One of the four potted "hope trees" in the "Dear Boston" exhibition. "We asked visitors to express their hopes for Boston and the world on a tag, and then hang it on a tree: a way to reflect--and have your reflection be public--at the one year anniversary," says Tisdale. "Often in museum exhibitions the 'talkback' station can fall flat -- people give you really bland comments, and mainly teenagers use them for lots of inappropriate language when no one's looking. But in this case it really worked, I think because we gave them powerful, important content and framed it in a way that invited them to rise to their best selves. Visitors hung roughly 15,000 tags during the 5-week exhibition run." Photo: Christian Phillips.

Curator Rainey Tisdale shares three ways in which cities can use culture to foster resiliency after even the worst tragedy.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon women embrace the and

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In her blockbuster TED Talk, Susan Cain has a call to action: Take introverts seriously, and understand what they can do in the right environment. Ben Lillie called her up for an extended conversation about the terrors of public speaking, how her issue is one of civil rights, and the neuroscience behind personalities.

People are living longer thanks to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and technology. This population shift brings with it incredible possibilities — but also a new set of challenges. So … How do we care for our elderly?

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Over the course of 25 years, folk rock icons the Indigo Girls have not only released more than a dozen albums, they have also displayed a staunch dedication to countless social, political and environmental issues, melding music and activism in their own, unique way. Alison Prato talks with band member Amy Ray about how they fight for what they believe in without seeming preachy, the evolution of their music, and the state of women around the world.

Beyond Measure by Margaret Heffernan |

Culture defines any business, yet it’s also one of the hardest things to manage. In this extract from her TED Book, Margaret Heffernan describes the important, often-overlooked element necessary to build an effective, efficient organization: social capital.