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A No Excuses Guide to Blogging

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A No-Excuses Guide to Blogging is now available as a free/pay-what-you-want e-book so that you can work your way through your excuses without having to click through lots of blog posts. 

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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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It Pays to Be Nice

It Pays to Be Nice | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Judging by research, you should be nice even if you don’t trust the other person. In fact, you should keep on being nice even if the other person screws you over.

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Research shows that in many situations, it pays to be nice. Not because it helps other people, but because it helps you.


I recommend that you read Adam Grant's book Give and Take on the same topic. It's an excellent read.


Watch also a video with Adam Grant here:


Wharton’s Adam Grant on the key to professional success




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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 24, 7:49 AM

even in workplaces, being nice is advantageous!

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The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field

The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The intention of this paper is to uncover the grammar of the social field -- the key variables that make it possible for the operating logics and modes (states and stages) of a social field to shift.

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A 19-Point journey through the social field by Otto Scharmer. 

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They think, therefore they are

They think, therefore they are | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

France is arguably the world’s most self-consciously intellectual country. Public thinkers are cherished like national treasures, given airtime on television and column inches in Le Monde. As a younger French generation discovered to their defiant delight at a mass march in Paris after the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January, French thought is not only about dry stuff to be found in philosophy textbooks; it is a central part of their national identity.


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Why the life of the mind is so important in France.

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How to Read A Book

How to Read A Book | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Learn how to read a book with the four levels of reading and starting separate signal from noise and connecting ideas.

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There are four main questions you need to ask of every book:

  • What is this book about?
  • What is being said in detail and how?
  • Is this book true in whole or in part?
  • What of it?


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Why Do We Experience Awe?

Why Do We Experience Awe? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

We humans can get goose bumps when we experience awe, that often-positive feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.

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According to new research presented in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, awe might help shift our focus from our narrow self-interest to the interests of the group to which we belong.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 6, 6:19 AM

awe as a means to broaden our horizons.

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Little Lifehacks Guaranteed to Improve your Life

Little Lifehacks Guaranteed to Improve your Life | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Lifehacks can be as helpful as making your day better to helping you sell your company.


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A fine list by Greg Isenberg. I like this one: 


  • Make a list of 10 people who you often forget to keep in touch with but care about. These are people who would go up to bat for you no matter what. Could be high school friends, your grandmother or an old co-worker. Put them on your phones favorites list. Call them when you’re walking to places. Try not to uber or drive places that are less than 15 minutes walking distance and use that time to call them. Your quality of life will increase.


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Books worth reading, as recommended by Bill Gates, Susan Cain and more...

Books worth reading, as recommended by Bill Gates, Susan Cain and more... | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

52 of the world's leading thinkers offer the books that inspired them and their work.


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Agnes Ng's curator insight, May 4, 7:34 AM

NYP library users can check out the availability of the books from the Library Catalogue. E.g. Read the book "Creative Confidence" by Tom Kelley and David Kelley from NYP Library's IE Collection, Call number: HD53 K29

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Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Today's schools are focusing on boosting kids’ technological proficiency and warning them about the perils of the web. But something critical is missing from this education.

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Kids are learning a distorted view of the digital world that reflects the fears of adults rather than the aspirations of youth.



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Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View'

Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View' | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete.


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An interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex.


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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 25, 10:37 PM

Challenging your own point of view...getting at those beliefs we hold that hold us back or cloud our truth...I love Philosophy!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 11:11 PM

I have enjoyed gaining a PhD in philosophy. It broadens my way of interacting with the world and people.

 

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Paris versus New York

A beautiful animated version of Vahram Muratyan’s book "Paris versus New York”.  



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This video showcase the work of graphic designer Vahram Muratyan.
It builds on his book Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, that explores the peculiarities and contradictions of Paris and New York through “a friendly visual match” of minimalist illustrated parallel portraits.


