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How to Live a Life of Purpose

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We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.


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Identity in a Digital World

Our digital lives are no longer separate entities but instead have become integral to who we are.

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Slideshare presentation by Alec Couros on digital identity

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 21, 5:38 AM

A thought-provoking presentation on the topic of digital identities, including...

 

81% of children under two currently have some kind of digital dossier or footprint, with images of them posted online.” “...children reach the age of “social media maturity” at about age 11.” In Canada, 34% of children have a digital footprint before they are born.

 

Reading time: 10mins

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Power to the People

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Social psychologist Amy Cuddy explains how we make judgments, and how our bodies can help us feel more powerful.


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I previously Scooped Amy Cuddy's TED Talk about how our body language shapes who we are. You'll find it here.

 

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Is It Time to “Repot” Your Career?

Is It Time to “Repot” Your Career? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

How changing your trajectory can lead to greater innovation, success, and meaning in your work.


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Fifty years ago, in his book Self-Renewal, John Gardner, the late former cabinet secretary and founder of Common Cause, the nonpartisan public-interest lobby for greater political transparency and accountability, first described a career strategy he referred to as “repotting” as a way to stay engaged and innovative. The idea is that a career reboot not only helps prevent managers from staying in one position too long, being lulled into complacency or leadership fatigue, but that it also pushes leaders to keep learning, to see new challenges with a fresh perspective and ultimately find meaningful work that leaves a lasting legacy.


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  1. The Road to Self-Renewal
  2. Personal Renewal


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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas... Made Simple

Legendary theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is among the greatest scientific minds in human history.


This animation condenses Hawking’s expansive, mind-bending theories down to 150 seconds.


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The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

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If you missed them over the holidays, the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2014 from Brain Pickings. 


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The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds

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How the "backfire effect" explains why we have such a hard time changing our minds and such a woeful tendency for self-righteousness.


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Scott Langston's curator insight, January 7, 8:24 PM

more on reason and emotion

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Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online

Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In January 1975, Fuller sat down to deliver the twelve lectures that make up Everything I Know, all captured on video and enhanced with the most exciting bluescreen technology of the day.


You can hear all about his thoughts, acts, experiences, and times straight from the source in the 42-hour lecture series Everything I Know.


Access the lectures here.


The Buckminster Fuller archive has also made transcripts of Everything I Know  freely available.


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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, 2014 6:59 AM

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

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Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb

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As much as we love our digital devices, many of us have an uneasy sense that they are destroying our attention spans. We skitter from app to app, seldom alighting for long. Our ability to concentrate is shot, right?

Research shows that our intuition is wrong. We can focus. But our sense that we can’t may not be a phantom. Paying attention requires not just ability but desire. Technology may snuff out our desire to focus.


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, January 21, 12:44 PM

A big part of infotention is simply recognizing the need to think about where your attention is going while you are online, and why, and how you can exert more control over it.

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The Brain - Princeton Alumni Weekly

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What scientists are learning about how we think, learn, and remember - and how our lives could change as a result.


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Princeton Alumni Weekly's January 2015 edition on the brain. Down the magazine in a PDF version by clicking the image above. 


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Houshi

Houshi Ryokan was founded around 1,300 years ago and it has always been managed by the same family since then. 
It is the oldest still running family business in the world.


This ryokan (a traditional japanese style hotel) was built over a natural hot spring in Awazu in central Japan in the year 718. Until 2011, it held the record for being the oldest hotel in the world. 



Houshi Ryokan has been visited by the Japanese Imperial Family and countless great artists over the centuries. Its buildings were destroyed by natural disasters many times, but the family has always rebuilt. The garden as well as some parts of the hotel are over 400 years old.

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Owned by the same family for 1,300 years, the Japanese inn Houshi Ryokan is a marvel of tradition and resilience.


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The truth about free will: Does it actually exist?

The truth about free will: Does it actually exist? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett explains why free will is much more complicated than many people believe.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 9, 8:15 PM

Free will is complex. It does exist, but it does not mean that humans operate solely on the basis of it. Much of what happens in daily life is a taken-for-granted and socially necessitated.

 

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To me it looks that we are not “alone” and all in our Universe is somehow connected and entangle, therefore whenever I decided something I do, I decided with all I am connected to.
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How Language Can Affect the Way We Think

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Is there a connection between language and how we think and behave? Economist Keith Chen thinks so -- and he argues that our mother tongue even affects our economic decisions.


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4 weird ways the words we use shape our thinking.




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The Curious Science of When Multitasking Works

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Trying to do two things at once is usually a recipe for doing both badly, according to a long line of research. We’re slower and less accurate when we try to juggle two things. Experts came to believe that there wasn’t much that could be done about this, so most of the advice in HBR has been to avoid multitasking as much as possible.


But if giving up multitasking isn’t an option, a new study  published in in Psychological Science offers some hope: your ability to multitask may depend on whether you were trained to do the two tasks separately or simultaneously.


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New research looks at how to multitask well. Your ability to juggle may depend on how you’re trained.


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Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind

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Are you an externalist? — a person who’ll exercise great care over what you put into your body and never think about what you put into your mind.


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Excellent opinion piece in The New York Times by Pico Iyer. 


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


Watch also his TED Talk on the same topic here

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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, 2014 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, 2014 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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