The Hummingbird Effect: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt on the Nature of Innovation

What can hummingbirds tell us about the nature of innovation? In How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, science writer Steven Johnson writes about the hummingbird effect. Between 145 and 66 million years ago—the Cretaceous period—flowers began to evolve colors and scents to attract mobile…

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How I Read Non-Fiction Books

250 Words launched on February 3rd, 2014. Four days a week, I feature a smart non-fiction book that, in my opinion, people in business will find useful. If you do the math, that’s about 130 books. After helming 250 Words for eight months, I thought I’d answer a question I frequently receive…

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9 New Business Books to Read in October

1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (October 7th) Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His previous books are The Checklist Manifesto, Better, and Complications. Former secretary of the treasury Timothy Geithner praised Complications as an excellent guide to crisis management. Gawande’s new…

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6 Business, Philanthropy, and Design Books by This Year’s TEDGlobal Speakers

This year’s TEDGlobal conference takes place in Rio de Janeiro from October 6-10. The theme is “South!” which marks the first official TED conference held in South America. The conference will “Focus on themes emerging around the world, this conference will take a bold look at the ideas flowing from the Global South, discussing innovation…

Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth

1Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu, & Simone Ahuja

Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World

2Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World by Matthew Bishop & Michael Green

The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

3The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works by Richard Semler

Before They Pass Away

4Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson

Vik Muniz: Le Musée Imaginaire

5Vik Muniz: Le Musée Imaginaire by Vik Muniz & Eric Mezil

Alejandro Aravena: The Forces In Architecture

6Alejandro Aravena: The Forces In Architecture by Alejandro Aravena

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