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Question: What impact does your work have on the world?

Lidia Bastianich: I know I . . . Humbly I will say it has a tremen . . . substantial . . . a substantial impact. And how do . . . how do I know that? Well because my restaurant, and now with my son Joseph, and with __________ and so on, in partnership we have more than 12 restaurants. I have published just my fifth book. My television series is in its eighth year. And at the end of the day there’s 50 million viewers. My books sell in the 400,000 or 500,000 copies. So I know I reach people out there. My show has been bought in Australia, in New Zealand, Asia satellite, Canada. So I know that there is a want for what . . . the message that I’m giving. And I know that people are buying it and listening. So I am humbled by this, but I feel it is a great responsibility.

 

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Lama Rod Owens – the price of the ticket to freedom

An ordained Lama in a Tibetan Buddhist lineage, Lama Rod grew up a queer, black male within the black Christian church in the American south. Navigating all of these intersecting, evolving identities has led him to a life's work based on compassion for self and others.

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  • "What I'm interested in is deep, systematic change. What I understand now is that real change doesn't happen until change on the inside begins to happen."
  • "Masculinity is not inherently toxic. Patriarchy is toxic. We have to let that energy go so we can stop forcing other people to do emotional labor for us."
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For most of history, humans got smarter. That's now reversing.

We were gaining three IQ points per decade for many, many years. Now, that's going backward. Could this explain some of our choices lately?

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There's a new study out of Norway that indicates our—well, technically, their—IQs are shrinking, to the tune of about seven IQ points per generation.

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Lateral thinking: The reason you’ve heard of Nintendo and Marvel

Here's why generalists triumph over specialists in the new era of innovation.

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  • Since the explosion of the knowledge economy in the 1990s, generalist inventors have been making larger and more important contributions than specialists.
  • One theory is that the rise of rapid communication technologies allowed the information created by specialists to be rapidly disseminated, meaning generalists can combine information across disciplines to invent something new.
  • Here, David Epstein explains how Nintendo's Game Boy was a case of "lateral thinking with withered technology." He also relays the findings of a fascinating study that found the common factor of success among comic book authors.
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