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Wireless Data From Every Light Bulb
What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? At TEDGlobal, Harald Haas demonstrates, for the first time, a device that could do exactly that. (Fascinating!)

5 Ways to Listen Better
In this short, fascinating talk, Julian Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.

Trial, Error and the God Complex
Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems -- and finds a surprising link among the successful ones.

Time to End the War in Afghanistan
British MP Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan after 9/11, talking with citizens and warlords alike. Now, a decade later, he asks: Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting there? (Compelling)

How Nordstrom Built a Llegacy Based on Customer Service
Earlier this year, Nordstrom opened the 43rd new department store to launch since the founding family took back control of the company in 2000, building on customer-service legacy that helped the luxury chain boost its market share as other upscale department stores saw sales slide during the downturn.

The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations
Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population.

Why Do Some Ideas Stick … and Others Stink?
Steve Kayser's interview with Dan Heath, co-author of the bestselling book, “Made to Stick.

Beware Online "Filter Bubbles"
Pioneering online organizer Eli Pariser is the author of "The Filter Bubble," about how personalized search might be narrowing our worldview.

Cooking as Never Seen Before
With Cookbook author Nathan Myhrvold.

Taking Imagination Seriously
American artist Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculpture that responds to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.

Get Service
Inspiring video!

Shackle the Boneheads, but Unshackle Your Social Media to Help Create New Business
Social media networks and users are powering the business of right now.

Artfully Visualizing our Humanity
Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations.

Building the Seed Cathedral
A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs.

Architecture that Senses and Responds
With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT's Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create.

How We'll Stop Polio for Good
Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying.

Making a Car for Blind Drivers
Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.

The Hidden Power of Smiling
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results.

Building a Museum of Museums on the Web
Amit Sood is the head of Art Project, Google's effort to bring the world's greatest museums onto the web.

How to Go from $600 to $17,000 to $86 Million
The rewarding art of selling value.

The Security Mirage
The feeling of security and the reality of security don't always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier.

Are We Ready for Neo-evolution?
Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species.

Listen, Learn ... then Lead
Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military.

The Greatest TED Talk Ever Sold
With humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship.

A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong
In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world.

How the Market Can Keep Streams Flowing
With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon has implemented an ingenious market mechanism to bring back the water.

Hans Rosling and the Magic Washing Machine
Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

The Amazement Revolution has Begun
Shep Hyken is offering a free preview of his book by the same name, not even an email required, enjoy!

STRATEGY: On People Turning 50
Tom Peters provides a compelling argument for marketing to the over-50 population.

Google's Driverless Car
Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents.

The Social Animal
Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences.

How to Use Experts -- and When Not To
Economist Noreena Hertz calls for us to start democratizing expertise.

Process Based Management Quick Assessment
Process Strategy Group in collaboration with Stevens Group, Inc. has developed the Process Based Management Quick Assessment to help organizations determine where they are on the journey to becoming process-based. This FREE assessment will provide your organization a baseline to help gauge the appropriate next steps you should take. 

How State Budgets are Breaking US Schools
Bill Gates says that state budgets are riddled with accounting tricks that disguise true spending -- with the financing of education at the losing end.

The Future of Business is the "Mesh"
Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that's about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries -- from music to cars -- show how close we are to this meshy future.

Using Nature's Genius in Architecture
Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society.

Social Media and the End of Gender
As social media outgrows traditional media, and women users outnumber men, Blakley explains what changes are in store for the future of media.

Death to the Resume
Serial entrepreneur, columnist and Never Get a "Real" Job author Scott Gerber advises young people to quit their job search, dump their dead-end 9-to-5s and build their own small businesses to protect their financial futures.

How to Make Work-life Balance Work
Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer.

We are Makers
MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.

Reviving New York's Rivers -- with Oysters!
Kate Orff asks us to rethink “landscape”—to use urban greenspaces and blue spaces in fresh ways to mediate between humankind and nature.

Understanding the Rise of China
Economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise?
Great Leaders are Great Storytellers
From John Jantsch, Founder Duct Tape Marketing.

