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I Learned The Nerdy Cooking Secrets Of Modernist Chefs - And You Can Too

You can cook food worthy of five-star restaurants, even if you're the most inexperienced cook. You just need to throw a bit of money at your kitchen. …

Sous

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

It's 9 a.m. in Sunnyvale, California and Minni Shahi is on her way to work at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Her husband, a former Googler named Vijay Koduri, is meeting his business partner at a local Starbucks to discuss their startup, a YouTube clip-making business called HashCut.<p>Shahi and …

7 Powerful Things You Should Always Be Able to Say About Yourself

What you say about yourself has much to do with how you will succeed.<p>There are elements within ourselves that can either sabotage our success or lead us to greatness. In my bestselling book, <b>The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness,</b> I speak about seven characteristics that can …

Self-improvement

Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

The ideas of agile are great. It’s the way it has been codified into rituals and certifications and rolled out mindlessly that misses the point.<br>When …

Design

If you want to be smarter, build in an hour of daily contemplation

The word “genius” is one of the most misused terms in history.<p>While it’s often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.<p>We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius—and we should—but it’s about time we stopped …

Creativity

This 1 Habit Will Make You More Creative and Happier (if You Can Stand It)

In a brilliant TED Talk, Manoush Zomorodi explains how we can free up our brains.<p>What if there was one simple thing you could do that cost nothing and took no extra time, that would make you much more creative than you are now? What if it would also make you sleep better, and perhaps happier in …

Social Media

Founded by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier, SeaLegacy is on a mission to create healthy and abundant oceas for us, and for the planet.

6 Behaviors That Push People Away From You

While the right people will always accept us for who we are, there are some behaviors we demonstrate that make it difficult for them to do so. …

Self-help

What To Do 30 Days, Hours, and Minutes Before A Brainstorming Session

It’s hard to come of with brilliant ideas on the spot. To make sure your team is ready to bounce around great thoughts, follow these steps to prime them in advance.<p>30 Days Before<p>Encourage judgment-free idea generation in meeting invitations. Successful entrepreneurs and leaders have failures in …

Creativity

‘World’s smallest’ zinc bromine residential flow batteries coming for lithium

Redflow of Australia makes ‘the world’s smallest’ zinc bromine flow batteries at 10kWh each for residential applications. The group recently installed their largest residential system – a 60kWh off grid battery system to combine with 18.7kW of solar power.<p>The installation cost a similar amount as …

Clean Energy

The uncomfortable secret to creative success is “disequilibrium”

It’s a Wednesday morning in the IDEO San Francisco studio. Bright sunshine reflects off the Bay and through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But in the project space, the mood is darker.<p>The team is on week five of their project. They’ve been conducting tons of human-centered interviews and broad …

Creativity

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explain how creativity works

‘Bend, blend, break’<p>What makes humans special? Some credit should go to the opposable thumb and the larynx, says neuroscientist David Eagleman, but a lot of it has to do with our ability to be creative and constantly think up new ideas.<p>Eagleman, a professor at Stanford University and writer, …

6 Ways to Invest Your Time Like a World-Class Leader

One question has fascinated me my entire adult life: what causes some people to become world-class leaders, performers and changemakers, while most …

Creativity

The Ancient Greeks had two different concepts of time — and the second could change how you organize your day

I like it when that happens. It introduces me to a new way of thinking, to a concept I hadn't considered in the same way.<p>The ancient Greek language has two different words for time. <i>Chronos</i> refers to the kind of time we measure by the ticking clock. It's the time we use as we try to meet deadlines, …

AI Won’t Change Companies Without Great UX

As artificial intelligence algorithms infiltrate the enterprise, organizational learning matters as much as machine learning. How should smart management teams maximize the economic value of smarter systems?<p>Business process redesign and better training are important, but better use cases – those …

Artificial Intelligence

4 Common Creativity-Killers + How to Avoid Them

Learning to channel your creativity to produce awesome work is one of the most valuable skills you can develop (and use to stay inspired!) this year. Not only will your ultra-original style set you apart, whether working on quick projects or making your wildest DIY dreams come true, but it can help …

If You Want to Be Creative, Don’t Be Data Driven

3 Ideas that will completely change how you think about data<p>There is no inherent value in any piece of data because all information is meaningless in …

When car ownership fades, this parking garage will be ready for its next life

One of the country's biggest apartment developers is working on plans for a grand residential complex in downtown Los Angeles that includes what appears to be an ordinary garage.<p>There will be row upon row of lined stalls at street level and two floors underground to store nearly 1,000 cars of …

Ridesharing

'Low Rise High Density' Exhibition

Opening today at the Center for Architecture in New York, the 'Low Rise High Density' exhibition examines a housing type celebrated in the 1960s and …

On The Red Couch with Architizer’s Marc Kushner

<i>Marc Kushner considers himself a bit of a pariah in his family.</i><p><i>He chose the world of architecture over the family business of real estate—which is a particularly big deal given his last name: the Kushners have significantly impacted the New York cityscape for decades.</i><p><i>The Harvard grad was just a few</i> …

Happy 100th Birthday To Legendary Graphic Designer Paul Rand

In honor of the man who created the iconic logos for IBM, UPS, and ABC, here’s a trove of Rand designs, interviews, and tributes.<p>Legendary graphic designer Paul Rand is revered as the creator of logos for corporations like IBM, ABC, UPS, and NeXT, and author of many books including the seminal, …

100,000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis Finds

Central Africa has lost 64 percent of its elephants in a decade.<p>Ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years, according to a new study that provides the first reliable continent-wide estimates of illegal kills. During 2011 alone, roughly one of every twelve …

Is Technology Killing Your Creativity?

8-Bit Philosophy explores whether all our always-on devices are killing our creative sides.

What You Buy Is Permanently Changing The World. Here’s How

The way we consume things in America deeply affects environments half a world away.<p>In a way, it’s the ultimate data design challenge: mapping not only the global economy, but how it impacts vanishing biodiversity on earth.<p>It’s not just where your bag of coffee comes from. It’s not even where the …

Conservation

Don’t want a robot to steal your job? Be creative

If we don’t want machines to take over our jobs, we’re going to have to get creative. Literally.<p>Cheap computing power and rapidly advancing AI mean that machines already outperform us on tasks that involve retaining, processing, and repeating rule-based information. Traditional schooling, however, …

Creativity

The Heartbreak of Global Olive Oil Fraud—and What to Do About It

In the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling <i>Extra Virginity,</i> Tom Mueller writes both a love letter to ages-old, family-run, small batch olive oil purveyors and a …

How to Create Infographics Using PowerPoint or Keynote [Infographic]

Give your inner designer a chance to shine by creating your own infographics.<p>That's right: By using tools you likely already have, you can create …

Infographics

Our seas have become a plastic graveyard - but can technology turn the tide?

When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous.<p>The crew had just one chance to document evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed for her award-winning film <i>A Plastic Ocean</i>, but …

Pollution

Airbnb, Instagram, And The Rise Of The Optimized Cabin

Hudson Woods is a $25 million bet to suburbanize cabin life.<p>A two-hour drive north of New York City, Hudson Woods is one of those idyllic vacation destinations that city slickers salivate over–its open skies and rolling hills are a far cry from the city’s claustrophobic chaos.<p>There, …

Northern California

This Company Will Design Your House For Less Than The Price Of Your Phone

Cover, a technology startup in Los Angeles, is bringing the design, engineering, and manufacturing of prefabs into the 21st century.<p>When Alexis Rivas was working for a high-end residential architecture firm in Toronto, he marveled at what big budgets–think between $40 and $100 million per …

Prefab Homes