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Exploring leadership, management, innovation, and technology issues and trends; impacting associations & non-profit organizations in the digital age.
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The Art of Cyber War

The Art of Cyber War | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Boardroom threat level rising: A closer look at how vulnerability in cyber space is redefining national security, enterprise risk, intellectual property, and oversight.
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“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” —Albert Einstein

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How Social Media Complements Nonprofit Donor Moves Management

How Social Media Complements Nonprofit Donor Moves Management | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Social media nicely complements nonprofit donor moves management. The donor environment is more informed, social, connected and demanding than ever before.
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Donors have unlimited access to information. Yup. That’s what the digital revolution hath wrought. You can’t hide anything from folks.  And they don’t need you to spoon feed it to them.  So, what do they want from you?  Transparency and successful outcomes from your organization. Connection and authenticity from you.

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Content and Pervasive Creativity

Content and Pervasive Creativity | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Brands are among the most powerful forces in our world. How they communicate with all of us has a massive impact on our daily experiences, and we believe that emerging content revolution will change things for the better.

Perhaps we are wrong. The relationship of sponsors to journalism and entertainment has always been a little fraught, and the rise of branded content in editorial outlets has given rise to a lively debate. We’ve seen both missteps and genius. Here, we hope to tilt closer to the latter as we present what we believe to be the great brand content and showcase the positive and meaningful impact it can have on our culture.

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The New Model for Innovation Is Social -- and Mobile: But Are Companies Ready?

The New Model for Innovation Is Social -- and Mobile: But Are Companies Ready? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The New Model for Innovation Is Social -- and Mobile: But Are Companies Ready? by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
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"The war is over," Snyder noted. "Mobile is the new platform. And it is changing our behavior. We are using it for everything, because we like doing things in the easiest way possible."

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A Workbook Of Simple Tasks For Sparking Your Creative Process

A Workbook Of Simple Tasks For Sparking Your Creative Process | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Good ideas can arrive (seemingly) in an instant or may emerge after a hard-fought battle between right brain, left brain, and reality.
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Eventually, the group composed a manifesto based on a holy trinity of Process, Logic, and Input. “Instead of operating under the terms of Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media Art, or Sound Design, we want to introduce Conditional Design as a term that refers to our approach rather than our chosen media,” it reads. “We conduct our activities using the methods of philosophers, engineers, inventors and mystics.”

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The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name In The U.S.

The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name In The U.S. | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The New Navel of the Moon. It’s so poetic, isn’t it?
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The New Navel of the Moon. It’s so poetic, isn’t it? (And sure, maybe a bit anatomically confusing.) That’s the real meaning behind the state name New Mexico, and it’s one of many etymological gems uncovered by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust while they were creating this U.S. map depicting the original, literal meanings behind the states and cities we know today.

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Engaging IT Students at Kaplan U

This online university set out to discover whether the use of gaming techniques could help students get beyond whatever obstructions were holding them back in one crucial gatekeeper course. The results were dramatic.
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The results from that pilot were impressive. First, the students in the gaming section overall had roughly 10 percent higher grades than students in the non-gaming sections. They spent about 18 more hours in the classroom doing various activities than the non-gamers. They attended six more days in the term, showing up over and over in the online program.

Importantly, DeHaven declares, differences in demographics have shown no impact on the positive results. In other words, it doesn't matter what age, gender, or background the student has; gaming works.

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#Unplug: Not What You Think It Is

#Unplug: Not What You Think It Is | digitalNow | Scoop.it
While digital detox sure sounds exciting it's really just another binge. Instead we can learn to unplug every day.
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The Buddha--who knew a thing or two about unplugging--said:

“From craving grief arises,
From craving arises fear,
For him who is free from craving
There is no grief, then whence comes fear?

As a tree with firm, uninjured
Roots, though cut down grows up again,
So when latent craving is not rooted out 
Suffering again and again arises.”

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3 Ways To Get More Out Of--Or Just Get Out Of--Your Next Meeting

3 Ways To Get More Out Of--Or Just Get Out Of--Your Next Meeting | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Chances are more than a third of you day is spent in meetings. Most of them are laborious sucking away precious time and energy. Here are a few tips...
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Want to know if your team is getting something out of (and putting something into) your meetings? Ask them.
But please, promise me this: Don’t call a meeting just to ask them how they feel about meetings!