1000 Awesome Things
Just a time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things.

The Case for Collaborative Consumption
Rachel Botsman says we're "wired to share" -- and shows how websites like Zipcar and Swaptree are changing the rules of human behavior.

The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.

Using our Practical Wisdom
Barry Schwartz shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.

Our Mistaken Expectations
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments.

A Feminine Response to Iceland's Financial Crash
Halla Tomasdottir managed to take her company Audur Capital through the eye of the financial storm by applying 5 traditionally "feminine" values to financial services.

The Walk From "No" to "Yes"
William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations.

The 8C’s of Customer Experience
And 9 retailers who get customer experience right. Tops in Customer Service
According to NRF Foundation/American Express Survey.

Top 10 Ways to Get “Practically Radical”
Guy Kawasaki interviews William C. Taylor, the founding editor of Fast Company.

Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work
Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it.

How Complexity Leads to Simplicity
Ecologist Eric Berlow knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution.

More from Less for More!
RA Mashelkar shares three stories of ultra-low-cost design from India that use bottom-up rethinking, and some clever engineering, to bring expensive products (cars, prosthetics) into the realm of the possible for everyone.

Charles Leadbeater on Innovation
Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can't.

Exploring the Oceans
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?

New Data on the Rise of Women
Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends signal the "end of men"?

Creative Houses From Reclaimed Stuff
In this funny and insightful talk builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways.

A Library of Human Imagination
Jay Walker, curator of the Library of Human Imagination, conducts a surprising show-and-tell session.

Matthew Childs' 9 Life Lessons from Rock Climbing
These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.

Seven Ways Games Reward the Brain
Tom Chatfield thinks about games -- and how we might use our hard-wired desire for a gamer's reward to change the way we learn.

Did You Hear the One About the Iranian-American?
A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American.

The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour
Jamil Abu-Wardeh believes in the community-building power of a shared laugh -- especially in Arabic.

Bill Cosby, Understanding Southern
We have a communication problem, hilarious video!

The Good News of the Decade
Hans Rosling reframes 10 years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing piece of front-page-worthy good news: We're winning the war against child mortality.

The Brain in Your Gut
Heribert Watzke studies the brain in our gut -- and works to develop new kinds of food that will satisfy our bodies and minds.

Being Steve Jobs' Boss
Confessions of the last man to manage the singular inventor.

John Lloyd Inventories the Invisible
Nature's mysteries meet tack-sharp wit in this hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons.

Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?
Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment. Wow!

Apple’s Amazing Comeback
How Apple Catapulted Beyond Microsoft, Google, Dell, Sony, IBM, Amazon, and HP in the Hearts and Minds of Customers, from Outside Innovation

Our Buggy Moral Code
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes).

A 3D Atlas of the Universe
Carter Emmart uses astronomy and computational modeling to create scientifically accurate, three-dimensional tours of our universe.

How Social Networks Predict Epidemics
Nicholas Christakis explores how the large-scale, face-to-face social networks in which we are embedded affect our lives, and what we can do to take advantage of this.

Where Good Ideas Come From
People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.

How Web Video Powers Global Innovation
TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation.

The True Power of the Performing Arts
Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts -- asking: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? (This will inspire!)

Learning from Leadership's "Missing Manual"
Fields Wicker-Miurin wants to improve the quality and impact of leadership worldwide by discovering leaders in unique, local settings and connecting them with one another.

This is Broken
Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

Evan Williams on Listening to Twitter users
Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

Joshua Klein on the Intelligence of Crows
Joshua Klein is a fervent hacker of all things, including wet, pulpy systems like animals and people and the way they behave.

Child-driven Education
Sugata Mitra's "Hole in the Wall" experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they're motivated by curiosity.

Keep Your Goals to Yourself
Why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

What Physics Taught Me About Marketing
Dan Cobley is a marketing director at Google, where he connects customers and businesses, helping both navigate digital space to find what they need.

The Happy Planet Index
Nic Marks gathers evidence about what makes us happy, and uses it to promote policy that puts the well-being of people and the planet first.

