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The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch. The best ones, however, share a collection of characteristics -- from tenacity to the ability to tolerate risk -- that are crucial to any successful venture.
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Top 5 Keys To Not Losing Your Job

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There is a lot of talk about how to get a job but how do you not lose your job? What does it take to keep your job? What sort of person do you need to be? What things do you need to do?Based on my
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10 Techniques in Handling and Dealing With Bad Clients

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Below are the ten techniques you should try in handling and dealing with bad clients as well as negative people plus tips to consider to manage it properly.
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6 Ways To Handle Irritating Coworkers

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Try these six tips to deal with the Dwight Schrute of your office.
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Texas Teenager Arrested for Violent Facebook Comment

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A Texas teenager has been jailed since March for a sarcastic joke he made on Facebook. He now faces years in prison for it.
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Happy 10th Birthday, LinkedIn!

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LinkedIn launched ten years ago in a living room. Now, it has more than 200 million users and generates more than $300 million in revenue each quarter.
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Why Twitter Is Getting Into the Music Discovery Business

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So why is Twitter getting into the music business? In a word, advertising.
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Are Teenagers Abandoning Facebook? [INFOGRAPHIC] |

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For Facebook North American active users numbers are declining. The average age of Facebook users has risen from 38 to 41 years old. The number of moms getting on Facebook is rising sharply.
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What That Gadget Says About Your Personality

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People judge each other on what they drive, what they wear and where they live, so it's not a surprise that people may also judge each other on what electronics they whip out to...
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'Networked minds' require fundamentally new kind of economics

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In their computer simulations of human evolution, scientists have discovered the emergence of the “homo socialis” with “other-regarding” preferences.

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Viktor Markowski's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:49 PM

Economics has a beautiful body of theory. But does it describe real markets? Doubts have come up not only in the wake of the financial crisis, since financial crashes should not occur according to the then established theories. Since ages, economic theory is based on concepts such as efficient markets and the “homo economicus”, i.e. the assumption of competitively optimizing individuals and firms. It was believed that any behavior deviating from this would create disadvantages and, hence, be eliminated by natural selection. But experimental evidence from behavioral economics show that, on average, people behave more fairness-oriented and other-regarding than expected. A new theory by scientists from ETH Zurich now explains why. 

luiy's curator insight, March 25, 2013 5:33 PM

Evolution of “friendliness”


Prof. Dirk Helbing of ETH Zurich, who coordinated the study, adds: “Compared to conventional models for the evolution of social cooperation, we have distinguished between the actual behavior – cooperation or not – and an inherited character trait, describing the degree of other-regarding preferences, which we call the friendliness.” The actual behavior considers not only the own advantage (“payoff”), but also gives a weight to the payoff of the interaction partners depending on the individual friendliness. For the “homo economicus”, the weight is zero. The friendliness spreads from one generation to the next according to natural selection. This is merely based on the own payoff, but mutations happen.

For most parameter combinations, the model predicts the evolution of a payoff-maximizing “homo economicus” with selfish preferences, as assumed by a great share of the economic literature. Very surprisingly, however, biological selection may create a “homo socialis” with other-regarding preferences, namely if offsprings tend to stay close to their parents. In such a case, clusters of friendly people, who are “conditionally cooperative”, may evolve over time.

If an unconditionally cooperative individual is born by chance, it may be exploited by everyone and not leave any offspring. However, if born in a favorable, conditionally cooperative environment, it may trigger cascade-like transitions to cooperative behavior, such that other-regarding behavior pays off. Consequently, a “homo socialis” spreads.

 

 

Networked minds create a cooperative human species


“This has fundamental implications for the way, economic theories should look like,” underlines Professor Helbing. Most of today’s economic knowledge is for the “homo economicus”, but people wonder whether that theory really applies. A comparable body of work for the “homo socialis” still needs to be written.

While the “homo economicus” optimizes its utility independently, the “homo socialis” puts himself or herself into the shoes of others to consider their interests as well,” explains Grund, and Helbing adds: “This establishes something like “networked minds”. Everyone’s decisions depend on the preferences of others.” This becomes even more important in our networked world.

 

 

A participatory kind of economy


How will this change our economy? Today, many customers doubt that they get the best service by people who are driven by their own profits and bonuses. “Our theory predicts that the level of other-regarding preferences is distributed broadly, from selfish to altruistic. Academic education in economics has largely promoted the selfish type. Perhaps, our economic thinking needs to fundamentally change, and our economy should be run by different kinds of people,” suggests Grund. “The true capitalist has other-regarding preferences,” adds Helbing, “as the “homo socialis” earns much more payoff.” This is, because the “homo socialis” manages to overcome the downwards spiral that tends to drive the “homo economicus” towards tragedies of the commons. The breakdown of trust and cooperation in the financial markets back in 2008 might be seen as good example.

