An Entrepreneurial Mind in Action
Everyone else just saw a trash truck idling at a pickup point, blocking traffic, smoke pouring out of its exhaust and litter everywhere. But Jim Poss saw opportunity for innovation.
What's the Latest Development?
In 2003, Jim Poss saw a smoke-belching trash truck blocking traffic and leaving litter in its wake. There has to be a better way, he thought. He got others involved, motivated both by environmental concern and likely financial success. The result? Big Belly—an innovation solving the problems he saw that day.
What's the Big Idea?
Entrepreneurial leaders like Jim Poss can turn garbage into opportunities by using three practices: relying on self and social awareness; employing cognitive ambidexterity (switching flexibly between 'prediction' and 'creation' approaches); and considering social, environmental, and economic value simultaneously.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
Lauren Miranda sent a nude selfie to a boyfriend years ago. Somehow one of her students discovered it.
- Math teacher Lauren Miranda was fired from her Long Island school when a topless selfie surfaced.
- Miranda had only shared the photo with her ex-boyfriend, who is also a teacher in the school district.
- She's suing the school for $3 million as well as getting her job back, citing gender discrimination.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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