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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

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Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, argues that "we live in a universe of space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness arising out of complex systems.”

 

"What Koch proposes is a scientifically refined version of an ancient philosophical doctrine calledpanpsychism — and, coming from someone else, it might sound more like spirituality than science. But Koch has devoted the last three decades to studying the neurological basis of consciousness. His work at the Allen Institute now puts him at the forefront of the BRAIN Initiative, the massive new effort to understand how brains work, which will begin next year".

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Consciousness emerges from the right combination of content and context, and therefore it isn't a unique human characteristic as much as a spectrum attribute along the evolutionary chain.

 

Our Thrive product also counts on emergent properties enabled by  content and context, as is the case in most complex systems we have learned.

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The Power of Networks | World Economic Forum 2012

The Power of Networks | World Economic Forum 2012 | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
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"*Nowadays, any organization should employ network scientists/analysts who are able to map and analyse complex systems that are of importance to the organization (e.g. the organization itself, its activities, a country’s economic activities, transportation networks, research networks).

 

*Interconnectivity is beneficial but also brings in vulnerability: if you and I are connected we can share resources; meanwhile your problems can become mine and vice versa.

 

*The concept of “crystallized imagination” refers to things that are first in our head and then become reality. This concept can be turned into network applied research on economic complexity of a country’s economic activities and development prospects".

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on the New Cosmos

"This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks with the astrophysicist about his redux of the famous Carl Sagan series and why science and science literacy matter in a democracy"

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"As your area of knowledge grows, so too does your perimeter of ignorance"

With this quote during his succinct explanation of our place in an ever-expanding universe, dark matter, and dark energy, Tyson also explains some basic concepts of knowledge management, including the known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. 

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Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate

Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

When you are in a conversation, do you listen with your own autobiographical filter? Or do you listen to actually understand the speaker?

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Stephen Covey, author of bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, describes the power of empathic listening.

 

"Empathic listening involves much more than registering, reflecting, or even understanding the words that are said. Communications experts estimate, in fact, that only 10% of our communication is represented by the words we say. Another 30 percent is represented by our sounds, and 60% by our body language. In empathic listening, you listen with your ears, but you also, and more importantly, listen with your eyes and with your heart. You listen for feeling, for meaning. You listen for behavior. You use your right brain as well as your left. You sense, you intuit, you feel".

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The One Thing You Should Do After Meeting Anyone New - Forbes

The One Thing You Should Do After Meeting Anyone New - Forbes | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

"At 24-years-old, Francis Pedraza is the co-founder and CEO of a venture-backed company, Everest. In addition, he is an advisor to 10 tech companies, each of whom he does hundreds of introductions for in return for equity". [...]

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"Relationship building has become the antithesis of this idea. It represents personalized and relevant giving in order to build a relationship.

 

Segmentation, when used properly, is one of the most powerful tools to deepen and scale the most important relationships in your life".

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Science Wants to Be Free

Science Wants to Be Free | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
On January 6, 2011, 24-year-old hacker and activist Aaron Swartz was arrested by police near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for downloading several million articles from an online archive of research journals called JSTOR. After Swartz committed suicide in January 2013, questions were raised about why MIT, whose access to JSTOR he exploited, chose to pursue charges, and about what motivated the U.S. Department of Justice to demand jail time for his transgression.
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Interesting perspective on the peer-review process, among other things.

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We need to talk about TED | Benjamin Bratton | The Guardian

We need to talk about TED | Benjamin Bratton | The Guardian | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
Benjamin Bratton: Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster
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Some good questions to ponder here for folks interested in 'Ideas Worth Spreading' and 'Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world'.

 

"...does TED epitomize a situation where if a scientist's work (or an artist's or philosopher's or activist's or whoever) is told that their work is not worthy of support, because the public doesn't feel good listening to them?"

 

"I'm sorry but this fails to meet the challenges that we are supposedly here to confront. These are complicated and difficult and are not given to tidy just-so solutions. They don't care about anyone's experience of optimism. Given the stakes, making our best and brightest waste their time – and the audience's time – dancing like infomercial hosts is too high a price. It is cynical. Also, it just doesn't work."

