"People often credit their ideas to individual Eureka! But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story." Check out Steven's book 'Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation'.
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don& Traditional rewards aren& always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
When does learning begin -BEFORE we are born -Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks thru new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play. At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play -- with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).
At the conference, chef Dan Barber tells the story of a small farm in Spain that has found a humane way to produce foie gras. Raising his geese in a natural environment, farmer Eduardo Sousa embodies the kind of food production Barber believes in.
Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.
"Why dieting doesn't usually work." Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt explains the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.