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Books Worth Reading: The Pocket Scavenger

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An exploration into the creative process and chance. Interesting new book by Keri Smith. 

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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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are you a  knowledge broker?

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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.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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

The Secret of Life from Steve Jobs in 46 Seconds | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

"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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The ABCs of Persuasion

Bestselling author Dan Pink shows us how to influence others more effectively; it's as simple as A-B-C. Whether we're employees pitching to our bosses, parents and teachers cajoling kids, or politicians presenting new policies, we can all improve the way we persuade others.

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Have You Fallen Victim to the Guru Effect?

Have You Fallen Victim to the Guru Effect? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Four years ago a paper by Dan Sperber published in the Review of Philosophy and Psychology coined the term: The Guru Effect - the tendency for people to "judge profound what they have failed to grasp." The paper examines how self-professed Gurus have a knack for inspiring devotion through speaking in a way that confers profound understanding but in reality fails to deliver anything of actual substance.

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Next time you read an academic paper, ask yourself what meaning - or lack of meaning - that big word (or significance value) you are reading could be disguising.

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25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless. Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free education awaits on the following 25 sites.



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25 incredible sites for high quality, free online education.

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The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

It’s tempting to consider information visualization a relatively new field that rose in response to the demands of the Internet generation.


But, argues Manual Lima in The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge, “as with any domain of knowledge, visualizing is built on a prolonged succession of efforts and events.”

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

In the Renaissance, the philosophers Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes, used tree diagrams to describe dense classification arrangements. Trees really became popular as a method of communicating and changing minds with Charles Darwin.

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Analogue People In a Digital World

As the analogue age draws to a close, eight men sit in an Irish bar and battle to remain relevant in the digital world; the TV in the corner a harbinger of this technological future.


It is the day of the analogue to digital switchover of television transmission. Conversations about life, death and quantum physics mix with pints to create a surreal document of the switchover day and of people caught between two worlds.


Taking inspiration from that little piece of information that is lost in the transfer from analogue to digital, the film examines who and what is lost in the relentless rush forward.

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Personal Renewal

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This is a speech delivered by John Gardner to McKinsey & Company in November 10, 1990.


Excerpt from the speech: 


We have to face the fact that most men and women out there in the world of work are more stale than they know, more bored than they would care to admit. Boredom is the secret ailment of large-scale organizations. Someone said to me the other day "How can I be so bored when I'm so busy?" And I said "Let me count the ways." Logan Pearsall Smith said that boredom can rise to the level of a mystical experience, and if that's true I know some very busy middle level executives who are among the great mystics of all time.


Learn all your life. Learn from your failures. Learn from your successes, When you hit a spell of trouble, ask "What is it trying to teach me?" The lessons aren't always happy ones, but they keep coming. It isn't a bad idea to pause occasionally for an inward look. By midlife, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.


The things you learn in maturity aren't simple things such as acquiring information and skills. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You leant not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions, if you have any, which you do. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent, but pays off on character. 

You come to understand that most people are neither for you nor against you, they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how hard you try to please, some people in this world are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing. 

Those are things that are hard to learn early in life, As a rule you have to have picked up some mileage and some dents in your fenders before you understand. As Norman Douglas said "There are some things you can't learn from others. You have to pass through the fire.'

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This is one of the most profound speeches I've come across in my life. I cannot recommend reading John Gardner's words strongly enough. 


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


Thank you Ilkka Kikko - @Serendipitor - for pointing me towards this speech. I'm grateful for your recommendation. 

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Agnes Ng's curator insight, September 11, 8:32 PM

Interesting speech...read this.

Michael Binzer's curator insight, September 14, 6:54 AM

Inspiration. I was deeply moved

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Liking Work Really Matters

Liking Work Really Matters | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

But while we know intuitively that tasks we find interesting can feel effortless, what does it actually do to our mental gas tank? Can interest help us perform our best without feeling fatigued?


Research by psychologists Paul A. O'Keefe and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia of Michigan State University, which were recently published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, suggests that it can.


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Being interested in a task is essential to being good at it.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 8, 4:53 PM

It does. When I went into the classroom, it was a place of great creativity for me. As time progressed and School managers decided they knew more than those who inhabited the classroom ecosystem. it was harder to enjoy what we did in the classroom.

