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'Thought Leader' gives talk about 'Thought Leadership' that will inspire your thoughts

Pat Kelly vividly remembers when he first knew he was a "thought leader":<p>"In 2005, I met another 'thought leader' and I asked him how he became a …

Why I Write in PowerPoint

When writing business documents (aside from emails), most people turn to word-processing software. That’s not the only option. You can do everything — outlines, drafts, revisions, and even layouts, if you’d like — in PowerPoint or similar presentation programs.<p>That’s what I’ve used to write my …

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?<p>Pronounce the word <i>artist</i>, to conjure up the image of a solitary genius. A sacred aura still …

Creativity

Post-it Brand Digitizes Collaboration With Innovative New Post-it® Plus App

I’m a chronic list-maker and a Post-it® Note junky. Just ask my monitor, who wears a necklace of colorful Post-it Notes with reminders, to-do items, …

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Why “Psychological Androgyny” Is Essential for Creativity

Despite the immense canon of research on creativity — including its four stages, the cognitive science of the ideal creative routine, the role of memory, and the relationship between creativity and mental illness — very little has focused on one of life’s few givens that equally few of us can …

The Problem With Design Thinking Is That I Still Don't Know What Design Thinking Is

Design is hot. Design executives are being tasked with being design-driven, but don't have the tools or processes to sustain this effort. They …

Design

TED talks are lying to you

<b>Jessica Pare and Jon Hamm in "Mad Men" (AMC/Michael Yarish/amc)</b><p>The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?<p>Thomas Frank<p>October 13, 2013 11:00am (UTC)<p>The writer had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him …

Investing in Sharing

No hockey stick, no problem<p>This week in San Francisco, more than 2,000 impact investors will come to town for the annual Social Capital Markets …

Creativity Creep

Every culture elects some central virtues, and creativity is one of ours. In fact, right now, we’re living through a creativity boom. Few qualities are more sought after, few skills more envied. Everyone wants to be more creative—how else, we think, can we become fully realized people?<p>Creativity is …

How Couchsurfing Plans to Take Back Its Corner of the Sharing Economy

Looking back on the rapid growth of alternative travel businesses, one can either look at Couchsurfing as an innovator that predated local …

Designing A Better Death

A designer’s guide to improving end-of-life care.<p>The world’s population is aging. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050, the proportion of people 60 years or older in the world will have doubled, from 11% in 2000 to 22% (2 billion people) in 2050. This makes services for the elderly, …

This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft

'Brand ambassadors' with burner phones and credit cards attempt to #shavethestache<p>Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors. Interviews with current and former contractors, along …

Famous Comedian Steve Martin Shares Three Insights On Success

During his stand-up comedy career, Steve Martin was the comedic equivalent of Bono from U2. He could sell out a stadium that seats forty-five thousand people, which at the time, was completely unfathomable for a comedian. In his autobiography <i>Born Standing Up</i>, Martin shares how he spent 10 years …

Why You Should Keep Working On Your Bad Idea

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how …

Clever Trick Makes Physical Lego Calendar Sync to Online Calendar

We gave you a brief look at this awesome Lego Calendar project earlier in the year, but this is worth a closer look. The UK-based design studio …

Lego

Learning from Experience: The Mont Fleur Scenario Exercise

Scenario thinking is an increasingly important part of Reos Partners’ work to support and build capacity for innovative collective action in complex …

The Untapped Power of the Weird

Think of weird as good. Of weird people as powerful. Of weird ideas as great.<p>We need to rethink our definition of diversity to include the weird — a …

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead

Ever been in a meeting where one loudmouth’s mediocre idea dominates? Then you know brainstorming needs an overhaul.<p>Brainstorming, in its current form and by many metrics, doesn’t work as well as the frequency of “team brainstorming meetings” would suggests it does.<p>Early ideas tend to have …

Silicon Valley Is Ruining "Sharing" for Everybody

If you’ve used Airbnb or Uber or any other “sharing economy” service lately, you may be surprised to learn that you were not a consumer but a …

From Zipcar to the Sharing Economy

Avis has taken an interesting (and bold) step by acquiring Zipcar, absorbing an innovative but struggling competitor at what is likely to be seen as a bargain price while acquiring a small but desirable customer base and gaining a foothold in the rapidly growing world of collaborative …

Uber and Airbnb show the sharing economy is on its way – like it or not

There is something predictable about the reaction of most British people to joining the sharing economy. They're not interested.<p>Asked if they would rent out a room in their house, see their car disappear for a daily return of £30 or lend someone their best suit or dress for cash, 63% told pollsters …

“Sharing economy” shams: Deception at the core of the Internet’s hottest businesses | Salon.com

How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other

<b>In about 40</b> minutes, Cindy Manit will let a complete stranger into her car. An app on her windshield-mounted iPhone will summon her to a corner in …