New Poll Shows Trust Online Declines Despite Rise in Social Media Use

80% of Americans say they are using social media daily, and yet, 96% don’t have a lot of trust that social networks will protect their privacy and data. In 2014, we conducted a survey to learn about people’s social media usage and whether they trusted social networks to protect their data and privacy. We recently conducted another national poll on this topic to see how things have changed. The deal is, use of social media is up, but so is distrust. And many people don’t think our current privacy... Read more →

The World in 60 Seconds – October 19, 2016

US: Is post-election violence a concern? Depends on how badly Trump implodes. On balance, I’d say no, but it’s not outta the question, which is so wrong. Iraq: Will the Mosul offensive restore stability? No. There is no plan for governance, despite the fact that we’re now taking ISIS out. Great that ISIS is going. Really worried about no flag flying over Mosul afterwards. Europe: Can they get CETA done? This is the Canada deal. On balance, right now, no new trade deals are getting done with... Read more →

What To Do When Your Child Announces Writing as a College Major

My niece recently declared her college major: writing. In an era when liberal arts education must be defended, including against self-doubt, I believe she has made the right choice. She happens to be at the same school I attended, ranked in the top ten if that is any concern, and in the same program from which I graduated in 1988. I would do it again. Students and their parents are anxious, as they have every right to be, about “gainful employment” upon graduation. They wonder if any course... Read more →

The next digital economy: Why refusing to grow is better business

In this series, professionals attending Next:Economy share their insights on the future of work. Read the posts here, then write your own. Use #NextEconomy somewhere in the body of the post and @mention Next:Economy conference panelists when sharing. For more insight and news on the Next:Economy, sign up for the weekly newsletter here. In this post, I interview myself about the digital economy and my new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus Q. Your title is provocative. Are you saying... Read more →

Mapping the End of Malaria

A few years ago, I pulled off a purposeful prank. While I was giving a TED Talk on malaria to a room full of influential people, I opened a canister and let loose a small swarm of mosquitoes. “There’s no reason that only poor people should have the experience,” I said. I let the audience squirm in their seats for about half a minute before I let on that the mosquitoes were not infected with malaria. My gimmick worked. A distant problem suddenly got very close to home. Today, gimmicks are no... Read more →

Let’s Step It Up: Join Me for a Walking Challenge

The Surgeon General in partnership with Fitbit has issued the Step It Up! Challenge open to all Americans, running from October 13, 2016 at 12:01 AM PDT and ends on October 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT. The idea is to encourage people to walk more to improve health and raise awareness about making cities more walkable. You can sign up here and join my team, Happy Healthy Nonprofit. Part of the inspiration for the Happy Healthy Nonprofit c0-authored with Aliza Sherman came several ago when... Read more →

Unique Things Great Bosses Do Every Day

We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there’s a ton. In one study, 61% of those working for bad bosses said they were looking for another job, while just 27% of those working for good bosses were considering alternate employment. And here’s one that’s really startling: 65% of people with bad bosses said they’ve sometimes... Read more →

What Can You Take Away to Achieve Perfection?

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. Antoine de St. Exupery I remember launching a new filtering feature a Google within the AdSense product. At the time, we had hundreds of thousands of website publishers using our user-interface to accomplish many tasks. They might download reports of their revenue from running AdSense ads, configure ads to match their website’s style, and indicate their preferences for... Read more →

Doug Casey – 5 Lessons From The Most Interesting Human in The Matrix

“I know you’ve made tens of millions of dollars in various areas of life,” I said. “Tell me how you did it.” “Hmm.” He scanned his memory for money. And landed in 1969. “I put all my possessions in the back of my Mustang and drove to Washington, D.C. I figured if I got $5,000, I could hitchhike my way through South America… but more importantly, Africa.” There are about 220 countries on the planet. Doug Casey has been to 160. “I believe in the Latin phrase, ‘Mens sana in... Read more →

Taking Pride in What You Do

This spring my husband and I were lucky enough to work with a service pro who clearly took immense pride in his work. His work, and his attitude, stood out. So much so that I’ve shared this story with friends and colleagues, and decided to share more broadly with all of you. We all have a story or stories of incredible customer service we’ve received, whether it’s in our homes, our offices, at a store, a restaurant or elsewhere. And we love to share those stories with others! It got me thinking... Read more →
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