We live in a world where it often seems that our fears outweigh our hope that things can get better. And, yes, there are many concerns worth worrying about. Yet, rather than running from the problems we must embrace a powerful tool that will help us overcome what's wrong-inspiration. It is a force that can truly change the world.
Scientific knowledge and supernatural wonders both depend on what we think
Is your house an oasis of order-or a cesspool of clutter? A lifetime of disorganization finally caught up with journalist Anne Cushman. The messes around her house were driving her to despair, and she realized it was time finally to do something about it. She bought two self-help books to learn out to better organize, but misplaced both... and then discovered the key to digging out of chaos and finding a new sense of peace.
With broom in hand, J.L. Hooymayers turned around his inner city neighbourhood .
In Ghana dreams are being immortalized. Philip Kwame Apagya photographs people living out their dreams.
Can pets and wildlife warn us of the next tsunami or earthquake?
Why optimism is your best strategy
The Philips factory, which was the pride of the Belgian city of Hasselt, closed its doors in 2002 and the jobs were "outsourced" to Eastern Europe, Taiwan and China. This story is emblematic of what's happening today as the economic centre of gravity shifts to Asia. Ode traces Philips' footsteps to offer a firsthand view of the global economy.
Iranian-born video artist Ghazel demolishes cultural clich
"We need to replace our work ethic with a play ethic"
Top companies look to insects for business innovations
Inspiring lessons on how we can connect with nature
Poverty can be solved, declares Muhammad Yunus. But as long as politicians and starry-eyed idealists are blinded by good intentions, poor people will remain poor. Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, which pioneered the idea of microcredit, knows how poverty can be effectively tackled. Marco Visscher looked him up in Bangladesh and they sat down for a long talk.
Wim Postema is an organic pioneer in a dirty industry
Music conservatory professor Benjamin Zander, who is also conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, explains why all his students receive an A