I also recommend that you read this story about Muratyan's work from Brain Pickings: Paris vs. New York: Minimalist Illustrated Parallels of Culture




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Reclaiming the Age-Old Art of Getting Lost

Reclaiming the Age-Old Art of Getting Lost | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Ditching modern-day navigation apps in favor of wandering and discovery.

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Turn off your iPhone.
Fold up the paper map if you still use one.
You should get lost.
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The Moral Bucket List: Should you live for your résumé...or your eulogy?

The Moral Bucket List: Should you live for your résumé...or your eulogy? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Read also this op-ed column by David Brooks from The New York Times: The Moral Bucket List


Excerpt from the column: 


We live in the culture of the Big Me. The meritocracy wants you to promote yourself. Social media wants you to broadcast a highlight reel of your life. Your parents and teachers were always telling you how wonderful you were.


But all the people I’ve ever deeply admired are profoundly honest about their own weaknesses. They have identified their core sin, whether it is selfishness, the desperate need for approval, cowardice, hardheartedness or whatever. They have traced how that core sin leads to the behavior that makes them feel ashamed. They have achieved a profound humility, which has best been defined as an intense self-awareness from a position of other-centeredness.


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John Paul Sartre and the Existential Choice

The existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre thought that human beings live in anguish. Not because life is terrible. But rather because, we’re ‘condemned to be free’. We're ‘thrown’ into existence, become aware of ourselves, and have to make choices. Even deciding not to choose is a choice.


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A History of Ideas

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How did the world begin?
What does it mean to be me?
How do you live a good life?
How does technology influence us as human beings?
What can Blade Runner teach you about the future?
Do we have free will?


Find out in this wonderful BBC Radio 4 series where Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.


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The World Wide What?

Have you ever imagined the world without the Web? How would you do homework without Wikipedia? Or commute without CandyCrush? Or even watch this film without YouTube? 

The parallel universe of 'World Wide What?' shows us what life would be like for the greatest tech entrepreneurs if Sir Tim Berners Lee had never invented the World Wide Web. 

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An absolutely brilliant and humourous film narrated by Stephen Fry. This is a must see film for anyone interested in the internet and the people that helped shape it. 

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David Hain's curator insight, June 23, 11:36 AM

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The Art of Stillness

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Pico Iyer is an eloquent explorer of what he calls the "inner world" — in himself and in the 21st century world at large. In this intimate conversation with Kirsta Tippett, Iyer shares the discoveries he's making and his practice of "the art of stillness.”


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You can listen to the podcast 'On Being' with Krista Tippett here


"We travel not to move around - but to be moved."


"A writer is in an blessed position because in some ways our job is to sit still and meditate."


See also two other Scoops related to Pico Iyer's work here:

 

The Art of Stillness (TED Talk)

Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind (Opinion piece in The New York Times)

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Chris Shern's curator insight, June 16, 3:41 AM

You always thing it is better somewhere else, but it never is because you are still there.

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The Procrastination Doom Loop - and How to Break It

The Procrastination Doom Loop - and How to Break It | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

When scientists have studied procrastination, they've typically focused on how people are miserable at weighing costs and benefits across time.


In the last few years, however, scientists have begun to think that procrastination might have less to do with time than emotion. Procrastination "really has nothing to do with time-management,” Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University, told Psychological Science. “To tell the chronic procrastinator to just do it would be like saying to a clinically depressed person, cheer up.”


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Delaying hard work is all about your mood.


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Use Stress to Your Advantage

Use Stress to Your Advantage | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

To perform under pressure, research finds that welcoming anxiety is more helpful than calming down.

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“We’re bombarded with information about how bad stress is,” says Jeremy Jamieson, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester who specializes in stress. But the conventional view, he says, fails to appreciate the many ways in which physical and psychological tension can help us to perform better.


