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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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Startup Camp (Part 1)

Divorce and summer camp do not typically spring to mind when we think of entrepreneurs. But Steve Susskind turned those radically different seminal experiences into grist for his life’s work. Today, he’s leading an unusual organization that excels in prototyping,…

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Chocolate Happiness

An apple a day is so yesterday. Instead, why not eat a chocolate bar everyday? Yes, take something bad and make it good. Not just any chocolate bar, but a probiotic-infused chocolate bar. What’s happening here? Treats are being crossed…

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Fast Food Gets Boozy

Want a rich bottle of Pinot with that burger? A smooth Sauvignon Blanc with that Protein Bistro Box? Just like that, fast food and fast coffee joints are crossing traditional barriers and tapping our growing thirst for wine and beer….

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