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Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index – Nic Marks

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index,… Read more »

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century's greatest injustice – Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will… Read more »

Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours – Laurie Santos

Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the… Read more »

Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing – Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At Global, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound… Read more »

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile – Chip Conley

When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of… Read more »

Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy? – Stewart Brand

Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion… Read more »

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff – Rory Sutherland

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. To illustrate, he uses behavioral… Read more »

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers – Brian Cox

In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs — from space probes to the LHC — are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for… Read more »

Enric Sala: Glimpses of a pristine ocean – Enric Sala

Enric Sala shares glorious images — and surprising insights and data — from some of the most pristine areas of the ocean. He shows how we can restore more of… Read more »

Esther Duflo: Social experiments to fight poverty – Esther Duflo

Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to… Read more »