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A woman walks by a sign at Devil Hole. Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner
September 25, 2018
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How to Tap Skilled Managers in Villages Where Chiefs Still Rule

Identifying and promoting talented technocrats outside traditional hierarchies can catalyze local economic development.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stands during a break in testimony before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data. Credit: Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein
September 19, 2018
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How Much Is Your Private Data Worth — and Who Should Own It?

In an ideal world, consumers would control the rights to their data but would also be able to sell it broadly.

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Children drink soda as they sit in the shade on a hot day. Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
September 7, 2018
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The Power of Telling It Like It Is

In Panama, a new study finds that kids are more likely to drink healthier beverages if you speak the truth — subtly.

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The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in a puddle on a rainy morning. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
July 9, 2018
Written

Why Liberals and Libertarians Both Have It Wrong — And Right

Is the current economic malaise caused by income inequality, runaway regulation, or some combination of the two?

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Jim Farrin, credit: Sean Pressley
June 21, 2018
Written

How to Flunk Retirement and Thrive

A former marketing executive loves his unlikely third act as a prison-education reformer.

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May 18, 2018
Written

Can Blockchain Be Used for Public Good?

A new Stanford study looks beyond the hype to examine how decentralized transactions can solve social ills.
May 8, 2018
Written

PastureMap: Creating a More Sustainable Steak

This app helps ranchers manage their land while improving the environment.
May 8, 2018
Written

Plenty: Towers of Kale Growing Outside Your City

This vertical farming startup plans to reimagine farming.
May 8, 2018
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Pure Harvest: A Smarter Greenhouse Brings Fresh Produce to the Desert

Fifty miles outside of Abu Dhabi, startup Pure Harvest plans to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in an inhospitable climate.
April 12, 2018
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The Science Behind Cambridge Analytica: Does Psychological Profiling Work?

The researchers who warned about abuses of Facebook data show how psychological profiling gets results.
April 5, 2018
Written

What Makes a Community Resilient?

A Stanford study explores how communities recover — or fail to recover — from disasters.
March 28, 2018
Written

The Case for a Danish-Style Safety Net

Businesses benefit when the government steps in to provide social benefits, a visiting scholar contends.
March 15, 2018
Written

“The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares”

A new book examines the massive health care toll today’s work culture exacts on employees.
February 2, 2018
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The Rebel Behind Africa’s Telecom Revolution

How Strive Masiyiwa used street theater (and lawyers) to dominate a mobile marketplace.
January 22, 2018
Written

How Engineering’s Blind Spot Creates Runaway Monopolies

One of Big Tech’s biggest problems is that designers too often forget to put a soul in the machine.