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Steven Johnson's work on the history of innovation has inspired a six-part series that explores the power and the legacy of great ideas. HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson, the BBC2 TV series begins on Saturday, 14 Feb. Discover the extraordinary in just about everything ordinary. Hear the stories behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered. View the trailer here.

Known around the globe for his innovative, employee-centric management style, Ricardo Semler is a true visionary. In his recent TEDGlobal talk, Ricardo describes his radical form of business from rethinking board meetings to vacation days. “It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about.” Ricardo takes this approach to rethinking our school system.

Bill Emmott executive produced a new documentary about the crisis facing the European Union. In The Great European Disaster Movie, Bill examines the identity crisis of the current-day Europe and the complex challenges that are mounting against the Union's survival. It is directed by Annalisa Piras and the same team from Bill's previous documentary on the crisis in Italy titled Girlfriend in a Coma. Watch the premiere reactions here. The documentary will air on BBC on 22 Feb.

Martin Wolf's book The Shifts and the Shocks and Atif Mian's book, House of Debt are on the list of Bloomberg BusinessWeeks Best Books of 2014. They are amongst the most-cited selections from the Bloomberg News annual survey, which asked CEOs, investors, current and former policy makers, economists and academics to name their favorite reads in 2014.

Tim Harford and John Gapper are the recipients of the The Comment Awards. “The Comment Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the UK’s finest print and online commentators and their editors.” Tim won for best Economics Commentator and John won for best Business Commentator. This is the sixth year of the award. Congratulations Tim and John!

At the cutting edge of industrial innovation, JB Straubel is part of the founding team and the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors, the electric car company based in Palo Alto, California. At Tesla, Straubel oversees the technical and engineering design of the vehicles. In addition to his work at Tesla, Straubel is also on the Board of Directors for Solar City. He is a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he teaches the popular Energy Storage Integration class in the Atmosphere and Energy Program. Prior to Tesla Motors, Straubel was the CTO and co-founder of Volacom, where he co-invented and patented the new long-endurance hybrid propulsion concept that was later licensed to Boeing.

March 2015
Gillian TettNorway
Gideon RachmanKorea
Chris AndersonSwitzerland
Robert ShillerJapan and Hong Kong
Martin WolfQatar
Kevin AshtonTurkey
Adam S. PosenUnited Kingdom
Amy CuddyAustria
Paul RomerChina and Hong Kong
April 2015
Atul Gawande, M.D.England
Don Berwick, M.D.England
Kevin AshtonKorea
Adam S. PosenKorea
Steven JohnsonGermany
Atul Gawande, M.D.United Kingdom
Tom KelleyJapan
Robert ShillerBelgium
Paul KrugmanBelgium
Don TapscottAustralia and Ireland
James SurowieckiSwitzerland
Barry J. EichengreenUnited Kingdom
Brian MuirheadUnited Kingdom
May 2015
Don Berwick, M.D.Spain, Qatar and Portugal
Don TapscottPortugal and United Kingdom
Atul Gawande, M.D.New Zealand and Australia
Chris AndersonBelgium and Peru
Bre PettisAustria
JB StraubelKorea
Adam S. PosenChina and United Kingdom
Kevin AshtonBelgium
Paul KrugmanUnited Kingdom
Robert ShillerGermany
June 2015
Kevin AshtonUnited Arab Emirates
Phil RosenzweigPortugal
Adam S. PosenGermany and United Kingdom
Tom KelleyBrazil
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D.Switzerland
Martin WolfAustralia
Gillian TettSweden
Jane McGonigalFinland
Robert ShillerItaly, France and South Africa
July 2015
Hilary MasonFrance
Abraham Verghese, M.D.New Zealand
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D.Switzerland
Chris AndersonFrance
August 2015
Martin WolfSouth Africa
Emily PillotonDenmark
Robert ShillerUnited Kingdom
September 2015
Don Berwick, M.D.New Zealand
Gillian TettUnited Kingdom
October 2015
Kathleen SebeliusIreland
John AuthersAustria
Kevin AshtonUnited Arab Emirates
Atul Gawande, M.D.United Kingdom
November 2015
Robert ShillerUnited Kingdom
Andrew LippmanUnited Kingdom
Martin WolfSouth Africa