In America, the Product Buys You

In the 1950s, the Beat movement offered an alternative to North American capitalist culture. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and other writers, artists, and hipsters challenged post-war American conservatism and conformity. The extent of the Beats’ social and artistic influence is still vigorously discussed. The rise of conformist consumer culture and accompanying advertising…

Key Takeaways from ResolveTO

ResolveTO was a great couple of days. Despite the conference only being in its first year, its ambitious goal was to bring together big companies, startups, government groups, and others to talk and listen to each other. Here are a couple key takeaways that emerged from the conference and were reinforced by the winners, who…

The Creative Conflict: Our relationship with creativity and how to handle it

Our relationship status with creativity is complicated. To the outsider, we appear to be in a strong, loving relationship. Creativity was identified as the single most important leadership trait for success by a 2010 IBM poll of CEOs worldwide. We celebrate the accomplishments of inventors and strive to be like them by copying their habits…

Rethinking Leave and the New Parent Experience

During my first year as a US employee of a Canadian company, I learned that one of my new Canadian colleagues was not only expecting her first child, but also preparing for a yearlong maternity leave. Yes, you read that correctly. A year. Twelve whole months of government-sponsored job protection and subsidized family leave, to be…

What the Mighty United Nations can Learn from Local Social Entrepreneurs

The systems we have in place for international development are no longer working as they should. The most powerful institutions are also the most inefficient, accounting for much misuse and waste of resources. The United Nations – arguably the most important development institution in the world – has established an unparalleled reach, but it has…

Women in Leadership: Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts knows something that many of today’s business leaders don’t know, and that some don’t even really care about. It’s something she knows about herself. And, given her undeniable success as CEO at Burberry and the sheer expectation over what she is quietly doing as SVP of Retail at Apple, it’s something that has…

Disrupting the 15 Billion Dollar Menstruation Industry

Menstruation.  Uncomfortable? That’s a common response. This widespread taboo has allowed the “feminine hygiene” industry to operate without governance or pressure to innovate for the last 85 years. The conversation, however, is opening up, and a revolution is beginning in an industry that has been stagnant for too long. Menstruating women were ostracized in biblical times.…

Innovation and Design: Cognizant and Idea Couture Move Digital Forward

This post originally appeared on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It’s hard to avoid hearing the word innovation these days. A Google search for “books on innovation” yields 193 million results. On a LinkedIn search for innovation, nearly three million people pop up. Some would say the same of the word design. Depending on the industry, the research…

Q&A with Catherine D’Ignazio

MISC spoke with Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College, about the possibilities for feminist data visualization; the power, pleasure, and limitations of visual data; data literacy; industries of accountability; and the future of inclusivity. Last year, you wrote an article called “What would feminist data visualization look like?”…