How to remake the entrepreneurial spirit in the wake of COVID-19

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Amid this crisis, we need to make sure that entrepreneurship is open to all—making a commitment to promoting diversity and putting in place education and funding mechanisms to make sure that people of every age, economic or cultural background have a chance to go out, take a risk, and build something new. Entrepreneurship is a deeply personal journey, and it remains difficult because it is so personal. This unpleasant truth is often overlooked by Silicon Valley’s startup myth-making, which romanticizes entrepreneurship and glorifies risk-taking with macho slogans about embracing failure, but rarely, if ever, acknowledges the actual human cost of that. This is the difficult truth about what it means to be an entrepreneur and the real reason, beyond economics, why so few people (one in ten Americans) decide to become one, despite all the glamour associated with it. Read Full Story

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The 14 most important books for designers to read right now

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Experts from IDEO, Adobe, SVA, HOK, Designer Fund, and more share book recommendations for designers who want to expand their horizons in 2021 and beyond. Designers in 2021 face some of the biggest challenges of their careers as they help rebuild a society torn asunder by COVID-19, economic inequality, racial injustice, and climate change. Looking for inspiration on Instagram or in a Taschen doorstopper won’t be enough. So we asked top designers and thought leaders to recommend books that designers—and really anyone who wants to be an enlightened citizen of the world—should read to expand their thinking beyond the traditional design text. Their selections include memoirs, an in-depth look at the infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois, and a 40-year-old U.S. history book that’s more relevant than ever. Read Full Story

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