Amir Mehrani

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R.I.P. Skinny Jeans

Hello, overalls!<p>Fashion analysts have called the death of the skinny jean before, but this time around they mean it: Retail sales are flagging, and clothing merchants are increasingly anxious to lure shoppers back into stores.<p>Enter “comfort” trouser styles–one of the only bright spots in women’s …

11 Famous Entrepreneurs Share How They Overcame Their Biggest Failure

The most successful people are the ones who take big risks, which often means spectacular flameouts. We asked entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game how they coped when major failure smacked them in the face.<p>In order to achieve greatness, you have to fail greatly.<p>The most successful people …

The top 10 countries best at embracing information technology. Our Networked Readiness Index measures how well-prepared your country is for the age of technology. http://wef.ch/1iftyoH

Artist Incorporates Deadly Bacteria Into Latest Show

Anna Dumitriu’s art work features the microorganism Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Luckily, it’s been sterilized!<p>Forget paint, pencils, or clay. English artist Anna Dumitriu likes to work with bacteria as a medium. Extremely deadly bacteria: her latest microorganism of choice is Mycobacterium …

Eterni.me Wants To Let You Skype Your Family After You’re Dead

Its creators pitch it as a way to “simply become immortal.” Could they be onto something?<p>Death’s icy grip comes for all of us. But what if, theoretically speaking, there were a way to digitally approximate your consciousness and represent it on a screen?<p>That’s the premise driving a new startup …

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today. Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term …

The Top 11 Innovative Workplace Stories Of 2013

By Ariel Schwartz2 minute Read<p>This year was all about turning traditional office models on their head–and occasionally, bringing them back to basics. …

The Most-Read Leadership Stories Of 2013

While 2012 seemed to be the year of figuring out how you could squeeze the most into each day, the most popular stories of 2013 reveal that you are ready to dive deeper into the mysteries of your subconscious, and the strange ways that habit, personality, and creativity work together to make …

The Top 16 Responsible Business Stories Of 2013

By Jessica Leber4 minute Read<p>Companies are competing more than ever for the best and brightest workers. This year, we’ve been seeing a growing …

The Seven Best Business Fights of 2013

Have executives ever seemed as bland as they do these days? C.E.O.s sit through media trainings to learn how to talk on TV. Public-relations reps accompany them on their meetings with reporters, ready to interrupt if ever their bosses utter an impolitic syllable. Even executives’ tweets read like …

The year in pictures, from street protests to offbeat events, compiled by the Wall Street Journal. What was your most poignant news moment of 2013? http://wef.ch/q1GMp Photo: Visitors crowd a pool to escape the summer heat in Sichuan province, China. Reuters/China Daily

In which area do you think gender equality made the greatest progress in 2013? 1. At work: this year, Germany agreed to introduce gender quotas for executive boards. In the US, more women took top corporate jobs in finance, technology and the auto industry. 2. In the sciences: US female graduates now surpass male graduates in some sciences such as psychology. However, all Nobel prizes in science went to men this year. 3. In global finance: from Janet Yellen at the Fed to Christine Lagarde at the IMF, women now hold powerful positions in the global economy. Lagarde has used her post to promote the economic benefits of gender equality, arguing that parity can boost growth. Here is our list of the 10 most gender-equal countries in the world, based on our 2013 Global Gender Gap Report: http://wef.ch/q1GMq Read this year's report: http://wef.ch/p1GTK Photo: Reuters/Charles Platiau

The “Netflix For Books” Business Model, And How It’ll Change The Way You Read

Mark Coker of Smashwords, which recently inked a major content deal with Scribd, weighs in on how the all-you-can-read model changes the way we read, how authors make creative choices, and how everyone gets paid.<p>Is a “Netflix for e-books” nearing viability? Yesterday, Smashwords, the largest …

The Top 10 Business Lessons Of 2013

A lot changes in a year, and it’s easy to let the best pieces of advice slip away.<p>Don’t worry, there’s good news: over the past 12 months we’ve documented conversations with dozens of entrepreneurs and business owners from across the country about the trials and triumphs of their careers.<p>In the …

Can These Toys Teach Kids Empathy?

