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How to Innovate When Your Company Doesn't Want to Change a Thing

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 10:31 AM

By Rana Gujral, CEO of TiZE

In today's startup culture, the ideal company is a hotbed of ideas, innovation, and growth. But the reality is much more stagnant: big, hulking companies are often where innovation goes to die. In fact, theoretical physicist Geoffrey West hypothesized that...

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To Sell More Smartphones, Change How They're Bought and Sold

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 1:23 PM

By Mark Heynen, CBO of PayJoy

Back in Guatemala, Juan Alvarado* would never have been able to afford a Galaxy S6.

Few vendors near his rural hometown sold upscale phones, the 19-year-old California resident said. Those that did made the customer pay the full price for the...

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The Complex Implications of Policy Puffins on the Public's Welfare

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 2:42 AM


By Michele Battle-Fisher, Hippo Reads contributor

At its simplest denominator, a citizen is by principle afforded the right of being included in a group's decisions. But there is a special place for those who serve as policymakers and policy experts. But I...

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Rethink the Midlife Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 11:42 AM

By Sue Chen, CEO of NOVA Medical

I didn't date someone half my age or buy myself a sports car. But when my friends heard I was planning to start a hazelnut farm on 22 acres of land I'd bought in rural Oregon, some of them -- along...

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Ignoring Poetry Means Ignoring Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 12:13 PM

By Colleen Abel, Hippo Reads contributor

It's that time of year. Resolutions are being made. Parties are being organized. And the "Best of" year-end lists are popping up everywhere, stuffing our Facebook feeds and gobbling headlines in our newspapers. There's a website devoted to nothing but...

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A Successful Personalized Learning Initiative: Lessons Learned

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 11:29 PM

By Dr. Dena Cushenberry, Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Warren Township

It's tempting to believe that money can solve all your problems--especially if you're a school superintendent. I'll never forget the moment my school district won its Race to the Top district grant from the federal government in...

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What the King of France and a Fortune 500 CEO Have in Common

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 1:00 PM

By Trevor Madigan, CEO of The Vision Lab

What do Louis XIV and a Fortune 500 CEO have in common?

For most of the 20th century, it was their style of management.

Louis XIV was a famous autocrat--by forcing all the nobles to move to his opulent palace...

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What Is Good Healthcare?: A Global Study

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 11:47 AM


By Mark Wien, Hippo Reads contributor

This is the first part of a three-part series.

1. The Band-Aid Treatment: We can cover the blood, but we aren't stopping the bleeding.

In June...

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The Big Ideas 3D-Printing Brings to Big Pharma

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 1:15 PM

By Artem Gassan, CEO of Whale Path

$550 billion. That's how big the 3D-printing industry is expected to be in 2025. The healthcare industry is poised to comprise a big chunk of that total, with prosthetics, dental implants, hearing aids, and customized orthotics already being created...

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How I Survived a 'Discussion' With Chinese Public Security

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:55 AM


By Eugene Cooper, Hippo Reads Contributor

It was with great sadness and shock that we recently learned of the passing of Professor Eugene Cooper just before publishing this piece. "Coops," as he was affectionately known in academic circles, was a vocal...

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Why the Best Mental Health Day Is a Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 3:39 AM

By Loes Daniels, Founder,

It's easy to spot the deep tan that marks someone recently returned from vacation. But the most important and long-lasting effect of travel may be one of the least visible. Books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild have become international bestsellers by describing...

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Why Can't Women 'Lean In?' Politics and Economics, That's Why

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 5:36 PM

By Amanda Watson, Hippo Reads Contributor

In 2010, at the inaugural TEDWomen conference in Washington, D.C., Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gave a 15-minute lecture responding to the question, "How are women and girls reshaping the future?" In what would become a tremendously popular TED talk,

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First--Devices Second

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 1:18 PM

By Ken Eastwood, Superintendent, Middletown City School District, NY

In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We're "detracking" students previously sorted by ability. We're mainstreaming those with special needs. And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English....

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What Does it Mean to Be a Kid in the Digital Age?

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 9:35 PM


By Paula Lee and Yalda T.Uhls, Hippo Reads Contributors

Is social media ruining our kids? How much internet activity is too much? What do FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), sexting, and selfies mean for teens? To answer these and other questions,...

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How Viral Video Is Transforming Charity

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 2:36 PM

By Peter Draw, CEO of Present App

Last year's Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $100 million in donations for the ALS association in less than a month--and, along with them, serious questions about the role of viral video...

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Why the Word 'Moist' Makes Your Skin Crawl

(6) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 4:30 PM

By Kate MacNamee, Hippo Reads contributor

I used to find the word moist nauseating to hear and even worse to utter--I hate it for what seemed like no reason. When I started telling people how much I hated the word, I was surprised to find that others did,...

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Why the Best Mental Health Day Is a Vacation

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 5:24 PM

By Loes Daniels, Founder,

It's easy to spot the deep tan that marks someone recently returned from vacation. But the most important and long-lasting effect of travel may be one of the least visible. Books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild have become international bestsellers by describing...

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On Killer Apes, Naked Apes, and Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:28 PM


By David Moscrop and Richard J. Perry

Is biology destiny? Do our genes determine who we are and what we're capable of? What does the mere idea that they might mean for politics and policy? A lot, it turns out.


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What You Don't Know About Aging Could Kill You

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 3:27 PM

By Sue Chen, CEO of NOVA Medical Products

Years ago, when I began visiting assisted living communities, I wanted to get to know my company's customers--older adults who would use stylish mobility equipment. I vividly recall a wall of pictures of the residents in their early 20s...

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If You Want a Better Job, Ditch Your Resume

(15) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 1:51 PM

By Jay Davies, CEO of Hirenetics

Resumes are so '90s -- 1490s, that is. They've been around for such a long time that even Leonardo Da Vinci had one. Because resumes have dominated the hiring process for hundreds of years, few stop to question their efficacy,...

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