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We started Heleo because we wanted a better way to discover and interact with today’s great writers and thinkers. We are all hit by a Tsunami of content options every day – never in human history has there been so much to watch, read, forward, swipe and winky-face. Over 600,000 new books are published every year. On YouTube, 300 new hours of video are uploaded every second. Where do you even start? At Heleo, we believe you start with people. Specifically, thought leaders — both established and up-and-coming — who engage, inspire, and motivate readers to make changes in their lives and the world. Neuroscientists, historians, biologists, economists, journalists, psychologists, entrepreneurs … Heleo thought leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds. What they all share, however, is a love of discovery, of investigation and exploration, and equally important, a love of communicating their stories and insights in entertaining, memorable ways. So do we. We’re a lighter, faster, internet-native, more humble version of the media company. Our mission is to elevate these thought leaders, to help today’s great thinkers spread their ideas and build online audiences. We are believers – we think that the right book, the right speech, the right new habit, the right cautionary tale or clarion call, the right I-just-can’t-take-it-anymore rant, the right insight on what makes us tick — perhaps even the right tidying tip — at the right moment, can be life-changing. Our goal is to make sure that everyone has access to these transformative ideas in a format they can use, and that the thinkers who create them have the tools and incentives they need to keep inventing fresh ideas.

Mission: To connect writers and readers in powerful new ways, elevating ideas that matter.

"For almost seven years, nasa’s Curiosity rover has been exploring the terrain of Mars. Two weeks ago, it made a stunn...
07/12/2019
What If Life Did Not Originate on Earth?

"For almost seven years, nasa’s Curiosity rover has been exploring the terrain of Mars. Two weeks ago, it made a stunning discovery."

Gary Ruvkun, a molecular biologist and professor of genetics at Harvard, wants to search for DNA on Mars.

In fact, thinking of yourself as a "happy person" may be holding you back, says Ingrid Fetell Lee.
07/12/2019
You don't have to be happy to feel joy - The Aesthetics of Joy

In fact, thinking of yourself as a "happy person" may be holding you back, says Ingrid Fetell Lee.

Last week, the writer Ian Bogost wrote a piece about my work in The Atlantic called “The Infrastructure of Joy.” I’ve been thinking about his opening lines on and off all week: I’m not generally known as a happy person. I don’t think that’s because I’m unhappy, exactly, or because I’...

Too many incredible recommendations to count.
07/11/2019
TED’s giant summer reading list: Books to open right now

Too many incredible recommendations to count.

We asked TED speakers, TED-Ed educators and TED Fellows: “What books would you bring with you to a desert island?” In their deliciously diverse responses, you’ll find there’s something …

It’s arguably the most statistically sound summer reading list on the internet.
07/11/2019
A data-driven guide to the best 2019 summer reading

It’s arguably the most statistically sound summer reading list on the internet.

In search of the season's most-endorsed reads, Quartz analyzed every 2019 summer book list we could find, from Bill Gates to Bloomberg, Bustle, and Buzzfeed.

We can use tech to enhance our love of nature.
07/09/2019
How to help kids fall in love with the outdoors

We can use tech to enhance our love of nature.

You don’t need to go to a national park to help your kids fall in love with nature; a walk around the block can be enough. Tech also doesn’t have to be the enemy. Instead, use it as a tool to…

More prosocial people are less aggressive in competition—but they tend to win out in the long run.
07/09/2019
Being Empathic Doesn’t Make You a Pushover

More prosocial people are less aggressive in competition—but they tend to win out in the long run.

A new study finds that more prosocial people are less aggressive in competition—but they tend to win out in the long run.

"Love is the marrow of life, and yet, so often people attempt to funnel it into the narrow channels prescribed by marria...
07/08/2019
What You Lose When You Gain a Spouse

"Love is the marrow of life, and yet, so often people attempt to funnel it into the narrow channels prescribed by marriage and the nuclear family."

What if marriage is not the social good that so many believe and want it to be?

They even helped produce Nabokov's novels, reports Ryan Holiday.
07/07/2019
The Incredible Creative Power of the Index Card

They even helped produce Nabokov's novels, reports Ryan Holiday.

Despite advances in digital technology, the humble index card persists as a powerful tool for creativity. Here’s how a range of professionals have used them to organize big ideas.

We especially recommend "The Memory Chalet" by Tony Judt.
07/03/2019
The 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years

We especially recommend "The Memory Chalet" by Tony Judt.

The New York Times’s book critics select the most outstanding memoirs published since 1969.

The benefits apply even to moderate drinkers.
07/01/2019
Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

The benefits apply even to moderate drinkers.

Tens of thousands of Instagram followers can't be wrong: Curiosity about the sober life is trending. Scientists say cutting out alcohol can improve your sleep and blood pressure, and help your liver.

Have you read any of these?
06/29/2019
Books From Our 2019 Speakers | Aspen Ideas

Have you read any of these?

The Aspen Ideas Festival team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Their books will be highlighted in talks at the Festival and available at the campus bookstore. See which authors will also be doing signings by checking out the Wine and Sign Author Book Signings (during Aspen I...

Should we really be doing more with less?
06/28/2019
At Work, Expertise Is Falling Out of Favor

Should we really be doing more with less?

These days, it seems, just about all organizations are asking their employees to do more with less. Is that actually a good idea?

Asking for help is hard. Dr. Heidi Grant makes it easier.
06/28/2019
How to ask for help -- and get a "yes"

Asking for help is hard. Dr. Heidi Grant makes it easier.

Asking for help is tough. But to get through life, you have to do it all the time. So how do you get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, social psychologist Heidi Grant shares four simple rules for asking for help and getting it -- while making the process more rewarding for your helper, to...

Start by buying experiences, not things.
06/26/2019
The Yale Happiness Class, Distilled

Start by buying experiences, not things.

The psychology professor Laurie Santos delivers the 'shortest possible crash-course version' of the university’s most popular course ever.

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