A knowledge broker is a person that links people to people or people to information in order to share learning, better understand each other’s goals or professional cultures, influence each other’s work, and forge new partnerships.
Knowledge brokering is a systematic approach to seeking external ideas from people in a variety of industries, disciplines, and contexts and then of combining the resulting lessons in new ways.
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
The truth behind the universal, but flawed, catchphrase for creativity.
In the early 1970s, a psychologist named J. P. Guilford was one of the first academic researchers who dared to conduct a study of creativity. One of Guilford’s most famous studies was the nine-dot puzzle. He challenged research subjects to connect all nine dots using just four straight lines without lifting their pencils from the page. Today many people are familiar with this puzzle and its solution. In the 1970s, however, very few were even aware of its existence, even though it had been around for almost a century.
If you have tried solving this puzzle, you can confirm that your first attempts usually involve sketching lines inside the imaginary square. The correct solution, however, requires you to draw lines that extend beyond the area defined by the dots.
Thanks to social media, today's teens are able to directly interact with their culture — artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another — in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers still hold the upper hand?
In "Generation Like," author and FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media — and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. Do kids think they're being used? Do they care? Or does the perceived chance to be the next big star make it all worth it?
The film is a powerful examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them.
The authors of this study examined the high points of the careers of both great inventors and Nobel-Prize winning scientists, and they found that the late 30s were the sweet spot for strokes of genius.
Read the paper - Age and Scientific Genious - here.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, expert on risk and randomness, discusses "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable," presented by Harvard Book Store.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb defines a "black swan" as a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. Black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives. How can this phenomenon be better recognized and understood?
Chris Lonsdale, a psychologist from New Zealand, believes that anybody can learn a language in six months if they follow the five principles and seven actions that he has formulated after assessing all the research available on language learning.
Here are 10 scientific insights published in peer-reviewed journals from the past year that the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center anticipate will be cited in scientific studies, help shift public debate, and change individual behavior in the year to come.
Imagine that two people are carving a six-foot slab of wood at the same time. One is using a hand-chisel, the other, a chainsaw. If you are interested in the future of that slab, whom would you watch?
This chainsaw/chisel logic has led some to suggest that technological evolution is more important to humanity’s near future than biological evolution; nowadays, it is not the biological chisel but the technological chainsaw that is most quickly redefining what it means to be human. The devices we use change the way we live much faster than any contest among genes.
The problem with technological evolution is that it is under our control, and we don’t always make the best decisions.
Critical Thinking may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means absorbing important information and using that to form a decision or opinion of your own - rather than just spouting off what you hear others say. This doesn't always come naturally to us, but luckily, it's something you can train yourself to do better.
Critical thinking doesn't end. The more knowledge you cultivate, the better you'll become at thinking about it. It's navel gazing in that you're constantly thinking about thinking, but the end result is a brain that automatically forms better arguments, focused ideas, and creative solutions to problems.
Mutuality matters. It's where meaning happens. It's where people who otherwise have little in common find a common ground. In an increasingly connected world it's not about you or me. It's about us, and the people that will sought after in the future have several domains of interest and hang out with people different from themselves.
Great talk by Kare Anderson at TEDxBerkeley 2014: "Redefine Your Life Around Mutuality."
Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.
The disconnect between our present and time-shifted selves has real implications for how we make decisions. We might choose to procrastinate, and let some other version of our self deal with problems or chores.
A cross-disciplinary kaleidoscope of intelligent concerns for the self and the species. I'm a huge fan of John Brockman's work. In this curated story Maria Popova dissects Brockman's latest book: What Should We Be Worried About?
Brockman is the founder of Edge - an initiative that yearly asks some of our era’s greatest thinkers in science, psychology, technology, philosophy one basic question.
In this talk, researcher Heidi Grant Halvorson explores the mindsets needed to ensure personal growth. Mainly, we should avoid a “Be Good” mindset - one where we are constantly attempting to prove our superiority to the world. Instead, we should embrace a “Get Better” mindset - where we always perceive ourselves as having more to learn. When we embrace a Get Better mindset, we welcome risk and are less afraid of failure, both key to personal development.
How can you create an engaged mindset inside your organisations?
Our brains are wired to connect andto be social. The reason goes back to survival: as human beings we would not survive our early years if we did not have someone there to look after us: it is deeply rooted in our brains to keep checking that there is someone there for us. We carry this with us throughout our lives.
In the workplace, we are constantly checking whether we are part of our manager’s ingroup or outgroup. Most of us have had experiences of managers we got on with and managers we didn’t – think back for a moment on those different experiences. Who got the best out of you? Which manager sent your brain to the left or right of that diagram?
News sources can't just give us the facts. They must tell us what those facts mean. Alain de Botton asks: what is it that we're really looking for when we watch or read the news - and is it doing us any good?
Legions of writers - from Dale Carnegie to Napoleon Hill to Norman Vincent Peale to Anthony Robbins - have touted the value of positive mental attitude. Scores of rah-rah speakers evangelize on the doctrine of believing in ourselves.
All of that is important. But sound thinking requires more than a rosy outlook and a dose of self-esteem. Sound thinking requires a mindset - or orientation - that’s both receptive to fresh (even contrary) ideas and accepting of the notion that most of us can be more creative than we’ve ever dreamed.
Researchers are challenging long-held beliefs that human beings are wired to be selfish. In a wide range of studies, social scientists are amassing a growing body of evidence to show we are evolving to become more compassionate and collaborative in our quest to survive and thrive.
Our memory is a poor way of recording events, a study has found, as it rewrites the past with current information, updating recollections with new experiences.
In the study, How your Memory Rewrites the Past, researchers looked at the exact point in time when incorrectly recalled information was implanted into an existing memory.
The team found that memory rewrites the past with current information, updating recollections with new experiences. This form of editing happens in the hippocampus, working as the memory’s version of a film editor or special effects team.
The information society is upon us and with it comes the constant barrage of information accessible wherever, whenever. This book explores the role of knowledge prevalent in society, and investigates the dangers lurking in information technology and democracy as a whole.
Information is a condition for a robust democracy; people should vote based on sound information. But sound information doesn’t come easy and without labor. It must be properly handled and formatted before it is useful for deliberation, decision and action. In the information age, understanding the means by which information is processed becomes a crucial democratic instrument for the individual as well as the group.
I highly recommend reading it in order to understand how new information technologies challenge the way we process information and make decisions.
Based on new insights from philosophy, logic, social psychology, behavioral science and economics the book explains how to navigate in the information age and shows how information is used to enlighten but also manipulate people, opinions and markets.