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In each of our workday actions, it’s easy to become so caught up with the to-dos that sometimes we don’t notice all the little treasures around us across this beautiful campus. I recently learned about the TEDxEmory conference – a gem right here in our backyard – through an article in the Emory Report. After […]

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What Motivates Us to Work?

What motivates you to work? Is it money? Prestige? Pride in your output? Researcher Dan Ariely conducts compelling experiments that analyze what makes a person want to work. The results are extremely thought-provoking regarding motivation. According to Ariely, if you compare efficiency in work with work that is meaningful, you find that in today’s knowledge-based […]

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Predictable Irrationality

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The latest in my favorite TED Talks is this amazing speech by Dan Ariely, in which he talks about his behavioral experiments in regards to personal and business ethics. According to Wikipedia, “Dan Ariely is an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The […]

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

In light of current discussion during performance review season, Ted Talk speaker Shawn Achor delivers an inspirational speech that the secret to improved work performance is happiness. This is not surprising to anyone except Achor points out that it is not improved work performance that makes us happier…happiness must come first. According to his bio […]

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The Beauty of Data Visualization

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One of my favorite things about my series of Wade’s Favorite Ted Talks are the unique ways educators and scientists view a problem and the interesting ways they approach a solution. David McCandless, who describes himself as an “author, data journalist and information designer,” delivers this compelling TedTalk about data mining and ways to visualize […]

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How I Fell In Love With a Fish

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What, exactly, is sustainability? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that, “Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” Productive harmony…pass me my tie-dyed shirt, Ringo. We hear a lot about sustainability at […]

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Dance Vs. Powerpoint: a Modest Proposal

John Bohannon doing presentation via dance

John Bohannon believes that bad PowerPoint presentations are “a serious threat to the global economy.” He says that poor use of PowerPoint gives the illusion of competence, simplicity, and understanding. Wouldn’t a presentation go over much better if it were delivered as a dance? In his Ted bio, Bohannon is described as “a biologist and […]

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