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10 TED Prizes, to help inspire new ideas

10 TED Prizes, to help inspire new ideas | New Ideas ☼ Innovative Thinking |
A TED Prize wish must be ambitious, but also practical. Here, a look at past TED Prize wishes, to help you think of yours.
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TED innovation ideas on new solutions, approaches, technology and leadership.


Learn more...#Innovation #Ideas 

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How To Capture Ideas Visually With The iPad

How To Capture Ideas Visually With The iPad | New Ideas ☼ Innovative Thinking |

"Visual recording is what it sounds like it’d be. As opposed to recording audio, visual recording captures visuals, though not necessarily in photographic form. The process of visually capturing ideas with the iPad isn’t terribly complex in concept. If you can think of concept-mapping, you’ve halfway there."

Via John Evans, Susie Toso, Keith Rosko, Jeffrey Jablonski, Ph.D.
Ken Morrison's comment, August 21, 2012 7:46 PM
Thank you for follwoing my topic. I hope that it is helpful for you. I like what I see at your site. Also, I am curious about the conference on your other site. It would be great if I could attend or present next time. I would be happy to stay in contact to learn more.
Janet Vasil's curator insight, September 15, 2015 10:59 AM

I am not a doodler, though my video work obviously requires thinking visually.  I am exploring the world of visual notetaking which has always fascinated me, plus I've seen several people  using sketches on Periscope videos to communicate concepts on the new platform. Looks like fun, either by hand or with apps.

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A Brain Filter for Clear Information Transmission

A Brain Filter for Clear Information Transmission | New Ideas ☼ Innovative Thinking |
Frequently, as many as one thousand signals rain down on a single neuron simultaneously. To ensure that precise signals are delivered, the brain possesses a sophisticated inhibitory system. Scientists have now illuminated how this system works.

Via Yolanda A. Facio
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5 Ideas That Are Changing The World - Time Mag

5 Ideas That Are Changing The World - Time Mag | New Ideas ☼ Innovative Thinking |

Time Mag by Bill Clinton. From technology to equality, five ways the world is getting better all the time...


There are three big challenges with our interdependent world: inequality, instability and unsustainability. The fact that half the world's people live on less than $2 a day and a billion people on less than $1 a day is stark evidence of inequality, which is increasing in many places. We're feeling the effects of instability not only in the global economic slowdown but also in the violence, popular disruptions and political conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. And the way we produce and use energy is unsustainable, changing our climate in ways that cast a shadow over our children's future.


The fact is, technology fosters equality, and it's often the relatively cheap and mundane devices that do the most good.


While governments, the private sector and foundations have long worked to combat major health crises, innovative partnerships among these three sectors have led to greater advancements in building lasting health systems in poor countries than any of those groups could have made on its own. Working together in innovative ways results in an exponential increase in the good they all can do.


There's no denying that too much of the world is still mired in an economic slowdown, but some of the brightest examples of significant and lasting opportunity are right under our noses. In tough times, it's harder to accept that some economic instability is good--if there were no possibility of failure, there would be no room for success.


Many of the world's greatest challenges today are simply modern manifestations of our oldest demons. The truth is, the future has never had a big enough constituency--those fighting for present gain almost always win out. But we are now called upon to try to create a whole different mind-set. We are in a pitched battle between the present array of resources and attitudes and the future struggling to be born.

It's struggling just as much in every distressed community in America as it was in Tahrir Square in Cairo. We have to define the meaning of our lives as something other than our ability to control someone else's. The persistent inequality among and within societies breeds instability and conflict, but there are success stories all over the world that we can use as models for reform.

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Can big & small companies innovate?

Can big & small companies innovate? | New Ideas ☼ Innovative Thinking |
Can big companies innovate? Of course they can. Even though that question has been getting asked a lot recently, it’s not really a very interesting one.
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Top 10 Simple Tricks for Boosting your Brain Power

Top 10 Simple Tricks for Boosting your Brain Power | New Ideas ☼ Innovative Thinking |

10 simple tricks for boosting your real (and perceived) brain power:

10. Read Faster and Better

Obviously, one of the best ways to boost your intelligence is to read more! You can read faster (and thus consume more knowledge) by getting your speech mechanism out of the equation. So give your mouth something to do, like eating, humming, or chewing gum to get through that stuff quickly. Then, take some time to absorb and reflect on what you read to keep it in your memory. Whether it'sWar and Peace or just the Wikipedia Random button, you'll be surprised by how much more you learn when you're reading not just fast, but well. 


