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Victoria Brown is co-founder and chief executive officer of Big Think, the knowledge company that makes people and companies smarter, faster through efficient e-learning from world-renowned-experts.
Since founding Big Think in 2008 along with fellow Harvard alum Peter Hopkins, Brown has transformed the company from a thought leadership forum to the leading knowledge company for a competitive edge in the knowledge economy. She's overseen the development of Big Think's e-learning solutions to improve how people think and how companies perform through BigThink.com, and its corporate e-learning solution, Edge.
As CEO, Brown directs Big Think's strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies including initiatives with Shell, Intel, Mercer, Microsoft, HP and JP Morgan; co-branded content creation with MSNBC, The Washington Post and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and licensing agreements with educational institutions and corporations including Harvard Business School, University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, Pearson and McGraw Hill, among others.
A former business development executive and producer for the “Charlie Rose" show on PBS, Brown received an Emmy nomination for her work in 2005 featuring television mogul Ted Turner. After graduating from Montreal's McGill University in 1997, Brown worked in film finance and production in Los Angeles before receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2003.
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Learn how to redesign your job for maximum reward.
- Broaching the question "What is my purpose?" is daunting – it's a grandiose idea, but research can make it a little more approachable if work is where you find your meaning. It turns out you can redesign your job to have maximum purpose.
- There are 3 ways people find meaning at work, what Aaron Hurst calls the three elevations of impact. About a third of the population finds meaning at an individual level, from seeing the direct impact of their work on other people. Another third of people find their purpose at an organizational level. And the last third of people find meaning at a social level.
- "What's interesting about these three elevations of impact is they enable us to find meaning in any job if we approach it the right way. And it shows how accessible purpose can be when we take responsibility for it in our work," says Hurst.
Erik Verlinde has been compared to Einstein for completely rethinking the nature of gravity.
- The Dutch physicist Erik Verlinde's hypothesis describes gravity as an "emergent" force not fundamental.
- The scientist thinks his ideas describe the universe better than existing models, without resorting to "dark matter".
- While some question his previous papers, Verlinde is reworking his ideas as a full-fledged theory.
TuSimple, an autonomous trucking company, has also engaged in test programs with the United States Postal Service and Amazon.
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- This week, UPS announced that it's working with autonomous trucking startup TuSimple on a pilot project to deliver cargo in Arizona using self-driving trucks.
- UPS has also acquired a minority stake in TuSimple.
- TuSimple hopes its trucks will be fully autonomous — without a human driver — by late 2020, though regulatory questions remain.