News & Ideas

“Here are a few bookmarks from my reading on the road and at home. You can share your thoughts and reactions in the forum or online using #SightReading. Happy reading!” –Yo-Yo Ma

Beyond Anger


By Martha C. Nussbaum | Aeon
It is empathy, not payback, that we should demand in times of rage

Elite Universities Don’t Get Failure


By Joshua Spodek | Inc.
Failure isn't something to be afraid of; it's one of the keys to growth

The life-changing magic of getting a person to change their mind—even yourself


By Suzanne Cope | Quartz
Can empathy be taught?

How Pasteur’s Artistic Insight Changed Chemistry


By Joanna Klein | The New York Times
How can art spark the next great idea?

Humanizing, harmonizing effects of music aren’t a myth


By La Monica Everett-Haynes | Science Daily
Music can teach us empathy

How Covenants Make Us


By David Brooks | The New York Times
"Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people shall be my people"

Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should be Too


By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang | Nautilus
Can the great minds of the past teach us how to be better thinkers?

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case


By Rod Nordland | The New York Times
Crime Scene Investigation: Copper Age edition!

Are Scientific Truths Better Than Other Truths?


By Adam Frank | NPR
Science and the arts can help us reveal different truths

Detroit Entrepreneur Seeks To Open Black-Owned Grocery Store


By Philip Lewis | Huffington Post
Building new business models to empower people in need