David Logan: Tribal leadership

David Logan: Tribal leadership

What we’re really here to talk about is the “how.” Okay, so how exactly do we create this world-shattering, if you will, innovation? Now, I want to tell you a quick story. We’ll go back a little more than a year. In fact, the date — I’m curious to know if any of you know what happened on this momentous date? It was February 3rd, 2008. Anyone remember what happened,…

What makes us feel good about our work? | Dan Ariely

What makes us feel good about our work? | Dan Ariely

Translator: Timothy Covell Reviewer: Morton Bast I want to talk a little bit today about labor and work. When we think about how people work, the naive intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze — that all people care about is money, and the moment we give them money, we can direct them to work one way, we can direct them to work another way….

Turning trash into toys for learning | Arvind Gupta

Turning trash into toys for learning | Arvind Gupta

My name is Arvind Gupta, and I’m a toymaker. I’ve been making toys for the last 30 years. The early ’70s, I was in college. It was a very revolutionary time. It was a political ferment, so to say — students out in the streets of Paris, revolting against authority. America was jolted by the anti-Vietnam movement, the Civil Rights movement. In India, we had the Naxalite movement, the [unclear]…

Cradle to cradle design | William McDonough

Cradle to cradle design | William McDonough

In 1962, with Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” I think for people like me in the world of the making of things, the canary in the mine wasn’t singing. And so the question that we might not have birds became kind of fundamental to those of us wandering around looking for the meadowlarks that seemed to have all disappeared. And the question was, were the birds singing? Now, I’m not a…

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

So a couple of years ago I started a program to try to get the rockstar tech and design people to take a year off and work in the one environment that represents pretty much everything they’re supposed to hate; we have them work in government. The program is called Code for America, and it’s a little bit like a Peace Corps for geeks. We select a few fellows every…

The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech

The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech

Translator: Quan Sun Reviewer: Denise RQ Thank you. Thank you. Beyond boundaries. What a theme, huh? Now, when I think of boundaries, I think of rules, regulations, and restrictions. And I think of the parents, and the teachers, and the supervisors, who hold us accountable with regard to those boundaries. That’s not a bad thing. Yeah, I know, if you’re like me, I need supervisors, I need someone holding me…

Can you solve the fish riddle? – Steve Wyborney

Can you solve the fish riddle? –  Steve Wyborney

You are the cargo director on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Buoyant, and you’ve agreed to transport several tanks containing the last specimens of a critically endangered fish species to their new aquarium. Unfortunately, as you’re passing through shark-infested waters, the boat is battered by a fierce storm, throwing your precious cargo overboard. And to make matters worse, no one seems certain just how many fish tanks are missing….

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

Can any of you remember what you wanted to be when you were 17? Do you know what I wanted to be? I wanted to be a biker chick. (Laughter) I wanted to race cars, and I wanted to be a cowgirl, and I wanted to be Mowgli from “The Jungle Book.” Because they were all about being free, the wind in your hair — just to be free. And…

Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?

Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?

“Give me liberty or give me death.” When Patrick Henry, the governor of Virginia, said these words in 1775, he could never have imagined just how much they would come to resonate with American generations to come. At the time, these words were earmarked and targeted against the British, but over the last 200 years, they’ve come to embody what many Westerners believe, that freedom is the most cherished value,…

Kiran Bedi: How I remade one of India’s toughest prisons

Kiran Bedi: How I remade one of India’s toughest prisons

Now I’m going to give you a story. It’s an Indian story about an Indian woman and her journey. Let me begin with my parents. I’m a product of this visionary mother and father. Many years ago, when I was born in the ’50s — ’50s and ’60s didn’t belong to girls in India. They belonged to boys. They belonged to boys who would join business and inherit business from…