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BREAKING: You Know That TED Talk You Weren't Supposed To See? Here It Is.

BREAKING: You Know That TED Talk You Weren't Supposed To See? Here It Is.
Presented in partnership with Nick Hanauer, self described "super-rich" entrepreneur, gave a fantastic TED Talk about how the middle class—not the super-rich—are the real job creators. But TED, which has released over 100 different political videos in the past, thought this one was too partisan and refused to release it. We normally love TED, and were surprised they didn't think this talk was TEDworthy. Under pressure from the internets, TED finally relented and released the video. Watch it and decide for yourself if it's really all that controversial to say that the "super-rich are not job creators." The National Journal led the initial charge pushing the controversy angle. Chris Anderson, from TED, offered this official response to the outcry and posted the talk for everyone to see. Next bit of Upworthiness:

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EconomicDevelopment Editor's Intro A visionary leader in interpreting the workplace trends of tomorrow, Charles Grantham is co-founder of the Work Design Collaborative in Prescott, Ariz., where he develops emerging forms of work and commerce and manages an extensive applied research program focused on the emergence of the electronic workplace. Author of The Future of Work – The Promise of the New Digital Work Society (McGraw Hill, 2000), Grantham is recognized as an international expert on the design of information and organizational systems that support these new forms of work. With more than 25 years of experience in this field, he has appeared on national news broadcasts to discuss the social ramifications of new workplace trends.

25 Definitions of Innovation In a recent blog post proposing a definition of innovation, I noted that innovation means different things to different people. It ultimately is what you think it is. What’s a useful definition for you won’t work for others, and vice versa. I asked for people’s definitions on several LinkedIn groups, and the community came forward with many interesting and valuable perspectives. Revisiting why incompetents think they’re awesome In 1999 a pair of researchers published a paper called "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments (PDF)." David Dunning and Justin Kruger (both at Cornell University's Department of Psychology at the time) conducted a series of four studies showing that, in certain cases, people who are very bad at something think they are actually pretty good. They showed that to assess your own expertise at something, you need to have a certain amount of expertise already. Remember the 2008 election campaign?

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Review zoom People with learning disabilities have long been told they must learn to compensate for their deficits, because they will never improve. In The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young offers her own story, and those of her students, to refute that conventional wisdom. Beautycheck - social perception Do attractive people have any advantages? Are they treated better than less attractive? Is it important to look good on an application photo?

Business Rules of Thumb / FrontPage Welcome to the Business Rules of Thumb wiki. This public wiki is designed to track useful rules of thumb in business. The password for this wiki is: thumb What is a thumb? A short (less than paragraph) instruction for dealing with a set of circumstances. A rule of thumb can be used when there's less time and less information than the user may desire.

Technology - Alexis Madrigal - How Google Can Beat Facebook Without Google Plus Look, Google, we've got a plan to help you win on social. There's only one catch: You have to give up on the notion that animates Google Plus. Out in the Mojave Desert, there's a place called California City that's fascinated me ever since Geoff Manaugh brought its story to the Internet's attention. The city is one of the largest in the state by land area, but its population sits at a mere 14,718. The facts together indicate the grandeur of the planned community's conception and its failure. tl;dr version

How Tim Cook is changing Apple FORTUNE -- In February of this year, a group of investors visited Apple as part of a "bus tour" led by a research analyst for Citibank. The session started with a 45-minute presentation by Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's chief financial officer, and the 15 or so investors who attended the session were treated to Apple's unique brand of hospitality: They met in a threadbare conference room in Apple's Town Hall public conference center at the 4 Infinite Loop building in Cupertino, Calif., where the refreshments consisted of "three stale cookies and two Diet Cokes," in the words of one participant. All that, save the meager refreshments, is routine for big public companies in Silicon Valley, which use the check-ins as opportunities to communicate with large owners of their stock. After the CFO finished, Cook, at that point chief executive of Apple for all of five months, stood to offer his remarks. Tim Cook at a March event introducing the new iPad in San Francisco

Vickrey, William. 1996. 15 Fatal Fallacies of Financial Fundamentalism Fifteen Fatal Fallacies of Financial Fundamentalism A Disquisition on Demand Side Economics William Vickrey October 5, 1996 Much of the conventional economic wisdom prevailing in financial circles, largely subscribed to as a basis for governmental policy, and widely accepted by the media and the public, is based on incomplete analysis, contrafactual assumptions, and false analogy. Audit of NY Fed Reveals Technocrat’s Creation and Cover-Up of Global Financial Crash Susanne Posel Occupy Corporatism September 5, 2012 Senator Ron Paul has introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 ( HR459 ) to the upset of Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. In August, the House of Representatives passed 327 – 98 on a vote which exceeded the necessary 2/3rd majority.