“Social media will promote a new kind of participatory economy, in which competition goes hand in hand with cooperation,” believes Helbing. Indeed, the digital economy’s paradigm of the “prosumer” states that the Internet, social platforms, 3D printers and other developments will enable the co-producing consumer. “It will be hard to tell who is consumer and who is producer”, says Christian Waloszek. “You might be both at the same time, and this creates a much more cooperative perspective.”

Onearth's curator insight, March 26, 2013 4:58 AM

After homo sapiens sapiens it's time for homo sapiens socialis

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The Post-PC Revolution [Infographic]

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Mobile - Google estimates that by 2013 more people will use mobile phones than desktops PCs to go online. After gathering research about the migration of PC users to mobile, Moovweb created ...
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We Need To Redesign Our Economy To Make It Work For Profits, People, And The Planet

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When the richest quarter of the world’s population uses about half of our global resources--and take the liberty to produce half of the global waste--while another third live in poverty, it is clear that our economic and societal systems are...
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Getting Millions of Downloads for an iPad App

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When it comes to the enterprise, the iPad has become a must-have for presentations.  And this has certainly been a big boost for Prezi.  The company has a top app that takes advantage of the iPad’s awesome capabilities.
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Top 5 Keys To Not Losing Your Job

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Facebook pour iOS offrira des cartes d’informations contextuelles aux utilisateurs

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Facebook teste présentement une nouvelle forme d’affichage avec un groupe restreint d’utilisateurs. Ce sont des cartes contextuelles qui apparaissent après qu’un utilisateur ait fait un check-in da...
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Voici à quel point les Français sont ultra-connectés

Voici à quel point les Français sont ultra-connectés | What may interest Madagascar on the web ? | Scoop.it
2013 a été marquée par la généralisation des devices (tablettes, smartphones...) et des usages liés à Internet (e-commerce, réseaux sociaux...) dans le quotidien des Français.
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How Successful People Stay Calm

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The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain [...]
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Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing | What may interest Madagascar on the web ? | Scoop.it

There are some amazing examples of how colors actually affect our purchasing decisions. After all, sight is the strongest developed sense in most human beings. It’s only natural that 90% of an assessment for trying out a product is made by color alone.

 

So how do colors really affect us, and what is the science of colors in marketing, really? As we strive to make improvements to online products, studying this phenomenon is key. Find some of the latest, most interesting research on the subject at the article link...


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Ken Morrison's comment, May 28, 2013 7:52 PM
Thanks for sharing. I am curious if green equals the idea of wealth in all countries or if that is only in countries with green currency? That would be an interesting research topic if it hasn't been done yet.
Ken Morrison's comment, May 28, 2013 7:52 PM
Thanks for sharing. I am curious if green equals the idea of wealth in all countries or if that is only in countries with green currency? That would be an interesting research topic if it hasn't been done yet.
sistema italia srl's curator insight, May 29, 2013 10:41 AM

La Strategia di Marketing guarda anche al Colore. Qual'è quello che si abbina meglio al vostro business? scegliamolo insieme :-)

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How to Become Internet Famous for $68

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Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of. His eyes fume from his Twitter profile: he is Hollywood-handsom...
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Here's Steve Jobs Giving The Best Advice On Success And Failure

Here's Steve Jobs Giving The Best Advice On Success And Failure | What may interest Madagascar on the web ? | Scoop.it

Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

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20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

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Michelle Higgs's curator insight, March 26, 2013 4:07 AM
I've been wondering how to implement Twitter in a controlled manner, thanks!
Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:03 AM

Very, very interesting and controlled !! 

khodge55's curator insight, April 28, 2013 11:21 AM

Though I do not have a Twitter, I find this very interesting.  I think that if teachers did end up using this the kids who do have a twitter would get more involved in the assignment, but I'm not sure what they'd do with the kids like me would do during this lesson.  Overall,  I think this is a really cool and unique idea that could probably done with other social networking sites aswell.

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11 Google Products and Services You Might Not Know Exist

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Google is more than just a search engine and cloud service provider.
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What Your Facebook Likes Say About You

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Your likes on Facebook say more about you than you would think. For example: showing affinity for curly fries means you are likely to be a smart one.
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3 Things You Should Know About Small Business

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Denny's cancels China expansion; is Etsy turning into eBay?; serving breakfast, lunch and hugs.
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