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Kickstarts

November Kickstart Post

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The opening of the TED description of this video says the following: One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what’s […]






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Kickstart Your October

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From Michael Porter’s TED bio: Michael E. Porter wrote the books on modern competitive strategy for business. Now he is thinking deeply about the intersection between society and corporate interests. We’re heading into “Pink” season, where breast cancer awareness ribbons and pink items are everywhere you turn. So, I’m going to do a bit of […]






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Kickstart Your September

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This interesting talk by Philip Zimbardo may leave you with more questions about practical applications than it answers, but it does present an intriguing way to look at something we deal with every day – time.   Apply it: Differences between the children who waited for the double marshmallow treat and those who didn’t were […]






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Kickstarts: On Formula 1 Racing…and Babies

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Peter van Manen is Managing Director of McLaren Electronics, which provides electronics and data collection software to motorsports events. In this TED talk, he explains how racing technology can be used in a completely different field to save lives. Apply it: At the most basic level, what does your organization do well (what core strengths […]






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Kickstart Post – Solving Local Problems

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Juliana Rotich, a key part of the tech community in Africa speaks at TEDGlobal 2013 about the reasons for the development of BRCK, a technology allowing reliable internet access in Africa where electricity and connectivity is inconsistent. Apply It: I really have one thing I want you to think about after seeing this video. Solving […]






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Kickstart Post – Selling Connection

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You may not know who Amanda Palmer is. You may not appreciate her music. You may not have heard about her crazy stunts or kickstarter controversy (or any of the other frequent controversies for that matter). You may have strong opinions about the music industry. I don’t agree with everything she says in the video […]






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Kickstart – attitude adjustment lol: A New Perspective on Texting and What it Can Teach Your Business

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“Kids these days! Can’t write. Can’t spell. Going to get carpal tunnel in their thumbs from texting. Ridiculous how writing skills have deteriorated since I was in school.” Ever been in a conversation where those sentiments, or similar ones, were spoken? John McWhorter is a linguist who shares this TED talk about an interesting perspective […]






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April Kickstart: A Science/Business Mismatch

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Dan Pink tells us in this 2009 TED talk that there’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does. “If you want people to perform better, you reward them, right? Bonuses, commissions, their own reality show. Incentivize them. … But that’s not happening here. You’ve got an incentive designed to sharpen thinking and […]






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