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Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring

Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring | digitalNow | Scoop.it
You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now. Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
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  • How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
  • Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco
  • How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?
  • A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
  • You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?
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Blurring The Line Between Book And App

Blurring The Line Between Book And App | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Why does HarperCollins need a VP of Innovation Ana Maria Allessi who holds that very title tells us about a future in which books look a lot like apps.
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How can a book be made into something more--or other? The whole point is we don’t quite know yet; a contest like this is meant to spark the imagination. But HarperCollins points to a few book, app, and reading experiences that already point in interesting directions. The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris LessmoreThe Waste Land(TouchPress), and NY Times Snow Fall are just a few that they single out for the ways they bring an app-like or even quasi-gamified experience to a book. (The full list of “current out-of-the-box reading apps” is here).

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The Importance of Clear Performance Expectations

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So why don’t more managers do it? Is it that, like a lot of management and HR practices, we make it sound more complicated than it needs to be? If you’ve ever sat through a lesson on how to write“SMART” goals, you might come to that conclusion too.

It really doesn't have to be. Here’s all you have to do:

1. Set aside 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. Turn off your phone, your email, and shut your door.

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This is your brain on drugs. It's ugly.

This is your brain on drugs. It's ugly. | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The poster is made of flour. The holes are being made gradually by mealworms, which have been set loose on the poster to eat their fill.

They’re gnawing away at the flour day by day, just as drugs chip away at your mind and body.

The poster is mean to show the harmful effect of taking drugs, specifically crack. You lose your appearance, your presentability, and most dangerously, your mind.

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Social Media Strategy: The Answer to the Top Social Marketer Questions

A social media strategy should be the centerpiece of your social media program and can help you determine social media ROI, tactics, engagement & tools.
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No social media strategy means there’s no rules as to what is considered success in your social media program because there was never any clear objective documented. With a robust social media strategy in place, KPIs are determined to assess whether or not objectives are reached, and therefore ROI measurement becomes less of a question and more of a mathematical exercise. We all know that social media is not free, so the actual personnel expenses of those involved in the social media program will need to be part of this equation. In order to help assess their effectiveness in the greater scheme of your ROI calculation, you will need to appropriate time they spend in social media to their activities, which leads to:

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The do-or-die questions boards should ask about technology

The do-or-die questions boards should ask about technology | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Board members should raise nine critical questions when discussing technology strategy with IT and business managers. A McKinsey & Company article.
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How will IT change the basis of competition in our industry?

Technology is making boundaries between industries more porous and providing opportunities for attacker models. For example, in the banking industry, online consumer-payment products such as Square—a mobile app and device that enables merchants to accept payments—are challenging traditional payment solutions. Free Mobile, a French telecommunications attacker, has captured significant market share by offering inexpensive mobile voice and data plans, in part by offloading some of its traffic onto the home Wi-Fi access points used by its broadband customers.

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How People Really Use Tablets While Watching TV

How People Really Use Tablets While Watching TV | digitalNow | Scoop.it
About half of all smartphone and tablet owners use these devices while watching TV.
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About half of all smartphone and tablet owners use these devices while watching TV. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, because about half of all smartphone and tablet owners probably use these devices during every single activity of their lives.

But when someone uses their iPhone during Game of Thrones, are they actually reading about the show, or are they just buying shoes? Should that second screen be related to the television or not? This has been a bit of an unanswered question, but that hasn’t stopped many apps--like Xbox Smartglass--from being built to extend the TV into one’s lap.

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'Millennials' Means Little Without Segmentation

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We’ve seen that millennials are more comfortable using their cell phones while shopping, but that behavior does extend into other age groups as well. It’s not exclusively millennial. We did a study for Sprint on that, and one of the big findings was that there are people who behave in millennial ways in almost every age group. They’re really the vanguard of the way we’ll all be shopping, essentially.
Read more at http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Millennials-Means-Little-Without-Segmentation/1009989#kaGAQy5b6uGpHXMI.99

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24 Ways to Use Pinterest to Drive Fundraising and Cause Awareness