The End of Management
Corporate bureaucracy is becoming obsolete. Why managers should act like venture capitalists.

The Game Layer on Top of the World
"Proud Princeton dropout" Seth Priebatsch runs SCVNGR, a mobile start-up trying to build the game layer on top of the world.

The Beauty of Data Visualization
David McCandless draws beautiful conclusions from complex datasets -- thus revealing unexpected insights into our world.

The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory
Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently.

Sex, Drugs and HIV - Let's Get Rational
Armed with bracing logic, wit and her "public-health nerd" glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV.

The Post-crisis Consumer
John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change.

Is Google Making Us Stupid?
What the Internet is doing to our brains, from Nicholas Carr.

The 4 Ways Sound Affects Us
Julian Treasure studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it.

CEO's, Don't Spend Your Time Being Average
Innovation will take you boldly into your future and leave the pull to equilibrium in the dust.

Forgiveness: The Intelligent Choice
Making forgiveness a part of our operating system is a key aspect of emotional intelligence: it is taking ownership of our own emotional reactions.

How to Be Assertively Feminine
So how do you learn to stand up for what you believe in, retain your femininity, state your desires clearly, and get your own way when you deserve to do so?

Face Memory Test 
Very Interesting!

Why Do CEOs Fail, and What Can We Do About it?
Sydney Finkelstein researched several spectacular failures during a six year period. He concluded that these CEOs had similar deadly habits.

A Monkey Economy as Irrational as Ours
A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.

Biomimicry in Action
Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first.

Are We in Control of our Own Decisions?
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

Juggling Rhythm and Motion
Michael Moschen has revolutionized juggling, refining it into an art and a bit of a science.

Human-centered Design
IDEO’s David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience.

Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation
There's a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.

When Ideas Have Sex
Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas.

RSA Animate - Smile or Die
Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking.

Hans Rosling on Global Population Growth
The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth.

Obesity + Hunger = 1 Global Food Issue
Co-creator of the philanthropic FEED bags, Ellen Gustafson says hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin.

Strange Beliefs
Michael Shermer debunks myths, superstitions and urban legends, and explains why we believe them.

The Paradox of Choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice.

Carl Honore Praises Slowness
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life.

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

Saul Griffith's Kites Tap Wind Energy
Makani Power has been working on giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.

Designing Objects That Tell Stories
Yves Behar has produced some of the new millennium's most coveted objects, like the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset, and the XO laptop for One Laptop per Child.

Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?
Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

Gaming Can Make a Better World
Reality is broken, says Jane McGonigal, and we need to make it work more like a game. Her work shows us how. (Wow!)

Ueli Gegenschatz Soars in a Wingsuit
Ueli Gegenschatz took flight just about every way a human can: paragliding, skydiving, BASE jumping (from the Eiffel Tower), and most breathtakingly: by donning a wingsuit and soaring. (Wow!)

How to Listen
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums. (Brilliant!)

Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile
Chip Conley creates joyful hotels, where he hopes his employees, customers and investors alike can realize their full potential.

Let's Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs
An entrepreneur since childhood, Cameron Herold wants parents and teachers to recognize -- and foster -- entrepreneurial talent in kids.

New Rules on Blackberries
Are you at a loss as to how to tame the Blackberry beast?

Sweat the Small Stuff
It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. (Brilliant!)

Jennifer Lin Improvs Piano Magic
If you've ever played you will be in awe.

Bjarke Ingels: 3 Warp-speed Architecture Tales
His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.

How to Make a Splash in Social Media
In a funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale's rise to Web stardom.

Standing Out
Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones. (Remarkable!)

How to Live to be 100+
National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world's longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life.

What Consumers Want
Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing.

Your Genes are Not Your Fate
Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level.

How to Start a Movement
With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.

Bring on the Learning Revolution!
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children.

Planning for the End of Oil
Richard Sears thinks hard about the post-oil world.

Math Class Needs a Makeover
Teacher Dan Meyer shows creative, classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.

