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Heroic Words of Wisdom

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Fantastic compilation of superhero wisdom. 

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Valuable insights for inquisitive minds. Stuff that makes you go….hmmm, interesting.
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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 FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors 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, 2014 3:29 PM

are you a  knowledge broker?

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The Evolution Catechism

The Evolution Catechism | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Evolutionary biology is not an ideology, which one believes in or doesn’t. What it demands is not belief but what science always demands, and that is the ability to evaluate the evidence and hear out the theory, and to poke holes in it if you can.

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Darwinism is true in the complex sense that scientific theories always are - not fixed in its particulars, immutable and imposing, but rich, changing, and evermore explanatory.


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Why Twitter Is Even More Worthless Than You Think

Why Twitter Is Even More Worthless Than You Think | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

At the heart of the media's chattiest technology is a hollow sharing economy. A personal investigation into just how little traffic Twitter's maelstrom actually contributes to websites.


One percent of people who see my tweets click on the links. That's not traffic. It's a rounding error, writes Derek Thompson on The Atlantic. 


Read the full article here

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It's fair to come away from these metrics thinking that Twitter is worthless. But that's an unsophisticated conclusion. The more sophisticated takeaway is that Twitter is worthless for the limited purpose of driving traffic to your website, because Twitter is not a portal for outbound links, but rather a homepage for self-contained pictures and observations.


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How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The unique 21st-century misery of the online shaming victim.


Beautiful writing. A powerful story about online identity and how public shaming can take off in an instant via social media. 


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Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval and attention of strangers.


This is a valuable lesson in today's connected world. 


The extent to which Gawker built a whole business model around the social media viral shaming loop, and the imitators for fun and profit they've spawned, bears closer investigation.

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Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction

Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Visionaries throughout history reported that intrusive ideas helped them create and caused them anguish. Here's why...


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Too Busy to Think? You May Suffer From 'Hurry Sickness'

Too Busy to Think? You May Suffer From 'Hurry Sickness' | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Eating lunch at your desk while also checking emails and talking on the phone is one symptom. So is doing something else while on conference calls, or even while brushing your teeth. We all find ourselves multitasking now and then, but what about habitually interrupting someone who is talking, or always getting frustrated in a checkout line or in traffic, even when it’s moving along smoothly? When microwaving something for 30 seconds, do you feel the urge to find something else to do while you wait?


If one or more of these sounds all too familiar, you probably have a bad case of a malady that psychologists have dubbed “hurry sickness.”

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Are we losing the ability to stand back and think, and to work smarter rather than harder?



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Better Behaved Behavioral Models

Better Behaved Behavioral Models | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

We often can’t rely on ourselves to act rationally. We know this, but influential social science models have a bad habit of ignoring it. We evolved to frequently act without “deciding.” We are habit-formers and habit-farmers.

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Force of habit shapes our lives. Shouldn’t it also shape how our sciences model us?


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The Island of Knowledge: How to Live with Mystery in a Culture Obsessed with Certainty and Definitive Answers

The Island of Knowledge: How to Live with Mystery in a Culture Obsessed with Certainty and Definitive Answers | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Because much of Nature remains hidden from us, our view of the world is based only on the fraction of reality that we can measure and analyze. Science, as our narrative describing what we see and what we conjecture exists in the natural world, is thus necessarily limited, telling only part of the story.


We strive toward knowledge, always more knowledge, but must understand that we are, and will remain, surrounded by mystery. It is the flirting with this mystery, the urge to go beyond the boundaries of the known, that feeds our creative impulse, that makes us want to know more.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

A curated story by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings of astrophysicist and philosopher Marcelo Gleiser's book: The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning.

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Jason Leong's curator insight, February 4, 3:04 AM

"Gleiser admonishes against the limiting notion that we only have two options — staunch scientism, with its blind faith in science’s ability to permanently solve the mysteries of the unknown, and religious obscurantism, with its superstitious avoidance of inconvenient facts. Instead, he offers a third approach “based on how an understanding of the way we probe reality can be a source of endless inspiration without the need for setting final goals or promises of eternal truths.” In an assertion that invokes Sagan’s famous case for the vital balance between skepticism and openness, Gleiser writes:


'This unsettled existence is the very blood of science. Science needs to fail to move forward. Theories need to break down; their limits need to be exposed. As tools probe deeper into Nature, they expose the cracks of old theories and allow new ones to emerge. However, we should not be fooled into believing that this process has an end.'"

