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California Dreaming: The Power of Play

Play and her cousins whimsy and delight came to town last week when Steven Johnson, the celebrated author of several bestsellers on innovation and the new book Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, took the stage before a packed…

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Best SmartUp Innovations of 2016

Tech and innovation had a good year. Solar energy powered a globe-circling flight via the Solar Impulse 2, Nike pioneered self-lacing shoes, Ario introduced an IoT lighting hack, Apple spiced up Union Square with a dramatic experiential showroom, and ping…

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Jumping The Border: Innovating Juarez

You may know Juarez as the setting for drug movies, a dusty border town across the Rio Grande from El Paso, notorious for cartels. But actually, you don’t know Juarez. At least, not the new Juarez, Mexico, that I visited…

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Sketching The Future: Toyota’s Secret Design Center

Bob Mochizuki, the lead designer at Calty, Toyota’s secret design center, passes among us like a proctor. He’s given us sketchpads and pencils and told us to start drawing simple shapes. Speed, not precision, he tells us, will yield the…

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