Six People You've Never Heard of Who Probably Saved Your Life
These are men and women who saved millions of lives, without whom you might not exist, and whose names likely never came up in your history class.

The Hidden Influence of Social Networks
Nicholas Christakis explores how the large-scale, face-to-face social networks in which we are embedded affect our lives, and what we can do to take advantage of this fact.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?"

Toward a Science of Simplicity
Simplicity: We know it when we see it -- but what is it, exactly? In this funny, philosophical talk, George Whitesides chisels out an answer.

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (about TEDTalks)
In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TEDTalk" based on user ratings.

Examples Of Spectacular Aerial Photography
50 breathtaking aerial photos for your inspiration.

Build a Tower, Build a Team
Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow.

Richard St. John's Eight Secrets of Success
Self-described average guy who found success doing what he loved, Richard St. John spent more than a decade researching the lessons of success -- and distilling them into 8 words, in 3 minutes.

Examples of Shockingly-Excellent Customer Service
Here are ten recent examples of companies that have decided to put consumers first.

A Choir as Big as the Internet
"Lux Aurumque," composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, merges hundreds of tracks individually recorded and posted to YouTube. Wow!

Michael Shermer on Strange Beliefs
Michael Shermer debunks myths, superstitions and urban legends, and explains why we believe them.

The Biggest Retailers You've Never Heard Of
Everyone's been to Walmart. But have you ever shopped Giant Eagle?

Schools Kill Creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

My Seven Species of Robot
Dennis Hong is the founder and director of RoMeLa -- a Virginia Tech robotics lab that has pioneered several breakthroughs in robot design and engineering.

Photos that Changed the World
Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can't look away -- or back.

Design Outside the Box
Jesse Schell dives into a world of game development which will emerge from the popular "Facebook Games" era. (Brilliant!!!!)

What Adults Can Learn From Kids
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism.

The Fastest-Growing Retailers
These 10 companies have found ways to post strong growth amid the worst of the downturn.

Will Wright Makes Toys That Make Worlds
In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces.

Do What You Love (No Excuses!)
At the Web 2.0 Expo, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk gives a shot in the arm to dreamers and up-and-comers who face self-doubt.

Will We Tell Others About Your Contest?
Seven takeaways for when you create your viral contest, sweeping your organization out into many conversations.

How to Combat Modern Slavery
Kevin Bales is the co-founder of Free the Slaves, whose mission is to end all forms of human slavery within the next 25 years.

Deep on Design
Designer Philippe Starck spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.

The Simple Life
MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.

All Things are Moleeds
In a presentation that can only be described as epic, comedian Charles Fleischer delivers a hysterical send-up of a time-honored TED theme: the map.

We are the Stories We Tell Ourselves
At TEDIndia, Hollywood / Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

Arthur Benjamin Does "Mathemagic"
Mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin combines his two passions in "Mathemagics," a mind-boggling presentation of lightning calculations and other feats of mathematical agility.

Tony Robbins Asks Why We Do What We Do
Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions.

Is Pivot a Turning Point for Web Exploration?
Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online.

Hans Rosling: Debunking Third-world Myths
You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."

Seven Keys to Building Customer Loyalty--and Company Profits
A personal bond with customers provides you with a powerful new marketing arm: loyal customers who will promote and defend your company online and off--for free.

Incredible T-shirt Stop-motion Video
Step up your t-shirt game with this amazing stop-motion music video created by YouTube legends, Rhett and Link.

Pachelbel Canon in D
Pachelbel Canon in D
Pachelbel Canon in D
Can you ever get enough of Pachelbel's Canon? Relax, unwind,enjoy these three!

Nurturing Creativity
Elizabeth Gilbert shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.

How To Live The Live You Desire
Inspiring slide show by Earl NightingGale from @MasterMindCoach.

The 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World
They’ve delivered excellent results over the long term.

Best Card Trick Ever
James Galea at The 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala.

Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity
A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has a very powerful message.

Tony Hsieh: 2009 SUCCESS Achiever of the Year
Zappos CEO elevated customer experience to a new level.

