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Tag Archives: Business

Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system – Birke Baehr

11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food — far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of… Read more »

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work – Jason Fried

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. At xMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms)… Read more »

Auret van Heerden: Making global labor fair – Auret van Heerden

Labor activist Auret van Heerden talks about the next frontier of workers' rights — globalized industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected. How can we… Read more »

R.A. Mashelkar: Breakthrough designs for ultra-low-cost products – R.A. Mashelkar

Engineer 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… Read more »

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money — and love – Jessica Jackley

What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder… Read more »

Peter Haas: Haiti's disaster of engineering – Peter Haas

"Haiti was not a natural disaster," says Fellow Peter Haas: "It was a disaster of engineering." As the country rebuilds after January's deadly quake, are bad old building practices creating… Read more »

Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola – Melinda French Gates

At xChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote… Read more »

Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn – Christien Meindertsma

Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to… Read more »

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation – Chris Anderson (TED)

's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant… Read more »

Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing – Dan Cobley

Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle,… Read more »