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Design Fundamentals: 3 Key Practices for Building Your Own Design Process

<i>This post was written by Cooper Intern Alex Mandel</i><p>A strong design process is the cornerstone of creating a great user experience. But finding one …

Here’s How To Create A Workspace That Empowers Your People And Business

You can’t just throw some plants around the office and move some desks–designing an inspiring workplace takes research and care.<p>Amidst the constant debate about workplace design and the merits of cubicles and open-office layouts, it’s imperative we don’t lose sight of the fact that there are proven …

The Workplace

Three Gorgeous Food Blogs That Will Change The Way You Look At Your Plate

Instagram sensation Ida Skivenes shares some sources of culinary inspiration–including an Italian fashion/food mashup site that will knock your socks off.<p>Instagram sensation Ida Skivenes eats all of her art. In fact, Skivenes, one of <i>Fast Company</i>‘s Most Creative People in Business, doesn’t even see …

Ekotips! Påskpynt!

Snart dags för påsk igen! Här kan ni läsa lite om vad jag skrev förra året i påsktider, 5 smarta påskval och om påskgodiset.<p>I år tänkte jag tipsa …

These Brilliant Disaster Shelters Were Inspired By Teepees And A Coffee Cup

“I was looking at a sleeve of coffee cups and thought, ‘There it is,'” says McDaniel. The floor of the shelter acts like the lid of a cup; the rest …

UC Berkeley

Book Written Entirely In PowerPoint Aims To Reinvent How Businesses Communicate

Reading business documents and attending presentations might actually be fun with Slidedocs, Nancy Duarte’s new concept for communicating ideas.<p>Raise your hand if you like sitting through slide-show presentations. How about reading dense, jargony business documents? These are the staples of modern …

How The Knowledge Economy Is Redefining Work

Our conceptions of work have shifted, and work is more about finding meaning and independence. Companies that refuse to offer flexible, autonomous, and creative work environments, won’t be able to attract the best people.<p>Where does a day at work rank in things you’d like to do?<p>According to a 2013 …

Ikea And The UN Are Making Life A Little Brighter In Refugee Camps

By Sydney Brownstone3 minute Read<p>After teaming up to create a solar-powered, flat-pack refugee tent last year, Ikea and the United Nations High …

A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies

Radically flat. That’s the management goal that Tony Hseih, founder of e-commerce giant Zappos, aims to achieve by the end of 2014. To get there, Hsieh plans to toss out the traditional corporate hierarchy by eliminating titles among his 1,500 employees that can lead to bottlenecks in …

RSA ANIMATE: Re-Imagining Work

10 New Books You Need to Read This Year

From biographies to technical studies and step-by-step guides, here are 10 books that you should look for in the next few months.<p>Of course, we think you can learn a lot online. But, if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, there is often no substitute for the kind of thoughtful analysis you can get …

No Managers: Why We Removed Bosses at Treehouse

On June 20th 2013, we decided that our 4-day work week at Treehouse was’t insane enough so we went further: <b>We removed all Managers</b>.It was a bold move …

Five whys, Part 1: The startup immune system

Nivi · November 14th, 2008<p>“When confronted with a problem, have you ever stopped and asked why five times?”<p><b>Summary</b>: Whenever you find a defect, ask …

Immune System

Stop Giving Employees Cash Bonuses

New research suggests a better kind of year-end reward.<p><i>A Christmas Carol</i> makes a strong existential case for year-end bonuses, but it’s far less instructive on which type of bonus works best. Indeed, the evidence on that count is conflicting. Individual, performance-based bonuses can boost morale …

The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all.<p>You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists …

What will it take to set up colonies in space?

An ambitious idea for creating giant orbiting homes in space is being resurrected by a think tank. If you think this sounds absurd, it’s worth noting this group predicted travelling to Moon 30 years before it happened.<p>Imagine a pristine landscape of fertile fields and forests nudging up against the …

Research Center

The 7 Steps To Delivering A Mind-Blowing TED Talk

Transform your run-of-the-mill presentation ideas by applying the “seven Cs of original messaging.”<p>It’s been said that there are no original ideas. But what may seem like old hat to you could become the next compelling TED talk.<p>You can transform your presentations by mining your expertise, …

A New San Francisco Grocery Store Takes Locavorism To The Extreme In Style

In addition to Local Mission Eatery, Milgrom and Des Voignes have a local seafood restaurant called Local’s Corner and an upcoming local beer and …

San Francisco

The Countries That Can Best Handle Change, From Earthquakes To Technology Revolutions

“There was a thought that, regardless the amount of development money being poured into Haiti, they wouldn’t be able to use it as effectively as …

World Economy

What’s Wrong With Your Organizational Structure?

A common myth among entrepreneurs is that <i>organizational structure</i> gets in the way of getting work done. Several innovative companies thus try to …

Management

How Medium Is Building a New Kind of Company with No Managers

<i>Ed</i><i>itor's Note: Medium has since changed the way it runs the organization as it's scaled. You can read about how they're approaching manag</i><i>ement now</i> …

For Real Workplace Engagement, Empower Every Employee To Be An Entrepreneur

Make your employees entrepreneurs, wherever they may be. DHL Express U.S., which is home to a staff that’s 100,000 strong, did just that and it paid off big time. Here’s CEO Ian Clough on how and why it works.<p>When most of us think of a hyper successful startup, we envision a small battalion of …

Presentation Tip: Updating the three "Tell Them" statements

There is a classic piece of advice that many presenters have heard when thinking about how to structure their presentation. The advice is to: "Tell …

The Secret to Your Success? Make Others Successful

<i>Illustration by Beau Bergeron / IDEO</i><p>We don’t have many rules at IDEO, but we do have some cultural values that we take seriously because we feel they …

Job Interviews

4 July: American Dream Alive & Well... In China

On Fourth of July, Americans can rightly take immense pride in their American Dream – how, with ambition and hard work, everyone has the chance to …

CEOs

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

By Charles Day9 minute Read<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are …

The Cabal: Valve�s Design Process For Creating Half-Life

While <i>Half-Life</i> has seen resounding critical and financial success (winning over 50 Game of the Year awards and selling more than a million copies …

Change is Good — Don’t Let Naysayers Tell You Otherwise

I’ve been watching with great interest over the past few weeks as the naysayers seem to have gone <i>crazy</i> overboard trying to bash Google Glass every …