How a learning exercise for the visually impaired evolved into a new toolkit that could help children unlock compassion.<p>Empathy–when you inhabit a feeling with someone–is considered one of the most important traits to teach a child. But empathy isn’t something you can dial up on demand. It’s …

The Organization of Your Dreams

We have known for about 150 years that people who enjoy their work are more productive. That is to say high satisfaction is correlated with high performance. And yet many organizations seem to go out of their way to make work alienating, frustrating, and unpleasant. This is evidenced in the …

Can A Video Game About The 1979 Iranian Revolution Create A Revolution In Gaming?

The Kickstarter campaign failed, but Grand Theft Auto director Navid Khonsari vows to continue fighting for his cause.<p>Navid Khonsari was 10 years old when the Iranian Revolution began.<p>“My grandfather actually took me out to walk in the early parts of the revolution,” he says, recalling tanks …

Meet The World’s Loneliest Robot

Humans have conjured up all kinds of ideas about what the robots of the future will look like. We’ve imagined it all: deadly ones (RoboCop), professional ones (C-3PO), and adorable ones (Wall-E).<p>Here’s a contender for biggest sad sack. London-based photographer David Ryle’s series C.A.R.L. …

Do You Know What Life Will Be Like In 5 Years? IBM’s Top Scientist Does

By Leah Hunterlong Read<p>In the 5 in 5 report IBM’s top scientists report on what the world, supported by smart sensing and computing, will look like …

What do you think will be the world's favourite device by 2020? The estimated number of smartphones in use around the world is about to overtake the number of personal computers in use - probably in the first half of 2014, Business Insider reports. http://wef.ch/d309l Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Would you let big data become your life coach? In the future, data on your online shopping, social media activity, entertainment choices and Google searches will be used to personalize your web experience, writes Michael Altendorf, the CEO of Adtelligence. The result could be a phone that knows your ideal sleep rhythm, best diet, fastest traffic routes and preferred way to relax after work. http://wef.ch/d30A2 Photo: Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

Nelson Mandela reaches final resting place in ancestral village of Qunu

Nearly a century after he roamed these fields as a boy herding sheep and calves, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was buried on Sunday in a curated garden of aloe plants, rocky outcrops and meandering paths atop a hill.<p>A black blanket with white stripes that had belonged to South Africa's first …

The Power Of Empathy, Animated

Dr. Brene Brown’s poignant and popular talk on the “Power of Vulnerability” comes to life in a clever new animation.<p>Dr. Brene Brown’s 2010 TED Talk on “The Power of Vulnerability” has gotten nearly 12.5 million views online. And it’s no wonder: Brown delivers insights into human connection, …

See What It Would Look Like If Everybody Was a Bodybuilder

Created by Belgian photographer Kurt Stallaert, <i>Bodybuilders World</i> puts a photoshop-y spin on the Athletes Among Us and Dancers Among Us series from …

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12 Award-Winning Photos Beautifully Capture Daily Life

You might think that professional photographers, whose craft is being co-opted by Instagrammers and selfie-takers, would be the last to crowdsource “Likes” as a metric to judge a photography contest. Think again: the Morpholio Project, an online creative community of architects and academics, used …

Catch the new trailer from Alexander Payne's upcoming film #NEBRASKA at iTunes Trailers! http://bit.ly/NebraskaMovie

Becoming an Agile Leader

• <b>Author:</b> Victoria V. Swisher<p><i>Becoming an Agile Leader</i> explores the five key characteristics, or factors, of Learning Agility – a proven success differentiator for leaders. Agile leaders, or those with a high degree of Learning Agility, share some key characteristics including:<p>• Self-Awareness <br>• …

Three golden rules for managing conflict and challenge at work. "Behaviour is key to an organization’s success – or failure," writes Lutfey Siddiqi as he tackles two areas of behaviour that many of us struggle with: conflict and challenge. How do you deal with conflict in the workplace? http://forumblog.org/2013/11/how-should-you-deal-with-conflict-at-work/ Photo: Reuters/Valentin Flauraud

The New King of Chess

When Magnus Carlsen became the world chess champion a few days ago, I don’t think anyone in the chess world lost money. All bets were on the almost-twenty-three-year-old Norwegian’s beating the reigning grandmaster, Viswanathan Anand. With play in Chennai, India, Anand had the home-court advantage, …