  9. Speak Up (and Do It With Expression)

The more you can contribute to a conversation, a meeting, or other discourse, the smarter you'll come off. Even if it means admitting ignorance or asking questions, you'll still look better than if you stay silent—and you might actually learn something in the process. Expressive speech is key: you can boost your credibility a lot by simply making sure you speak with an engaging tone. Change your pitch and volume as necessary, and try to minimize the number of pauses as you speak. A little confidence goes a long way. 


  8. Don't Fall Prey to BS  

When someone's trying to convince you of something, they can often resort to logical fallacies, appeals to your emotion, and other "workarounds". Learn the most common forms of BS so you can detect them as they come up. By knowing what they are, you'll also be able to avoid dishing out those same fallacies yourself, which can be a big hit to your credibility if someone catches you.


  7. Focus on What You Know

When engaged in a heated discussion with your friends, you're bound to stumble upon a few holes in your knowledge. It's okay to admit when you don't know something, but if you're feeling particularly self-conscious and want to keep up the appearance of intelligence, the key is emphasizing what you do know. If you're in an argument, don't stress disagreement so much as agreement—that way, you aren't straying away from things you know about. You're stressing the parts you do know while still taking part in the discussion. 

  6. Get Some Exercise

A healthy body means a healthy brain. So, in between all the reading and mind-expanding, make sure you're leading a healthy physical life, too. That means eating right and getting regular exercise. A number of studies. have shown links between regular activity and intellecual capacity, productivity, and creativity. Will spending all day at the gym make you smarter? Not quite, but sitting around all day will not only kill you, but hinder your brain from being at its absolute best.

  5. Talk to Yourself

While mumbling to oneself is often looked at the behavior of a crazy person, a recent study showed that talking out loud to yourself can help give you a temporary cognitive boost when trying to find something. The theory behind it: when you give yourself verbal labels to a task you're performing, you focus better on the task at hand at any given moment. So when you feel the need to open your mouth, don't fight the urge—it might help you get things done faster. 

4. Learn a Second Language

People who know a second or third language are often perceived as smart by others, but research shows that it can actually make you smarter, too. If you know a second language, you're able to adapt to and switch between certain mental tasks better than those that only know one, so if you want to give your brain a real boost, learning a new language is a real (and useful!) way to do so. It's not actually hard to do, either: all you need is this simple four step method to learn in just a few months.

  3. Do Things the Hard Way

Technology really has made our lives easier (after all, that's what Lifehacker's all about), but sometimes it's worth doing things the hard way. Take GPS navigation, for example: it's great that you can essentially never get lost, but if you rely on it too much, you'll never truly learn your way around. Instead, wean yourself off your GPS dependency and actually learn your way around town, develop a sense of direction, and learn to navigate using your brain. Doing things the hard way can help keep your brain sharp, so don't be afraid to forgo the easy stuff once in a while. Photo by Ramunas Geciauskas.

  2. Know What Won't Make You Smarter

There's a lot of work going into researching what makes us smarter—much of which we've mentioned here—but it's also important to know what won't make you smarter. Check out our list of nine stubborn brain myths that just won't die to see just a few examples, like "the internet is making us dumber" (it isn't, if you use it properly), "listening to classical music makes children smarter" (unlikely), or that "brain games make you smarter" (don't waste your time). The less time you spend on silly myths, the more time you can spend actually expanding your brain, so get these out of your system now. 


  1. Just Believe You Can Be Smarter

Just believe you can be smarter. Studies have shown that this simple belief can actually make it true. That isn't to say you should be pompous: you need toassume you aren't that great yet, which will leave you open to learning new things and asking new questions—the exact sort of things that can make you smarter. But it'll never happen if you believe your intelligence is somehow fixed, so once that roadblock is gone, you may find you're much freer to pursue the level of intelligence you want. If you're having trouble doing that, it may be time to recalibrate your reality—attitude is everything.

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The Evolution of Innovation ~ John Seely Brown

The Evolution of Innovation
An Interview with John Seely Brown


“We didn’t invent products; our game was to invent industries.”


John Seely Brown has been at the center of many of the
most profound shifts in R&D management over the past
three decades. As Chief Scientist at Xerox Corporation and
director of PARC, co-chair of the Center for the Edge, Silicon
Valley board member, and prolifi c author, he has helped
frame leading-edge thinking about the effective management of research and innovation.


In this interview, he speaks about a wide range of topics, from the generative environment at PARC to its contributions to Xerox; from the emergence of sociotechnical approaches to technology design to the increasing importance of social media; from innovation
at the edges of companies to the growing emergence of innovation ecosystems across corporations.


Brilliant ideation is not the same as brilliant innovation. Radical innovation involves marketing genius as much as technological genius.


Knowledge is fundamentally changing from being contained within a corporation to being contained within ecosystems of partners.



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