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The 10 Rules of Brilliant Women

Womanonroad
about 3 years ago

Tara Sophia Mohr has a challenge for working women. “You’re brilliant and thoughtful, but could you move a few more inches in the arrogant idiot direction please?” Be an arrogant idiot is rule #5 of Mohr's 10 Rules for Brilliant Women.

 

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Bankers Behind Bars? (Revisited)

Bankers
about 3 years ago

What should be done to Wall Street in the aftermath of the financial crisis? This question has lingered for some time, without much action being taken by Washington, until eventually the right wing was able to shift the public debate away from the financial malefactors. The recent Occupy Wall ...

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Steve Jobs, R.I.P.

Steve_jobs_hope
about 3 years ago

At Big Think, we believe a video is worth a thousand words, especially in this case, when we are so very stunned by a life that was cut off so short. So we defer to Apple's former evangelist, Guy Kawasaki. Watch the video here:

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Who Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Julianassange
about 3 years ago

The winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday, October 7th. Last week, a former Norwegian prime minister ignited speculation about this year's winner by announcing, "It will be an interesting and very important prize ... I think it will be well-received."