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Long Now Thinking Meets Tech In San Francisco

While 170,000 techies descended upon San Francisco last week for Dreamforce, a few hundred on the other side of the city dove into a one-day rapid-fire tech summit focused on a longer view of the future – five-minute talks on…

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Innovating Lisbon: From Startups to Sustainability

Lisbon, Portugal is a city with a bold goal to become a global entrepreneurial center, and during my visit last week to consult in design thinking and innovation, there were times when this native San Franciscan did a double take:…

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Design Thinking: Apple’s New San Francisco Store

People around the world want to study design thinking and learn why it has relevance to their business, and now there’s a stunning example in my home city: a flagship Apple store that embodies the spirit, practicality, and vision of…

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Portal to the Future: Alexander Rose and the 10,000-Year Clock

Alexander Rose and his team have spent the last 20 years building a clock. Not just any clock, but a monumental 200-foot-high clock buried deep within a mountain. This clock will last for 10,000 years, and poses a question: What…

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