“Let’s brainstorm a solution!” how many times have you heard that? It may seem like brainstorming has become a bit of a modern-day panacea to all maladies troubling businesses worldwide. But is brainstorming really a close to perfect solution? What are the downsides of brainstorming sessions?




Simon Sinek says you should always start with “why.” This seems to be true both in the world of business and the world of self-development. One of the things we do is learn languages. But… why?




We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. “Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn’t make them go away,” Wood says. “To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity.




In recent years, the rise of the Internet has revolutionized the way in which musicians create, distribute and monetize music, enabling aspiring musicians to establish their brand while bypassing the record label model and breaking the old paradigm of the traditional music industry. Meytal Cohen is a pioneer music entrepreneur that has gathered millions of followers through her unique online journey, establishing herself as one of the most well known drummers in the world through her YouTube drum videos, gaining over 140 million views to date.




Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power, Jha says — but some simple techniques can boost it. “Pay attention to your attention,” Jha says..