Tom Haak

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The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)

In trying to figure out what the future of design will look like, we’re at a bit of a loss.<p>Technology is changing at a rapid pace. In five years, …

Concept Design

More people in less space: rapid urbanisation threatens global health

The global population looks set to rise to 9.7 billion people by 2050, when it is expected that more than two-thirds of humanity will be living in urban areas. The global health community is bracing itself. Compared to a more traditional rural existence, the shift in lifestyle and inevitable …


Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth

Global population hit 7.3 billion midway through 2015, an increase of 2 billion since 1990. It will continue to climb steadily, according to forecasters, reaching 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100.<p>But there is more to the population story than unprecedented numbers. …


Where is the riskiest place to live?

Vanuatu is the riskiest country to live in, with natural disasters on average affecting more than a third of the population each year, according to the World Risk Report 2015.<p>Countries are ranked using the world risk index, which takes into account not only the frequency of natural disasters in …


A Look Inside Four Decades Of Breakthroughs At IBM Research

American industry has a rich heritage of top-notch corporate labs. Bell Labs created not only the transistor, but also other fundamental …

Fortune 500

What We Can Learn from Military Recruiting Tactics

They’re just plain good at what they do. Consider asking your candidates to sign on for four years; each position might be a tougher sale. It’s a …


4 Strategies to Find Work Only You Can Do (and Why It’s More Profitable Than Ever)

Every monopoly story has its inspiringly inauspicious beginnings.<p>Every monopoly story has its inspiringly inauspicious beginnings.<p>The JP Morgan Bank …

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How CEOs Can Easily End the Gender Wage Gap

Machinists working for Ford Motors attending a Women’s Conference on equal rights, 1968.<p>“Just sit down and write the check. We’ve known forever that …


New York City vs. San Francisco: Part Deux

One year ago I moved from New York City to San Francisco and learned how very different these two cities are.

San Francisco

10 Ways Today’s Teenagers Are Better, According to Old People

They’re a lot more than phone addicts.<p>When it comes to teens, older people are usually deeming them lazy and scoffing at them for their Snapchat, …


The Skills You Need—But No One Tells You About—if You Want to Be Influential

Being an influential person has very little to do with enrolling people in your personal agenda.<p>Raj Bandyopadhyay had a problem.<p>His dream career was …


Professional Pokémon Go Trainers Are Now Advertising on Craigslist

Ivy St. Ive and her Golbat tattoo.<p>Do you wanna catch ’em all, but get distracted by things like work and family? Craigslist can help.<p>Ivy St. Ive, the …


Topless Yoga With a Purpose Is the Latest Los Angeles Trend

The purpose of the class is the “dismantle the patriarchy – one asana at a time!” (Photo: Free the Nipple Yoga).<p>With the many unique yoga classes …

Pop Psych: ‘Pokemon Go’ Is a Social Phenomenon Like No One Ever Was

Hitmonchan is my friend.<p><i>Pop Psych: Where we ask a real psychotherapist to delve into the mindsets of our favorite pop culture characters.</i><p>I don’t …


The Disruptive Innovation Behind Pokémon Go

If you're looking to move the needle in your own organization, follow the lead of Nintendo.<p>In an explosive combination of creativity, cutting-edge technology, and brilliant marketing, Pokemon GO has become a global craze in less than a week. The new portable game from Nintendo uses a technology …


How Pokémon Go Might Actually Be Helping Kids With Autism

If you’ve been following coverage of <i>Pokémon Go</i>, the mobile game that has taken over the internet and a disturbingly large chunk of human life in …

University of Utah

Pokémon Go used in classrooms to help autistic children

Australian autism expert Craig Smith has devised a way of incorporating the hit game into his lessons to encourage austic students' social skills

Developmental disabilities

Learning by Doing! 11 Life Lessons learned in a Finnish Classroom.

We don’t make anything anymore. Don’t get me wrong- I know there are several talented crafty people in this world who have dedicated their lives to …


43 Life Lessons from Math

I have to admit something. I love something I cannot have. What is that? I love math but suck at it. I will never have a true talent for math and I …


What Marketing Teams Can Learn from Biology

<i>Joseph Vito DeLuca is VP Marketing & Communications for Yieldr</i><p>The Holy Grail of today’s data-driven marketing landscape was actually discovered far from any boardrooms or Silicon Valley tech centers. One must actually look to the laboratory; or more precisely, under the microscope. It’s because …


Tech Insights: 4 Keys to Help Embrace Evidence-Based HR

9<p>15<p>94<p>Ten years ago, one retailer was far ahead of the curve on analytics.<p>It built a skilled analytics team the likes of which most of us would envy …


A tale of five cities: applying foresight to shape their futures

How people conceive of their city's future is important in shaping how the city's future unfolds. Zachary Powson/, CC BY-NDMayors, CEOs, …

The Future

The Office Is Changing

What will the workplace of tomorrow look like? At Work Awesome in New York last month, we pulled together four thought leaders with Amol Sarva from Knotel who are working on building the offices of the future.<p>The office as a spreadsheet, from The Apartment (1960)<p><b>Building Buildings The New Way</b><p>Knotel …

Human Resources

Bright, Shiny Objects and the Future of HR

Many of us have had the experience of listening to a talk and suddenly making a connection between the speaker’s big idea and a challenge we face at work. To listen to David Rock, of the NeuroLeadership Institute, for example, is to have one’s eyes opened to recent neuroscience research. One …

Network analysis

Google has found a business model for its most advanced artificial intelligence

DeepMind gets a job cutting the costs of data centers.<p>Two years ago, Google spent over half a billion dollars for the tiny artificial intelligence startup DeepMind. Since then, the unit has walloped Atari video games and beaten an impossible board game.<p>Impressive stuff, that. But those AI …


11 video game trends that will change the future of the industry

The focus of this year’s Develop, the annual game developer conference held in Brighton, was unmistakable: virtual reality. The aim of conference is to highlight and discuss current trends, and last year these included social media, spectatorship, and games as services. This year, however, VR …


15 wondrous examples of data visualization

<b>They say a picture is worth a thousand words.</b><p>Which must mean that data visualization is worth an indeterminate amount of numbers... right?<p>Regardless, …

Data Visualization

How Science Fiction Dystopias Became Blueprints for City Planners

Science fiction cityscapes have awed audiences since <i>Metropolis</i> debuted in Germany in 1927. These amplified skylines provide a visual shorthand for …

Science Fiction