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Want to Be a Better Problem-Solver and Opportunity-Finder? Strategic Design Thinking Holds the Key | Inc.com

Moura Quayle has had an amazing career as a landscape architect, urban-systems designer, a strategic-design scholar, senior leader in government, university dean, and co-founder of UBC Sauder School of Business d.studio. Quayle draws from her multi-faceted background in academia, government and …

Design

Driverless Vehicles Will Talk to Us

Envisioning a not-so-distant future where our cars can detect our locations, our to-do lists, and our heart rates.<p>When we switched from landlines to smartphones about 10 years ago, there was a fundamental shift in how we understood communication technology. Until that point, we’d been using phones …

Driverless Cars

Will the Gig Economy Make the Office Obsolete?

The gig economy, where independent consultants, contractors, and freelancers create portfolios of work in lieu of one full-time job, is transforming the way we work by disconnecting work from an office. In the traditional jobs economy, employers often require employee attendance in the office five …

The Workplace

Why Apple and Google are moving into solar energy

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are investing in renewable energy in a serious way – a sign, perhaps, of rapid changes in the energy market.<p>Most people think of Apple as a company that makes phones, computers and smart watches – not an energy provider. But in August all of that changed when the …

Renewable Energy

The efficient plots hypothesis

I'm pulling this discussion out of the comments thread on Scott Enderle's blog, because it's fun. This is the formal statement of what will forever …

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

The Brain

The Hairpin

I love you!<p>It’s a bit like a job: sometimes you like it, sometimes you don’t, but you go either way.<p>This virgin knows what’s up.<p>“Weird pitches” …

The Excel spreadsheet artist

Shortly before his retirement at 60, Tatsuo Horiuchi picked up a copy of Microsoft Excel and started making art with it. His art does not look …

This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business

The future of business is pure chaos. Here’s how you can survive–and perhaps even thrive.<p><b>DJ Patil pulls a 2-foot-long metalbar</b> from his backpack. The contraption, which he calls a “double pendulum,” is hinged in the middle, so it can fold in on itself. Another hinge on one end is attached to a …

Innovation

Drinking the French Quarter: The Vieux Carré Cocktail

The <b>Vieux Carré</b> is New Orleans’ contribution to the Manhattan family. More specifically, it is a Saratoga, sweetened with a splash of Bénédictine and …

When Gold Falls Out of Favor, Look Out Below

People buy copper or gasoline when they need to make pipe fixtures or drive a car. People buy gold because they want it.