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Do You Have a Fixed Mindset? Here’s How to Change It

Do You Have a Fixed Mindset? Here's How to Change It - Better Humans - Medium

Have you ever wondered why some people realise their potential while others who are just as talented don’t?

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People with the growth mindset aren’t discouraged by failure; they don’t even think about it. They know they’re learning.

They don’t just seek challenge; they thrive on it.

They understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.

Watch also these two videos with Carol Dweck: 


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Cara Moulds's curator insight, February 7, 7:43 PM

My whole school system is reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success to increase student achievement. 

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Bad Day at the Office

This modern man's theater of conflict: The office."


Wes Anderson meets Lars Von Trier in this hilarious short film about corporate life.


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Reinvent Yourself

Reinvent Yourself | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Major life changes are never easy, because your instincts and the urgent matters of the day work against you. But when you learn to focus on your future self, you'll be surprised at what you can achieve.

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A fine article from Psychology Today's May Edition 2014. 


Read also these previous Scoops: 


  1. The Road to Self-Renewal
  2. Personal Renewal 
  3. The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself


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Chris Shern's curator insight, February 1, 5:46 AM

To thine own future be true

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Stop Playing the Victim with Your Time

Stop Playing the Victim with Your Time | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

It’s just not fair. There’s always too much to do. Everyone just keeps piling more work on me. I feel so helpless.


Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone.

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.


Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.

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Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.

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This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Each year, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org challenges some of the world’s greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question crucial to our time. In 2014 he asked 175 brilliant minds to ponder: What scientific idea needs to be put aside in order to make room for new ideas to advance?


The answers are as surprising as they are illuminating:


  • Steven Pinker dismantles the working theory of human behavior
  • Richard Dawkins renounces essentialism
  • Sherry Turkle reevaluates our expectations of artificial intelligence
  • Geoffrey West challenges the concept of a “Theory of Everything”
  • Andrei Linde suggests that our universe and its laws may not be as unique as we think
  • Martin Rees explains why scientific understanding is a limitless goal
  • Nina Jablonski argues to rid ourselves of the concept of race
  • Alan Guth rethinks the origins of the universe
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist warns against glorifying unlimited economic growth
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This is a curated post by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings. 


Watch also this video with Jesse Dylan where he talks about the book. 


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How Reading Transforms Us

How Reading Transforms Us | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Most writing seeks to influence you to think or feel how the author wants you to think or feel. The article you are reading now is no exception. We want you to think about certain things in a certain way.


But there’s another kind of influence, not typically associated with writing, that works in a different fashion. Here, you don’t try to make people think or feel in any particular way. Instead, you try to get them to be themselves.


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Could a writer have an indirect influence of this kind, getting readers to think about themselves anew?


Art doesn’t try to dictate what you think. It helps you change yourself.


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8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations

8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky.


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Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. HT @Nik Peachey. 

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Chris Shern's curator insight, February 17, 11:24 AM

Very useful article with practical explaination including actual video examples.

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Altering your Brainwaves: The Secret to Personal Transformation

Altering your Brainwaves: The Secret to Personal Transformation | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The short end of the stick is that all inner change or personal transformation happens at a deeper level of consciousness. No matter how brilliant our thoughts and ideas are, they are not sufficient to bring about real change. When it comes down to making powerful and positive shifts in our life, knowledge by itself is superfluous. That means that you can conceptually and rationally grasp the secrets of the universe but you can only put them into practice by integrating them into your totality of self.


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Constant shifts in the 21st century have obliterated the notion that we ever can arrive at a settled and predictable destination. This prompts a key question: In a changing world, how can we ensure the success of ourselves as individuals, our companies, our communities and the planet?


The Great Transformation we face in society is not only about changing how organizations operate. In many cases it also involves a personal transformation in terms of a mind shift, skill shift and behavior shift. 


This article takes a closer look at personal transformation journeys from a neuroscience perspective. 


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Why Smart People Are Stupid

Why Smart People Are Stupid | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

When people face an uncertain situation, they don’t carefully evaluate the information or look up relevant statistics. Instead, their decisions depend on a long list of mental shortcuts, which often lead them to make foolish decisions.

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Perhaps our most dangerous bias is that we naturally assume that everyone else is more susceptible to thinking errors, a tendency known as the “bias blind spot.”


This “meta-bias” is rooted in our ability to spot systematic mistakes in the decisions of others—we excel at noticing the flaws of friends—and inability to spot those same mistakes in ourselves.


