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Design thinking, explained

Solve any business problem with this approach.<p>By Rebecca Linke | September 14, 2017<p>Graphic design by Mimi Phan<p>Why It Matters<p>Coming up with an idea is …

Design Thinking

After massive Equifax breach, let’s make it free to freeze your credit

Whatever your political affiliation, there is now one financial issue on which we can all agree.<p>We need Congress to pass legislation allowing consumers to temporarily freeze and unfreeze their own credit files at no charge to help thwart identity theft.<p>In case you missed it, the credit-reporting …

Identity Theft

Fresh Guacamole by PES | Oscar Nominated Short

The Shortest Film Ever Nominated for an Oscar

<i>Fresh Guacamole</i> is a 2012 animated short film written and directed by PES. With a running time of 100 seconds it is the shortest film ever nominated …

The Best and Worst Countries to Live and Work In, According to Expats

The reputations of the U.S. and U.K. as good places to live and work are in free fall among some of the world’s most mobile and cosmopolitan …

United States

These Are the Top Six Books That Will Make You More Creative

If you read <i>What are the four principles that will lead you to breakthrough creativity?</i> and want more information, look no further.<p>Six of the best …

Creativity

This Family’s Road Trip Never Ends

When you are a child, time has a way of unspooling slowly, purely set to our natural rhythm. As we grow older, time is punctuated by appointments and alarm clocks, and we forget how to live at our own pace.<p>When we set off on an overland road trip in a van five years ago, we wanted to slow down time …

South America

PhysicsGirl.com

December 3, 2016<br>Madame Figaro en français<br>10 Girls under 25 to Follow<p>Malala Yousafzai, Willow Smith, Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski...<p>July 30, …

Meet Cuban-American Scientist Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, the “next Einstein”

The individual that Harvard hails as “the next Einstein” is not only a woman, but a woman of color. Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is a Cuban-American …

Science

5 Infographics to make you think about gender equality

Let’s face it, sometimes after a long week at work or school we’re pretty tired of reading walls of text, even if the subject we’re reading about is …

Women's News

Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with serious health conditions

While U.S. protests and more sonic attacks continue, Treasury Department moves to make it easier to do business in Cuba

United States

A black man went undercover online as a white supremacist. This is what he learned.

As soon as Theo Wilson started making YouTube videos about culture and race, trolls using racial slurs started flocking to his page.<p>After engaging in endless sparring matches in the comments section, Wilson began to notice something curious: His trolls seemed to speak a language unto themselves, …

Racism

A black man undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson | TEDxMileHigh

Racism

Stan Lee Condemns Bigotry Using Marvel Column He Wrote in 1968

"The only way to destroy them, is to expose them — to reveal from the insidious evil they really are," Lee wrote in 'Stan's Soapbox.'<p>Stan Lee made it …

Comics

Hello, I'm an Idiot Who Thought Vitaminwater Was Healthy

Hello, My name is Dumbass McGee. I was reading the Huffington's Post today and was completely surprised by this article which said Vitaminwater is …

The Dark Side of Vitaminwater

Now here's something you wouldn't expect. Coca-Cola is being sued by a non-profit public interest group, on the grounds that the company's vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims. No surprise there. But how do you think the company is defending itself?<p>In a staggering feat of twisted …

Sugar

The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything

What makes things cool?<p>Several decades before he became the father of industrial design, Raymond Loewy boarded the SS <i>France</i> in 1919 to sail across the Atlantic from his devastated continent to the United States. The influenza pandemic had taken his mother and father, and his service in the French …

Sons of Anarchy

Bill Browder's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee

“I hope that my story will help you understand the methods of Russian operatives in Washington and how they use U.S. enablers to achieve major foreign policy goals without disclosing those interests,” Browder writes.<p><i>The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing</i> …

Russia

5 Lessons from a Former Navy SEAL That Will Change the Way You View Leadership Forever

These hard-fought Navy SEAL leadership lessons from the height of the Iraq War can help you become a better leader, entrepreneur and business-owner.<p>During the height of the Iraq War, thousands of US Navy SEALs lead some of the toughest and most dangerous missions across insurgent-held cities in …

Leadership

Warren Buffett’s 10 lessons for life, other than investing

Warren Buffett is a gentleman of ideas and splendid personality. (Image: Reuters)<p>All of us know Warren Buffett as the Maestro of Wall Street — the …

Want to Be A Better Leader? Then Adopt These 9 Habits!

Great leadership works everywhere and with teams of all sizes<p>Over the course of my career, I must have spent over 3000 hours reading leadership books, attending training sessions, and studying leadership. From this I learned a lot of things which have worked, many that didn't and several I should …

Leadership

Should Your Business Be an LLC or an S Corp?

Here's how to decide whether to incorporate your business as a limited liability corporation or an S corporation.<p>You've finally decided to start a business of your own. Or maybe you have been running one as a sole proprietor, even moonlighting on the side, and have decided you need to protect your …

Small Business

13 things mentally strong people don't do

Mental strength isn't often reflected in what you do. It's usually seen in what you don't do.<p>In her book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Instantly Get Your Creativity Back on Days When You're Burnt Out

These essential tools will help you see problems in a new light and get to creative breakthroughs faster<p>Complex problems require creative thinking. But creativity is a tricky beast; the harder you look for it, the more elusive it becomes. As Edward de Bono says, "Creativity involves breaking out of …

Creativity

Know your worth: How to negotiate compensation at a startup

Have you ever felt you were worth more than you were being paid?<p>I hear you. And, I want you to know that you may never quite feel compensated for …

Startups

Alex Honnold Scales El Capitan Without Ropes, And The Climbing World Reels

Alex Honnold has shocked the sport of climbing by reaching the peak of El Capitan without using ropes, climbing one of the world's largest monoliths in less than four hours with little gear other than a bag of chalk.<p>"So stoked to realize a life dream today," Honnold wrote on Facebook on Saturday. …

Outdoors

Totally Stumped By That Job Interview Question? Here’s What To Do

There’s no such thing as being 100% prepared for a job interview.<p>Your job interview might go perfectly, or it might not. Maybe you’ve been sailing through the first 20 minutes, feeling totally prepared for everything the hiring manager is asking you. You’re having no trouble giving tidy, …

Employment

The Only 4 Speaking Tips You Need When You’re The Youngest One In The Room

Sure, you’re out of your depth, but you can still make a great impact.<p>I was 30 years old and had only been a speaking coach for a year when my mentor set me up with a few meetings with senior execs in New York. At one of them, a public relations VP pulled me aside to say, “Our CEO is going on TV …