Keith Barry Does Brain Magic
Think of Keith Barry as a hacker of the human brain -- writing routines that exploit its bugs and loopholes, and offering a revealing look at the software between our ears.

Breakthrough Touchscreen
After years of research on touch-driven computer displays, Jeff Han has created a simple, multi-touch, multi-user screen interface that just might herald the end of the point-and-click era.

Derek Sivers: Weird, or Just Different?
"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology
Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data.

Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce
An argument about the nature of choice and happiness from the TED archives.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas Demos Photosynth
A dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images.

The 10 Most Innovative Viral Video Ads of 2009
This year’s Top 10 is certainly a glimpse of how the viral video ad business is evolving, and as marketers, what we can learn from that evolution.

12 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade
From fax machines to landline phones check them out (and get nostalgic) in the slideshow.

For sustainable design and business.

The Neologism Contest
From Jeffrey Fry.

Are You Following Your SerenDestiny?
Spend 8 minutes with Sam Horn.

The Priceless Power of Memorable Naming
From Kare Anderson's Say it Better.

The Little Rules of Action
Common-sense stuff that is often not common enough.

Lady Gaga Lyrics
As read by Christopher Walken.

What's the Right Thing to Do?
Is torture ever justified? Would you steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Michael Sandel probes these questions -- and asks what you think, and why.

Lead Like the Great Conductors
After a decade-long conducting career in his native Israel, Itay Talgam has reinvented himself as a conductor of people in business.

Six Core Principles of Good Management
Check out this ten-minute video summary of Awesomely Simply by John Spence.

15 Basic Steps To Mind-Blowing Customer Service
Lessons from a Paris produce shop from Starbucker.

Optical Illusions Show How We See
Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there.

Scott Kim Takes Apart the Art of Puzzles
Scott Kim designs puzzles in the spirit of MC Escher's art and Tetris -- visually stimulating, thought provoking and suffused with broad appeal.

Tom Peters' Leadership Thoughts: Listening
Tom Peters uses an example from the healthcare industry to highlight the importance of listening.

What Israel Can Teach Us About Security
At Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, screening is done in 30 minutes.

Steve Kayser's Most Amazing Presentation
120 slides in five minutes!

What’s the Next Big Thing for the Internet?
After social networks, what next?

Rachmaninov had Big Hands
from Paul Sloane's Destination Innovation Newsletter.

Best "How To" Videos on the Web
Howcast - share your "how to" videos.

The 4 Ways Sound Affects Us
Julian Treasure studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it.

Adjustable Liquid-filled Eyeglasses
Josh Silver delivers his brilliantly simple solution for correcting vision at the lowest cost possible.

Ray Anderson on the Business Logic of Sustainability
At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head.

Life Lessons From an Ad Man
Rory Sutherland stands at the center of an advertising revolution in brand identities, designing cutting-edge, interactive campaigns that blur the line between ad and entertainment.

Entrancing Video of the World’s 2nd Largest Aquarium Tank
Behold the Kuroshiro Sea, the main tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

Time-lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss
James Balog's latest work, the Extreme Ice Survey, captures the twisting, soaring forms of threatened wild ice.

Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years
Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions a radically changed internet five years from now: dominated by Chinese-language and social media content, delivered over super-fast bandwidth in real time.

How We Read Each Other's Minds
Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

21 Great Ways to Innovate
by Paul Sloane

Ansel Adams on the Key to a Great Photograph
Marc Silber interviews Ansel Adams's son Michael about Ansel's methods.

Executive Job Seekers' Biggest Mistakes
Anxious after extended searches, they're screwing up in interviews and getting too aggressive with employers.

10 Tips from Happy People
Are you happy? It's a simple question, but with numerous variables underlying it. What makes someone happy? Is there more than one route to happiness and more than one way to measure it?

Revealing the People Defining Social Networks
Brian Solis has compiled these useful stats about the major social networking sites including 30-day traffic, gender, age, income, # of children, and education level. If you're doing any online marketing, you'll find what he's done extremely valuable. One thing you'll notice is that women are the majority users of most sites.