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Tina Seelig: The 6 Characteristics of Truly Creative People | 99u

Tina Seelig: The 6 Characteristics of Truly Creative People | 99u | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
In this compelling 99U talk, Stanford professor Tina Seelig shows us how the top organizations in the world foster a creative environment.
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“Often, answers are baked into the questions we ask. We need to question, examine, and reframe the questions we’re asking.”

 

About this presentation

Determined not to just write just another book on creativity, Stanford professor Tina Seelig painstakingly researched what makes good ideas spring forward. The result is her “innovation engine,” a special mix of six characteristics like attitude, resources and environment.

 

But the special concoction of forces that makes our ideas come to life is nothing with out the willingness to fail. “Most call it failure, but we scientists just call it data,” she says. The most creative organizations and people embrace experimentation to get the needed data to determine they’re on to something. 

 

“Workers are puzzle builders, they get stuck when missing a piece,” she says. Truly creative people “are quilt makers — they can fit anything together.”

 

About Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig is the executive director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the director of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the department of Management Science and Engineering, and within the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. She received the 2009 Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering education.

 

Seelig earned her PhD in 1985 from Stanford University School of Medicine, where she studied Neuroscience. She has been a management consultant, multimedia producer, and an entrepreneur. Seelig has also written 16 popular science books and educational games. Her newest books are Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (HarperCollins 2009) and inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity(HarperCollins 2012).

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, December 28, 2013 10:56 PM

A must watch! Great inspiring presentation on how to innovate. 

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Wealth, Responsibility & Shifting Business Culture | Richard Branson | Business Insider

Wealth, Responsibility & Shifting Business Culture | Richard Branson | Business Insider | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

"The Virgin Founder and B-Team leader Derek Handley recently sat down with Business Insider to discuss social responsibility, business for good and the challenges facing society. “With any type of wealth comes some serious responsibility…”

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

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Erika Harrison's insight:

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, argues that "we live in a universe of space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness arising out of complex systems.”

 

"What Koch proposes is a scientifically refined version of an ancient philosophical doctrine calledpanpsychism — and, coming from someone else, it might sound more like spirituality than science. But Koch has devoted the last three decades to studying the neurological basis of consciousness. His work at the Allen Institute now puts him at the forefront of the BRAIN Initiative, the massive new effort to understand how brains work, which will begin next year".

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Interesting

Joe Stafura's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:13 PM

Consciousness emerges from the right combination of content and context, and therefore it isn't a unique human characteristic as much as a spectrum attribute along the evolutionary chain.

 

Our Thrive product also counts on emergent properties enabled by  content and context, as is the case in most complex systems we have learned.

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The Expression of Phenomenology in Business

The Expression of Phenomenology in Business | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
Language is an interesting thing. We rely so much on language and yet so rarely contemplate its inner workings. I just wonder if some of our communication problems, and the number of arguments we a...
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Chaos + Order = Chaord. 

"There is a sweet spot in living dynamic systems, a zone where ambiguity enables the emergence and creation of new meanings to arise, a form of innovation if you like. This is where language lies, in that although language can never truly model reality, it can guide us towards a deeper comprehension of that which we are aiming to understand".

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Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
Ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek on why leaders must sacrifice for the good of the group.
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"In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.” 

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The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences - A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013

The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences - A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013 | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

"Once in a while, you get inspired by events in your life that seem to be a precursor to real societal change. A hopeful change. A needed change. An evolutionary change. The Drucker Forum 2013 edition that was recently held in Vienna, Austria –14 and 15, November — was one of those moments..."

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Philanthropy's Power to Lead on Divest-Invest | Health & Environmental Funders Network

Philanthropy's Power to Lead on Divest-Invest | Health & Environmental Funders Network | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
This blog post takes a look at how philanthropy can leverage Divest-Invest principles, which encourage divesting assets from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy and sustainable practices and products, in order to support a cleaner, healthier...
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"Fossil fuel stocks, whose valuations are linked to their reserves, are over-valued. Conservative estimates point to a “carbon bubble” many times larger than the recent $2 trillion housing bust.  When investors realize that up to 80% of current fossil fuel reserves cannot be used, the carbon bubble will pop, with profound economic consequences.

 

Such warnings are coming from a growing body of financial analysis, includingCarbon Tracker, the London School of Economics, Lord Nicholas Stern, The Grantham Institute, HSBC, Standard & Poor’s the University of Oxford, and theEconomist. The existence of a global carbon bubble and the reality of stranded fossil assets are fast becoming mainstream wisdom".

