Spark Innovation by Eliciting the "Hmmm..."

Spark Innovation by Eliciting the "Hmmm..."

The best advice I ever received from an acting teacher was to focus not on what I’m doing or saying, but on what I want from the other person in the scene. Do I want them to forgive me? To feel hopeful? To change their mind? With my focus on the other person, self-consciousness fades away, and you’re left with one committed, powerful actor. 

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Coworking Communities Are Disrupting (and Improving) the Way We Work

Coworking Communities Are Disrupting (and Improving) the Way We Work

When I’m not working out of the Peer Insight office, I’m a coffee shop drifter. My extroverted personality thrives in this environment: coffee grinding, baristas pulling shots, and getting a heart in my latte makes me feel all warm-and-fuzzy inside (I know, I know, they do it for everyone). Coworking has given me another office, and what’s more, access to a vibrant community. I’m falling in love all over again.

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The Role of Luck in Successful Innovation

The Role of Luck in Successful Innovation

The other day I was listening to a panel of DC entrepreneurs talk about innovation and their experience with it. Someone raised the notion of luck being a key, perhaps even essential, ingredient for success. At first, I had a visceral reaction to this thought, perceiving that luck just makes it harder to glean best practices.

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Crowdsourcing Cultural Data Across Time

Crowdsourcing Cultural Data Across Time

The more layers of digital data we can source and collect about a particular place or landmark, the more context we will add to the historical record of our time. We can imagine that the archaeologists of the future will no longer have to dig in the dirt to understand our culture, instead they'll just look at our digital databases (however primitive the technology) and know who we were as a society, down to the intimate details of a life. 

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