Business & Education


Did a $70,000 Minimum Wage Buy Happiness?

It made headlines when Dan Price, the CEO of San Diego based Gravity Payments announced that his company would establish a $70,000 per year minimum wage. Part of what made the story so compelling was that Price committed to helping fund at least the first year costs associated with that move by cutting his own million-dollar-a-year salary to $70,000. But after four months, the story has taken on some new dimensions — dimensions which transcend current debates about wages, the wisdom of Price’s move, or any other issues related to economics and......

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Authenticity and Ambition: Four Steps to Nurturing Both

The experience of visiting one of the world’s most famous film festivals was as intense as I’d anticipated when I went to Cannes this spring for a Screen Actors Guild internship. Now, as I reflect on my visit, I realize that what can take your breath away in terms of flash and glare may actually shed light on something of greater importance: the challenge of not losing yourself in the whirlwind. The Cannes Film Festival felt like a long list you had to be on. The parties and screenings were speed-dating exchanges......

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Jobs That Sail Away for Good

You know the rhyme: “The butcher, the baker, the candle-stick maker, they all sailed out to sea…” Turns out, they won’t be out there alone: They’ll soon be joined by the bookkeeper, the ticket-taker and the telemarketer, with hundreds of other professions following in their wake. Our jobs are at risk, and so are we. Just check out this 2013 report from Oxford, and this “Will Your Job Be Done By a Machine?” tool on NPR’s website. They’re a reality check about the many jobs we may soon see computerized and/or automated......

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To My Own Beloved Graduate

My youngest daughter graduates in a few weeks. No, not college graduation, nor even a high school graduation (so there will be no famous speaker like those featured yesterday here on The Wisdom Daily). This is an 8th-grade graduation, but there is nothing “just” or “only” about it. The fact is, if someone had told me 13 years ago that our wonderful daughter would be graduating grammar school as a typical student, I would have told them that they must be smoking crack. To be sure, part of that estimation would’ve been......

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Commencement Wisdom in 2015: Must-Read Links

You don’t have to be graduating to gain inspiration from the words of wisdom delivered by these ten commencement speakers,?who appeared at university campuses across the country this year – from investment expert Mellody Hobson to Hangover star Ed Helms to news anchor Jorge Ramos. Our roundup also includes noteworthy valedictorians with wise insights to share. Check out the links below to enjoy these memorable speeches in full.   1.??Salman Rushdie at Emory University, May 11, 2015 “On this day, a little nostalgia is appropriate. Because endings and new beginnings, no matter......

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Can Social Entrepreneurs Repair the World?

This week, I attended a meeting at my synagogue hosted by my rabbi, Elan Babchuck, featuring Irwin Kula – one of his mentors, and a national thought leader about the nature of contemporary religion. I don’t read most announcements I’m sent about events, because I don’t have them on my radar as things I’d generally consider attending. In this case, Elan invited me personally, and the title “Disruptive Spiritual Innovation” was certainly intriguing. Elan shared that his goal for the meeting was to understand national trends facing organized religion, and to consider......

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If Our Tech Revolution Slows Down, What's Next?

Fifty years ago this week, an important prediction by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore was made. Had “Moore’s Law” not come true, none of our lives would be the same today. Imagine little or no access to computers for most of us, no smart phones, no digital media as we know it. Those advances all depended on Moore’s Law. But that pattern may finally be dying. IBM research director Supratik Guha explains on Fortune.com: “The reason behind this relentless progress is….Moore’s Law. The micro-chip is built with tiny electrical switches made of purified......

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Water From Thin Air

Here is innovation at its best: A billboard created to actually generate potable water from nothing but thin air. And this incredible invention was unveiled in the city of Lima, Peru, a place where a fresh water shortage has been one of the biggest problems for those in the community and nearby villages. The project, developed at the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), is inspiring. Innovation arises when passion and purpose come together, when people collaborate across different domains and expertise and when different technologies are combined. As in the case......

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The Unethical World of Yik Yak

One of the greatest Westerns in film history, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, comes to mind when I think about one of the most popular and controversial apps in use among students today. Yik Yak, a social media network with no member profiles, only displays chatter among users within a radius of 1.5 miles, or up to 10 miles. As this New York Times report demonstrates, along with the good of increasingly democratized communication comes some bad – and truly ugly. Not only are anonymous taunts and personal attacks common......

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How 'Birdman' Proves Money Isn't Everything

You may already know that Alejandro Gonz?lez I??rritu’s film Birdman – named Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards – is the second-lowest-grossing movie to ever win that award. Meanwhile, as Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris mentioned, of the roughly $650 million in box office from all films nominated this year in that category, $320 million of that was earned by American Sniper. What can we learn about our relationship with Hollywood, its attitude toward moviegoers, and even about our own lives from all this? Quite a lot, actually. I suppose the......

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