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How to design breakthrough inventions

How to design breakthrough inventions | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Global firm IDEO incorporates human behavior into product design -- an innovative approach being taught at Stanford. 60 Minutes profiles the company's founder, David Kelley.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, January 6, 2013 9:35 PM
It's interesting when a big news outlet like 60 minutes finally discovers design thinking - and the ever so brilliant David Kelley.

Check also this great article from Fast Company: http://www.fastcompany.com/1139331/ideos-david-kelley-design-thinking
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About Knowledge Broker

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The purpose of this site - Knowledge Broker - is to highlight and share novel and creative thinking that makes you go: Hmm….interesting


Here I share interesting new books, thought-provoking videos, the latest research into neuroscience, psychology and human behavior, alternative ways of thinking, new innovative ideas, and motivational speeches.


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About Kenneth Mikkelsen


I believe that knowledge is everything. Knowledge is ideas. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is hope. 

But only if it is shared and applied.


That is why I created Knowledge Broker on Scoop.it. My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 

I'm co-founder of Future Associates, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KennethMikkelsen

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth

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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, January 3, 3:29 PM

are you a  knowledge broker?

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The Road to Self-Renewal

In this article, extracted from a speech delivered to the Hawaii Executive Conference in Kona, Hawaii, in April 1993, John Gardner turns his thoughts to personal renewal. 

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Previously I've scooped another speech by John Gardner related to the topic of personal renewal. 


You will find the speech here.


John Gardner is the author of: Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society.



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Adversaries to Allies

Nadine B. Hack defies the conception that seemingly opposite ideas can't work together by revealing the power of your humanity. A master bridge-builder, who has worked with Nelson Mandela and other leaders from all sectors, Nadine has turned adversaries into allies throughout the world.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Nadine's unique framework Strategic Relational Engagement (SRE™) is based on decades of real-life success in bringing together diverse stakeholder to find common ground and achieve great goals.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 24, 11:24 AM

Excellent insight on how to build the bridges we desperately need to meet today's wicked challenges. www.beCause.net for more.

 

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'Seven Bad Ideas,' by Jeff Madrick

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In “Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World,"Jeff Madrick argues that the failure of economists to address the 2008 financial crisis is rooted in decades of intellectual misconduct.

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The economics profession has not, to say the least, covered itself in glory these past six years. Hardly any economists predicted the 2008 crisis — and the handful who did tended to be people who also predicted crises that didn’t happen. More significant, many and arguably most economists were claiming, right up to the moment of collapse, that nothing like this could even happen. 


“Seven Bad Ideas” tells us an important and broadly accurate story about what went wrong. Economists presented as reality an idealized vision of free markets, dressed up in fancy math that gave it a false appearance of rigor. As a result, the world was unprepared when markets went bad.


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Top 10 TED Talks for Entrepreneurs in 2014

Top 10 TED Talks for Entrepreneurs in 2014 | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Bill Gates, Edward Snowden, Larry Page, and the inventor of the World Wide Web converged on the year's hottest topics.


TEDGlobal 2014 kicked off this week in Rio de Janeiro with panels focusing on how ideas, both good and bad, spread across borders. 


If you’ve yet to accumulate enough frequent-flier miles to dash off to South America for this global-minded innovation conference, you can get inspired at home by watching the following top TED Talks of the year. 


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The rise and fall of Default Man

The rise and fall of Default Man | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

How did the straight, white, middle-class Default Man take control of our society – and how can he be dethroned?

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Paddle your canoe up the River Thames and you will come round the bend and see a forest of huge totems jutting into the sky. Great shiny monoliths in various phallic shapes, they are the wondrous cultural artefacts of a remarkable tribe. We all know someone from this powerful tribe but we very rarely, if ever, ascribe their power to the fact that they have a particular tribal identity.


They dominate the upper echelons of our society, imposing, unconsciously or otherwise, their values and preferences on the rest of the population. With their colourful textile phalluses hanging round their necks, they make up an overwhelming majority in government, in boardrooms and also in the media.

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We Are More Rational Than Those Who Nudge Us

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We are told that we are an irrational tangle of biases, to be nudged any which way. Does this claim stand to reason?

