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Web and Graphic Design Trends 2014 – Infographic via istock

Web and Graphic Design Trends 2014 – Infographic via istock | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Brush up on what’s trending in the creative world with this quick look at the top visual design themes and tools for 2014.

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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Amanda Groover's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:43 PM

Marketing in this decade not only needs but REQUIRES the ability to think outside of the box!  Look at some of the trends appearing in a marketing campaign near you  in the next year!

Jakarta Web Developer's curator insight, August 11, 2014 5:15 PM

Web and Graphic Design Trends 2014 – Infographic via istock (Midyear Check)

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, August 12, 2014 3:06 PM

Interactive infographic:
http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=1619#.Uq1MuI0hZjF

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Dolphins have a 'highly advanced' spoken language, study finds

Dolphins have a 'highly advanced' spoken language, study finds | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Dolphins can carry on conversations in an advanced spoken language made up of pulses and whistles, a new study has found.
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New research shows that traumatic experiences can cause epigenetic changes passed on to future generations.

New research shows that traumatic experiences can cause epigenetic changes passed on to future generations. | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
We tend to understand where our physical traits come from. We may have our mother’s eyes or our father’s chin. But when it comes to personality traits, we tend to think of them as our own. Psychologists go one step farther. They see things like anxiety or depression stemming from personal experiences which shaped us. Some studies however reach back even farther, are in fact passed down from parents or even grandparents.
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How Google Works

Today we all live and work in the Internet Century, where technology is roiling the business landscape, and the pace of change is only accelerating.  In their new book How Google Works, Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg share the lessons they learned over the course of a decade running Google.

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The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud – Nicholas Carr | Aeon Essays

Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency
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Use Big Data to Create Value for Customers, Not Just Target Them

Use Big Data to Create Value for Customers, Not Just Target Them | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Big data holds out big promises for marketing. Notably, it pledges to answer two of the most vexing questions that have stymied marketers since they started selling: 1) who buys what when and at what price? and 2) can we link what consumers hear, read, and view to what they buy and consume? But in the rush to uncover and target the next transaction, many industries are quickly coming up against a disquieting reality: Winning the next transaction eventually yields only short term tactical advantage, and it overlooks one big and inevitable outcome.

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7 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Digital Transformation

Although digital investment is almost unquestionably the right course of action for most firms, organizations still struggle to create the desired results. Estimates of digital transformation failures range from 66% to 84%. Such a high failure rate isn’t surprising, as leaders are trying to create entirely new competencies and wedge them into an organization with strong legacy cultures and operating models.
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8 digital skills we must teach our children

8 digital skills we must teach our children | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen – all these factors will greatly influence children’s development.
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The incredible things that had to go just right for Juno to reach Jupiter

The incredible things that had to go just right for Juno to reach Jupiter | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

“We just did the hardest thing NASA has ever done,” said Scott Bolton, the lead investigator on the Juno mission. After a five-year journey, the spacecraft Juno managed to enter the perfect orbit around Jupiter. Soon, it will start revealing secrets of the solar system’s biggest and most unchanged planet. But to get Juno there, NASA had to overcome incredible challenges.

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Meet Africa’s first tech ‘Unicorn’ - Are more to come? | Leader.co.za

While tech "unicorns" coming out of Silicon Valley are starting to sound like a dime a dozen, the first tech unicorn to come out of Africa, Africa Internet Group (AIG), is causing a stir. Growing into a unicorn - a privately held technology company valued at $1 billion or more - is a significant milestone for AIG, says Wharton management professor David Hsu.
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How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control

Massive flocks of starlings, known as murmurations, exhibit a rare combination of speed and scale. The birds coordinate themselves with remarkable agility to find food and avoid attacks. Schools of fish do the same. What’s noteworthy in these murmurations is the lack of a leader. Instead, each bird follows three simple rules: (1) move to the center, (2) follow your neighbor, and (3) don’t collide. The rules enable each bird to act independently while ensuring the group acts cohesively.

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Climbing Innovation's Value Creation Curve - Innovator Mindset™

Climbing Innovation's Value Creation Curve - Innovator Mindset™ | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
When it comes to determining whether something is a successful innovation, there is one absolutely crucial test: Does it create value? That value may come in many forms. Usefulness for the customer, profits for a company, or social good for a nonprofit, but it must be there. Creating value isn’t always enough to produce traction and profitability, but without value creation there just isn’t any way to call something an innovation.
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The Creative World’s Bullshit Industrial Complex

As editor of 99U, my inbox is (thankfully) filled with pitches of all kinds. Mainly, writers who’d like to contribute to this site and speakers who’d like to throw their hat in the ring for our yearly 99U Conference. And most times, when we dig deeper into a specific person’s pitch, his or her purported authority is more of a facade to make them appear authoritative — and any ideas are actually a mosaic of people also trying to appear authoritative in a disconcerting house of cards.

