The Art of the Interview: Lorin Stein

Lorin Stein is an award-winning critic, editor, and translator. He has worked as an editor with such authors as Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen and Sam Lipsyte. He is the editor of The Paris Review. Characterize for me, the cultural importance of the Paris Review’s “Writers at Work” interview series. Sort of by accident, over the…

John Solomon on Narrative and Gamification

John Solomon is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of SuperBetter Labs, a Developer of Online Social Games design to build personal resilience. RB: What’s your mission at SuperBetter Labs? JS: SuperBetter Labs is a company with the idea of bringing inspiring games to solve a whole host of problems. We’re first doing that with…

Freeway Ricky Ross on Built Resilience

Freeway Ricky Ross is an American entrepreneur known for the drug empire he controlled in the 80s. In 1996, Ross was convicted of drug trafficking. He was released from prison in 2009. So this is MISC’s Bounce Back issue. FRR: You’re right. Ain’t nobody ever bounced back like me! Can you paint a picture of…

Can Boys Bounce Back?

The plight of men seems to have become something of a cause célèbre. In books, articles and even in serious academic studies, the place of men in our society seems to be something not just to be concerned or intrigued about, but something to be lamented and scrutinized, fretted over. Normally all this cultural angst…

Andrew Zolli on Strategic Looseness

Andrew Zolli directs the global innovation network PopTech and has served as a fellow of the national geographic society. He is the co-author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. How did you first start thinking about resilience? AZ: About five years ago, a very eclectic network of people – lead scientists and social innovators and…

Ingredients of a Brand Bounce Back

It is said that brands are not owned by companies, but by customers. That they exist as an intangible bundle of perceptions, memories, associations and feelings in the minds of those who have experienced
them in one way or another. Customers certainly talk about them as if they were their own: my BlackBerry, my Burberry, my…

Young Divorce & the Self as Brand

Recently, a New York City production company put out a casting call for a television project entitled “Chapter 2”, asking, “Are you already looking for husband 2, 3, 4?” A new reality series “from the executive producers of Bravo’s ‘Pregnant in Heels’ and Oxygen’s ‘I’m Having Their Baby,’” Chapter 2 will follow “5 young and…

The Brown Spirits, Bitters & Bulgogi Barrage

Five years ago I was sitting in the exceptional tea lounge at the Park Hyatt in Washington DC drinking a wonderful cup of lapsang souchang alongside an 18 year old single malt scotch. For those with organoleptic predispositions, it was a magical experience to compare and contrast two vastly different sensations of smokiness. How was…

Bringing Ugly Back

You’ve seen them. They’re wearing shoulder pads, mom jeans and sweaters embroidered with cats. With a fancy fountain pen in his pocket and a heavy watch on her wrist, they rely on their iPhones to manage their time and capture the world around them. Whether they’re called millennials, hipsters or Generation Ys, you know who they are.…

How to Fail Better

Failure is the corporate f-word. It makes people paranoid, particularly when organizations are constantly ‘right sizing’, and their history of failure could earn them a priority boarding pass when it comes to chopping head counts. So what do you need to do if you discover your biggest innovation is about to become a flop? It…