Is your nonprofit on Pinterest? Do you how to do a great job of education, engagement and fundraising on Pinterest?
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Pinterest is a huge sharing network.  80% of pins are repinned from other people’s boards. So if you offer original content, folks will be hungry for it. It’s also a huge engagement venue – with Americans, on average, spending 1 hour and 17 minutes on the site. Foodies love it (57% of pins are food related – so my old recipe sharing idea would be golden!). DIYers love it. Home decorators love it. Art admirers and designers love it. Moms love it. Women love it (68% of Pinterest users are women and female donors are a growing philanthropic force).  So, if you can key into these demographic and psychographic factors and get folks to your Pinterest boards (and if you have other good stuff there as well) you may be able to get folks to linger long enough to get a pretty good sense of your mission.

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Mobile Competition Shifts to Software Design

Mobile Competition Shifts to Software Design | digitalNow | Scoop.it
From the outside, most smartphones look the same, and technology companies seem to be making a bigger effort to distinguish themselves by the interface experience.
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Microsoft, which was regularly criticized in recent years for the staid look of its software, has been pushing the design boundaries as it tries to play catch-up in smartphones. In a recent blog post on the company’s Web site, Steve Clayton, a design manager at Microsoft, wrote that company executives finally understood about three years ago that the look of the software was just as important as what the device could do.

The new appearance of the company’s operating system for mobile devices, Windows Phone 7, consists of an array of flat, colorful squares that can be easily moved around on the screen. Though when that tiles-based look was also applied to the Windows 8 PC operating system, some longtime customers complained it was too drastic.

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Meet the typical online video consumer

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It finds that the typical streaming service buyer, someone who has subscribed to a service like Netflix or bought even a single TV show off of iTunes, is a hugely desirable audience for advertisers.

These online premium video consumers skew male and they’re most likely to be ages 25-44.

They also are more likely than the average internet user to be Asian or Hispanic.

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How businesspeople get their news

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Fifty-three percent said their primary means of accessing media in the morning is their cell phones, which changes to 77 percent via their desktops at work. A mere 10 percent said they read a newspaper or magazine in the morning.

After work most (57 percent) pull out their tablets. And on the road they’re most likely to keep up with news and information on their tablets.

This affluent audience looks to LinkedIn to keep up on news and other information, with 73 percent saying they rely on it more than any other site. Sixty percent peruse Twitter and 40 percent use Facebook.

Eighty-seven percent said they share news and information over email, while 63 percent do it the old-fashioned way, in person.

Interestingly, when asked how often they find articles to read later, 60 percent said never, and only 20 percent said always.

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The Key Leadership Skill?

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The leadership lesson
Leadership may well be about vision and inspiration and charisma and motivation but at its heart leadership is about communication, and at least half of communication is about listening.

Particularly to the people who are keeping quiet.
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Franck Joseph-Maurin's curator insight, June 24, 2013 2:13 AM

"at its heart leadership is about communication"

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How Badges Really Work in Higher Education

Digital badge initiatives at colleges and universities across the country are challenging assumptions about learning and assessment.
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Badges Get Serious 
Digital badges are getting a serious look on many university campuses because they may allow students to demonstrate a greater variety of skills. "A diploma says as much about the institution you attended as it does about you," notes Bill Wisser, instructional designer in the Graduate School of Education (HGSE) at Harvard University (MA). "A portfolio gets more granular, and badges can show individual records of accomplishment."

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Number of TV households reaches 115.6 million

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The number of U.S. TV households is once again on the rise.

Nielsen estimates that there will be 115.6 million TV homes for the 2013-’14 season, up 1.2 percent from this season’s 114.2 million.

Nielsen also puts the number of viewers ages 2 and older living in these homes at 294 million, up 1.6 percent over this year.

Nielsen’s estimates are based on U.S. Census Bureau data, as well as auxiliary sources such as state governments and the U.S. postal service.

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Young People More Predisposed To Pay For Online News, Says Reuters Institute Report

Paywall is no longer a dirty word as more young people realize what is now free won't be free for long.
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Beleaguered news organizations may find something to cheer about in a newly released report about the state of online news. The Reuters Institute's Digital News Report has studied the online news-gathering habits of 11,000 Internet users in nine countries and discovered that young people are more likely to pay to read their news online than older folks.

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