Tip From Monty Python’s Argument Clinic
As you see in this hilarious sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, disagreements get worse when people can’t even agree on what they are arguing about. (Thanks to Kare Anderson)

New Evidence that Bullet-points Don’t Work
At last, we have some scientifically rigorous evidence to show that slides full of bullet-points don’t work. The research is the work of Chris Atherton, a cognitive psychologist.

How to Learn Faster and Remember More
You do learn faster and remember more when you move from passive to active, meaningful, repeated engagement in what you are learning.

10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint
A PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.

Why Women Have Sex
According to a new book, there are 237 reasons why women have sex. And most of them have little to do with romance or pleasure.

The Web as Random Acts of Kindness
Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.

Inspiring Video of Steve Jobs
2005 Commencement Address at Stanford.

How to Avoid Being a Nasty, Clueless, and Idiotic Boss During the Downturn
by Bob Sutton (How to Change the World)

Women are Getting More Beautiful
Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors.

Makoto Yabuki
Astonishingly beautiful animation!

Ten Ways Job Search Stays the Same
Regardless of what country you’re in.

Yossi Vardi Fights Local Warming
Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a careful lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, for men.

100 Website Naming Disasters
Celebrating the milestone of 100 URLs with unintentional double meanings.

The Meatrix
Social activism done well.

How David Beats Goliath
When underdogs break the rules by Malcolm Gladwell.

A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments.

Patagonia’s Founder on Why There’s “No Such Thing as Sustainability”
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard may be pessimistic about the earth's future, but he's determined to keep fighting.

30 Ways to Lose a Job on Twitter
Oops! You're fired!

The Elements Of A Great Shopping Experience
Want to earn customer loyalty? Read this, from Knowledge@Wharton.

Evian Roller Babies
Smile and enjoy!

A Dozen Don’ts for Entrepreneurs
I hold these Don’ts as self-evident and necessary and proper to the creation of our company.

A Tale of Two Brains
It all makes sense now!

The Break Up
A most accurate traditional relationship between an advertiser and a consumer.

David Merrill Demos Siftables
These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too.

Are You A Certified Asshole?
Find out with the Asshole Rating Self-Exam (ARSE) - a 24-question self-exam by Bob Sutton.

How to Take an Email Sabbatical
An audio interview with Danah Boyd of Microsoft - Excellent idea

Smile & Move Smovie

It's Everybody's Business with Jack and Suzy Welch
Interesting "work-out" with the team of Hertz Connect.

12 Simple Ways To Impress Your Boss (And Everyone Else)
You’ll start to see a huge benefit when you treat everyone like this, not just the people you want to impress.

How Twitter Can Make History
The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

What to Do When That Jerk Does it Again
What gets you peeved? Again and again. Lucky you. You are experiencing a Learning Moment.

SIFE: "A head for business. A heart for the world."
To bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

Social Advertising Best Practices
Social media is big and getting bigger, providing marketers with a combination of reach, relationships, and relevance.

100 Most Beautiful Words In English
Most mellifluous!

Busted! The Sneaky Moves of Anti-social Smartphone Users
In this funny talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world -- where the experience we're having right now is less interesting than what we'll tweet about it later.

The Vendor Client Relationship
Very funny real world situations.

Stand By Me
Enjoy this composite audio/video of the classic standard originally released in 1955 by The Staple Singers, with contributions from musicians from every continent.

How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air
Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

Cool New Things You Can Do With Your Mobile Phone

New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).

Coaching For People, Not Points
With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves.

How Can You Innovate in a Service Industry?
One way is to take a risk by unleashing the creative talents of your front-line people.  Take a look at this remarkable video of a SouthWest Airlines steward at work. (from Paul Sloane's Destination Innovation.)

The Next Web of Open, Linked Data
20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.

Unveiling the "Sixth Sense
Game-changing wearable tech - a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment.

The Three Ways that Good Design Makes You Happy
Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.

Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Capt. Charles Moore first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

Tracking the Habits of Elite Networkers
from UpMo
When you retrace the steps of highly successful people, you see a similar pattern. It’s not the path they follow, where they go, or the speed they travel. It’s that they’re not traveling alone. They make friends along the way that help them stay on track: They network. At UpMo, we decided to study the relationship between success and networking. We looked at what we can learn from professionals, particularly those earning $200,000 or more, in terms of how they build and leverage networks.

Beyond the Crisis
Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs.

The Real Crisis? We Stopped Being Wise
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

The Feel-Good-At-Work Project
JoAnna Brandi and Amanda Levy are collaborating on a new book that will help managers understand more about motivating, activating and energizing people at work. Take the survey and contribute!

Ways of Seeing
Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world.

What Do Consumers Really Want?

Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway.

Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet
Richard Branson talks about his career, and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

George Smoot: The Design of the Universe
Astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos got built this way.

Ursus Wehrli: Tidying Up Art
Comedian and cabaret artist Ursus Wehrli is on a crusade to tidy up art.

The Wild, Wacky World of Web 2.0 Communications
Very interesting sildeshow from Steve Kayser.

An Inconvenient Genius
The timeless legacy of an untimely man. How often has one person affected humanity to such a degree that were the fruits of his labor withdrawn immediately from our day-to-day existence, the world as we know it … would essentially stop? This story is about one such real-life person. Steve Kayser interviews the pre-eminent world authority on this person, Marc J. Seifer, who wrote his biography.

Whom do we fear or trust? Faces instantly guide us, scientists say
What make us wary or trusting within secondsof seeing a stranger? Surprisingly few factors according to a recent study by two Princeton psychology researchers. (Thanks Kare)

KIVA - Loans that change lives
Microfinancing - and how you can help entrepreneurs in the developing world build their small businesses and contribute to their communities.

Top Gear: Bugatti Veyron vs Eurofighter Typhoon
Can a car, no matter how fast, beat a jet in a race? Take a 5-minute break and find out! It’s a fun ride: . (Thanks Ken)

Test Your Awareness: Do The Test (Thanks Kare)

Did You Know? Shift Happens: Effects of Globalization - from Steve Kayser's Riffs, Tiffs and What Ifs.


It is Often a Matter of Where You Draw the Line
A very interesting video and great music - In Context by Field Music. Thanks Kare!

Find a Good Job
If you think you are working with a bunch of monkeys or jackasses you might find this video very amusing. It's very funny!

Visual Effects from
Golf is life. Life is golf. The ultimate swing. Tiger Woods - Swing Portrait

This movie says it all - it's all about one extra degree of effort that will take you from hot to "boiling." (From JoAnna Brandi.)

Human Tetris
The Japanese seem to have a knack of creating the most innovative game shows, among other things. Enjoy! is a catalyst for innovation. It is a professional network and marketplace for ideas and businesses. Anyone, across all industries, at any stage, can share ideas, products, services and businesses with the rest of the world, mainly through video. The name came from "elevator," as in "elevator pitch," which is used to describe a brief overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. (From Kare Anderson's Say it Better Newsletter.)

Hydro Train
This is quite an amazing short video of several budding young Norwegian engineers messing with a train. There are more videos in a series at to encourage kids to pursue interests in science, engineering and technology. Very creative and good fun. Check out Hydro Car as well and just hope your kids don't get as creative with you. (From Paul Sloane's Destination Innovation newsletter!)

360-degree feedback is now available to managers in China, Japan, and Korea, following a major multi-language release from service provider Panoramic Feedback. Panoramic Feedback ( is the leading provider of 360-degree feedback worldwide. It provides 360-degree feedback questionnaires in more than 50 languages, including most Western and Slavic languages, as well as the three major Asian languages.


The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes. We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society. The Club of Amsterdam is a not-for-profit foundation registered in The Netherlands.


Experience the possibilities!

x-act Ltd., a live communication/event marketing agency in Switzerland has developed a most powerful corporate experience!

Together500+ is a new award-winning tool that can turn your communications into an incredible experience for your people. International clients have included Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, SAP, PricewaterhouseCoopers and UBS.

