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New Year’s Resolutions: Opportunity Knocks

California is getting walloped by El Niño, which means it’s been raining pretty much non-stop since last week, but on one recent afternoon I spied a rare streak of blue sky outside, and abruptly ran down to the dock and…

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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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Hitch A Ride To The Future: Uber

Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Co.’s futurist, was talking with me about how personal transportation has been stuck in the mud of decades-old technologies, when she stopped mid-sentence. Connelly had just published Ford’s annual projection of future trends, and was largely…

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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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