Jeff DeGraff: At Christmas, I change from one culture into another and yet another still and back again.
Increased benefit choice brings along with it increased risk. For instance, what if employees choose options like paid time off at the expense of long-term benefits that will be much more valuable to themselves and their families over time?
According to Julia Galef, simply asking question "how do I compare expected benefits against each other?" is already "far more than most people just intuitively do when they want to help the world."
The new consumer doesn't wait in line to get a deal at Target. She buys what she wants, wherever she wants it, whenever she wants it.
Over at The Stone, Christy Wampole diagnoses the malaise of the post-millennial age and suggests a few ways “How to Live Without Irony.” It is a sign of Wampole’s misdiagnosis that her recommended cures sound a lot worse than the disease. First, the claim: For many Americans born in the ...
What do Jeremy Bentham's nineteenth-century prison reforms have to do with David Petraeus and Google's biannual "Transparency Report"?
If you are in the path of Sandy, by this point you have hopefully already completed your safety checklist that includes things like batteries and flashlights, food and water. So now what? You're stuck at home fighting boredom. You might be tempted to drive your car to the Jersey Shore to gawk ...
As we detailed in our New Social Systems Deep Dive report, a growing mistrust of institutions is driving a seismic shift in values in the United States. As Americans look beyond traditional values, a new set of ideals, beliefs and systems are starting to emerge. From the rise of atheism and non ...
The noise of the long campaign may not only be annoying, but also bad for your health. Big Think experts suggest effective ways for dealing with the over-consumption of information.
Companies need to be social to be successful. This is a key insight in Maddie Grant's book Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World, which argues that the principles underlying social media’s growth can be applied to the way we lead and manage organizations.
From Fortune 500 companies to Presidential campaigns, it seems everyone has bought into the power of memes to move a message. And nobody bought in earlier than Ben Lashes, the world’s premier, and perhaps only, meme agent. Ben’s work is a perfect embodiment of a trend we’ve been tracking called ...
With Big Bird’s surreal moment in the national spotlight, last Wednesday evening marked not only the first Presidential Debate of 2012 but also America's first national political Kidult moment.
Julia Galef explains how a "simple and easy mental habit" can help you overcome your biases.
"Americans censure nepotism on the one hand and practice it as much as they can on the other." --Adam Bellow (the son of Saul Bellow)