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How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views

How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal? To burst the “filter bubble” that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with.

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Download the study from this site. Data Portraits: Connecting People of Opposing Views.

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Stuart Firestein: The Pursuit of Ignorance

What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark."


In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know - or “high-quality ignorance” - just as much as what we know.

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What Is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a specific mindset and a specific approach to contribute to solving wicked problems.


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Books of the Year - Financial Times

Books of the Year - Financial Times | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

From the Great War to the gardens of Venice, the best books of 2013 as chosen by FT writers and guests.

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Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count

One of the most underrated parts of the creative process is remaining vulnerable says New York Times bestselling author Brenè Brown in this magical 99U talk.

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Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910 by Theodore Roosevelt.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.


Watch also Brene Brown's talk on vulnerability on TED: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.htmlMetaskills

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Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, December 2, 2013 4:02 PM

Brené Brown has an amazing and scientific way to approach what is important in effective leadership to lead ourselves toward what we want and to lead others as well. Vulnerability is one of the key element of the creative process!

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The Lemming Effect: i-Diots

The Lemming Effect: Our happiness is based on things we don't need and governed by entities we don't control, so what? We all have an i-diot inside. 

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Elevator Groupthink: A Psychology Experiment in Conformity

Elevator Groupthink: A Psychology Experiment in Conformity | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Independence of opinion is both a crucial ingredient in collectively wise decisions and one of the hardest things to keep intact. Because diversity helps preserve that independence, it’s hard to have a collectively wise group without it.

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Storytelling in 2014

The attention of the consumer has changed, so why hasn't the attention of the marketers? Learn to communicate with your consumers like the year that it actually is...

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Forbes: The Best Books Of 2013

Forbes: The Best Books Of 2013 | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Forbes staff picks the year's most entertaining and illuminating nonfiction reads. Here are the top 10 volumes they came up with.

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A MESSAGE FOR ALL OF HUMANITY ~ Charlie Chaplin

A MESSAGE FOR ALL OF HUMANITY ~ Charlie Chaplin | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

“A Message for all of Humanity” — a stirring mashup of Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech from The Great Dictator and scenes of humanity’s most tragic and most hopeful moments in recent history, spanning everything from space exploration to the Occupy protests.

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Bigger Groups Mean Complex Cultures

Bigger Groups Mean Complex Cultures | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Humanity's success depends on the ability of humans to copy, and build on, the works of their predecessors. Over time, human society has accumulated technologies, skills and knowledge beyond the scope of any single individual.


Two studies show that larger groups of people are better at maintaining and improving cultural knowledge.

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Julie Ekner Koch's curator insight, December 9, 2013 5:22 AM

Collaborative learning has always been the most effective way

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Why not keep paper and evolve screen-based reading into something else entirely? Screens obviously offer readers experiences that paper cannot.



Via Nik Peachey
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Surveys indicate that screens and e-readers interfere with two other important aspects of navigating texts: serendipity and a sense of control.


People report that they enjoy flipping to a previous section of a paper book when a sentence surfaces a memory of something they read earlier, for example, or quickly scanning ahead on a whim. People also like to have as much control over a text as possible - to highlight with chemical ink, easily write notes to themselves in the margins as well as deform the paper however they choose.


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Helen Teague's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:03 AM

from Nik Peachey---this article compares screen reading with paper-based text

Christy P.Novack's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:10 AM

A detailed paper discussing screens vs paper. Lots of other links included. There is no research paper connected with article. I did a paper on practice modalites that involved print text vs media for learning and engagement. More papers are needed out there on such topics, as technology research studies can quickly become outdated.

Mirna Goldberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:21 AM

I am definitely not made to scroll, my brain prefers printed paper.  I cannot focus and retain as well, when I read online.

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Presentation Skills Considered Harmful

Presentation Skills Considered Harmful | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

There is no cure for presentation stage fright. You can reduce the symptoms with beta blockers, but when the drugs wear off, you're still… you.


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Excerpt from Kathy's blog post:


What is important when you present is the experience your audience has. When you design for a user experience, you quit focusing on your skills and start focusing on their skills.


Start asking yourself: 


  • What experience can you help them have?
  • Can you give them a more powerful perspective?
  • Can you give them a new idea with immediate implementation steps they can't wait to work on?
  • Can you give them a clear way to finally explain something to others that they've been feeling but could not articulate?
  • Can you give them a new tip or trick that hassuch a high-payoff it feels like a superpower?
  • Can you give them knowledge and insight into a tough topic, so they can have more interesting, high-resolution conversations in the hallway?
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Design vs. Discovery: Which Way to Innovation?

Design vs. Discovery: Which Way to Innovation? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

“Design thinking” is slowly but surely taking over the field of innovation. The result is terrific design.  But that’s not the same as innovation. 