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Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning

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Viktor Frankl's psychological memoir Man’s Search for Meaning - a meditation on what the gruesome experience of Auschwitz taught him about the primary purpose of life: the quest for meaning, which sustained those who survived.


For Frankl, meaning came from three possible sources: purposeful work, love, and courage in the face of difficulty.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This is a wonderful curation by Brainpickings' Maria Popova of Viktor Frankl's book: Man’s Search for Meaning.


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Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes

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How can we train our brains to think like Sherlock Holmes? This question occupies Konnikova's book, and her answer can be summed up in one word: mindfulness. Mindfulness is "staying in the present moment and learning how to concentrate and how to focus your mind so that it really can avoid any distractions, can avoid anything that might kind of get it off track, says Konnikova.

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This "scientific method of mind" makes use of the brain as an "attic" in the sense that the space in the brain is a finite resource. To think like Sherlock you need to optimize your mental resources and then figure out how you can take the things you've stored and access them in a way where you can "see the bigger picture and not just these random components" that you put there.

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The Dangers of "Willful Blindness"

Serial entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan examines the intricate, pervasive cognitive and emotional mechanisms by which we choose, sometimes consciously but mostly not, to remain unseeing in situations where “we could know, and should know, but don’t know because it makes us feel better not to know.”

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The concept of “willful blindness,” Heffernan explains, comes from the law and originates from legislature passed in the 19th century — it’s the somewhat counterintuitive idea that you’re responsible “if you could have known, and should have known, something that instead you strove not to see.” What’s most uneasy-making about the concept is the implication that it doesn’t matter whether the avoidance of truth is conscious. This basic mechanism of keeping ourselves in the dark, Heffernan argues, plays out in just about every aspect of life, but there are things we can do — as individuals, organizations, and nations — to lift our blinders before we walk into perilous situations that later produce the inevitable exclamation: How could I have been so blind?

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Here's A Breakdown Of The Speech That Won The World Championship Of Public Speaking

Here's A Breakdown Of The Speech That Won The World Championship Of Public Speaking | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

On Aug. 23, Sri Lankan human resources consultant Dananjaya Hettiarachchi was crowned the World Champion of Public Speaking by Toastmasters International. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.


He and eight other finalists competed at the Toastmasters annual convention last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hettiarachchi took first place for his speech "I See Something," which clocked in at seven minutes and 20 seconds. You can watch the full speech below:


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Listen……and learn! The power of a strong narrative, wit and humour….

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Do great work. Live great lives.

Do great work. Live great lives. | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it
After dropping out, living out of a truck and freelancing at some of the best ad agencies in the world, Heidi Hackemer started her own shop to see if it’s possible to do the work we love without killing ourselves.
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A profound blog post by Heidi Hackemer. Reading it will be worth your time. 


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How to Form a Habit, A Scientific Approach

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A great daily routine is the holy grail of productivity. But the building blocks for that routine, habits, are tough to start, and even harder to change. Whether you want to meditate more, drink more water, or floss more than twice a month, these psychology-backed strategies can help you develop a new habit and keep it from fading.



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It's difficult to form a habit, but the ability to do it is a valuable skill. This article dives into a few key scientific ways to form a habit.

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Questions Are the New Answers

Journalist Warren Berger discusses how thinking in questions can catalyze innovation and reveal more effective answers.


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Questioning is a survival skills for all of us. It is way to organize our thinking around what we don't know and therefore a prerequisite for adapting in times of change.


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We Want Privacy, but Can’t Stop Sharing

We Want Privacy, but Can’t Stop Sharing | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Imagine a world suddenly devoid of doors. None in your home, on dressing rooms, on the entrance to the local pub or even on restroom stalls at concert halls. The controlling authorities say if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you shouldn’t mind.


Well, that’s essentially the state of affairs on the Internet. There is no privacy.



Via Global Trends Team
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What happens to intimacy, when all our secrets are already online?

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AleGo's curator insight, October 26, 3:50 PM

the sad paradox...

 

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10 Powerful Sentences to Help Change Your Perspective on Life

10 Powerful Sentences to Help Change Your Perspective on Life | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Here are 10 powerful sentences to help inspire your day, year, or life. Use them as a reminder whenever you need an inspirational boost.



