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The Next Big Shock Is Coming

Chris Kutarna | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Kutarna

We can look at the surprising ways in which Renaissance Europe transformed under stresses analogous to our own and stretch our own thinking about how events might unfold for us, too.

The Entrepreneurial Revolution!

Chris Herd | Posted 01.07.2016 | Technology
Chris Herd

Employment is dead, long live Entrepreneurialism. The days of regularised employment are numbered. We are standing on the brink of a revolution broug...

The Sunday Series (79), With Mark Brodinsky

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Mark Brodinsky

One phone call can change a life. For Chris Rodriguez it was the call from the owner of Blue Devil Products that fine day in September of 2012.

I'm Too Old, I Can't Do That. Or Can I?

Lori Osterberg | Posted 07.10.2016 | Fifty
Lori Osterberg

When you reach milestone ages -- 40, 50, 60 -- why not blame it on your age when you simply don't feel like doing something. "I would do that but I'm too old. Nobody does that at my age." But the thing is in most cases, you CAN find someone who's "done that," whatever you've chosen to push away.

'Technological Intuition' -- The Must-have Skill of the Digital Era

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.07.2016 | Technology
St. Gallen Symposium

In my view what will make or break a disruption using AI technologies is not the hardware but the software, which is us and our technological intuition to challenge common perceptions of what defines good performance.

The Next Big Thing Is a Series of Small Things

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 05.01.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Something that fits the format of a TEDTalk (i.e., one groundbreaking approach that challenges conventional dogma and exposes miraculous truths about society) may be simplifying the problem itself. Perhaps the next big idea should be an acknowledgment of the fallibility of big ideas.

How to Follow Through On Big Ideas

Lori Osterberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
Lori Osterberg

Too often we get in our own way and allow our thoughts to control our actions. We can be our own worse enemies when it comes to moving forward in a big way. The next time you find yourself saying no to your ideas out of fear of the unknown, try one of these steps instead.

Movement Marketing 2015

Scott Goodson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Scott Goodson

Passions that lie behind movements can inspire all sorts of people. When you care about something you inspire others. When you stand against something you act as a catalyst for change, and rally others to do the same.

The Daily Innovator(sm): Making Your Own Luck

Kevin McDermott | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Kevin McDermott

S. Donald Stookey died this month at the age of 99. He will be remembered for his invention of a new category of materials called synthetic glass ceramics. Stookey will also be remembered as an exemplar of the everyday hard work and collaboration from which great innovations come.

The New Books to Read This Fall

Adam Grant | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

My favorite part of being an author is writing. A close second is finding new books in my mailbox. This fall, there's an unusually exciting crop of big idea and business books about human behavior, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the fundamental questions of success, meaning, and happiness in work and life.

Innovation Has a Branding Issue in Education

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

Because we have made such a big deal out of the end result, the perception about innovation is that we need some creativity superpower to be a change agent.

Open Thread: Young People Can and Will Change the World

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Courtney O'Connell

Last week I received an email with three questions from Hofstra University student, Lauren. These questions are incredibly authentic, and represent th...

The Truth About Social Good: It's More Than a Good Idea

Erica Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Erica Williams

Leaders and social do-gooders are looking for people to talk about the the values, theories and skills that have helped every generation before ours turn moments into movements, reactions into revolutions and big ideas into lasting legacies.

Flip for Big Ideas Like Heart Health

Larry King | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Larry King

The mission of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation is to save hearts. Flipboard is a powerful platform that makes it simple and fun for us to highlight visually-compelling articles on how to lead a heart healthy life.

Stuck in a Rut? Try These Innovation Catalysts at Your Workplace

Amanda Schneider | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Amanda Schneider

The key to overcoming a creative rut is to keep focused, but in new ways. Churn and fight until you are back on your feet and do not be afraid of trying new things, working with new people and otherwise getting out of your comfort zone.

"The Great De(generation)": A Millennial Take With Author Niall Ferguson

Inesha Premaratne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Inesha Premaratne

In the Fall of 2011, Niall Ferguson, a Professor at Harvard University, detailed for a TED audience what he believed to be the "6 killer apps for prosperity."

Six Innovative Latinas Took the Stage at the Latinas Think Big Event in NYC

Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD | Posted 06.06.2013 | Latino Voices
Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD

On May 16th, the halls of Columbia University's Barnard College buzzed with excitement, as the inaugural LATINAS THINK BIG event, hosted by ELLA Leade...

Making Great Ideas Even Greater: Introducing TEDWeekends

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Arianna Huffington

TED and HuffPost are planning an exciting experiment in the weeks ahead. We want to highlight some of today's most intriguing ideas. But to do so in a way that sees those ideas morph and develop in real time, in response to input from thousands of contributors, perhaps including you. Every weekend for the next year, we'll introduce a theme, anchored to a TEDTalk we think has at its core a powerful and timely concept. But rather than simply offering it up as is, we're opening it up to you to write your own post about it, leave a comment behind, and help refine it. Because that's the thing about ideas. They're not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, each of whom may bring an additional insight, they're capable of adaptation until they find their most potent form. A form that can truly go viral and perhaps impact millions of minds.

Thinking Big About the Next Four Years

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Romney and Obama campaigns have already proven that they're up to speed on negative ads. But there has to be some substance -- some positive and very concrete things the candidates stand for -- in order for voters to make an informed choice.

An Oasis of Ideas at TED 2012

Max Lugavere | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Max Lugavere

Last year, we learned of the dangers of one's "filter bubble." At TED, there is no such danger: The talks are multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary, and always delivered with passion by someone at the top of their game. What's not to love?

Great Entrepreneurs Have Vision, Not Just Ideas

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Executives and investors are now increasingly exposed to a wealth of ideas. Visionary leaders, on the other hand, are not so common.

What's The Big Idea: Aspen Ideas Fest, Day 1

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

How can Aspen Ideas Fest be harnessed for the common good so that everyone in the country can be exposed to it, not just the few of us privileged to attend such events?

What Makes a Billion Dollar Idea?

Juliette Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Juliette Powell

What's the difference between a Million Dollar Idea and a Billion Dollar Idea? SCALABILITY: "If the design fails when the quantity increases then it d...

Big Ideas For A Small Planet

AWEARNESS: The Kenneth Cole Blog | Ezra Roth Well | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

This isn't any of your business. Doesn't that just make you want to watch this even more? "As corporations have begun embracing green business prac...