GENERATION: RE - The Official Nomination
Every generation is given a name – some more accurate than others. Consider this my nomination for the official name of the emerging generation (those born in 2000 to today): Generation:RE
9 Takeaways from 9 Years of Chicago Ideas
The foundational design of Chicago Ideas is in sync with these times in which we find ourselves.
Two Pillars for Effective Remote Work: Asynchronous Clarity & Visible Value
One hundred and thirty years ago, a German playwright first coined the phrase “Spring Awakening” as the title of his breakthrough play, first performed in 1891.
Being “In Integrity” with Yourself and Others
I first learned about integrity from my parents, often in reaction to testing the rules.
How We Overcomplicate Getting Better
I’d like to propose playing a game at work. For the sake of naming it, let’s call it the “Get Better At” game.
5 Tools to Learn
How to Learn
It’s been said that teaching is the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind.
3 Challenges Data Science and Shale Production Share
Like shale production, data science is challenged by extracting, refining, and controlling the input that makes it productive.
Beware of the
I’ve been in the groove of a morning habit.
Of course, you should also interview your colleagues (whether you love them, like them, or barely know them).
Why We Must Learn the Other Montessori Method
Maria Montessori saw clarity through the noise.
Long Live the New & Improved Corporate Org
As the coronavirus crisis has set in, workflows are transitioning to asymmetric and entrepreneurial teams, especially at tech companies.
9 Decision Biases & How to Control Them
I can tell you one thing for sure — I have made lots of mistakes. Lots and lots of them.
Why You Must Prioritize a Quick No
That’s right, “no.” And quickly. Ok — I know I’m in Jeopardy format. So, the question is this: “What’s the next best thing to a quick yes?”
Courage: An essence contained within all of us
Courage. It’s an orientation, a virtue, an ideal. I’ve been curious about courage since September 1, 1986, when I remarkably encountered its duality of boldness and subtlety.
What is your Mindset?
You’ve heard it over the years from parents or perhaps from teachers: “you can do anything you set your mind to.” It’s interesting that the reference in the saying is literally about “setting” your mind.
Bad Data Leaves Money on the AI-Enabled Factory Floor
Opportunity & Unrealized Potential
Appreciation: The Common Thread of Commencement
One of the
greatest graduation speeches
of all time (in my humble opinion) was delivered by the late author David Foster Wallace to the Kenyon College class of 2005.
Creating Our Republic’s Newest Holiday: Election Day
To whomsoever much is given, much is required -- words that trace back to the Bible, words paraphrased throughout the ages, words more prescient than ever.
Four-and-a-Half Rules You Must Break: A Message to 2020 Grads
Class of 2020, I’m here to tell you that you need to break some rules.
Out of Many, One
In this moment, one truth arises above all else: Black lives matter.
The Golden Links of Destiny
I believe we humans are far too often guided (and, sadly, irrationally crippled) by fear or by a default setting pointed towards ‘longstanding tradition’ (which often proves baseless).
What I’ve Learned About Scaling A Platform Company
This month, Uptake signed the 20th partner in our Platform ecosystem. These collaborators range from companies that maintain some of our country’s largest manufacturing plants.
An Even Better Education: Learn How to Learn, Not Just What to Learn
Teaching is the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind. But what lessons are most valuable?
How Can You Be More Creative? Embrace Daily Rituals
I’m fascinated with rituals. While habits are defined as “regular tendencies or practices,” rituals represent a higher level activity
Future of Jobs
Charles Darwin would have a lot to say about how humans will adapt to this Fourth Industrial Revolution. For one, I believe he’d tell us that we’ll evolve.
3 Hacks To Save Time And Energy
Thomas Thwaites set out to build a toaster from scratch.
The next generation of U.S. global leadership in innovation will require closer collaboration
Driving on the freeway in the Bay Area today, you might find yourself surrounded by autonomous cars and trucks.
Survival of the Digitally Fittest
One the first American industrial magnates was also one of our first self-made entrepreneurs.
Technology is Solving the Wrong Problems
FaceTime with 32 friends, updates to Siri and a walkie-talkie on your Apple Watch are just a few of the feature update announcements.
Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant: 4 Insights from the Mind Behind the Museum of Ice Cream
Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant, Founder & Creative Scientific Director of Future Food Studio and BEVLAB, is changing the way we think about food.
AI For Good...Maybe a Little Hope?
As someone who lives on the front lines of AI at Uptake, I hear those terms and I react with optimism. Here’s why.
Tech must address problems of consequence, not just convenience
Americans are falling out of love with the tech industry.
What Baseball & Politics Can Teach Us About Leadership
On October 27, 1960 in New York City, five-year-old David Axelrod went to see John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail in Stuyvesant Town at the corner of 21st and 1st.
Building a Bucket List of Consequence
A few months ago I sat down with Arne Duncan for a conversation on The Upside.
College Basketball Doesn’t Just Build Character, It Reveals Character
So said Marv Levy, the Hall of Fame NFL coach (and native Chicagoan).
Rewarding Brilliance, Creating Failure (and Innovation)
In 2008 and 2009, coders, mathematicians and at least one
became singularly focused on one problem: Improving Netflix’s recommendation algorithm.
Down, But Not Out: How Artificial Intelligence Will Save Industry
One of industry’s biggest challenges is also its most expensive.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Empowers People - Not Machines
Today, the World Economic Forum (WEF) named Uptake a Technology Pioneer, an exclusive list of 30 of the most innovative companies globally.
Make Love and Belief Interchangeable
It’s rare that someone will question your love for your own children, but 10 years ago my friend Brandon did just that.
Best Advice: Change the Game
producers told Arthur Chu he’d been selected as a contestant, he knew he
The Internet: Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
Used car dealers get a bad rap. Sure, they have enshrined themselves in our society by
their cheesy commercials
, their sometimes
sleazy business deals
The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Risk: Student Debt (Flipping the University: Part 2)
In 2012, a team of ex-Google employees decided to launch their own company: a venture capital firm of sorts with a twist called
The Next Cinderella Story
One of my favorite sports teams is not one you’re going to see game highlights of on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
In an Automated World, Human Connections Can Still Thrive
The daily commute on the Purple Line “El” train, between downtown Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, is a virtually “human-free” experience.
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