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religion | May 1st, 2011

Burying Osama bin Laden: Stephen Prothero on America's Elegant Solution

Responding to news of Osama bin Laden’s death, which spread late Sunday night, world religions expert Stephen Prothero posted a short article on why the U.S.’s decision to bury bin Laden’s body at sea is a tactful and elegant solution. At CNN’s Belief Blog, where he’s a regular contributor, Prothero... Continue Reading →
foreign affairs | May 1st, 2011

James Fallows: With bin Laden Dead, Will an Unending War Finally End?

The great significance of Osama bin Laden’s death, according to James Fallows, is that “it holds the potential of marking an end to the otherwise un-endable ‘Global War on Terror.’” Blogging at the Atlantic.com just after President Obama announced bin Laden’s death, Fallows, the author of Blind Into... Continue Reading →
greenwash | Apr 27th, 2011

Adria Vasil: Marketers Can Label Virtually Any Product "Organic"

Bestselling author Adria Vasil recently appeared on Marketplace to discuss the aggravating lack of regulation over green marketing. Vasil told the consumer watchdog show that labels like “non-toxic,” “bio-friendly,” and—most dubiously—“organic” are not held to any standards in Canada. They are... Continue Reading →
digital media | Apr 25th, 2011

Wikipedia Director Sue Gardner Attempts to Curate Everything We Know

In a recent Fast Company profile, Wikipedia Director Sue Gardner—who is one of only two women to run a top-10 website—talked about her ambition to have Wikipedia contain the “sum of everything that we know” and to increase the number of its users to one billion in the next five years. As she points... Continue Reading →
trends | Apr 24th, 2011

Destroying Returns: Retail Speaker Doug Stephens on PR Disasters

For years now, retail speaker Doug Stephens has explored the complex relationship between companies and their customers, and is often asked by the media to weigh in on breaking retail news. This week, the news that Victoria's Secret destroys some of its returned clothing—even when that clothing is... Continue Reading →
innovation | Apr 24th, 2011

What Modern Work Looks Like: Jeremy Gutsche's Trendhunter Office

What could be even cooler than Trendhunter.com—Jeremy Gutsche’s crowdsourced innovation website that just passed half a billion views? Well, their new office space comes close. The Wall Street Journal recently featured Trendhunter’s Toronto office in an article called "An Office as Hip as its... Continue Reading →
honors | Apr 20th, 2011

Patti Smith, the Godmother of Punk, Makes the TIME 100

Patti Smith, one of the most singular American artists of our generation, has been named to the TIME 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world. Patti first captured — or, more accurately, demanded — the world’s attention with 1975’s Horses, an emotionally raw, visceral, and... Continue Reading →
honors | Apr 20th, 2011

Nathan Wolfe, Our Best Hope to Stop the Next Epidemic, Makes the TIME 100

Nathan Wolfe, a sort of Indiana Jones of virus hunting, has been named to the TIME 100, an annual list of the world’s most influential people. A scientist and TED speaker, Wolfe finds, tracks, and helps contain the next viral outbreak—the next AIDS—before it tips over from the animal to human... Continue Reading →
future of democracy | Apr 17th, 2011

David Eaves: Open Government, A Great Idea Under Attack

David Eaves, one of the most articulate voices advocating for government transparency, has written a thought-provoking blog post about how fragile and tenuous the politics of transparency really is. Many of Eaves’ colleaguesargue that a transparent government, once established, would be permanent.... Continue Reading →
inside autism | Apr 13th, 2011

John Elder Robison's Advice to Young Aspergians

John Elder Robison didn't know he had Asperger's syndrome until he was forty years old -- an astonishing story he told in his New York Times bestseller, Look Me in the Eye. Now, with his new book, Be Different, one of the world's foremost Aspergians returns with a collection of personal stories... Continue Reading →
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