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The Greatest Lesson I Never Learned

The Greatest Lesson I Never Learned - Bad Words - Medium

Perhaps meaning asks nothing else of us—for possibility demands nothing less of us. To stand naked, shoulder to shoulder, with all the people we may become. And each morning, with them, dive into the endless sea. For that is how we find our way home. With love, through freedom, into truth.


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Umair had many teachers. And each taught him a single line. You should read it. Excellence, it is. In writing. 


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How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success

How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

For the century and a half since, and undoubtedly the many centuries before, the question of how to kindle that soul-warming fire by finding one’s purpose and making a living out of meaningful work has continued to frustrate not only the young, not only aspiring artists, but people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life. How to navigate that existential maze with grace is what Parker J. Palmer — founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal and a man of great insight into the elusive art of inner wholeness — explores with compassionate warmth and wisdom in his 1999 book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation


This story is Scooped from Maria Popova's excellent Brain Pickings. 

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What it takes to learn to listen to the timid wild animal that is the soul.


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Andrea Dean's curator insight, February 8, 11:26 PM

Love the work and writings of Parker Palmer:"Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."

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Writing is despotism, but reading is democracy

Writing is despotism, but reading is democracy | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Writers ought to make it clear that the arts – not just learning about them, but doing them, actually writing and painting and playing music – have a vital part to play in the lives of our children. They have to do with enlarging and clarifying experience, in opening new worlds of possibility and delight and understanding and emotion.


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The cuckoo’s nest: an essay on reading, writing, and the imagination.


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Susan Greenfield on Mind Change

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Leading neuroscientist Susan Greenfield considers the vast range of technologies that are creating a new environment around us, and asks: how can we ensure these powerful forces bring out the best in us, and allow us to lead more meaningful, more creative lives?


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Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A.


I also encourage you to watch these videos with Susan Greenfield: The Future of the Brain The internet and mind-change.


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Being a Better Online Reader

Being a Better Online Reader | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper.


Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.



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AugusII's curator insight, February 1, 9:27 PM

BETTER READING LESS BEING DECEIVED PROBABILITY

Linda Mercer's curator insight, February 2, 12:12 PM

I think it's harder to read ebooks than printed books. But what about children wired at the start to read electronically?

Erica Bilder's curator insight, February 6, 4:05 AM

How the medium matters in deep digital reading and how we can improve on it.

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Creating Resilient Organizations

Creating Resilient Organizations | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, describes how to build the capacity to survive disastrous events in her book: The Resilience Dividend


In the book, Rodin outlines a framework for achieving resilience, the mind-set needed to implement and utilize it, and practices that support it.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Building resilience creates two aspects of benefits: it enables individuals, communities, and organizations to better withstand a disruption more effectively, and it enables them to improve their current systems and situations.


In this video Judith Rodin talks about her book. 


The resilience dividend not only enables people and communities to rebound faster from disasters or deal with stresses; it spurs economic development, job creation, environmental sustainability, and social cohesion. It brings benefit to people, organizations, and communities when things are going right as well as when they go wrong.


Read also David K. Hurst's review of the book from Strategy& here: Creating Resilient Organizations.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 19, 5:58 AM

Building resilience creates two aspects of benefits: it enables individuals, communities, and organizations to better withstand a disruption more effectively, and it enables them to improve their current systems and situations.


In this video Judith Rodin talks about her book. 


The resilience dividend not only enables people and communities to rebound faster from disasters or deal with stresses; it spurs economic development, job creation, environmental sustainability, and social cohesion. It brings benefit to people, organizations, and communities when things are going right as well as when they go wrong.


Read also David K. Hurst's review of the book from Strategy& here: Creating Resilient Organizations.


Anders Vestergaard Jensen's comment, February 23, 3:28 PM
A few recent articles wrote about resilience as being the new sustainability or not? First Elkington put up this article: http://www.greenbiz.com/article/John-Elkington-resilience-new-sustainability-businesses-climate-change - then a few weeks later Kramer puts up this http://www.greenbiz.com/article/resilience-new-sustainability - whats your take on resilience vs sustainability?
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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.


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How could the 1.4kg lump of moist, pinkish-beige tissue inside your skull give rise to something as mysterious as the experience of being that pinkish-beige lump, and the body to which it is attached?


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How to Live a Life of Purpose

How to Live a Life of Purpose | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.


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