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The Shortage Of Women In STEM Explained

Careers in science, tech, and engineering require persistence, but are worth the effort. Here’s why and how more girls should get started.<p>Why is there such a shortage of qualified women in the U.S. pursuing engineering or other STEM fields?<p>Research shows women decide to become involved in STEM or …

Sustainable Business Initiatives Will Fail Unless Leaders Change Their Mindset

Ten years ago, sustainability issues were not considered business issues. But today, most major corporations have a sustainability function. Increasingly, companies are applying data-driven methodologies such as carbon footprinting, product indexing, lifecycle analysis, and ecosystem services …

Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO’s Leaders

People often ask us how they can become more creative. Through our work at the global design and innovation firm IDEO and David’s work at Stanford University’s d.school, we’ve helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products, from Apple’s first computer mouse to …

Who Wants to Work for a Woman?

The year my husband was born (1953), only 5% of Americans preferred a female boss. That number has climbed to 23%, according to a new Gallup survey. The proportion of people who prefer to work for men fell precipitously, from two-thirds in 1953 to about one-third today.<p>Perhaps even more important …

What Men Can Do to Help Women Advance Their Careers

Over the past few weeks, I have been talking — a lot — about the themes of women and work. About how women haven’t even come close to reaching the heights of professional power that many of us once predicted would shortly come to pass; about how women today remain oddly chained to an expanded and …

A Modern-Day Hanging Gardens Of Babylon

The Parkroyal Hotel on Pickering is a contemporary interpretation of Babylonian hanging gardens, via Southeast Asia.<p>Singapore prides itself on its green-minded policies. With a well-connected public transportation network, robust water collection and treatment infrastructure, and a promise to …

Turning A Vacant Cleveland House Into A Fancy Farm

The BioCellar is a farm, in a basement, in a vacant house, in a declining Cleveland neighborhood. Its goal: Using food to pull people out of poverty.<p>In East Cleveland, one out of every five houses is abandoned. There are so many vacant properties that even when they’re falling apart, the city can’t …

Farming New Innovations And Ideas For The Food Industry Revolution

Food is a $3 trillion business worldwide, but has evolved very slowly compared to industries like medicine, communication, and transportation. That’s about to change.<p>I remember returning from a trend trip to the United Kingdom in the early 1990s and flagging the emergence of the organic food …

Is This The Most Sustainable Neighborhood In The U.S.?

A new neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, Washington, has all the aspects of a resilient community–like net zero homes, community gardens, and car sharing–built in from the beginning.<p>A new urban neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, Washington, is arguably the most resilient–and healthiest–in the …

Green Living

You Wish You Went To College At This Invention Space In An Old Factory On Top of A Mountain

Lehigh University’s Mountaintop program could send physical learning environments into the 21st century. Maybe all those overpriced Urban Outfitters sweaters are good for something.<p>Nestled on top of South Mountain, a ridge thick with hardwood trees that runs next to southeastern Pennsylvania’s …

Urban Outfitters

Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course

He captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 1.6 million students for online classes. So why is he pivoting away from MOOCs? “We don’t educate people as others wished, or as I wished,” Thrun says.<p>There’s a story going around college campuses–whispered …

Easy-To-Replicate Pop-Up Schools Can Educate Millions In The Developing World

It’s the McDonald’s of the African school system.<p>McDonald’s and other fast food chains prescribe to franchise owners exactly how to cook the meat and set up the menu. Now a Silicon Valley entrepreneur is looking to make the same model work in a very different setting: schools in the developing …

Bill Gates

Is A Startup Or A Corporate Job Better For Your Career?