In his book, Creative Strategy: A Handbook for InnovationWilliam Duggan argues the importance of “discovery”, a method that combines solved parts of a problem to arrive at true innovation.

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How to Protect Yourself from Failure

How to Protect Yourself from Failure | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Setbacks in any career are inevitable, and yet some people manage to succeed despite the worst of setbacks. Their secret is that they know the difference between a setback and failure. The two aren't the same. A setback has to leave scars before it starts to become a failure. There are ways to protect yourself from being scarred. Some of these can be applied in advance, the way you'd apply prevention before you get sick. Others can be applied after a setback has occurred. But in both cases, anyone can learn the skills that are needed.


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Solid advice from Deepak Chopra:
  • View yourself as a success, no matter what is happening.
  • Know your personal weaknesses and deal with them.
  • Address the influence of fear and anxiety.
  • Stay immersed in the details of your work.
  • Have a supportive family.
  • Participate in a supportive team atmosphere.
  • Identify with interests outside your work.
  • Develop core values.
  • Learn how to be centered.
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Best 2013 Books for Entrepreneurs

Best 2013 Books for Entrepreneurs | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Smart folks in business follow a simple motto: always be learning. Here's a selection of the year's best books to help you do exactly that.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 26, 2013 12:16 AM

A reading list for Thanksgiving and Christmas?

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How Renaissance People Think

How Renaissance People Think | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

It's not easy being a polymath these days. Knowledge is being generated and transmitted at light speed. The sheer quantity of knowledge required to become an expert in almost any domain is phenomenal, with barely any time left to master additional domains. 

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Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Tom Kelley, partner at the design firm IDEO, explains how to unleash our creativity and change the way we approach and solve problems. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us Allwritten with his brother, David Kelley, IDEO founder and creator of the Stanford d.school, provides principles and strategies for being more creative at work and in life.

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30 Ways to Present a New Idea

30 Ways to Present a New Idea | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Most new ideas don’t lead to new successful products or services. Six out of seven new concepts never reach the market. Lack of support at top management is an important explanation.

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I highly recommend Gijs van Wulfen's book: The Innovation Expedition


You can follow Gijs on Twitter here: @gijsvanwulfen

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John Michel's curator insight, November 21, 2013 11:07 AM

Several very good, out-of-the-box ideas on how to spur innovation. 

usman's curator insight, November 23, 2013 6:09 AM

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What Would Your Dream Company Look Like?

What Would Your Dream Company Look Like? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

I just discovered Mathias Vestergaard's wonderful doodles on his blog: Think Clearly. Take a look at Mathias' newsletter from last week entitled: What would your dream company look like?   

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You can also follow Mathias' work on Twitter here: @thnkclrly

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An Interactive Visualisation of Data

An Interactive Visualisation of Data | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In the technological landscape, it can be difficult to visualise the magnitude of files we interact with on a daily basis. This will help you to picture exactly what it is you are dealing with.

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Victor Jimenez's curator insight, November 22, 2013 4:23 PM

yotta...yotta...yotta...Thats a lotta somethin!

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The power of ignoring mainstream news: Why reading the paper is like eating junk food

The power of ignoring mainstream news: Why reading the paper is like eating junk food | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

How much time do you spend consuming information that you have no intention of taking action on or that you don’t care deeply about?

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 19, 2013 10:16 PM

Love this post as it reinforces why I'm so careful with my consumption of mainstream media. Once I heard "cancer" and my name in the same sentence I knew curating my head was going to be critical. "All energy to shields," was kind of how I thought of it.

Victor Jimenez's curator insight, November 22, 2013 4:30 PM

Agreed! Curate yourself!


"The world doesn’t need more people who mindlessly digest whatever information is around. What the world needs are people who learn with purpose, who take action on the things that are important to them, and who seek out high quality information as a way to spark creativity — not as an excuse to consume even more."

- James Clear

Karen Bowden's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:48 PM

Hint:  You want to focus on the Circle of Control.

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How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales

How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Hans Christian Andersen used a singular talent of listening to lift himself out of poverty and into international celebrity, becoming one of history’s greatest storytellers.

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Open Thread: How’s Your Idea Coming Along?

Open Thread: How’s Your Idea Coming Along? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

What’s your big idea? You know, the one that you’ve had in the back of your mind for months. Or maybe you have started it, but are feeling a bit stuck?

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Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO's Leaders

Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO's Leaders | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Tom and David Kelley - leaders of IDEO - have helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products. Here is their advice on how to grow a creative mindset. 

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See also my previous Scoop: How to design breakthrough inventions. It's a 60 Minutes profile of IDEO's founder, David Kelley.


I also recommend: "The Ten Faces of Innovation" - A great book by IDEO's Tom Kelley.

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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Advisor ★ Learning Designer ★ Connector of ideas+people ★ Loud Listener ★ Horizon Scanner ★ Polymath ★ Humanitarian

Kenneth Mikkelsen is 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.