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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 →
social change | Feb 21st, 2011

"Everyone Was on a Mission": Social Change Speaker Happy Johnson Helps Rebuild Haiti

Social change speaker Happy Johnson first came to prominence with Blanket New Orleans — a unique relief effort he started during the terrifying aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In those chaotic post-Katrina days, Happy also pitched in by driving an Emergency Response Vehicle; anything he could do... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 21st, 2011

Reza Aslan to Speak on Revolution (and Literature) in the Middle East

Reza Aslan will discuss the role literature has played in the fight for revolution in the Middle East as part of an esteemed panel, at the 92nd Street Y, that also includes Azar Nafisi and Nathan Englander. The event takes place next Monday, February 28th, 2011. It’s a topic for our times, and... Continue Reading →
books | Feb 21st, 2011

Indisputable Proof (Sort of) That College Students Love Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

Every year, designer John Gall asks his first-year students to design a book cover for their all-time favorite book. Unsurprisingly, Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs — which the Onion AV Club calls, correctly, “one of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century” — is... 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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