Day 24: The walk from “no” to “yes”

William Ury, author of “Getting to Yes,” offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations — from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.  

Day 23: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

Model, Cameron Russell, points out that image is a powerful influencer of how we perceive success or failure. In her case, she’s led a successful career for 10 years as an underwear model. However, this wasn’t simply due to hard work and determination. She openly accepts that this stemmed from having won the genetic lottery […]

Day 22: Hey science teachers — make it fun

Tyler DeWitt talks about how science should be fun in a call for educational institutions to give storytelling¬†precedence¬†over scientific accuracy. In an age when scientific knowledge and discovery abounds, we’ve lost sight of how children should be taught about those discoveries. Teachers and textbooks get bogged down with scientific language and the minutiae of theories […]

Day 21: A girl who demanded school

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. […]

Day 20: Take back your city with paint

Edi Rama talks about how as mayor of Tirana in Albania, he combatted crime and corruption by instilling pride in his citizens. How? With a fresh lick of paint! By transforming public spaces into beautiful and well maintained places, he decreased crime and showed his constituency that they could still have faith in their politicians.