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On Taking Breakthrough Intellectual Risks

On Taking Breakthrough Intellectual Risks

Break out your polymath tendencies. This is the kind of many worlds theory that might well save our collective asses. Nothing refreshes creativity like spending time in a discipline other than the one you feel at home in,...
Let's build a starship already

Let’s build a starship already

Cranking the limits is The 100 Year Starship, a jointly funded project of DARPA (the good folks who birthed the Internet) and NASA. It's a call to our collective ingenuity and utterly bonkers audacity: interstellar flight!
“People who believe in the power of talent tend not to fulfill their potential because they’re so concerned with looking smart and not making mistakes. But people who believe that talent...
Don't steal my ideas yo! Copyright 101 for creatives

Don’t steal my ideas yo! Copyright 101 for creatives

Have you been feeling a bit sketchy about what you can do with other people’s work online, how to protect your own intellectual property, and how to make creative-wares...
Make life a good counter-offer

Make life a good counter-offer

be very clear about HOW you want people to behave, specifically. (to buy, subscribe, surrender, eat broccoli ..you get the idea) be very clear (for yourself) about WHY you actually want that behaviour. make it EASY for them to take the action! offer motivation (start with feeling, then give an intellectual reason to substantiate if needed) be prepared to...
A (non-beginners) guide to starting something

A (non-beginners) guide to starting something

5 POLICIES for those who dare to BEGIN THINGS (when you aren't a beginner anymore). “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where...
3 Hacks for 21st century Women Leaders

3 Hacks for 21st century Women Leaders

Learn to love your data! I can't emphasize enough how powerful and practical your decision-making can become with this layer of clarity applied to your business, health, life. Women battle the bias...
Go Follow Yourself

Go Follow Yourself

It’s been going on quietly for years; the brains and bodies of nerds and athletes have been coupled to all manner of sensors and data-netting gizmos (voluntarily and without medical intervention) from heart-rate monitors, biofeedback fingerware, sleep trackers, wearable cameras, oximeters,...
Don't wait

Don’t wait

“Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.”  – Mary Manin Morrissey There are those whose genius radiates from the heart. Their gift is not an EQ thing, it’s a steady, clear goodness that isn’t saintly or...
When thinking gets too expensive

When thinking gets too expensive

What luck for rulers, that men do not think. – Adolph Hitler The Internet is a copy machine.  At a fundamental distribution level, but also at the human content level. Copying what we see and like, or...
Out where social media isn't a vanity sport

Out where social media isn’t a vanity sport

There was a time not too long ago, when the bit that followed Marlon Parker‘s name on a speaker’s list was “Cape Peninsula University of Technology”. One of those times was...

stories trump stats

data takes on new life and utility when it's nested in stuff regular human brains can make sense of. It's well worth learning to wrap scary numbers in compelling tales to help others tap a little of their heroic alter-egos occasionally too.