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Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

Anthropology

Why Are Design Firms Stagnating?

As design goes in-house, the future of independent firms is murky. Here are four reasons why growth isn’t a given.<p>Design is hotter than blazes, so why is it that traditional product design firms aren’t growing? In fact they seem to be, well, challenged. There are exceptions, but for the most part, …

Forget Madonna – Malawi’s parents find their own way of keeping girls in school

The superstar’s much-hyped bid to set up a girls’ academy failed. Now villagers are ensuring their daughters stay in education, and success is built on small steps - like making sure pupils have lunch<p>On weak-legged plastic chairs under the partial shade of one of the schoolyard’s two vast acacia …

Criminology

Will autocomplete make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Text Messaging

30+ Powerful Portraits Of The Human Race

Portrait photography and photojournalism are two potentially intense and powerful art forms that don't always get the recognition they deserve, so we …

Agriculture is a big deal. We're talking 80% of employment in developing countries! #HelpingFarmersGrow http://t.co/Fg6XpuwH71

New Global Study Calls Violence Against Women 'Epidemic'

When it comes to stopping violence against women, actions speak louder than words. So even though there’s increased worldwide awareness about …

The future of books is on your phone, not your tablet

An interview with Oyster co-founder Willem Van Lancker<p>Subscription book app Oyster has come a long way since launching just over a year ago. The service has more than quadrupled its library of books to 500,000, landed big publishers like Disney, and released apps on several new platforms like the …

Forty years ago, Lego wrote a powerful letter to parents about how gender works

A Lego pamphlet from 1974, unearthed and posted on Reddit this weekend, has some advice for parents that rings true 40 years later:<p>The pamphlet’s authenticity was questioned after it went viral over the weekend, but Lego spokesman Roar Rude Trangbæk confirmed to Quartz that the document is real, …

Lego

'Case for Sustainable Meat' takes on many sacred cows

When food guru Michael Pollan recently tweeted in support of Nicolette Hahn Niman's new book, "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production," the protest that followed made it perfectly obvious why such a book is necessary. "A Cattle Rancher wrote a book about how free range, grass fed …

Read About How Hotels Get You To Reuse Towels. Everyone’s Doing It

Researchers have figured out how to create (almost) perfect towel reuse signs by exploiting a common human foible.<p>Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started a program to reduce hotel water consumption called the H2Otel Challenge. In addition to installing new equipment, …

Do US presidents carry cash and credit cards?

<b>President Barack Obama's credit card was rejected in a restaurant. How often do US heads of state spend their own money, asks Jon Kelly.</b><p>It's commonly said the Queen doesn't carry cash. It seems her American counterpart doesn't get his wallet out too much either. Barack Obama told an audience that …

How A Simple Design Tweak Is Bringing Injectable Contraceptives To The Developing World

Injections of birth control that lasts three months and don’t require a lot of fuss could empower women who have never had family planning options before.<p>Injectable contraceptives like Depo-Provera are a popular alternative to birth control pills, which require patients to remember their medication …

Developing Countries

Like Your Comfy Underwear? Thank Feminism For That

Exposed: A History of Lingerie charts how designers responded to feminist demands for better underwear over 300 years of ill-fitting, freeform, and racy lingerie.<p>“Burn up the corsets!” clothing reform activist Elizabeth Stuart Phelps wrote in 1873. “Make a bonfire of the cruel steel that has lorded …

Interview: Justin Morrison of Sightglass Coffee

While artisanal coffee roasting has been a subject of conversation for many years now, it's always exciting to learn about people bringing the quality coffee movement to new levels. And that is exactly what brothers Justin and Jerad Morrison have been doing since 2009, with their San Francisco …

Coffee

Why Apple Is Losing Ground To The Samsung Brand

Samsung is gaining fast on Apple in terms of brand affection – but we seem reluctant to admit it.<p>In Interbrand’s 2013 brand index, a benchmark measure of brand value, Apple came out on top, ending a 13 year run by Coca Cola. The signs are though that Samsung, which has been investing heavily in …

2013 Top Ten Films of the Year -- World Cinema Edition

If you find that you are not familiar with all of the top ten films I cite each year, don't panic. Don't curse. Don't accuse me of being elitist and I won't accuse you of being ignorant. A top ten film list should reflect exciting and unexpected developments in world cinema. Yes, <i>world</i> cinema, not …

Exclusive: Rwanda's 'digital president' Paul Kagame on technology's role in Africa's future

Rwanda was consistently praised last week at the Transform Africa summit by presidents, academics, business leaders and others for its progress in …

Cuba: Two Currencies, Two Realities

The lady counts the coins before leaving home: she has fifty-five cents in convertible pesos. It is the equivalent of a full day's pay and barely fills a corner of her pocket. She already knows what she is going to buy... the same as always. She has enough for two chicken bouillon cubes and a bar …

Cuba

FGM: 'It's like neutering animals' – the film that is changing Kurdistan

A film made over 10 years with the stories of girls and women affected by female genital mutilation is tackling a taboo subject<p><i>A young girl is given a plastic bag of sweets and a bottle of lemonade after being genitally mutilated … the story of the 10-year fight against female genital mutilation by</i> …

Mygola could (at last) be the startup to make your travel planning dreams come true

We wait all year to take a vacation and jet off someplace exotic for a week or two of glorious relaxation and adventure.<p>Unfortunately, the process of planning a trip sucks.<p>Travel startup Mygola has raised $1.5 million for its platform that CEO Anshuman Bapna said is the “world’s best travel …

Visually Striking Portraits Explore the Culture of Holy Sadhus

During his travels to Nepal and India, photographer Alexis Pazoumian became interested in the Sadhus–the holy men who choose to live separated from society in order to focus on a life of spiritual meditation and contemplation. In the project, entitled <i>Sadhu Hundred</i>, each subject exudes a peaceful, …

Acquainted

A Colorful Alternative To Dreary University Dining

To market! French designer Matali Crasset offers a novel improvement on the college cafeteria: a grocery store.<p>Something changes when you head off to college, namely your waistline. University cafeteria offerings aren’t all that varied and typically pack all the nutritional options of a mall food …

Why Walmart Must Help to End Antibiotic Abuse in Farming

<i>Photo credit: iStockphoto</i><p>In this era of uninformed "silver bullet" solutions to the plague that is industrial farming, it's great to see that Dan Imhoff -- the author of the seminal book <i>CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories</i> -- is making a stand against the reckless abuse of antibiotics …

Agriculture

Yes, Apple Is Back In The Disruption Business

Today’s superstar businesses are device companies, integrating hardware, software, services and connection. We don’t get much chance to stop and think what that new product model means to how you do R&D, product development and innovation. But Apple is showing us. While we were fixated on hardware, …