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Innovation, Empathy and Introspection

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When companies think about innovating new products and services (or just testing their existing ones), they know that the task before them is to find out what their customers are really looking for. How do you discover this? Generally, companies do one very plausible, but in fact very problematic thing. They go and ask the customer. However, strangely, if you really want to know what your customer wants, the last thing you should do is to go out and ask them. And for a simple reason: they won’t know.
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This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy

This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
It's startling to think about how we've got a spaceship billions of miles away rendezvousing with Pluto, yet here on Earth there are major aspects of our own anatomy that we're almost completely ignorant about. We've climbed Everest, sent men to the moon, and invented the Internet — but we still don't know how our brains work. The positive outlook is that many health, science, and research specialists believe we're on the precipice of some major neuroscientific breakthroughs.
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Why SMART Leaders Hit the PLAY Button

Why SMART Leaders Hit the PLAY Button | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Banter in my Facebook tribe last Friday (yes, I’m on Facebook). A quote by Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of the revered book Magical Child, shared by friend and colleague Ann Sheybani, Book Coach
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Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Orlean, Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, and more.
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Brave new worlds

Brave new worlds | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
IT MAY turn out to be a bare and barren rock. The fact that liquid water could be flowing across the surface of the planet just discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun, does not mean that any actually is—nor for that matter that it has an atmosphere. The fact that water and air, if present, could make this new world habitable does not mean that it is, in fact, a home to alien life.

But it might be.
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7 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Digital Transformation

Although digital investment is almost unquestionably the right course of action for most firms, organizations still struggle to create the desired results. Estimates of digital transformation failures range from 66% to 84%. Such a high failure rate isn’t surprising, as leaders are trying to create entirely new competencies and wedge them into an organization with strong legacy cultures and operating models.
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One of the fastest growing fields in science still makes a lot of people very uncomfortable

One of the fastest growing fields in science still makes a lot of people very uncomfortable | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Think of someone whose political ideology leads them to ignore and groundlessly reject science. Typically, this often describes those on the right of the political spectrum, where climate change, women’s reproductive health, and even evolution are routinely dismissed. But a massive and fast growing field in science—behavioral genetics—has a huge body of conclusive evidenc
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Website aims to improve farmers' mental health - InDaily

Website aims to improve farmers' mental health - InDaily | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Farmers traditionally have among the highest rates of suicide across the globe. The 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey found that almost 50 per cent of Australian farmers had a mild or worse mental disorder, compared with 26 per cent of the general rural population.
The new program is being developed by researchers at the University of South Australia in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, National Centre for Farmer Health and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health.

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Thin Slices of Anxiety: An Illustrated Meditation on What It’s Like to Live Enslaved by Worry and How to Break Free

Thin Slices of Anxiety: An Illustrated Meditation on What It’s Like to Live Enslaved by Worry and How to Break Free | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Kierkegaard called anxiety “the dizziness of freedom” and believed that it serves to power rather than hinder creativity. For Darwin, it was a paralyzing lifelong struggle — he accomplished his breakthroughs not because of anxiety but despite it. “Anxiety,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary, “makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you.”
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Will Microsoft’s LinkedIn Purchase Pay Off? - Knowledge@Wharton

Will Microsoft’s LinkedIn Purchase Pay Off? - Knowledge@Wharton | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Microsoft is entering the social networking space with LinkedIn, and it could find new revenue streams by monetizing products at both companies.
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Cashless cafe out to prove model more efficient way to run business

Cashless cafe out to prove model more efficient way to run business | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Allowing customers to only pay using bank cards and mobile phone apps is a more efficient and cheaper way of doing business, the owner behind a new Brisbane cafe says.
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Take a Break: 5 Ways Freelance Creatives Make Unpaid Time Off Work

Vacations are a minefield for independent creatives. While the full-time, salaried workforce can take holidays and still get paid, freelancers have to tread carefully—taking time off means not making money. And it’s not just a day here and a day there. Add up national holidays and the typical 15 vacation and personal days per year, and you get about five weeks of unrealized earnings per year.
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The Decay of our Language is Happening

The Decay of our Language is Happening | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Something is clearly rotten in the state of language.
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