 

 

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Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes

Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

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

How to Form a Habit, A Scientific Approach | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

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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25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—InstagramGoogle MapsSpotifyUberSeamless—we found some great apps that might help you too.

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Why Clay Shirky Banned Laptops, Tablets and Phones from His Classroom

Why Clay Shirky Banned Laptops, Tablets and Phones from His Classroom | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

People often start multi-tasking because they believe it will help them get more done. Those gains never materialize; instead, efficiency is degraded. However, it provides emotional gratification as a side-effect. This side-effect is enough to keep people committed to multi-tasking despite worsening the very thing they set out to improve.

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This problem is especially acute with social media, because on top of the general incentive for any service to be verbose about its value, social information is immediately and emotionally engaging.

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23 of the Best Social Media Articles and Marketing Resources

23 of the Best Social Media Articles and Marketing Resources | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A collection of all the best social media articles and content marketing resources as suggested by Buffer (September, 2014).

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Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It

Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A new survey, commissioned by Udemy, a company that provides online training courses, sharply challenges the view that the skills gap is a corporate fiction. Polling 1,000 randomly selected Americans between the ages of 18 and 65, the survey found that 61% of employees also feel that there is a skills gap.


But more schooling isn’t the answer. Schools don’t teach all of these skills and consequently on-the-job learning is very important.

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4 Neurosystems Of Learning

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Understanding how the brain actually learns has been a a scientific challenge for millennia.


Based on recent advances in neuroscience and its application to learning, there is an emerging model of how the brain learns and it is unlike anything that was expected. It is suggested that the brain does not have one learning system but rather four integrated systems–each with its own unique memory pattern and accompaniments.


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Mark Treadwell has developed a framework entitled “Learning: How the Brain Learns."


4 Neurosystems Of Learning

  1. Acquisition of and making sense of sensory data
  2. Rote Learning (learning off-by-heart), sequencing  – episodic memory (neural-centric)
  3. Ideas & Concept Development – semantic memory (astrocytic-centric)
  4. Creativity & the ‘Imagination’ (brainwave-centric)


This is available as a free download from http://www.marktreadwell.com/free_download.


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How not to be ignorant about the world

How not to be ignorant about the world | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Data sings, and we better pay attention to data before we form our opinion.


This is a great new TED Talk with Hans and Ola Rosling from the Gapminder Foundation. 


I particularly like the idea of introducing a knowledge certificate as Ola Rosling talks about in the video. 

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Curiosity – Why Our Future Depends On It

Watch author Ian Leslie as he asks what feeds curiosity and what starves it. Revealing that curiosity is not a gift, but a habit that parents, schools, workplaces and individuals need to nurture if it is to thrive.


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Ian Leslie argues that our future depends on developing a deep curiosity about the world – and he doesn't mean clicking on Twitter links.


Read a review of Ian's book from The Independent here


You can also follow Ian on Twitter: @mrianleslie.


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The Power of Curiosity: 3 Strategies for Staying Curious

The Power of Curiosity: 3 Strategies for Staying Curious | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

As kids we’re insatiably inquisitive. Everything — from cups to cupboards to dirt to our own hands — fascinates us. But for many of us, as we start getting older, we lose our appetite for curiosity.


And yet curiosity is powerful. It adds color, vibrancy, passion and pleasure to our lives. It helps us solve stubborn problems.

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Curiosity can be separated into three categories:


  • Diversive curiosity is attraction to novelty. It’s what encourages us to explore new places, people and things. There is no method or process. This curiosity is just the beginning. (It’s also not always benign curiosity: High diversive curiosity is a risk factor for drug addiction and arson.)
  • Epistemic curiosity is a deeper quest for knowledge. It “represents the deepening of a simple seeking of newness into a directed attempt to build understanding. It’s what happens when diversive curiosity grows up.” This kind of curiosity requires effort. It’s hard work, but also more rewarding.
  • Empathic curiosity is putting yourself in another person’s shoes, curious about their thoughts and feelings. “Diversive curiosity might make you wonder what a person does for a living; empathic curiosity makes you wonder why they do it.”
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