Spark | Oct 4, 2013 | 3:26

We Asked the Question: Built To Last

Michelle Parise with the Broader Spark Community's answers to the question: What tool or object do you have that may outlive you?

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Spark Watch yourself write and you could be a better writer Mar 22, 2015 | 9:04James Somers created Draftback, a tool that lets you replay what you've written in Google Docs, so you can gain insight into your writing process.
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Spark We expect you'll be brilliant! Unless you're a woman. Mar 22, 2015 | 9:11Sarah-Jane Leslie, co-author of a recent study on the public perception of genius, discusses the consequences of our stereotypical idea of what brilliance looks like.
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