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Counting what counts

Chip Conley founded the successful California hotel chain called Joie de vivre. Most people in France will not have heard of it. Indeed, as a California-born now Parisian, I had not heard of it either until I discovered Chip on … Continue reading

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Fail your way to success

Is experimentation more effective than engineering in achieving an optimal solution? This is the case made by economics writer Tim Harford in his latest TED talk. He further advocates that schools, politicians and companies adopt this trial and error approach, … Continue reading

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Heed the stench

Neighbors alerted Carla one July morning about sickening odors emanating from her Parisian apartment. This was an apartment she had completely refurbished before renting it to a foreign student on a one-year lease. Carla was not able to reach her … Continue reading

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