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  • The Principles And Practices Of Nonviolence Can Stop The Cycle Of Violence

    Teny Gross recently started the Institute for Nonviolence in Chicago, inspired by his work with the Boston Ceasefire framework and with Providence’s Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, which he launched and ran for 15 years. Gross’s foremost emphasis is on kindness and a determination that violence is a form of negative relationship, that it is rarely random, and therefore, can be transformed by positive relationships.

  • Drawing To Explain The 'How' And The 'Why'

    David Macaulay is perhaps best known for his award-winning international bestseller The Way Things Work. This highly accessible, visual guide to the workings of machines was dubbed “a superb achievement” by the New York Times. A new, almost completely updated version, The New Way Things Work, was released in 2016, with all new sections on the technology that most impacts our everyday lives today.

  • How 'Rebels And Heretics' Bring Value To Organizations

    Carmen Medina, co-author of Rebels At Work, spent 32 years as a 'heretic' at the Central Intelligence Agency, before retiring in 2010. Despite this, Medina held several senior positions at the Agency, including serving on the executive team that led the CIA’s analytic directorate.

  • Leading The Challenge To Bring More STEM Teachers To Schools

    Talia Milgrom-Elcott is Executive Director and Co-Founder of 100Kin10. Under her leadership, what began as a call in President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address is becoming a reality, with more than 250 leading organizations from across sectors coming together in an unprecedented movement to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021.

  • We Need Tools And Skills To Innovate More Effectively

    Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. Together with Professor Yves Pigneur, he co-authored Business Model Generation, a global bestseller on the topic of business model innovation.

  • Entrepreneurship Is For People In Large Corporations, Too

    For Len Schlesinger, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle — one that’s integral to the success of every 21st century leader. Formed from three decades of leadership expertise in industry and academia, this belief is a driving force of his work helping students and business professionals alike.

  • Creating New Ways to Bring Conversations About Diversity Into Schools

    Taliq Tillman is a junior at the Met High School in Providence, where he is driven by curiosity and his passion for learning. He is also an actor, photographer, and activist who strongly believes that empathy is his most powerful tool.

  • US States Can Create A Better Future Through Innovation

    Alan Webber co-founded Fast Company magazine with Bill Taylor and served as its editor until the publication was sold in 2000. Since moving to New Mexico in 2003, Webber has been active in New Mexico politics. In 2014, he ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico, finishing second in a field of five.


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