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Claude Emond's curator insight, October 18, 9:00 AM

Amen

Claude Emond's curator insight, October 18, 9:02 AM

Amen

Stefano Porro's curator insight, October 18, 12:14 PM

10 sentences to read and to think about via @Claude Emond

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The Mystery of Personal Identity: What Makes You and Your Childhood Self the Same Person Despite a Lifetime of Change

The Mystery of Personal Identity: What Makes You and Your Childhood Self the Same Person Despite a Lifetime of Change | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Personal identity: What is it that makes a person the very person that she is, herself alone and not another, an integrity of identity that persists over time, undergoing changes and yet still continuing to be — until she does not continue any longer, at least not unproblematically?


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The Best Books of 2014…So Far...

The Best Books of 2014…So Far... | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The must-read novels, memoirs and history books released in 2014 so far. Updated weekly...

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If Everyone’s an Idiot, Guess Who’s a Jerk?

If Everyone’s an Idiot, Guess Who’s a Jerk? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude.
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Thinking yourself important is a pleasantly self-gratifying excuse for disregarding the interests and desires of others

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 8, 11:38 AM

This is an interesting article. We have moved away from having a civil society which means we may not engage in civil conversation any more. Did we ever? Sometimes we confuse experts with people who might be better defined as jerks. Is there an expert? Or is it subject to civil conversation?

 

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Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster

Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The Google boys in the back garage, were no doubt promoting all kinds of crazy ideas and maybe having even crazy people around them.


Well, Google is a bit of an exception, because it still tolerates some of that. But most companies start out probably with some of that buzz. But the data indicates that at about 50 employees to a hundred that buzz starts to stop. A company that was more multi dimensional, more evolved, becomes uni dimensional. It closes down.


Indeed, if you go to General Motors or you go to American Airlines or you go to Goldman Sachs, you don't see crazy people. Crazy people are fired. Well, to speak of crazy people, is taking the extreme. But maverick people are often fired.

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The excellent John Brockman in a conversation with Geoffrey West, professor and past president of the Santa Fe Institute.

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7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose

7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

No clue what you want to do with your life? Here are some crazy and thought-provoking questions to help you out.

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Excellent blog post by Mark Manson. 


Excerpt from the post: 


Part of the problem is the concept of “life purpose” itself. The idea that we were each born for some higher purpose and it’s now our cosmic mission to find it. This is the same kind of shitty logic used to justify things like spirit crystals or that your lucky number is 34 (but only on Tuesdays or during full moons).


Here’s the truth. We exist on this earth for some undetermined period of time. During that time we do things. Some of these things are important. Some of them are unimportant. And those important things give our lives meaning and happiness. The unimportant ones basically just kill time.


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The Art of Choosing

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.


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The Narrative Fallacy: Why You Shouldn’t Copy Steve Jobs

The Narrative Fallacy: Why You Shouldn’t Copy Steve Jobs | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

There are dozens of blog posts about Ben Franklin’s strict daily routine, advocating that we should follow suit. Writers love to point out how Maya Angelou made sure she wrote in a hotel room every day to help give her a safe space to work. A young Steve Jobs lived an extremely sparse possession-free lifestyle, and thousands of techies have attempted to emulate this no-nonsense, minimalistic living style.


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A fine article by Sean Blanda on 99u. He makes a point that I've be struggling with for a while. 


Let's stop pointing out the random habits of legends and acting like they are the keys to success. Life is a bit more complicated.


This kind of hero worship can be a good thing, it can be a guiding light. But this has also given rise to the dramatic oversimplification of entire lives.



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The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers — including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett,Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, andJoyce Carol Oates — “to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what they consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time - novels, story collections, plays, or poems.

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A fine list. I'm just wondering why there are no books on the list from Asian or African authors? 


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The Secret of Life from Steve Jobs in 46 Seconds

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"Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."

This 46-second interview excerpt featured in a recent PBS documentary on Jobs captures his wisdom, his genius, and his vision for life more articulately and succinctly than anything else.

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"When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

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“Am I dying?” The honest answer.

“Am I dying?” The honest answer. | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”


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