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from the editor. • The Human Element
Rebuilding Our Economic Engine • To support a new generation of creators, markets will have to change what they value.
Virtual Therapy • In the social distancing era, apps are making therapists available at home—affordably and on demand.
Learning Gets Personal • To recover all the ground they lost during the pandemic, students are going to need more than technology.
The Fungus Among Us • Ideas foundry Ecovative thinks mushrooms are a miracle material—and might be your new favorite meat.
A Bird in the Home • Folk-art-inspired designs by Charles and Ray Eames
Music for Every Moment
My Daily Media Diet • Phoebe Robinson, host, Doing the Most With Phoebe Robinson, and cohost, 2 Dope Queens
my operating system.
Forecasting the future of philanthropy • FOR CHARITIES TODAY, INNOVATION IS PARAMOUNT
The Books That Inspire Me
THE MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE IN BUSINESS • In a year filled with challenges, these individuals flourished. Meet the innovators making unprecedented strides in business today, from healthcare to fashion to AI—and beyond.
FOR RAISING THE STANDARD
FOR BREAKING THROUGH
FOR SHOWING US WHAT WE NEED TO SEE
Shaping the future of aging • AARP IS HELPING GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE SOLVE NEW PROBLEMS AND MAKE THE MOST OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES
FOR INVESTING FULLY
FOR DESIGNING A SUPERIOR SOLUTION
Innovation that starts on the factory floor • JOHN DEERE KNOWS GOOD IDEAS CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE—AND ANYONE. THE KEY IS GETTING THEM ONTO THE DRAWING BOARD AND INTO THE FIELD.
FOR FOSTERING COMMUNITY
FOR FINDING NEW (AND SOMETIMES BETTER) USES FOR THINGS
FOR EXPANDING OUR CURRENT REALITY
A unique approach to innovation • WILLOWTREE’S CREATIVE-AND SOCIALLY IMPACTFUL-APPROACH TO SKILLBUILDING PREPARES THE COMPANY FOR ANYTHING A CLIENT MAY THROW AT THEM
FOR SHIELDING US FROM TECH’S NEGATIVE EFFECTS
FOR LEVELING THE FIELD
This time it’s personal • T-MOBILE PRIORITIZES HUMAN CONNECTIONS IN ITS INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO CUSTOMER SERVICE
FOR CHANNELING ENERGY
FOR SUSTAINING US AND THE PLANET
An inclusive approach to innovation • MRM REAPS THE BENEFITS OF BRINGING CLIENTS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS INTO THE PROCESS
FOR HELPING OUR ECONOMY WORK FOR MORE PEOPLE
Innovating for well over a century • CANADA’S BIGGEST BANK TAKES A NEW PATH BEYOND BANKING
FOR BRINGING JOY
ONE HUNDRED BEST WORK PLACES FOR INNOVATORS • NOW MORE THAN EVER BUSINESSES OF EVERY KIND MUST INNOVATE. OUR SECOND ANNUAL LIST OF THE BEST WORKPLACES FOR INNOVATORS, CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH ACCENTURE REVEALS WHICH COMPANIES ARE ENCOURAGING BOLD EXPERIMENTATION AT EVERY LEVEL.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Fostering innovation at scale • HOW DELL TECHNOLOGIES CONTINUES TO ADVANCE AFTER DECADES IN THE BUSINESS
Unlocking innovation to disrupt global hunger • A UNITED NATIONS AGENCY IS APPLYING THE STARTUP MODELTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS
Evolution of the Home Work Space • A brief history of the remote office