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Evil Geniuses Win $6.6 Million Playing Video Games: eSports May Be Good for You

The prevailing parental narrative about video games is that they are likely to be an anti-social addictive waste of time or, at best, mind-numbing entertainment. It might be time to reconsider that narrative. Imagine an arena with tens of thousands of fans and millions watching online cheering for their favorite team in a team-based video […]

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The Power of Persistently Pointless Processes: Have You Balanced Your Checkbook Lately?

Technology historians routinely point to examples of legacy hardware design driving new products in odd ways. This “path dependence”  is often cited as a barrier to innovation and the cause of long-term inefficiency. The layout of the letters on your keyboard is a common example. This so-called QWERTY keyboard layout originally designed for typewriters is […]

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“Super School” Project Challenge: Seven Steps to Re-Inventing High School

The Huffington Post reported recently that Laurene Powell Jobs has pledged $50 million to crowdsource designs for the next American high school. The campaign website, XQ: The Super School Project, makes the case that public high schools have been “frozen in time for the last hundred years while America has gone from the Model T to […]

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Three Secrets to Making an Impact: Pipelines, Timing and Exploring the “Adjacent Possible”

1. Prepare your pipeline of possible projects. I had a colleague once who explained to me that every year her boss told her that the organization’s priorities for funding had changed and that they would be looking for projects in other parts of the business to develop and promote. She should scale back her program. She smiled […]

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