Lisa Witter

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The Unmanageables

When a crusading but conflict-averse billionaire bankrolls several of journalism’s most prominent mavericks to create a hard-nosed investigative news organization, it’s a recipe for turmoil. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s differences with First Look Media staff have been all over the press. Two top …

Talks to watch with kids

Kids

Even for a charity there’s no such thing as a free lunch

Responses : <b>8 Comments</b><p><b>At least, not without some reciprocity.</b><p>I love people who do <i>pro bono</i> work. They offer their skills free of charge for something …

I Think, I Sleep, I Move, I Love …Therefore I Am

THE GREEKS CALLED IT eudaemonia, a word most easily translated as “well-being,” a concept that communicated wisdom of the most practical nature. But …

Immune System

The Science of Mental Time Travel and Why Our Ability to Imagine the Future Is Essential to Our Humanity

Lewis Carroll’s <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> remains one of my all-time favorite books, largely because Carroll taps his training as a logician to imbue the whimsical story with an allegorical dimension that blends the poetic with the philosophical. To wit: The Red Queen remembers the future instead of the …

Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won’t Even Notice

Google’s new design ethos, living on and beyond every screen, could make Google an amorphous problem solver of unimaginable scale.<p>“I have a weird question for you,” I stammered, sitting in a hotel room across from Matias Duarte and Jon Wiley, the Google design leads for Android and Search, …

Material Design

A New App Called Moment Shows You How Addicted You Are To Your iPhone

Some of us jokingly say that we’re addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called Moment will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much …

Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies

In 2013, Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a mind-bending debate on the nature of “nothing” — an inquiry that has occupied thinkers since the dawn of recorded thought and permeates everything from Hamlet’s iconic question to the boldest frontiers of quantum physics. That’s precisely what <i>New Scientist</i> …

Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)

Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly — is it good or bad, in and of …

Religion

Ask Yourself: Why Do You Do the Work You Do?

In the last several weeks, I had two radically different experiences spending extended time with leaders at two large, global companies. A long, …

A Retail Shop For Social Good Pops-Up In Manhattan

Story is a unique kind of shop, changing themes every few weeks. So if you’re in the mood to freshen your closet this spring with products that give back, stop by soon.<p>Every month or two, everything in the New York City based retail shop Story completely changes. Like the art galleries down the …