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The Original Entrepreneurs: Artists and Designers

Stephen Beal | Posted 03.24.2017 | Education
Stephen Beal

In today's society, and in business in particular, innovation has become the Big Thing. The Prize. The Holy Grail. "If you're not innovating, you're going backwards," according to Virgin Founder and CEO Richard Branson.

Apps and Robots: Innovations for an Aging Population

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2016 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

I wondered what was new for seniors this year at the second annual Aging 2.0 summit so I went to their San Francisco event.

The Death of Liberal Arts? Or the Reunion of Broken Parts

Tony Woodcock | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Tony Woodcock

Zakaria is a compelling spokesman for the Liberal Arts. He shows unequivocally their importance in the cultural, economic and developmental world and how our world becomes threatened by the narrow focus of Manichean politics.

91-Year-Old Is Living Her Dream As A Tech Designer At Silicon Valley Firm

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.02.2015 | Good News

A nonagenarian has started a new career as a valuable part of Silicon Valley's tech world, bringing her years of wisdom to the industry. When Barba...

What Do J.Crew and KFC Have in Common?

Michael P. Owens | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Michael P. Owens

"You wouldn't think J.Crew and KFC would have anything in common, but evidently, they do." This quote from Mick McConnell, global director of Chipotle's retail design team, was made at the conclusion of the inaugural RetailSpaces retreat last month in Key West, FL.

The Double Edged Sword of Start-Up Weekends

Mikaela Reyes | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Mikaela Reyes

After recently joining my first Start-Up weekend, I realized how the "start a company in 54-hours" format wasn't as appealing to me as I thought it wo...

Top Tips for Start-ups From Successful Entrepreneurs

Rana Florida | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

In this increasingly competitive world, entrepreneurs need all the tips and advice they can get. Here are some of the top tips for start-ups from successful start-ups.

Lead by Serving

Rana Florida | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Leaders who inspire, mentor, and teach -- rather than dictate and order -- will have more productive, more engaged and more loyal teams.

Risky Business Is Good Business

Rana Florida | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

It's surprising how few organizations encourage risk taking and foster a culture of outside-the box thinking. We are taught to set goals, achieve measurable results and assess success. But we are rarely encouraged to push the boundaries of new ideas and pioneering thoughts.

A Design Thinking Retrospective: How History's Biggest Mishaps Could Have Been Averted

Patricia Morizio | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Patricia Morizio

Design thinking, also known as human-centered design, has been the hot topic as of late, at least among the forward-thinking tech and business scenes.

It's Time for Leaders to Lead

Rana Florida | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

The traditional top-down approach, in which the boss sits at the top of the pyramid and orders the underlings to work harder, is no longer flying.

Don't Shortchange Framing the Question

Tom Hulme | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Tom Hulme

The wording and tone of the question matters -- if you ask the wrong question you'll get the wrong solution, but so many of us spend a tiny fraction of our time framing the questions we're asking and even less time re-evaluating them over time.

Harnessing the Wisdom of Your Crowd

Tom Hulme | Posted 08.07.2013 | Small Business
Tom Hulme

How much more impact might your ideas have if they were easily shared and built upon by others? How many more ideas might you have if you were inspired by others' ideas? And how much more might you move from ideas to action with the encouragement of others?

Creativity Has Designs On Aspen Ideas Fest

Michael Conniff | Posted 07.27.2013 | Denver
Michael Conniff

ASPEN, COLORADO--Maybe it's just me, but when the Aspen Ideas Festival rolls around here every summer--the impending confab is June 26-July 2, 2013--I...

10 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Workforce

Rana Florida | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

You're already paying them to do a job. Why not educate them so they can do it better? It doesn't have to cost you a lot of money -- and the dividends you'll gain are incalculable.

Samsung Swung and Missed: Apple on Deck

Jonathan Littman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Littman

How quickly the international technology tides shift. Samsung's long hyped mobile phone juggernaut, driven by solid technology, low prices, Apple mimicry, Google's generosity, and a bloated advertising campaign suddenly looks vulnerable.

Missing the Innovation Mark: What's Wrong with Corporate America

XPRIZE | Posted 04.21.2013 | Technology

By Deborah Perry Piscione Deborah Perry Piscione is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and the author of the upcoming book Secrets of Silicon Valley:...

What Will You Work For?

Collaborative Fund | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
Collaborative Fund

Throughout our research as a fund, we've noticed a trend. The way people sustain themselves is shifting. If more people are self-employed, or making extra money through gigs, what does the future of work look like?

Can This Toy Cure Tech's Gender Imbalance?

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Technology

Debbie Sterling wants to re-engineer the world, one girl at a time. A Stanford engineer who spent her childhood years thinking "engineering was nerdy...

Your Start-Up Life: Design Your Thinking

Rana Florida | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

An innovator that the most innovative businesses turn to for advice, IDEO CEO Tim Brown offers fascinating insights on creativity, design thinking and the birth of new ideas.

Your Start-up Life: Designing the Perfect Office

Rana Florida | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Office environments are as varied as the companies that they house. Whether it is Google's campus-like Mountain View headquarters or a fun and wild setting like Zappos' Las Vegas offices, there are so many more exciting options now than there were decades ago.'s Mission to Tackle Global Social Challenges Through Design for All

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Rahilla Zafar

One of the big differences in the human-centered design approach is that it is centered on the needs of communities, so it starts with developing a deep understanding.

Why We Value Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Michael Roth

As the Supreme Court considers Fisher vs. the University of Texas, it is crucial that the justices continue to allow universities to consider race and ethnicity within a holistic admissions process that aims to create a student body that maximizes learning.

Design Firms: The New Rock Bands?

Joel Edmondson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts
Joel Edmondson

When I first moved to New York after graduation, I moved to Astoria because it was sensibly priced and conveniently located to work as compared to Bro...

From Good for Good

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

My fellow panelists and I have been challenged to illustrate "What Good Looks Like" with three examples of innovative solutions from non-profits, foundations, or social enterprises.