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United States of Secrets

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In “United States of Secrets,” the excellent documentary - FRONTLINE -reveals the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world - and the lengths they went to trying to hide the massive surveillance program from the public.


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About Knowledge Broker

About Knowledge Broker | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

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, 12:29 PM

are you a  knowledge broker?

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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.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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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We Are The People We've Been Waiting For

The world is facing huge challenges and they're growing daily in severity, in scale and in complexity. It's no exaggeration to say that they're not going to go away. Indeed they will get worse unless we can start to find solutions and find them soon. If we're going to survive we desperately need the next generations to be smarter, more adaptable and better prepared than any that have gone before.

Our only chance is to improve the way we teach our young. To equip young people with the skills and attitudes that might steer this world of ours to a far safer place than at present looks likely. The question is... is that what our current education system does?


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

"We are the people we've been waiting for" is a documentary about the much needed change in education. It is a few years old but the overall message is still valid today. 


I also encourage you to watch Ken Robinson's TED Talk: "How to escape education's death valley" and the RSA Animate Video: "Changing Education Paradigms."


Robinson is the author of several brilliant books on education: 


  1. Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
  2. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  3. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life


You can follow Robinson on Twitter here


Another free online documentary on our education system (US angle), ReGeneration, can be watched here

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Why We Like to Keep Busy

Why We Like to Keep Busy | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Do people like to keep busy for no reason? Or is being idle okay with most of us?


Psychological researchers set to find out.


In two experiments with college students, researchers discovered that we can be happy doing nothing at all and remaining idle. But given even the slimmest of reasons to be busy doing something, and most people will opt for doing something over nothing.


The researchers also found that people were happier when they were busy, even if they were forced into busyness.


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How We Know What We Know: The Art of Adaequatio and Seeing with the Eye of the Heart

How We Know What We Know: The Art of Adaequatio and Seeing with the Eye of the Heart | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A timeless guide to "understanding the truth that does not merely inform the mind but liberates the soul.


Another wonderful post by Maria Popova on Brainpickings. This time she takes a closer look at the concept of adaequatio as presented by E.F. Schumacher in his book "A Guide for the Perplexed."


This ought to be your reading for the weekend.

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Is Technology Shifting Our Moral Compass?

Is Technology Shifting Our Moral Compass? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

What will new technologies like self-driving cars and drones mean for our collective conscience?


When a technology first comes into the marketplace, there are always unintended consequences.

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The 5 Different Types Of Intuition And How To Hone Yours

The 5 Different Types Of Intuition And How To Hone Yours | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Most of us rely on snap-judgments to form our views on people or situations around us. How can we make sure they're the right calls?

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There are five types of intuition (you can find your type, here):


Analysts spend a lot of time researching and data-gathering before making a decision about a situation, and aren’t satisfied until every potential scenario is explored and played out. A snap judgement is always a poor judgement, to an “analyst.”


Observers gather clues, mostly visually, about the people and scenarios around them. If she passes a coworker in the hallway that won’t return their smile, the “observer” takes this subtlety to heart.


Questioners are more direct about their judgement-making. If they need to find the perfect venue for their company happy hour, they don’t rely on online reviews or appearances, but ask around for the group’s top pick. “Questioners” make real-life, evidence-based decisions, but neglects to pick up on unspoken cues.


Empathizers are quick to let colleagues and clients vent out their problems, and go with them emotionally to the source of the problem. Unfortunately, too much empathy skews their judgment when it’s time to make an unbiased call.


Adapters are the all-star intuitors, the Zoltar fortune teller of the office. They give the best advice, and you know you can go to them when things get hairy. But where they excel in gut-feelings, they struggle to relate with others who seem to gravitate toward poor choices.


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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

4 Neurosystems Of Learning | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

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.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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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11 TED Talks To Give You Wanderlust

11 TED Talks To Give You Wanderlust | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Prepare to be swept away with longing for distant places. Hit play on these talks while you pack your real or imaginary bags for an epic journey.


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How Do You Explain Consciousness?

How Do You Explain Consciousness? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.”


He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads.

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Making Mistakes

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In this episode, TED speakers consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on.

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What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Michael Harris is the author of The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection,” a new book about how technology affects society. It follows in the footsteps of Nicholas Carr, whose The Shallows is a modern classic of internet criticism. But Harris takes a different path from those that have come before. Instead of a broad investigation into the effects of constant connectivity on human behaviour, Harris looks at a very specific demographic: people born before 1985, or the very opposite of the “millennial” demographic coveted by advertisers and targeted by new media outlets.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This is an excellent article by Leo Mirani about a subject close to my heart.


People born before 1985 are the middle generation. We’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languagesWe are the only fluent translators of Before and After.”


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”If we’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languages. We are the only fluent translators of Before and After.”

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Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change

Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

More than we’d probably like to admit so many of our days are spent in a state of self-delusion, an internal monologue of justifying our actions, both good and bad.

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