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Happiness Will Not Be Downloaded

  Over the last decade, I’ve watched hundreds of cooking shows. It’s a matter of time before Martha Stewart demands UN sanctions for my stockpile of useless culinary knowledge. In reality, my own cooking is a malignant medley of boiled ravioli, lopsided omelets, and fresh veggies dying of embarrassment. So … Happiness Will Not Be …

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America’s Last Stimulus: 5 Ways to Use Europe’s Crisis to Create US Jobs

This is an abridged version of the original article I wrote for Business Insider.  In a forgotten corner of the White House sits a huge, Parthenon-shaped cake. Nearby, Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner are dancing like Zorba and dripping with hummus. Why all the glee?  It’s because Europe just gave the U.S. … America’s Last Stimulus: 5 …

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Is Brainstorming Pointless?

This originally appeared in Innovation Excellence. I just saw this New Yorker piece about the futility of brainstorming. Over the years, I’ve facilitated well over a hundred sessions ranging from small workgroups to big, executive-laden festivals. Like anything else, it can work, but isn’t the right tool for every situation. It’s also … Is Brainstorming Pointless?Read More …

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Old IdeaFaktory Podcast #1: Liberating Anonymous Drones with Dan Lyons & Steve Faktor

The first episode of the Ideafaktory Podcast is the best one ever.  It’s a great conversation between Steve Faktor and Dan Lyons (aka the original “Fake Steve Jobs“, aka “Real Dan Lyons). Dan has written for Forbes, Newsweek and many publications that begged me not to use their names! This … Old IdeaFaktory Podcast #1: …

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Facebook IPO & the Dark, Dirty Secrets of Facebook vs. Google Data

As I baked muffins to celebrate Facebook’s IPO, it occurred to me that there’s one HUGE, unspoken difference between the data people reveal to Facebook and what Google collects through search and other tools.  It’s this: Facebook knows the image you want to project to the world – your “social resume”. Beautiful vacation photos; that … Facebook IPO & the …

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