• "The digital age gives a new (and almost opposite) meaning to having a photographic memory. The experience of the moment has become the experience of the photo."
  • A "group of us volcano strandees in London planned and executed an event called TEDxVolcano last weekend. This is the story of how we did it, and five lessons about social capital mobilization that extend far beyond the ash plumes of Eyjafjallajokull." The lessons: #1. Cultivate Networks Way In Advance Of Using Them. #2. Identify Key Partners Early. #3. Ask For A Lot. #4. Talk Publicly (Because You Don't Know Everyone Who Can Help). #5. Say Thanks Constantly. BONUS: Distribute Praise Widely. [Though it's easier to pull this off in London than, well, just about anywhere else.]
  • Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant.