• 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: 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: Uncorporate Culture.
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    As some have noticed, I’ve taken a little sabbatical from writing these past several weeks. Partly I’ve been immersed in learning and listening. Partly I’ve been wrestling with a topic that I finally see needs to be broken in to smaller bits. And partly, to be completely honest, because I started to feel like Lucy and Ethel at the end of the chocolate assembly line, with big ideas coming at me faster than I was able to effectively share them with you. Thanks for your patience.…

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: (in)visible Teens.
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    It’s always exciting to talk about big shifts and how to tackle complex problems with bold ingenuity, but when we look to the future, one giant topic demands more of our attention than it often gets: the health and well-being of today’s youth. This week we focus our attention on those poised to inherit our past and create our future: teens. And in the process invite us all into a new conversation about what it might take to build more supportive structures and attitudes.   …

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: What Bold Looks Like.
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    These past few weeks I’ve spent an unusually large amount of time deconstructing what it takes to create and champion world changing ideas that, as Melissa Waggener describes, advance human progress. While it’s tempting to talk a lot about the fear of risk and incumbent structures that seem to swallow up really big ideas, we’ll use our spotlight to shine on ideas that don’t seem possible, yet somehow are. And we offer you a “two-fer” by synthesizing two weeks of Cultural…

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