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On Quitting

On Quitting

Unemployment rates may still be in the double digits, but if you ask Kate, Mattan, or Matt – real jobs are so passe. From coast to coast, one by one, my friends (and friends of friends) are quitting their jobs. Whether it be to travel, start a company, or train for the first Modern Pentathlon, they all...
Alternative schooling moves across the pond

Alternative schooling moves across the pond

This great Economist blog piece on the new British “Free School” movement raises some interesting questions about education. Through the program, anyone dissatisfied with public education can set up his or her own school and receive government funding for each enrolled student. The curriculum, and even the length of the school day and year, are completely...
Agencies, Client Work, and Experience Shifts

Agencies, Client Work, and Experience Shifts

In the advertising agency world, client-agency relationships are always a hot topic, perhaps a source of immense stress or amazing partnerships. Recently, mobile UX designer Murat from London blogged: “Can The Next Instagram/Hipstamatic/Klout/Angry Birds Be Born Within An Agency?” Here’s a little secret – creatives and developers are ITCHING to do cool, innovative stuff and have great ideas every day. Some of these...
A Film that Defines Influence

A Film that Defines Influence

The Influencers film is an incredible tour of contagious ideas & people. Legit, N.Y.-based creatives like Jeff Staple of Reed Space probe into what defines influence and the kind of icons who change our music, fashion, and entertainment, but the highlights are their personal inspirations and advice to future influencers. All this is accompanied by...
French education: All about finding the right question

French education: All about finding the right question

Being thrown into a new system of education teaches you a lot about the unique qualities that define the difference with your own. Not until my semester studying on exchange at Sciences Po Paris did I really start thinking about why we do things the way we do. That idea that an essay or presentation should...
Video Games: Good or Evil?

Video Games: Good or Evil?

My youth was spent in a weird juxtaposition of working on a rural ranch splitting wood and raising chickens, and hunkering down to play hours of video games like Starcraft and Diablo II. While a part of me laments the hours spent absorbed in fantasy lands, I appreciate many things gaming taught me. I am...
Collaborative Consumption: Infographic on the Shared-Hauz

Collaborative Consumption: Infographic on the Shared-Hauz

I recently moved to New York, and went through that painful process of reducing down my giant stash of stuff to two large suitcases. During the mess of selling, throwing away, donating, and trading things for food, I was reminded daily of our ridiculous tendencies to amass so many…things. Why do we feel the need...
Maria Popova on innovation and creativity

Maria Popova on innovation and creativity

  With so much fantastic online content produced every day, great curators are more important than ever. From SwissMiss to Brain Pickings to Cool Hunting, amazing minds are helping us distill all that information into a vision of whats just plain cool. Maria Popova, author of Brain Pickings and one of the best curators out...
On Tomatoes, Being Young, and Starting Things

On Tomatoes, Being Young, and Starting Things

Firstly:  tomatoes.  They’re tight. But this isn’t a happy story.  Most of the tomatoes we eat are picked by migrant farm workers, some of the poorest workers in the country.  When I was a sophomore in college a migrant worker came to speak to my class on a campaign to raise migrant worker wages.  Their...
Infographics and Innovation

Infographics and Innovation

Our favorite magazines and blogs are masters at creating quirky and relatable infographics that condense complex information into visual form. We all appreciate these supplements to our reading and news consumption, but some are saying their role is much greater. The realestate search startup, Trulia, is taking a gamble (which seems like a smart one)...
Our Post-Mortem Digital Personae - Powered by IBM?

Our Post-Mortem Digital Personae – Powered by IBM?

Shortly after reading a VentureBeat article about IBM’s new experimental computing chips modeled on the human brain, I came across an Adam Ostrow Ted talk on post-mortem social media profiles. While I don’t think IBM is necessarily creating chips to model our online behavior after we die, the juxtaposition of these two articles is a little chilling. Just...
Is Texas the new California?

Is Texas the new California?

We’re always looking for the next center of innovation, the next great supporter of business, and the next big boom town. The Economist argued in 2009 ( “California v Texas, America’s Future”) that Texas’ tax incentives, cheap land, and general support of free enterprise were making it the next great center for business – the next great...
A Lesson I'm Learning...

A Lesson I’m Learning…

An important reminder for all the college educated, overachieving twenty-somethings of the world: “Ambition becomes counter-productive when you pursue your goals without the humbling realization that things seldom go as planned.” – Scott Belsky [Quote by Scott Belsky published on Lifehacker, image courtesy of NASA]  
How Pencils are Made

How Pencils are Made

  A simple reminder of how complex seemingly ordinary things can be: How Pencils are Made. Take a moment to appreciate the amount of creativity, innovation, and engineering that goes into our everyday lives.   [Photo courtesy of ecowomen.net]
Algorithms for Cities

Algorithms for Cities

If we raise the price of bus tickets, what will happen to high school graduation rates? How will changing carbon emissions levels affect obesity rates? IBM thinks it can quantify the impact of seemingly unrelated urban variables using algorithms and enough historical data. Is this the future of city planning or just another physicist’s answer to...