People, places, companies, products, ideas -- five key things we cover here at SmartPlanet. Where does innovation come from? One or more of these, with a lot of hard work in between.
If there's one thing we covered well in 2012, it's people. It's no secret that there are some brilliant minds out there, and one of our jobs is to tell you their stories. Talk with them face-to-face. Share ideas. Stoke conversation. Indeed, we spoke with several amazing people in 2012 -- you'll find 25 of them below.
Click. Read. Enjoy. Walk away feeling smarter. (We sure did.)
1.) John Maeda (pictured, above), president of the Rhode Island School of Design,
2.) Donna Drummond, city planning director for the City of St. Paul, Minn.,
3.) Will Shortz, crossword puzzle-master for the New York Times,.
4.) Bill Nye, the famous "Science Guy,".
5.) Susan Shaw, marine toxicologist,
6.) Jake Porway, founder of Data Without Borders,.
7.) Justin Hall-Tipping, entrepreneur,
8.) Michael Jantzen, artist,.
9.) Britta Riley, founder of Windowfarms,.
10.) Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America,.
11.) Jonah Lehrer, science author,.
12.) Katie Salen, DePaul University professor,.
13.) Iain Couzin, Princeton University professor,
14.) David Kelley, Stanford University d.school founder,.
15.) Andrew Blum, architecture author,
16.) Paul Polak, author,.
17.) Barbara Block, Stanford University professor,
18.) Anant Agarwal, president of the digital education initiative edX,.
19.) Susan Cain, author,.
20.) Tim Prestero, founder of Design That Matters,.
21.) Johan Ugander, mathematician,.
22.) Matthew Inman, cartoonist behind The Oatmeal,.
23.) Allison Arieff, author and urbanist,.
24.) Temple Grandin, animal scientist and animal advocate,.
25.) Mark Frauenfelder, MAKE editor and Boing Boing founder,.
We published many more interviews this year; you can find them in the Pure Genius and Business Brains sections of this website. (Indeed, it was hard to select only 25 for this list. They're all wonderful.)
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