Why Broadway Musicals Will Improve Your Life


"West Side Story" was one of the most beloved musicals on Broadway. Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Pipe Dream" was a flop. How does one become a success while the other crashes and burns? That's what sociologist Brian Uzzi wanted to know. Is there a formula for taking the complexities of producing a Broadway musical and achieving success? Could that formula then be applied to other areas?

The Passion for Food: Perfecting Local Flavors to Achieving Iron Chef

Urban FIRE's 5th Annual Diversity of Success Forum is coming up on Saturday, June 16th and for the first time, we’re focusing on food in the midst of Oakland’s rising stardom as the Bay Area’s Culinary Capitol. We’re excited to bring a triple blend of local, national and international celebrities who will discuss their challenges, triumphs and stories of what it takes to succeed in this highly competitive industry. The forum’s most popular part – one-on-one Q&A between the audience and the panelists – will be extended.

How Do We Invent Happiness?

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Warren Buffet once said that it's one thing to learn about the intricacies of business but he found it more important to establish the entrepreneurial mindset. He believed that one of the benefits of a true entrepreneur was the the self-realization that our core desire could be defined in one word: happiness.

When Crowd-sourcing May Get You Killed

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On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was returning to her apartment in Queens, New York City when she was murdered in a random and vicious attack by a total stranger. Even though badly wounded, she screamed numerous time for help. When the police investigated the murder, they found 38 neighbors who said they either witnessed or heard the cries for help. But, none of them lifted a finger.

12.21.12 Apocalypse: 11 Months to Live

2012 Mayan Prediction

December 21 is the day we all die. According to various interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, the day we all perish will be just about the time we start stressing about what well be giving Uncle Bob and Aunt Clara for Christmas.

Never mind that weve had 40 such predictions since 2000; this one is etched in stone dating back centuries and has more than its share of true believers:

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