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Making A Big Bet: Should Peace First Expand Youth Programming Into the Middle East?

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Eric Dawson founded Peace First in 2009 to empower young people to work toward a more just and peaceful world. He began in Boston and over time grew his nonprofit and its powerful movement into 140 countries. A small grant from the Gates Foundation allowed Peace First to explore expanding into the Mideast and North Africa, the so-called MENA region,…

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Have This Conversation To Successfully Think + Plan For An Unthinkable School Year

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Have you been talking with your children about the new school year? Many schools are starting the year fully remote; some, including New York City’s public school system, are vowing to provide in-person learning; some colleges and universities are staggering their calendars and only allowing select classes of students or majors to return to in-person learning. Many schools and colleges...
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Creating A Successful Go To Market Strategy For An AI Tech Company

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Using AREA To Be A More Interesting Person: An Interview With MIT’s Vincent Quan

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How can I be a more interesting and well-rounded person? That was the question that Vincent Quan, a Policy Manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which researches solutions to alleviate poverty, asked himself and used the AREA Method to solve. Click play below to listen to Vincent’s episode of the Problem Solved Podcast.  …

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Got Financial Decisions to Make? Learn How to Invest In Financial Research

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How may we improve our financial and investment decision-making? That’s the subject of my new book Investing In Financial Research, A Decision-Making System For Better Results, and the latest Problem Solved Podcast. In an interview conducted by Lakshmi Bhojraj, the Breazzano Family Executive Director of the Parker Center for Investment Research, I answered her questions -and those of the live…

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Introducing the Problem Solved Podcast: How A Banker Used AREA To Plan His Honeymoon

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How are you using the AREA Method to make your big decisions better? This month, I’m launching the Problem Solved Podcast, containing a series of interviews with people who are using AREA for both personal and professional decisions. You’ll hear them explain what decision they were making, why they chose to use AREA, and how it went: what worked and…

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The AREA Method: Warren Buffett & Untangling Your Plate of Spaghetti

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Recently I sent a copy of my book Problem Solved about decision making to Warren Buffett. He responded with a lovely note of encouragement and had this observation: “It always amazes me how many seemingly intelligent people have trouble thinking clearly. Their thoughts get tangled into a plate of spaghetti.” Mr. Buffett is so eloquent, and so clear thinking. He’s right of…

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The AREA Method: What Usain Bolt Can Teach Us About Decision-Making

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Could the secret to great performance lie in an uneven distribution of our time and effort? Take the case of Usain Bolt, the fastest sprinter in history. Researchers just determined that he has an off-beat stride: his legs are different lengths so he strikes the pavement with different levels of force. Scientists at Southern Methodist University, leading biometrics experts on…

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The AREA Method: A High School Boot Camp To Make Big Decisions Better

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What problems are today’s high-schoolers wrestling with? How do I get an academic scholarship? How do I create a budget and save money? How do I make friends at the new school I’m going to next year? Can I continue to live with my mom? Oltre alla glassa all’acqua un’altra possibilità è la ghiaccia consapevolezza-farmacie.com reale o Sildenafil aumenta in…

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The AREA Method: Is Facebook The Electoral College of Social Media?

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Facebook recently announced that it is adding 3,000 hires to its already almost 5,000-strong news department in order to streamline what users can share on the site and to control for incidents of “fake news.” By monitoring posts more carefully, the thinking goes, it may be able to limit stories, videos and posts that may have misinformation or other repugnant…

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Welcome To The AREA Method

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Welcome to my new website dedicated to the AREA Method. Each month in this space I will write about my work as a consultant, journalist and teacher, how the AREA Method has played out for others and about research articles that discuss aspects of decision making, process, cognitive biases, learning, perspective-taking and more. Why spend time on decision-making? Because even…

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AREA Method: Kernels of Truth

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Recently I read an article on the Farnam Street blog called Incentives Gone Wrong: Cobras, Severed Hands and Shea Butter that recounts two historical events that nicely demonstrate the importance of perspective-taking. The author writes: “During British colonial rule of India, the government began to worry about the number of venomous cobras in Delhi, and so instituted a reward for…

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AREA Method: David Brook’s ‘Choice Explosion’ Explains Why Good Decision-Making Is in Short Supply

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David Brooks wrote an editorial this week for The New York Times about the “choice explosion” that’s taken place over the last 30 years. He writes that we have “more choices over more things than any other culture in human history” whether it is choosing between a diverse group of foods, news outlets, lifestyles and/or identities. His point: Making decisions…

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