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Robert Wright: The logic of non-zero-sum progress

"Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness," a game-theory term describing how players with linked fortunes tend to cooperate for mutual benefit. This dynamic has guided our biological and cultural evolution, he says -- but our unwillingness to understand one another, as in the clash between the Muslim world and the West, will lead to all of us losing the "game." Once we recognize that life is a non-zero-sum game, in which we all must cooperate to succeed, it will force us to see that moral progress -- a move toward empathy -- is our only hope".

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The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation (SSIR)

The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation (SSIR) | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
A growing number of foundations are reintroducing risk-taking into their processes and portfolios as one way to create breakthrough change.
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"The idea of “funding experiments” requires foundations to develop a deep appreciation for iteration, failure, and learning. Social change is a messy and uncertain process, and innovations rarely follow a linear path. They move ahead in fits and starts, through repeated trial and error. And because it’s hard to know the path forward from the start, supporting this type of experimentation requires an unusual degree of flexibility. Innovation funders often use an emergent approach, adapting their strategies as they learn more about issues and leverage points. They leave themselves open to possibilities. And they trust and support recipients as they learn and find new solutions that are built on the backs of early failures.

Innovation funders also experiment with their own strategies, trying continuously to challenge their thinking, adapt to changing circumstances, and take advantage of serendipitous opportunities. They work hard to improve their peripheral vision and to explore trends and strategies that may emerge from beyond their usual field of view. As Lori McGlinchey of the Open Society Foundations explains, “We don’t want our ideas to get stale. So we often look for ways to refresh and sharpen our thinking within the foundations. We’re encouraged to seek out interactions with contrarians—people who may be approaching the issues we work on from a different perspective. The question is how to increase our access to forwardthinking people and ideas that will help us anticipate future challenges coming five or ten years down the road.”
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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge | Brain Pickings by Maria Popova

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge | Brain Pickings by Maria Popova | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

"The real enemy is the man who tries to mold the human spirit so that it will not dare to spread its wings."

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"In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, ideas that we may later transform into new combinations with applications both practical and metaphysical".

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Developing a Culture of Knowledge Management (SSIR)

Developing a Culture of Knowledge Management (SSIR) | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
The three types of data foundations need—and how they must use them.
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"Will foundations learn to use data? Philanthropy has evolved from an early notion of “giving away money” to the strategic practice of “social investment." But for strategic philanthropy to realize its true potential, foundations need to learn how to manage information (data) to produce and share knowledge. Doing so will depend on changing internal incentive systems, in which foundations employ static data primarily as means for approving strategies and monitoring grants. Foundations will need to view their grants management systems as virtual work spaces, and the digital information that flows through them as knowledge assets".

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Data and knowledge management... for philanthropy!
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Not Business As Usual - The Documentary | Institute B

"Not Business As Usual is a provocative look at capitalism and its unintended price of success. The film tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism through the stories of local entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to bring humanity back into business".

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: The Sharing Economy Goes Corporate | Wired Business | Wired.com

The Next Big Thing You Missed: The Sharing Economy Goes Corporate | Wired Business | Wired.com | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
The entire "I sell you stuff, you buy it" premise of the consumer economy is being undermined, and big companies that want to survive need to learn to share.
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"The language of corporate competition doesn’t always sit that comfortably with the rhetoric of sharing, which largely originated among grassroots internet communities and non-profits. Like so much else in the history of the web, which began as a more decentralized, bottom-up approach to publishing and communication, the corporate co-opting of sharing is already well under way.

 

That could mean the exact kind of centralized control the sharing economy’s democratizing effects were supposed to undermine. Or it could mean that sharing goes from a niche market of tech-savvy early adopters to a mainstream reimagining of consumer culture as commonplace in Sarasota as San Francisco. Or, as is the case with just about everything else online, it could mean a little of both".

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How to Build a Mass Movement Now - Jeremy Heimans - YouTube

Jeremy Heimans visits the RSA to share his innovative model of "movement entrepreneurship", and to show how individuals can work more effectively with organisations and progressive companies to help mobilise large-scale, purposeful action.

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Jeremy Heimans, co-founder and CEO, Purpose.com on movement building.

