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Design Thinking: Innovate The Desk

Students across the nation are rushing to study entrepreneurship hoping to become the next Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, or Travis Kalanick. Universities too are expanding their curricula in a shift from more traditional liberal arts and science courses toward the…

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Team Swap: Innovative Collaboration

Teams and teamwork are all the rage. Today, this is how we learn, work, and create in corporations, colleges, and universities. I know this first-hand, from my experience teaching at the University of San Francisco. And this past semester, thanks…

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The Battery: No Photos, Please

Step inside the Batcave-like lair of The Battery and you are confronted with a contradiction. A small sign at the check-in desk forbids phones and photos, an odd ban in a stylishly appointed club that celebrates the new tech elite….

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Take Five, Japanese-Style

There are thousands of shrines all over Japan, from the middle of a bustling Tokyo street, to the farthest outlying corners of the country. In an island nation where humanity is tightly packed into urban spaces, the shrine is a…

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