Top 12 Ideas of 2012
"Sitting kills you" is one of the refrains we heard often around the office this year. In a series of articles for the New York Times, journalist Gretchen Reynolds made a convincing case for the health benefits of standing and being active. She joined...
The Importance of Introverts
Susan Cain's book "Quiet", and her TEDTalk, started a conversation about the importance of introverts in a world--with its emphasis on collaborative work, open office floorplans, and charisma--that has come to favor extroverts. "Solitude is a crucial...
Austerity was trumpeted as the necessary cure to Europe's debt crisis, but 2012 saw an increase in opposition among the European populace. In fact our research showed a 236% increase in use of the term "anti-austerity" in the press in 2012. Greek and...
Online education opportunities has been available for years, but 2012 seemed to us a tipping point for the trend with a small group of start-ups taking classes from several of the top universities in the world online. All Things Considered takes a...
Women End Wars
"It is more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in conflict." UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet cited this quote from a former UN commander in her talk at the London School of Economics and then charted a path to peace and economic...
Big Data Elections
Michael Lewis's "Moneyball" was passed around Silicon Valley like a handbook when it came out ten years ago, but it took until 2012 for the data-driven decision making process it champions to make a mark in the political world. Michael Sherer of TIME...
In May Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to declare his support for same-sex marriage. Later in the year, voters in Maine and Maryland went to the polls to make same-sex marriage legal - becoming the first states to approve the...
Long a dream of researchers and patients, personalized medicine crept into the public consciousness in 2012. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon's TEDTalk oulines the process of making accurate, personalized tissue models from pluripotent stem cells—the...
The Shared Economy
Although Airbnb has been on the ascent for years, 2012 was really the year that the shared economy and collaborative consumption entered the public consciousness. The question we're asking is which industry will this trend affect next? Rachel Botsman...
Is College Worth It?
The recent economic crisis has thrown into question the value of a college degree. However, statistics still suggest vast earning and health advantages associated with having college degrees. Freakonomics Radio asked some recent college graduates and...
Having It All
Can women have it all? Can anyone have it all— meaning success in their professional and personal lives? Sheryl Sandberg said yes, Anne Marie Slaughter said maybe not. A debate ignited. The ABC brought together a panel of women from different...
Amnesty for the Undocumented
In August, the Obama administration instituted a deferred action program that allowed undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. for two years and apply for work permits. NPR's Ted Robinson spoke to a candidate for the program and discussed its...
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