Moira speaks with environmental sustainability visionary Ray Anderson, the founder and chair of the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet. He discusses his book, "Confessions of a Radical Industrialist", and talks about his personal epiphany around the environmental impact of carpet and the corporate social responsibility journey his company, Interface, Inc, embarked on to reach it's target of "Mission Zero."
Moira speaks with Kevin Maney about the trade-off we make when we buy products. Are the products hip, cool, or high-quality? Or is cheap and easy more important? This is the subject of his book "Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On, and Others Don't".
Built for portability, netbooks may represent the first computers conceived from the outset with Linux in mind. Intel's Dirk Hohndel describes the firm's strategic vision for Open Source using the netbook OS Moblin as an example.
How can you solicit honest feedback from friends and business associates? Rypple co-founder Daniel Debow says that his company's new service is the answer. It's quick, it's easy, and it's anonymous. It's true that online anonymity can often lead to trouble online. But Daniel Debow tells host Jon Udell that when used appropriately it can be a key enabler of interpersonal feedback.
Much of the web's implicit connectedness is never made explicit because we refer to the same things in many different ways. In this conversation, Metaweb's Stefano Mazzocchi explains to host Jon Udell how Freebase reconciles web namespaces to expose useful connections.
Matt Drance of Bookhouse Software discusses Cocoa, Apple's name for the collection of frameworks, APIs, and accompanying runtimes that make up the development layer of Mac OS X and also used for iPhone Apps. He reviews the process of developing for the iPhone, including some of the mistakes that software writers make. He also reviews the issues related to the recent Snow Leopard upgrade.
Moira interviews Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon about their book I Hate People!: Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job. In it they have selected and analyzed the ten most troublesome types of people likely to appear in the workplace.
For over 100 years, telecom has been ruled with a monopolist mentality. Russ McGuire, VP of Strategy at Sprint, calls this the Big Bell Dogma and tells how mobile communications break the monopoly and will free us from the past.
Moira speaks woth John Hagel about the long term trends in technology and the economy. Hagel is Co-chair of Deloitte's Center for the Edge and the lead author of the Shift Index Report 2009: Measuring the Forces of Long-Term Change.
Silona Bonewald discusses the issue of data and how it can be used and shared. Beginning with how it is used or misused by banks, she reviews the problems of transparent vs. accessible data and talks about how defining the terms is likely part of the problem. She also discusses the concepts behind open government.