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Join Dan Ariely for talk & signing at IFTF on Tuesday, June 12

Don’t miss your opportunity to join us in Palo Alto on Tuesday, June 12th at noon for lunch and a book signing with Dan Ariely!

Space is limited—to register for this event please go to:

What Maker Faire has to do with Leadership in the Future

A blog post on Leaders Make the Future co-authored by Bob Johansen and Deepa Mehta

If you've been to the Institute recently, you’ve probably seen this:

Who is the Internet Human and what is the Human Internet?

For most of its history, using the Internet has involved conforming and contorting to the logic, architecture, and input/output mechanisms of machine networks. Humans have genuflected before immobile computer screens, tethered our limbs to mice and keyboards, and craned our necks to use the smartphone screens in our hands. The human experience of the Internet, however, will change dramatically in the next ten years.  The technical and network foundations are being laid that will allow humans to interface with the network much more naturally and effectively.

Embarrassment as a Health Design Strategy

Via Springwise comes word of a couple of intriguing ideas about how to enable people to shame themselves toward better health. The first, a refrigerator magnet from Brazil attaches to your refrigerator, and will automatically alert your social network any time you open up your fridge for a late night snack--in an effort to make you eat less.

Preparing for a More Contradictory Future

About a decade ago now, the British Medical Journal ran one of my favorite academic parodies - a review article that attempted to conduct a meta-analysis of whether or not wearing a parachute when jumping from a plane could help prevent injury or death. Finding no one had studied the subject, the authors concluded:

What Impact Investing Could Do for Health

My latest Fast Coexist piece is up here. It takes a look at how pay for success bonds could help fund a health system that focuses on social and environmental prevention.

Here's an excerpt:

Driving a Cleaner and More Resilient Future

California’s innovation engine has the potential to shift the economy to a cleaner and more resilient future.  Next 10, a nonpartisan nonprofit just released the 2012 California Green Innovation Index. In its fourth edition, this important document illustrates along multiple measures that you can indeed choose both, environmental improvement and economic growth.

The Social Production of Health (And Other Themes from TedMed)

In his talk to close out TedMed earlier this month, Dr. Mark Hyman gave a great talk highlighting a provocative but important idea: Many of the most important improvements in health and well-being won't just come from technology, but will emerge from social relationships. Hyman's talk, called "If We Can't Cure the Patient, Can the Community Do It?" described how he struck up an unexpected relationship with Rick Warren, the religious leader, and used that relationship to create a community led effort to help people lose weight and improve health.

2012 Summer Internship at IFTF - Application Period Closed

Thank you for your interest in the summer internship program. We are no longer accepting applications for 2012. Please check back in early spring of 2013 for details about next summer's internships program!

 

 

 

 

 

Microfinancing the Long Tail of Food

A great article in the New York Times highlights a new project from the Slow Money organization that combines microfinancing and an alternative way to account for value to enable consumers to invest in the local food ecosystem. The project, called Credibles, copies a lot of microfinancing sites, such as Kickstarter, by letting people get nonmonetary rewards for putting money into local businesses, with a bit of a twist:

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