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The Man Behind TED Talks on Persuasive Speaking

The Man Behind TED Talks on Persuasive Speaking

Published by OZY

Are we in the midst of a public-speaking renaissance? Chris Anderson thinks so. As curator for the TED Conference and someone who’s seen hundreds of talks over the years, he’s come closer than most to unlocking the secret of being an effective, persuasive sharer of ideas. TED Talks, once focused mostly on tech, entertainment and design, have since evolved to feature more global issues and deeply personal insights, such as rediscovering the passionate “hum” that drives burned-out workaholics,...

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An Ex-CIA Chief on Clinton’s Greatest Global Threats

An Ex-CIA Chief on Clinton’s Greatest Global Threats

Published by OZY

In this special election series, OZY has been looking at Hillary Clinton — including her past, a key player from her inner circle and what could become her most influential domestic policies. In this installment, we explore the global issues that could disrupt her push for the Oval Office. Chat with John McLaughlin, the former deputy director and acting director of the CIA, and he’ll methodically take you through the alphabet soup of foreign issues that could scald Clinton’s campaign....

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As Trump’s World Turns

As Trump’s World Turns

Published by OZY

In this installment of our special election series on Donald J. Trump, OZY reports on how the rest of the world views the Republican front-runner. Hint: It’s probably not what you think. Stay tuned for more pieces as the billionaire continues his march to the GOP nomination and, perhaps, the Oval Office. Erick Rhesa just can’t get enough of his political idol. The 30-year-old farmer stays up till the wee hours to watch primary results and, when the Donald reigns supreme — as he did on...

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A Former Prime Minister on Promoting Female Leaders

A Former Prime Minister on Promoting Female Leaders

Published by OZY

Way before there was talk of President Hillary or President Carly, there was Kim. As Canada’s first — and, so far, only — female prime minister, Kim Campbell saw her approval rating soar after coming to power in 1993 to the highest level for a leader here in 30 years. But within less than six months, Campbell’s Progressive Conservative Party suffered a crushing defeat, she failed to win her own home riding, and ultimately left office. Today, after having also served as attorney general...

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Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Published by The Wall Street Journal for WSJ.com and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on. The Department of Energy says it has protected the public health, and studies about radiation harm aren’t definitive. But with the government's own records about many of the sites...

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A Canuck on the U.S. Campaign Trail

A Canuck on the U.S. Campaign Trail

Published by OZY

Normally journalists on the New Hampshire campaign trail are relegated to the back of a town hall, where it’s difficult to ask presidential hopefuls a question. This isn’t a press conference, after all; politicians are here to sweet-talk and sway voters, not members of the media. So in the early weeks of primary season they host intimate gatherings like a coffee with Carly, a Lions Club chat with the Donald or a tavern Q&A with Marco Rubio. Reporters watch, jealously, waiting to sneak in...

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Meet the Secretary of Commerce

Meet the Secretary of Commerce

Published by OZY

“Disappointing.” “Stutters.” “Paler.” They’re not exactly words the U.S. secretary of commerce wants to see bolded about the economy in news headlines. Which may be why Penny Pritzker prefers to focus on what’s coming around the corner. That way, the swift talker can hope for the best — and also plan for the worst. Since her swearing in less than two years ago, Pritzker has used her nearly three decades of private-sector experience to tackle issues facing businesses and entrepreneurs —...

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How Shonda Rhimes Got Her Joy Back

How Shonda Rhimes Got Her Joy Back

As addictions go, workaholism seems like a decent one to have. You support your family, contribute to society and the economy and ideally do some self-realization along the way. So what if you’re afraid to take a vacation or use only half your paid time off each year? The same passionate “hum” that drives many of our workaholic tendencies propelled Shonda Rhimes to become the most powerful woman in TV. But what if that hum just disappears? That’s exactly what happened to Rhimes, as...

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Is it time for regulators to set some carbon disclosure ground rules?

Is it time for regulators to set some carbon disclosure ground rules?

Published by Corporate Knights: The Magazine for Clean Capitalism

Fed up with how poorly some companies are disclosing sustainability metrics to regulators, certain investors and reporting advocates are taking matters into their own hands. One retired database developer in Cali­fornia culled through more than 3,800 an­nual reports of publicly traded U.S. com­panies in 2013 and discovered that just 27 per cent of them cited “global warming” or “climate change” in their most recent filing, according to an InsideClimate News report. Julie Gorte...

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Inside the World Economic Forum

Inside the World Economic Forum

Published by WSJ.Money (www.wsj.com/money)

KLAUS SCHWAB WAS just 32 when he chaired a fateful meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in 1971 that pushed European business leaders to be accountable to all stakeholders—employees, customers and governments—instead of just their shareholders. Since then, Schwab's little nonprofit has grown into the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based organization where, over the years, heads of state, corporate executives and top economists have converged to help expand the Organization for Economic Cooperation...

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