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book picks | Apr 7th, 2011

What's Bill Gates Reading? Book Picks from the TED Community

The good folks at TED are curating a selection of titles over at the Better World Books website, a socially-conscious online bookstore. Various members of the TED community, including but not limited to TED speakers, have each chosen a few books featuring “ideas worth spreading.” Among the books... Continue Reading →
creativity overseas | Apr 7th, 2011

In Pakistan, Trendhunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche Finds Passion and Innovation

Trendhunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche recently sent us a heartfelt and forward-looking email, celebrating an important milestone: it’s been three years since he quit his innovation job to work full time on Trendhunter.com—his acclaimed website which, in just a few weeks, will pass one billion all-time... Continue Reading →
sustainability | Apr 6th, 2011

The Poor Pay the Most for Free Water: Charles Fishman's Big Thirst

Here’s an exclusive excerpt from Charles Fishman’s eagerly awaited book, The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, which he’s been researching and writing for the last few years. We’ve been passing a pale green galley of it around the office for the last month — it’s an... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Apr 4th, 2011

David Eagleman: Why Our Legal System Needs Neuroscience

In an article in today’s Daily Telegraph, David Eagleman — acclaimed neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain — tackled the issue of neuroscience and its role in the legal system. The central issue lies with the assumption that all people are “practical reasoners”... Continue Reading →
politics | Apr 4th, 2011

Three Elections in Five Years Is A Lot: Rick Mercer on the Canadian Election

In an article on Canada’s current Federal election, Rick Mercer offers a blisteringly hilarious rant that offers cloud-parting illumination on our country’s political system, why it’s broken, and why — ultimately — it still matters. Writing at Macleans.ca, the host of the top-rated Rick Mercer... Continue Reading →
business | Apr 4th, 2011

The Extra 2%: Baseball and Business Writer Jonah Keri on Exploiting Every Advantage

Please welcome our newest speaker, Jonah Keri, a journalist who covers business, baseball, and their surprisingly fertile overlap. Keri is the author of the just-minted New York Times bestseller The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. In the... Continue Reading →
tech at work | Apr 3rd, 2011

Keeping Fast Company: Amber Mac's New Show on Streamlining Your Work Life

When does Amber Mac, the busiest woman in tech and social media, ever rest? This week, she launches yet another high profile project, Work Smart for Fast Company. The new webcast is all about productivity and streamlining your work life — a topic that clearly resonates with Amber: last month, she... Continue Reading →
live appearances | Mar 31st, 2011

A Meeting of Wits: Chuck Klosterman and Craig Finn, Live in Minnesota, April 15

Among the two of them, pop culture journalist Chuck Klosterman and singer Craig Finn have produced some of the funniest, freshest, and most quotable writing of the last decade. Klosterman, in bestselling books such as Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and Finn, as lyricist for beloved indie band The... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Mar 31st, 2011

With Incognito, David Eagleman Proves Himself a 'Brilliant Scientist with a Gift for Gab.'

After releasing his last book, Why the Net Matters, as an iPad app, neuroscientist David Eagleman returns to traditional publishing with his latest book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. “Most of what you do, think, act and believe is generated by parts of your brain to which you have no... Continue Reading →
middle east | Mar 30th, 2011

'The People Have Lost Their Fear.' Salman Rushdie on the Middle East

“This is not a religious revolution,” Salman Rushdie said last month during a speech at Emory University, where he is a  Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. “It’s a secular revolution.” He was referring to the social change sweeping countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, and Bahrain,... Continue Reading →
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