Tag: Innovation


Empathy, Cruelty and Extremism: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 9-13), we examined a book about humanizing the innovation process, an app that’s enabling cruelty, a story on parenting while overwhelmed, and a semantics debate around terrorism. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Empathy as a Business Model – Irwin Kula Innovation, innovation, innovation. It’s all we hear today, as we’re flooded with interviews and talks from academic, business and tech-pop culture gurus. The e-book The Technology of Us cuts through the morass. These smart essays,......

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Empathy as a Business Model

Innovation, innovation, innovation. It’s all we hear today, as we’re flooded with interviews and talks from academic, business and tech-pop culture gurus. Ken Tuchman’s e-book The Technology of Us cuts through the morass. It’s a collection of smart essays by some of the most interesting leaders across a wide range of domains. Every piece is full of insights and intuitions on how technological innovation is humanizing our individual lives, our relationships and the connections between businesses and people. Star Wars director George Lucas, Fitbit designer Gadi Amit, Stanford Center on Longevity founder......

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A Deep Dive into 'Shark Tank'

On Shark Tank, the ABC reality show, inventors pitch their ideas to multimillionaire venture capitalists, in hopes of striking a lucrative partnership. As with most “reality” TV, Shark Tank is problematic; as a series about new businesses, this particular iteration sacrifices serious investment and entrepreneurial lessons for entertainment. It also probably gives viewers a vicarious thrill: either winning a capitalist lottery, or deciding someone’s fate. This “emotionally rich” experience surely deflects (and diffuses) people’s anger at crony capitalism and an economic system rigged against them. But even a manipulative reality show sometime......

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Church in Non-Traditional Spaces... Even Bars

Have you heard of pub churches? Craft beer, God, and community. Welcome to one of many new venues and ways in which people are doing religion. Under the banner of “Pub Theology” – a name taken from the title of a popular 2012 book by pastor Bryan Berghoef – an informal movement has spawned hundreds of meetings in dives and bars in dozens of states. People have gathered for “Beer and Hymns” in Portland, “Church-in-a-Pub” in Fort Worth, “What Would Jesus Brew?” in Michigan and the “Bar Church” in D.C.? Check out......

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The One and Only Joe Cocker

I was blessed to grow up with some of the greatest rock’n’roll ever recorded. Recently, one of the most original and emotionally powerful singers of the genre, raspy-voiced Joe Cocker, died of lung cancer at age 70.? To the many tributes already written, I can only add what this mad dog of an Englishman meant to me. Joe Cocker became famous for songs he didn’t write. In a culture that obsessively worships novelty, Cocker’s originality was improving others’ songs by adding a profound new resonance. What courage it took in 1969 to......

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What Age-Old Religions Gain from New Ideas

In this talk I gave at BIF10 in September, I focused on religion from the most practical and (as it turns out) innovative perspective: How well do our religions serve our deepest human needs? What if religions were actually measured by their ability to impact our capacity for gratitude, hope, empathy and our sense of belonging? What if we unbundled the wisdom and practices from established religions (and their metaphysics, theologies, tribes and communities) and measured them for their ability to help us flourish? Watch the video below, as I discuss these......

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Pope Francis: CEO and Epic Innovator

Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and TWD co-founder Irwin Kula: Every CEO is an evangelizer. So those struggling with how to deal with the pressures of disruption would do well to closely follow Pope Francis. His first bit of sage advice for every CEO is: “An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a?funeral!” Recently, Pope Francis received two awards at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA). He was honored?in absentia?with the?Adam Smith Prize, presented by the?Harvard Business Review?and with our Book of the......

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Making Every Second Count

Ticktock. Ticktock. Ticktock. Hear that? Those are the seconds of life slipping away we can never have back. As Woody Allen once said, “I don’t mind dying I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” None of us have any idea how much time we have left. Well, now there is a ‘disruptive spiritual technology’ designed for all those non-consumers of existing religious products who want an accessible and usable way to experience awareness of their own mortality. Tikker is a wristwatch that counts down your life! Using an algorithm......

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Is There an App for Empathy?

We are hardwired to feel unease, and even fear, around strangers. Meanwhile, every religion on the planet (at least at their most evolved levels) teaches us to “love the stranger.” Well, it’s pretty clear religion – with its technologies, wisdom and practices – has not gotten the job done. But what if there were new, innovative technologies that could help us nurture empathy for the stranger? There just might be, in 20 Day Stranger – an experiment from the MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems Group, and the Dalai Lama Center for Transformative......

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What Religions Can Learn from Microsoft

Big news from Microsoft – it has finally decided to make its Office software, specifically its suite of applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, work on all computing devices including those made by its competitors, Apple’s Ipads and Google’s Android operating system. I think there’s something that religions can take from this, especially if they want to compete in the marketplace of wisdom and practices that help people flourish. This news is a break with Microsoft policies of keeping its software services locked to Windows devices. If the world wanted Office, they......

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