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You will hear it again soon: CEO resigns after something critical surfaces. It happens all the time. Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned less than a week after the 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Gregg Steinhafel resigned as CEO of Target…
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I knew my first career as a banker was over one evening when I caught myself daydreaming about re-strategizing television ad campaigns. The creative method of putting yourself in charge of something reveals information about how you see the world, shows…
I knew my first career as a banker was over one evening when I caught myself daydreaming about re-strategizing television ad campaigns. The creative method of putting yourself in charge of somethin...
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Do you make an annual plan for yourself, your organization, or the department? Planning reveals a lot about how we view ourselves and guide our opportunities. I see planning as time to imagine a new future. Has it always worked well for me? Ha! Luckily, I…
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Maike Both landed in Los Angeles from Hamburg, Germany and brought an undying fire for social change. She heads up Change the World T Shirts and the global movement behind Unfuck the World Day, plus she is working to provide direct, human care for…
Maike Both landed in Los Angeles from Hamburg, Germany and brought an undying fire for social change. She heads up Change the World T Shirts and the global movement behind Unfuck the World Day, plu...
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I’ve made up a new law called The Rule of Splintering. If psychologists and economists can do it, anyone else has the same power. Ready? The Rule of Splintering: every idea fractures into variations, and each variation has a trajectory and lifespan…
I’ve made up a new law called The Rule of Splintering. If psychologists and economists can do it, anyone else has the same power. Ready? The Rule of Splintering: every idea fractures into variation...
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If you’re new to the “intersection of ideas,” Cure Violence is an excellent demonstration of intersection in action. Dr. Gary Slutkin was an expert in infectious disease… who was asked to help address gang violence in Chicago. How could he help? He had no…
If you’re new to the “intersection of ideas,” Cure Violence is an excellent demonstration of intersection in action. Dr. Gary Slutkin was an expert in infectious disease… who was asked to help addr...
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IDEO has published the second edition of their zine, titled I’m not the creative type.The theme is PLAY = WORK. They distributed 500 print copies in NYC and released the content via PDF. But what if you want a print copy? When they released their first…
IDEO has published the second edition of their zine, titled I'm not the creative type.The theme is PLAY = WORK. They distributed 500 print copies in NYC and released the content via PDF. But what i...
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IDEO released their first zine a few days ago on September 24, 2015. I was super excited to see something in print from them, even if you had to be in NYC to get a copy. IDEO also uploaded a digital pdf… but it was formatted for web viewing. What if you…
IDEO released their first zine a few days ago on September 24, 2015. I was super excited to see something in print from them, even if you had to be in NYC to get a copy. IDEO also uploaded a digita...
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Creative Voices | Melissa Joy Kong

Melissa Joy Kong is Head of Content at Eventbrite, former CEO of Technori, and has traveled the US in search of the best love stories. BS: What do you do for a living, and how did you get there? MJK: I fell in love with journalism and storytelling when I…
Melissa Joy Kong is Head of Content at Eventbrite, former CEO of Technori, and has traveled the US in search of the best love stories. BS: What do you do for a living, and how did you get there? MJ...
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  • Brian Smith
    Strategist + Consultant, 2006 - present
    Brian Smith is a catalyst and provocateur; he creates valuable strategies with unorthodox thinking and perspectives. Smith leads programs in industries like education, healthcare, media, retail and ecommerce, financial services, and performing arts.
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I am a direct descendant of the Big Bang. On a mission to normalize change.
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Brian Smith is a recognized expert in innovation and creative problem solving. He works with change makers to create bigger, better results through honesty, empathy, and action in a connected world.

Smith is a progressive and pioneering strategist. He has led branding and sales efforts for two startup retail companies, expanded revenue for financial firms and creative agencies, and promoted a Broadway show.

Since 2009, Smith has been an active member of the global TED community and is the founding curator of TEDxOmaha. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Business Ethics Alliance.

From Brian – “I believe that we are built for change. The difference between the past and future is defined by what we do now. Every person has the power – and responsibility – to create a better world. I work with change makers to create bigger, better results through honesty, empathy, and action in a connected world.”

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Our farm doesn't run on any schedule but its own. When we prepare for our Saturday CSA delivery on Tuesday and Wednesday, we check the field