Learn from award winning PGA and LPGA professionals at world class resorts and facilities. 1 or 2 (students) to 1 (professional) schools that take your game to the next level. Professional staff includes US Open Champion, 2 time LPGA Championship winner, founder of Golf For Women magazine, LPGA Teacher of the Year, members of several Halls of Fame, PGA Master professionals and many more. All schools include daily playing lessons, work on the mental game with the legendary Carey Mumford, superior accommodations and unlimited golf. When your game deserves the very best; there is only one choice.

What do wild animals have in common with difficult people? You would be surprised! How can the same secrets of psychological survival help professionals handle the hurricanes and tsunamis of today's a competitive jungle? Career Track Seminars, a division of Park University has announced the release of "Go Wild: Survival Skills for Business and Life", A self-directed learning adventure authored by Rosemary Rein, Ph.D - a former corporate executive who turned in her briefcase for the Costa Rican Rainforest 9 years ago and now lectures internationally on how to apply wilderness survival skills to business and life.


Founded in 1992 by Managing Director Elizabeth Varley, Challenge Consulting is a Sydney-based boutique recruitment agency specialising in executive, permanent and temporary recruitment services. Challenge Consulting also offers a range of other services, including online psychometric assessment, online skills testing, professional training workshops, career guidance, outplacement and team development. We are committed to our five core values - Team Spirit, Innovation, Ethics & Integrity, Commitment to Outcomes, and Perseverance - and we invite you to learn more about us by visiting our website: .

MiCOM Labs, Inc., is a wireless and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliance testing laboratory focused on accelerating the integration of wireless technologies into many products and industries. Committed to equipping wireless product developers with what they need to know, the Company recently launched a new Web site at that provides information about more than 200 radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic compatibility standards governing the use of wireless devices in many countries, including the United States, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and others. As "The Wireless Lab," MiCOM Labs provides consulting, testing, report generation and certification services that implement best practices for assuring compliance with global wireless standards. The complete scope of MiCOM Labs' accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), can be found at

Designed and researched in conjunction with the Anderson School of Management, UCLA and Pepperdine University, QuadStratTM is a web-based diagnostic system which quantifies and benchmarks an organization's strategic capabilities opposite "best practice" as well as other participants. Free trial available to organizational leaders.

Announcing a Website that Trains, Consults and Speaks -
The foundation for the site exists in its extensive database. TrainingConsortium provides a detailed registration process for all trainers, consultants, speakers, and vendors/organizations. This process includes valuable information such as industry experience, area of expertise, geography, primary target audience, and more. Users, in turn, search for trainers, consultants, speakers and vendors/companies who match their needs and specific criteria. "The site allows searchers to choose from more than over 200 areas of expertise and over 100 industries," says its founder. "Our website is a huge search engine that invites decision makers, administrators, trainers, speakers and consultants to find resources to meet their needs." The search is absolutely free and there is no commission or brokerage fee for revenues generated through TrainingConsortium.

Introducing Transform People International
Transform People International is a global management/training consultancy specialising in behavioural /organisational change, leadership and team performance improvement, conference facilitation, CRM, business & personal development.

Creativity at Work - How's Your Innovation IQ?
Looking for a breakthrough? The Creativity at Work website is designed as a resource for developing personal creativity and organizational innovation in the workplace. Linda Naiman works with organizations to awaken genius level thinking through the art and science of applying creativity, innovation, and visionary thinking to business strategy.

Management Institute of Paris
The Management Institute of Paris is a new business school striving to create a new business attitude focusing on balanced, ethical leadership decision-making. M.I.P. (Management Institute of Paris) was initiated by a group of successful CEOs including Bruno Bich (CEO of BIC, France), Martin Bouygues (CEO of Bouygues, France), Claude Bebear (Chairman of the Advisory Board of AXA, France), Charles Burrus, (Former CEO of Burrus, Switzerland) and many others. The CEO Refresher has given Management Institute of Paris permission to reprint selected articles on their web site and in their newsletter.


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