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corporate strategy | Nov 8th, 2011

Arkadi Kuhlmann Shifts to Culture-Driven Leadership in Rock then Roll

As the chairman and president of ING Direct, Arkadi Kuhlmann is one of North America's most respected executives. In his latest book, Rock then Roll, Kuhlmann eschews the traditional model of top-down corporate leadership, championing the culture-driven leadership that helped ING Direct become one... Continue Reading →
the new work | Nov 6th, 2011

David Eaves: Are Public Sector Employers Allergic to Innovation?

The perceived holy grail of public sector employment may not be all it's cracked up to be. In a recent Maclean's article, David Eaves, a renowned public policy speaker, explains why: Yes, there are good salaries, pensions, and job security in government jobs. But even if you're making good money,... Continue Reading →
innovation | Oct 30th, 2011

Jeremy Gutsche's Book, Exploiting Chaos, Is Now Interactive—and Free

When Jeremy Gutsche’s award-winning book, Exploiting Chaos, was originally released, it won accolades for its beautiful design and for its clear-eyed elaboration on the idea that many great companies (Disney, HP, etc.) were formed during recessions. Now, the book has been completely updated with all... Continue Reading →
social media | Oct 27th, 2011

Alex Samuel: How Companies and Governments Cope with Social Media

Social media speaker Alexandra Samuel has an insightful new video about how to cope with social media overload—a new phenomenon people are experiencing at work and even at home. In the short and snappy clip, Samuel, head of Emily Carr’s Social + Interactive Media Centre, also addresses the... Continue Reading →
taking a stand | Oct 26th, 2011

Rick Mercer's Rant Against Teen Bullying Goes Viral

On The Rick Mercer Report this week, Mercer turned his trademark Rant into a rousing call to action against the bullying of young gay people. Now, that video has gone viral. Best known for his political satire, Mercer was responding to the suicide of Jamie Hubley, a talented but depressed teenager... Continue Reading →
tech future | Oct 26th, 2011

Amber Mac on Cities and Social Media

Amber MacArthur, host of national mobile tech TV show App Central and one of the leading voices of the web generation, knows her way around technology big and small. Each week she speaks to a mass audience through podcasts and broadcasts, but she's also busy delivering keynotes in front of various... Continue Reading →
politics and hollywood | Oct 24th, 2011

Ex Obama Campaign Boss on Kal Penn: "He Was There For All The Right Reasons."

What do the White House and a fictional youth's trip to White Castle have in common? Until recently, both could be traced to Kal Penn, the Harold and Kumar actor-turned-political staffer who made waves when he left the big screen to work in Washington. Now he's making waves on the way back. This... Continue Reading →
retail reality | Oct 20th, 2011

Doug Stephens: How Companies Can Survive the Consumer Power Shift

In a recent keynote, Retail Prophet founder Doug Stephens—one of the world's only retail industry futurists—offered a panoramic vision of retail to come. Armed with smart phones and other net tools, consumers are now capable of finding out everything about a product within a click or two. Retailers... Continue Reading →
the rise of empathy | Oct 18th, 2011

Steven Pinker in The Guardian and on Colbert: Violence is Declining

The Guardian published a massive feature this week on renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker. In his latest, and arguably most ambitious, book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Pinker “challenges one of our deepest but unexamined assumptions – that current and recent times have been the most... Continue Reading →
the brain | Oct 17th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer: Uniqueness is a Sham, But People Are Still Driven to It

The next time you're standing in line at your hip local indie coffee bar, Jonah Lehrer would like you to look around. The people surrounding you might very well look a lot like you—which defeats the impression of distinctiveness you were hoping to cultivate by eschewing more mainstream coffee... Continue Reading →
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