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Kavita Yadav's curator insight, June 4, 11:46 AM

Absolutely.... a great read. Instead of covering up our emotional frenzy me must accept it and drop it. Take on the positive and move on with full confidence and positivity. Miracles happen :)

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The Crossroads of Should and Must

The Crossroads of Should and Must | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

How to turn your invisible inner fire into fuel for soul-warming bliss is what artist and designer Elle Luna explores in her essay-turned-book The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion.


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Should is how other people want us to live our lives... Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives.


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Unlocking the transformative potential of storytelling

Unlocking the transformative potential of storytelling | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

When people connect to political issues through personal stories, they see them in a different way. They don’t just see democracy in the abstract, they see ‘my democracy.’ The transformative potential of storytelling is written into the fabric of our lives.


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Each community has its own traditions of storytelling, from elders sitting around the fire to the latest story hubs on social media. We hear stories every day, and we tell them every day: to friends, partners, children and grandchildren.  Stories are everywhere. It’s clear that they are used to make meaning and communicate with one another, but how do stories contribute to personal and political transformation, to democracy and social justice?


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Kavita Yadav's curator insight, April 27, 1:39 AM

Absolutely agree that story telling is a very powerful transformation tool. You can make the audience open and awake to the idea of thinking and giving them a food for thought. I love storytelling activities :)   

ToKTutor's curator insight, April 27, 3:04 AM

Title 5: The power of stories: they emotionally engage us to change our perspectives about issues in the search for knowledge.

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Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions.


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People who are easy to judge — people who send clear signals to others are, researchers have found, ultimately happier and more satisfied with their relationships, careers, and lives than those who are more difficult to read. It’s easy to understand why: Feeling understood is a basic human need. When people satisfy that need, they feel more at peace with themselves and with the people around them, who see them closer to how they see themselves.


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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 25, 10:25 PM

Assumption based on perception can skew reality.  Understanding intention, perception and assumption is key to changing interactions potentially from negative to positive. 

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The Real Power of Generosity

The Real Power of Generosity | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Generosity is the tissue that connects us to ourselves, to others, and to life itself. And it’s a practice — one that has meaningful benefits to our mental and physical health, as well as our relationships with others.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Being able to step outside of oneself and give is an essential ingredient for happiness.


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Louisa ROQUE's curator insight, April 21, 5:39 AM

Generosity can make us happier!

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, April 21, 6:16 AM

Generosity is more than just “giving up.” Generosity generates its power from the gesture of letting go. Being able to give to others shows us our ability to let go of attachments that otherwise can limit our beliefs and our experiences.

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The Muddied Meaning of ‘Mindfulness’

The Muddied Meaning of ‘Mindfulness’ | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

If the word seems like a badge for the self-satisfied set, that’s because its true meaning has become obscured.

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Do you know the origin of the term "mindfulness"? 


In the late 19th century, the heyday of both the British Empire and Victorian Orientalism, a British magistrate in Galle, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), with the formidable name of Thomas William Rhys Davids, found himself charged with adjudicating Buddhist ecclesiastical disputes. He set out to learn Pali, a Middle Indo-Aryan tongue and the liturgical language of Theravada, an early branch of Buddhism. In 1881, he thus pulled out “mindfulness” — a synonym for “attention” from 1530 — as an approximate translation of the Buddhist concept of sati.



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How Capitalism Created 'Cool'

How Capitalism Created 'Cool' | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Two brain researchers discuss why vintage T-shirts and Beats By Dre headphones make us feel so, well, cool.


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Steven Quartz, a philosopher and neuroscientist, along with Anette Asp, a political scientist and neuromarketer, investigate the underlying neurological and cultural processes that play a part in our decisions as consumers in their new book, Cool: How the Brain’s Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World.


In this Atlantic interview Quartz and Asp talk about how the concept of cool influences human beings.


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What did democracy really mean in Athens?

While we might consider elections to be the cornerstone of democracy, the Athenians who coined the term actually employed a lottery system to choose most of their politicians. Melissa Schwartzberg describes the ins and outs of the Athenian democracy, and addresses some ways in which a lottery system might benefit us today.

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