Do you want freedom or structure, equity or compensation, dogs or suits? Exploring what goes into the right job fit.<p>Dichotomies create dilemmas: white or wheat; liberal or conservative; gas or electric; and for the aspiring careerist–startup or corporate. Each has its trade-offs–on one hand you get …

Employment

The Brain—and Soul—of Capitalism

In 1970 the economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman called corporate social responsibility “hypocritical window dressing,” saying that businesspeople inclined toward it “reveal a suicidal impulse.” How times have changed. Some executives still take a Friedmanesque view, but most accept social …

Farm-To-Table Grocery Startup Good Eggs Lands $8.5 Million

Good Eggs, a farm-to-table startup that specializes in delivering organic, local farm produce straight to subscribers’ doors, has raised $8.5 million in funding from Sequoia Capital.<p>Good Eggs has been fully operating in the San Francisco Bay Area since last year, working to bring farmers’ …

Post-it Notes Teams Up With Evernote To Bridge Analog And Digital

Though 3M considers Post-it Notes a healthy business–it sells tens of billions of stickies each year–it is attempting to bridge the analog and digital world by teaming up with Evernote to offer co-branded products (and a complimentary 30-day premium Evernote subscription). Using their smartphone …

Could Simple Things Like Stretching, Smiling, And Sitting Up Actually Make You Work Better?

Yes, says science.<p>If you’re reading this while slumped over your smartphone or hunched in front of your laptop, chances are that you’ll be less assertive with the next task you have to tackle.<p>Why? Because, as a growing body of research is finding, the way you hold your body shapes the way your mood …

Pick Your Own Food At This Vertical Farm Built From Shipping Containers

Durham’s Farmery has reinvented the farm many times over, in an attempt to make local, urban food more viable.<p>The Farmery isn’t a farm exactly. Nor is it just a store. It’s a mix of the two–and a kind of comment on the food system at the same time. Built by Ben Greene, in Durham, North Carolina, …

Aquaponics

The Secret Phrase Top Innovators Use

How do Google, Facebook and IDEO jumpstart the process that leads to innovation? Often by using the same three words: How Might We. Some of the most successful companies in business today are known for tackling difficult creative challenges by first asking, How might we improve X … or completely …

From Google Ventures, The 6 Ingredients You Need To Run A Design Sprint

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp lists the people and things you’ll want on hand to start tackling a big design challenge.<p><i>[Editor’s note: This is the second post in a seven-part guide on how to conduct your own Google Ventures’ five-day design sprint. Read the first part, on why you should conduct a</i> …

How To Conduct Your Own Google Ventures Design Sprint

To mentor 150 startups in its portfolio, Google Ventures developed a five-day design process. Here, the method’s mastermind, Jake Knapp, details how your company can run its own sprint to solve a big problem.<p><i>Editor’s note: This post is part of a seven-part series originally published on Google</i> …

New Research: You’re Doing Customer Experience Innovation Wrong

“Innovation” has become a buzzword in the customer experience field.<p>In a recent Forrester survey of 100 customer experience professionals, nearly half of respondents said that their executive team’s strategy for customer experience is market differentiation. And an ambitious 13% said that they’ll …

What It Takes To Be A Great Technical Leader

They often don't manage people, but instead coach them to do their best work.<p>Every company is different, but there are some common threads among the best tech leads that I've worked with. Hat tips to Brian Stoler, Nathan Hunt, Evan Gilbert, and Rich Burdon for leading by example.<p>In this article, I …

Software Development

Why more companies should encourage their employees to use social media

Meetings around the watercooler or over lunch are as traditional as the workplace suit and tie. But today, companies are looking for more innovative ways to bring employees together. Connecting people with different kinds of knowledge fosters new services and ideas, says Paul Leonardi, a professor …

Kellogg School

3 Rules Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

You’re already lean. Here’s how to get agile.<p>The startup world has made a religion of killing the sacred cow: anything that reeks of business-as-usual is frowned upon. Graduating from university? Unnecessary. Cubicles? Please. PowerPoint? Shame on you.<p>And while this very dismissal of orthodoxy has …

Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease, Say Four New Studies

Could something as simple as drinking green tea protect you from developing Alzheimer’s? A host of new studies have looked at various aspects of how green tea affects the brain, and concluded yes.<p>Writing in the University of Michigan’s NeuroHealth blog last week, prominent neurologist Henry L. …

Beware Trading Privacy for Convenience

We pay for things with the swipe of a finger. We ask Siri how to get to a restaurant. Our friends can track exactly when we’ll show up. We can monitor our heart rates and calories burned — and compare our results with friends and strangers. We’re in the early days of a digital, mobile …

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …