Entries in Innovation Hub by Kara Miller and Genevieve Gilson

Danbo with presents

 
Here are three things to know about our holiday show:

1. Retailers are hunkering down in “Amazon war rooms” to fend off the online giant. But that may not be enough to save them, according to CNBC's Courtney Reagan and Howard Anderson of Harvard Business School.

2. Going clubbing? Downtown haunts will soon be located next to a runway. Cities of the future are being built around airports, says John Kasarda, author of “Aerotropolis."

3. People may love peppermint mochas, but they don’t really like opera music in the morning. Historian Nancy Koehn explains how Starbucks changed culture – and why, early on, CEO Howard Schultz had more failures than successes. 

slinky in the sea

A stray piece of metal in a Philadelphia shipyard provided the inspiration for an affordable toy with a uniquely American twist. Read More...

messy cabinets

Everyone fails – the difference is whether you fail the right way or the wrong way. Anjali Sastry, co-author of Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner explains the valuable insights that can be gleaned from flops. Read More...

plane cockpit

Knowledge is now available faster than our brains can process it, but the information rushing at light speed could be slowing us down, says Nicholas Carr, author of The Glass Cage: Automation and Us. Read More...

beer flight

While ancient civilizations were building pyramids and mapping the globe, they also brewed up a new use for grains. William Bostwick, author of The Brewer's Tale, discusses the intersection between beer and innovation. Read More...

law library

Lawyers, suited up and steeped in tradition, aren’t usually seen as cutting-edge, but embracing technology may be the only thing to save the legal profession. Read More...

Shy guy

We often believe that extroverts - those boisterous, outgoing folks at the office - have the best ideas. But if the boss overlooks introverts, great ideas may be lost, says Susan Cain, author of “Quiet.Read More...

a colorful office

A new generation of workers has a new generation of values - which can mean walking away from raises and promotions. Read More...

Chicago Skyway

With school back in session, freeways across the country are more congested than ever. One traffic expert says there’s a clear solution. But are people willing to pay? Read More...

Cheesburger

Fast food has been studied in connection with Americans’ expanding waistlines, but new research suggests that fast food may also affect mental states, making people more impatient. Read More...

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