• NANCY’S BLOG: Ripple Effects – What Responsibilities Do Corporations Have To Consider “Externalities”?
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    Last weekend I celebrated my oldest child’s high school graduation. Watching him join 600+ proud students cross the stage—while listening to those optimistic (yet interestingly pragmatic) speeches about the future, changing the world and embracing your unique gifts—made me think more deeply about the ripple effects of our actions. I’m not sure when the concept of “externalities” entered business lexicon, but in a controversial Harvard Business Review…

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: 2016… See You In The Arena!
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    “It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends…

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  • Nancy’s Blog: Beyond Measure…?
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    Three years ago, we themed our TEDxAustin event “Beyond Measure”. As technology and access to information continues to advance at dizzying speeds, we wanted to explore what it means to be human at a time when we are hurtling toward exponentially expanding extremes. How can we find our human value between quarks and googolplexes (Googleplexes?)? What are the implications of volume and complexity on the way we live?  And how does our stunning capacity to measure help us…

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  • Nancy’s Blog: From Scarcity To Abundance – Big Opportunities For Business.
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    In 2003, Pulitizer-prize winning civilization scholar, Jared Diamond, gave a TED talk entitled “Why Do Societies Collapse?”. Since then this talk—which shares the signs that collapse is near—has been viewed over 1.3MM times. In 2012, Silicon Valley pioneer and founder of Singulariy University, Peter Diamandis teamed up with our pal, author Steven Kotler, to invite us into a future of Abundance, in which they argue: “Humanity… is now entering a period of radical…

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