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Three Lessons From Gandhi’s Experiments In Truth

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Is life a series of successes and failures, or an experiment?


I invite you to reflect on your life over the past five years. Consider the key events that shaped your experience, that helped form how you view the world today. How do you feel about those experiences? What is the story about your past that shapes how you see the world today?


These questions came to me as I finished reading Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, titled “Experiments in Truth”. Gandhi’s emphasis on life as an experiment is an important distinction to a typical perspective of life as a series of successes and failures.


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A fine blog post by Chad Renando. 

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David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 6:12 AM

Treat life as an experiment - see learning as the critical issue.

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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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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, January 3, 3:29 PM

are you a  knowledge broker?

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How do you explain consciousness?

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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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Can We Break Free From the Fear of Missing Out?

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The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free. 


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Welcome to FoMO (Fear of Missing Out), the latest cultural disorder that is insidiously undermining our peace of mind. FoMO, a spawn of technological advancement and proliferating social information, is the feeling that we’re missing out on something more exciting, more important, or more interesting going on somewhere else. It is the unease of feeling that others are having a more rewarding experience and we are not a part of it. According to a recent study, 56 per cent of those who use social networks suffer this modern plague.


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Philosophy: Heidegger

A look at Martin Heidegger - the most incomprehensible German philosopher that ever lived.


Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Heidegger. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 


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Philosophy: The Stoics

How the Stoics can help us tackle anxiety, fury and loss of perspective - and realise that very little is needed to make a happy life. 


Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Stoicism. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 


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A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

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Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure - and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 11, 6:59 AM

Good TED talk that questions basic assumptions about win or lose.

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The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

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Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years, sharing them orally even before the invention of writing. In one way or another, much of people’s lives are spent telling stories—often about other people. In her paper “Gossip in Evolutionary Perspective,” evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar found stories’ direct relevance to humans: Social topics—especially gossip—account for 65 percent of all human conversations in public places.


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Stories can be a way for humans to feel that we have control over the world. They allow people to see patterns where there is chaos, meaning where there is randomness. Humans are inclined to see narratives where there are none because it can afford meaning to our lives—a form of existential problem-solving.


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Barbara Ganley's curator insight, December 10, 9:03 AM

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Imagination, emotion, the arts: Why do we tell stories?

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, December 24, 9:14 AM

Stories and novels allow us to identify behavioral patterns, emotional styles or, on the other hand, identify ourselves with a character. That's the reason why humans have a natural preference for storytelling, because it has the power to transfer and communicate powerful symbolic lessons.

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Philosophy: Plato

Plato devoted his life helping people reach a state of fulfilment.


Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Plato. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 

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Morality is the Key to Personal Identity

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We tend to think that our memories determine our identity, but it’s moral character that really makes us who we are

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There is a foundational component to identity, argues Nina Strohminger, a psychologist at Duke University in North Carolina:


"Moral features are the chief dimension by which we judge, sort and choose social partners. For men and women alike, the single most sought-after trait in a long-term romantic partner is kindness – beating out beauty, wealth, health, shared interests, even intelligence."


In her final analysis, Strohminger argues that a moral sense is so fundamental that our very concept of identify is a construct existing to give our moral sense a vehicle. Thus to know yourself and to know the others around you means to understand their moral choices. 


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The Negative Path to Happiness and Success

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“Get motivated!” and “stay positive!” are common bits of self-help advice. But have we gone too far in our penchant for positivity? Leaning on research, reporter and author Oliver Burkeman shares the counterintuitive insight of how abandoning goals and allowing some negativity in can actually be helpful.


“Theres a real benefit to finding ways to loosen our grip as goal driven people. When you look at successful entrepreneurs…you find they don’t follow this stereotype.”


Instead, Burkeman says, we should remain ready to adapt where we are heading and the embrace uncertainty that scares us. 


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

The cult of optimism has taught us to set strict goals and adhere to them. But instead we should embrace uncertainty and remain flexible, says Oliver Burkeman.


Watch also this video with Oliver talking about happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking


Oliver is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.


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Rhana Pytell Kozak's curator insight, December 10, 9:52 PM

A personal culture of courage is a good next step towards happiness and success. 

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The Art of Stillness

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The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.


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Pico Iyer is the author of The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere.


Read a review of his book from The Boston Globe here

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 1, 12:11 PM

To step away from the busyness can be a healing process, making each of us whole.

 

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David Hain's curator insight, December 1, 12:35 PM

We all need quiet to listen to ourselves sometimes!

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Capability Bending

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Jason Jennings, author of The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change, introduces a lesson in leveraging existing capabilities from How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World’s Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market, by Mark Payne.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Innovative companies have a culture of curiosity, a willingness to make lots of small bets, and a drive for speed.


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What Was I Thinking?

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Our irrational behaviors are neither random nor senseless - they are systematic. We all make the same types of mistakes over and over. So attached are we to certain kinds of errors that we are incapable even of recognizing them as errors.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 22, 8:18 PM

Mindful behavior is in order.

 

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Fractals and the Art of Roughness

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Mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot explores how fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated.
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A fascinating talk on fractals -- the beautiful branching patterns found all over the natural world.

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The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

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Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.


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Watch also this previous talk by Carol Dweck from the Young Minds conference  2013.


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Tony Vengrove's curator insight, December 18, 9:14 AM

If you don't believe, you're dead in the water.

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Philosophy: Nietzsche

Nietzsche believed that the central task of philosophy was to teach us to 'become who we are'.


Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Nietzsche. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 


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Philosophy: Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy, glamorous. 


Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Sartre. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 12, 10:19 AM

I don't scoop many video, but Sartre is an interest of mine as his work was in phenomenology which is the way I am approaching my dissertation.

 

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Psychotherapy: Freud

Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis, appreciated the many ways in which we are all prone to neuroses.



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Eastern Philosophy: The Buddha

The Buddha's philosophy teaches us that our desires are at the root of our restlessness - and that calm can be achieved through willpower and spiritual exercise.


Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Buddha. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 

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Philosophy: Aristotle

The Master of why, what, how, when, where and who. Learn about Aristotle's 11 virtues and the golden mean. 


Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Aristotle. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 

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2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

How to be alone, wake up from illusion, master the art of asking, fathom your place in the universe, and more. 


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These are the year's finest books on how to live sane, creative, meaningful lives compiled by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings.

 

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Tsihoarana Randimbivololona's curator insight, December 11, 6:34 AM

A very stunning illustration

Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, December 12, 6:07 AM
Prosperamos , cuando tenemos un propósito , cuando todavía tenemos mucho por hacer.
Jesper Outzen's curator insight, December 18, 10:27 AM

A lot of great books for you to read when you have nothing to do between Christmas and New years eve.

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The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations

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Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.


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For more on complex adaptive systems and the resilience of cities, I encourage you to read Dave Gray's book: The Connected Company


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Make No Plans: The Power of Serendipity

Stefan Weitz is the director of search at Microsoft Bing. In his 2012 TEDx, he covers the topics of his own life experiences in Australia, neuroscience, chaos theory, accidental discoveries and personal networks, all to make a point that long-term planning in life might not pay off as well as you think.


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58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do

58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

We like to think we're rational human beings. 

In fact, we are prone to hundreds of proven biases that cause us to think and act irrationally, and even thinking we're rational despite evidence of irrationality in others is known as blind spot bias.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This is an excellent overview of cognitive biases. The best I've come across so far. 


I'm a huge fan of Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely's work. You'll find previous scoops on their thinking here:


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Are we in control of our own decisions?

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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

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