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Thinking Out Loud: How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas by Clive Thompson | Wired.com

Thinking Out Loud: How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas by Clive Thompson | Wired.com | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it

Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter | Wired Opinion | Wired.com This article is adapted and excerpted from WIRED contributing editor Clive Thompson’s new book, Smarter Than You Think.

 

"We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public."

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Erika Harrison's curator insight, December 1, 2013 1:33 PM

Insightful piece connecting the ideas of what literacy means in the digital era, openly sharing half-baked ideas, the hive mind and why Ethan Zuckerman, head of MIT’s Center for Civic Media, calls Ushahidi “one of the most globally significant technology projects".

 

Hat tip to Howard Rheingold and his recent adventures in social media literacies and learning in public: http://socialmedialiteracies.com/

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Ditch Time-Wasting Meetings By Turning Your Office Into An Ant Colony

Ditch Time-Wasting Meetings By Turning Your Office Into An Ant Colony | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
Scientists have started applying lessons from how ants operate to the corporate world. The result: fewer meetings more time working and tasks...
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"The secret is uncoordinated decision making. Ants perceive and react to the world through the lens of colonies’ thousands (or millions) of tiny interactions, rather than a single agent’s directions. This collective intelligence is far more efficient and effective than any individual. In a way, ant colonies act as an enormous brain: Each individual isanalagous to a neuron in the human brain. Intelligence is embedded in the interaction of the many parts".

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Joe Gebbia: Executing Your Idea Starts With a Small Single Step

Joe Gebbia: Executing Your Idea Starts With a Small Single Step | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia walks us through how to shake off our reservations and take the first small step to turning our ideas into an actual experience.
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"We all have that idea that we can’t shake out of our head, the one that we think about in the shower or daydream about. Entrepreneur Job Gebbia, shares how his team grew their idea, Airbnb, into a national startup the hard way: by staying lean, “doing things that don’t scale” like meeting users one at a time, and by taking one small step at a time.

 

Joe leads us in a storyboarding exercise that helped his team take ideas and push them into reality. If you’d like to follow along, download the Airbnb Storyboard Frame sheet and grab a pencil. When finished, tweet Joe at @jgebbia, and be sure to use the hashtag #nextstep".

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Impact Hub Movement Growing Worldwide

Impact Hub Movement Growing Worldwide | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
When the first Impact Hub co-working space opened up in London in 2005, could they have guessed what it would become just eight years later? Today, Impact Hub reports 40 operating locations around the world with another 20 on the way.
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"Kevin Jones, one of the other owners of the Bay Area Hubs, reported, “I’m passionate about the Hub because I’ve seen people make the connections, find the mentors, partners, peers, employees and investors that take their social enterprises to the next level, to enable them to enact their dreams to build a better world. We built the Impact Hub as a place where visionaries and doers could meet and make magic together. It’s working, and it’s growing. It’s expanding in the U.S. and in the world because it’s working.”

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The knowledge sharing paradox | Harold Jarche

The knowledge sharing paradox | Harold Jarche | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
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Brilliant insights (as usual) from Harold Jarche - Life in Perpetual Beta

 

"The elephant in the room is human nature. Enterprise knowledge sharing will never be as good as what networked individuals can do. Individuals who own their knowledge networks will invest more in them. I think this means that innovation outside of organizations will continue to evolve faster than inside. It may mean that the half-life of organizations will continue to decrease, as more nimble businesses continuously emerge to compete with incumbents. Whoever creates an organizational structure that bridges the individual-organizational knowledge sharing divide may have significant business advantages".

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Why We Are Wired to Connect: Scientific American

Why We Are Wired to Connect: Scientific American | Mobilizing Knowledge through Complex Systems | Scoop.it
Scientist Matthew Lieberman uncovers the neuroscience of human connections—and the broad implications for how we live our lives
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"With respect to understanding human nature, I think this finding is pretty significant.  The things that cause us to feel pain are things that are evolutionary recognized as threats to our survival and the existence of social pain is a sign that evolution has treated social connection like a necessity, not a luxury.  It also alters our motivational landscape.  We tend to assume that people’s behavior is narrowly self-interested, focused on getting more material benefits for themselves and avoiding physical threats and the exertion of effort.  But because of how social pain and pleasure are wired into our operating system, these are motivational ends in and of themselves.  We don’t focus on being connected solely in order to extract money and other resources from people – being connected needs no ulterior motive". 

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