Melissa Rancourt

132 Added | 4 Magazines | 4 Following | 1 Follower | @MelissaRancourt | Engineer. Entrepreneur. Educator. Founder greenlight for girls, Owner Serendip Spa & Yoga, Academic Director Parsons Global Exec MS Strategic Design

From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower

In late October 2017, when I went to visit Kai-Fu Lee, China’s premiere artificial intelligence (AI)-focused venture capitalist, I entered his office …

China

The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.

On a cold February morning at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the skeleton of a modern 15-story building was rising from a muddy construction site along the East River. As long and as tall as a cruise ship, the sleek glass structure loomed above rusty, century-old dry docks, serving notice to the …

Walter Isaacson

AI could be the future maestro of music education

Music is a universal language that can bring people together from all over the world. As emerging technologies help us communicate better, artificial intelligence is beginning to overtake our hearts, minds, and even ears.<p>AI is opening up a world that users can automate, personalize, and learn from. …

Artificial Intelligence

These Quick Bed Stretches Will Help You Sleep Better

Do you climb into bed totally beat from your day, but then can't seem to relax your body or mind? To truly relax for sleep, you need to release …

Yoga

Great minds don’t think alike: How creativity and cognitive diversity fuel business greatness

Imagine a new study has just been published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> about the correlation between physical endurance and business outperformance. What happens next? Executives start cross training. Team building events happen at the gym. Treadmill desks are all the rage. Eventually, some …

Creativity

An Imaginative Kindergarten That Will Make Your Kids Love School

A new kindergarten and daycare complex was recently completed at the former Wholesale Market in Tel Aviv by Yashar Architects. Inside, the complex …

Kids

Tesla has transformed the car industry — but its biggest strength could become its greatest liability

Tesla has put the auto industry on notice.<p>That's because Tesla's ideas, and the way it has connected those ideas to an ambitious vision for a future of renewable energy and self-driving vehicles, are as compelling as those coming from any other American business. The company can thrive despite …

Tesla

5 Formulas To Write 500 Words A Day

In November 2016, I embarked on a goal to write five hundred words per day, forever. No time limit. I learned a hard truth. Sitting down in front of …

Creative Writing

9 Simple Steps To Exponentially Grow Your Business

Wondering how to get started with growth hacking? Here's what you'll need to go through to get it done.<p>Are you thinking of doing some growth hacking for your business, or hiring a company to do it? Perhaps someone convinced you that it was a great idea, and that it wasn't too hard to do.<p>While there …

Growth Hacking

6 Strategy Lessons From A Former Chess Prodigy Who’s Now A CEO

While everyone compares business to chess, only a few people can teach the game’s most profound lessons. Here, Justin Moore, CEO of the cloud company Axcient, does just that.<p>Justin Moore is the CEO of Axcient, a rapidly growing cloud services provider. Moore, now 31, is also a former star of the …

Leadership

What Designers Could Learn From Lawyers, Doctors, And Priests

Designers working with AI must navigate a raft of moral dilemmas–and they need a code of ethics to do it, writes Argodesign’s Mark Rolston.<p>Design today faces a new generation of problems that carry an entirely new ethical burden created by the impact of new technologies such as AI and ubiquitous …

Mark Rolston

The Author of This Physics Paper Is 7 Years Old (and Also a Cat)

On April 1, 2014, the American Physical Society announced a landmark change in policy: All scientific papers authored by cats would henceforth become …

Physics

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How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets

The Danish capital ranks high on the list of the world’s healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally<p>Maybe it’s the Viking heritage. There is an icy open-air pool in the waters of Copenhagen’s harbour, and …

Copenhagen

How To Design For Everyone, In 3 Steps

First? Ignore the average user–they don’t exist.<p>Inclusive design is officially a buzzword, with companies like Airbnb releasing an inclusion toolkit and Microsoft attempting to use its principles to make better products. But the idea behind that buzzword–that designing for a wider variety of people …

Universal Design

6 best sleeping positions for lower back pain

• Best sleeping positions<br>• Choosing a pillow<br>• Choosing a mattress<br>• Sleep hygiene<br>• When to see a doctor<p>Lower back pain not only affects a person's daily life …

Yoga

The Co-Creation Imperative: How To Make Organizational Change Collaborative

<b>Lego’s IDEAS platform. Ramaswamy And Gouillart On Co-Creation</b><p>We can learn a lot about engaging employees in organizational change from Lego’s pioneering approach to co-created product design. Lego’s IDEAS website is an excellent example of an online co-creation platform. Here is how it works. The …

Employee Engagement

This Bus Provides Mobile Meditation in the Bay Area

The 'Pause Now' bus is providing 15-minute meditation sessions for professionals in San Francisco.<p>Pause Now<p>Recently, we’ve seen buses that double as …

Meditation

Accelerating Innovation, Digital Disruption With Cloud Platforms

As the cloud economy ramps up, an ever increasing amount of 'as-a-service' offerings are becoming available and being adopted, as organizations seek …

Innovation

7 Books with Unusual and Unconventional Formats

When you crack open a book, you generally know what you’re getting yourself into, format wise. A story divided into chapters made of indented …

Books

To Improve Your Storytelling Skills, Use Abraham Lincoln as Inspiration

The Gettysburg Address follows a structure that will work for you, too.<p>Time magazine lists it as one of the 10 greatest speeches of all time. It is a poignant expression of the travails of a troubled nation. And it contains an opening line that most Americans can still recite years after they …

Abraham Lincoln

The Ultimate Grammar Cheat Sheet by Sierra Delarosa

Romantic tension has been building for 200 pages. Witty banter and flirtatious glances have been exchanged. Obstacles—overbearing families, …

Creative Writing

Story: Addictive by Design

Humans are hard-wired for story. For thousands of years, every culture on every continent has used stories to pass on information of every kind. Why? …

Writing

Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: What Every Character Needs

We’re continuing our monthly installment series on creating amazing characters using Orson Scott Card’s seminal book, <i>Elements of Fiction Writing:</i> …

Creative Writing

The parts of a story: Creating a cohesive whole

When you’re writing a first or even second draft, the parts of a story – exposition, development, and ending – often feel disconnected. For a …

Creative Writing

The Benefits Of Meditation In Business

One of the most unexpectedly rewarding practices in my life has been the practice of meditation. The benefits have been equally pronounced in my personal and professional lives. I had expected the former; I picked up the practice primarily because I was feeling the spillover effect of work stress. …

Meditation

5 tech industry moguls who raise their kids nearly tech-free

In fact, some of the highest-profile executives in the tech world, including former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and current Apple CEO Tim Cook, take surprisingly low-tech approaches to raising their kids.<p>The approach stems partly from tech parents realizing the power of the products they create, and …

Silicon Valley

How 5G couldchange everything from music to medicine

5G is going to be a really big deal.<p>The lightning quick "next generation" wireless technology is expected to power self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart cities and networked robots.<p>But what else can it do?<p>Ericsson (ERIC) has joined up with researchers from King's College London to dream up …

CNN

Lightmatter aims to reinvent AI-specific chips with photonic computing and $11M in funding

It takes an immense amount of processing power to create and operate the “AI” features we all use so often, from playlist generation to voice recognition. Lightmatter is a startup that is looking to change the way all that computation is done — and not in a small way. The company makes photonic …

Quantum Computing

Plogging: Sweden's new fitness trend combines jogging and trash pickup

Plogging is a fitness trend that will help get you – and the environment – in shape. Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of …

Sweden