupy Wall Street Protests Reform Markets?

On Keith Olbermann’s Countdown last week, Matt Taibbi—the Rolling Stone writer and Griftopia author—gave a sober appraisal of the roots and potential effectiveness of the Occupy Wall Street protests. With his usual flair for metaphor and sharp eye for financial sector rumblings, Taibbi looked at... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurs | Oct 3rd, 2011

Arlene Dickinson: In Business, Emotion is Not a Dirty Word

Arlene Dickinson has a successful track record of picking companies on the rise. A master entrepreneur with a keen eye for ideas that get results, she relies on instincts for zeroing in on emerging trends and sound investments, a skill exemplified in her role as a panelist on the hit series Dragons'... Continue Reading →
the economy | Oct 2nd, 2011

Daron Acemoglu: One of the World's Most Cited Economists Offers Solutions

One of the world’s most cited economists, Daron Acemoglu has made tremendous strides in answering the big economic questions that have obsessed us for generations. In a far-ranging interview with The Region, he provides a roadmap of fascinating recommendations for today's deeply troubled global... Continue Reading →
the middle east | Sep 27th, 2011

A No-Holds-Barred Interview with Reza Aslan on the Middle East

For insights on everything from 9/11 to Arab Spring, those in the know go to Reza Aslan for answers. A recent profile of Aslan in Mother Jones shows readers where he stands on hotly debated Middle East issues. One thing that's clear: Aslan doesn't tiptoe around when it comes to the region. His... Continue Reading →
immigration | Sep 22nd, 2011

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: A Dismal Outlook for Children of Illegal Immigrants

In a recent New York Times story, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco reveals the results of a study he conducted—the first of its kind—which paints a bleak portrait of life in America for the children of illegal immigrants. In the United States, nearly five million children, affected by their parent’s illegal... Continue Reading →
online innovation | Sep 19th, 2011

Wikipedia Has a Gender Gap, and Its Director, Sue Gardner, Has a Fix

There's no Wikipedia page devoted to the fact that for every five male editors, the collaborative encyclopedia only has one woman. But, if Sue Gardner has her way, they won't need that article. The matter-of-fact Executive Director of Wikipedia has already introduced major initiatives focused on... Continue Reading →
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