Searching for Value: Renato’s Truffles

Luxury is rooted in rarity. As "luxury" goods become mass products, people are turning towards unique, non-reproducable experiences to fulfill a desire for the rare. In this piece, a truffle hunter in Italy describes what it takes—from generations of passed down knowledge to the climate the soil— to produce white truffles, which even now, cannot be intentionally cultivated.


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Navigating in a Fog

In this brief talk, Mikkel Rasmussen demonstrates the power of reframing a business challenge through asking a new question: what business are we in? By heading down an alternate path – one that is unfamiliar and uncertain – and using the tools of the human sciences, businesses can find that moment of clarity and position themselves for long-term success.


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Unlocking the Everyday: In Conversation with Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, sits with Christian Madsbjerg to talk about the explanatory limits of scientism and the models that allow us to develop a substantive understand of human behavior.


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Searching for Value: Kevin’s Somewhereness

In a global, interconnected, “I-can-be-everywhere” world, sometimes the most decadent experience is to be somewhere. To be, quite literally, grounded in a specific place. From tourism to wine to fragrance, the qualities of place can enhance the experience and value of the product. Understanding how our things emerge from and remain forever tied to discrete locales is a critical way in which luxury pushes back on the encroaching global experience.


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Searching for Value: Hanne’s Collection

Sometimes the value of an item is tied to the item itself: the rarity of the gems, the uniqueness of the silk. But sometimes the value of an item comes from the circumstances around its creation and/or acquisition: from the story that surrounds the object or experience. In this short piece, a Danish museum curator at the National Geological Museum of Denmark, details the changing status of a collection: received in the late 1800s from a young, unknown naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin, this collection now has tremendous value derived from his more recent celebrity. Unearthing these stories or creating opportunities for their emergence can be a powerful tool for combating the homogenization of purchasing.


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