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The world is running out of phosphorus, which threatens global food supply

A good way to scare yourself is by googling "phosphorus shortage." Agriculture requires lots of phosphorus for fertilizer, and after it's spread on …

What Are You Doing About It? Reaching Deep Fluency with Mental Models

The mental models approach is very intellectually appealing, almost seductive to a certain type of person. (It certainly is for us.)The whole idea is …

Critical Thinking

Take a Page From Hollywood, Improv Your Next Brainstorming Session

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever watched actors improvising together on stage? Without a script, they interact with each other to create an interesting scene right before your eyes.<p>The same techniques these actors use can help you and your team members work …

How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Aficionados of the martial arts will tell you that a competition between two opponents is determined in the bow -- the moment before the action begins. Savvy gardeners will tell you that if you really want to get a harvest, pay special attention to preparing the ground. And I will tell you this: if …

Creativity

5 ways to drastically improve your brainstorming sessions

If you expected rain, you would bring an umbrella, right? The same preparedness applies to brainstorming. If you want a hurricane of ideas, you'll need the right variables. It all begins with a rain dance — you have to inspire others to channel the right energy. As soon as it starts to storm, break …

Bahamas :: Full Liveset Session from SXSW

346: The Truth About Creative Teams

What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks

What makes for a great presentation — the kind that compels people’s attention and calls them to action? TED talks have certainly set a benchmark in recent years: HBR even asked Chris Anderson, the group’s founder, to offer lessons drawn from the three decades he’s run TED’s signature events in an …

What You Learn When You Attempt Suicide

I learned that dying is hard. You wouldn’t think so, but it really is. There’s all these options, you know? And you Google them because you want to …

Smile And Wave

We've been in this rental here in Colorado Springs for a year-and-a-half now and one of the biggest challenges was figuring out a way to create more …

Bitcoin Lawsuit Shakes the Industry | Inc.com

The quest for mainstream Bitcoin acceptance hit a potentially major roadblock this week.<p>Mt.Gox, the Tokyo-based exhange that currently handles about three-fourths of all Bitcoin trades in the world, is suing the Seattle-based Bitcoin exchange CoinLab for about $5.3 million.<p>Last February, the two …

Bitcoin

To Move Ahead You Have to Know What to Leave Behind

Decisions are the most fundamental building blocks of successful change in our organizations, our teams, and our careers. The faster and more strategically we stack those blocks, the faster and more successfully we achieve change. Yet, change efforts often stall precisely because those decisions …

Here’s What Really Happens When You Extend a Deadline

In June, the Obama administration pushed back the deadline for employers with fifty or more workers to provide health insurance for their employees by a full year — until Jan 1, 2015. Admittedly, the implementation of anything as complex as the Affordable Care Act is going to take time, and those …

How to Listen When Someone Is Venting

Disclaimer: It’s probably not a good idea to read this before you eat.<p>I still remember how it felt when, as a medical student, I drained my first abscess in a patient. We called the procedure “I & D” which stands for “Incision and Drainage” (I told you not to read this just before you eat).<p>When you …

Surprise Is Still the Most Powerful Marketing Tool

Life has never been more predictable.<p>Yelp provides an early-warning system for dining out, by helping us avoid bad restaurants and alerting us to must-try items at good ones. Facebook lets us investigate a potential romantic interest before the first date. Turn-by-turn instructions from Google Maps …