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Was removing the drudgery from laundry the greatest feat of the industrial revolution? [VIDEO]

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? The automobile? The assembly line? The leaf blower? Wrong on all counts, says visionary Hans Rosling, who makes a compelling and personal argument for... wait for it... the washing machine. In this peppy presentation for TED, Rosling concludes that freeing his mother from the drudgery of hand-washing gave her time for things that improved, exponentially, the quality of life for her and her family. It's the holy grail of innovation.

There’s never been a safer time to live on the planet (and here’s a...

Surprisingly frequently, I find myself making the case that there has never been a safer time to live on the planet. Sure, we're confronted daily by news of wars, murders and other forms of human-inflicted violence. But, if you refer to the stats, things are actually pretty good, as this engaging video demonstrates.

Through the gloom, progress: 200 years that changed the world

This interesting Gapminder visualisation illustrates how far the various nations of the world have come (in terms of prosperity and life expectancy) over the past 200 years. Presented by Swedish professor Hans Rosling (top left inset), it traces the rise of the West (Australia and New Zealand have fared particularly well) and the emergence of China, India and the developing world.

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The Gaddie Pitch in three simple sentences with Antony Gaddie and...

The personal elevator pitch is an essential tool in the entrepreneur’s utility belt. Your pitch is also essential for success on the web, for placement on landing pages, in emails and blogs. The medium might change but rarely will the structure of an effective pitch. Antony Gaddie is the creator of “the Gaddie Pitch,” an internationally-renowned set of tactics designed to help business owners deliver an effective elevator pitch, time and time again.

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How to zig when everyone else is zagging, with Julio De...

Why is it that some business owners appear impervious to business obstacles and upsets? In some cases, it seems that it’s the obstacles that drive certain personality types to success. In this CHEAT SHEET, we share five ways of thinking to respond to INDUSTRY, ECONOMIC, BRAND, SOCIETAL and PERSONAL shifts.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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