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The Cultural Creatives: How People Are Changing the World

“We call them “consciousness movements” because of their common intention to throw open the windows and doors of the musty old mind-sets we live in, shake the dust out of the cove...
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Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence (by Lisa Cron)

Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets—and it’s a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper.
     The vast majority of writing advice focuses on “writing well” as if it were the same as telling a great story. This is exactly where many aspiring writers fail—they strive for beautiful metaphors, authentic dialogue, and interesting characters, losing sight of the one thing that every engaging story must do: ignite the brain’s hardwired desire to learn what happens next. When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of story and electrify our curiosity, it triggers a delicious dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Without it, even the most perfect prose won’t hold anyone’s interest.
     Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Wired for Story offers a revolutionary look at story as the brain experiences it. Each chapter zeroes in on an aspect of the brain, its corresponding revelation about story, and the way to apply it to your storytelling right now.


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The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander

The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander | #SocEco | Scoop.it

"Morphogenesis is closely related to ecological sustainability — the ability of organisms to maintain stability in the face of very dynamic and even hostile environments — because it is nothing other than the process by which living systems adapt to the changes that would otherwise destroy them. So it’s very important that we understand this kind of process, and understand how we do and don’t incorporate it into our own actions. Can our technologies and our way of making things reflect living processes? This includes our making of buildings, cities, and landscapes — Alexander’s primary focus as an architect."

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How The CIA Uses Social Media to Track How People Feel

How The CIA Uses Social Media to Track How People Feel | #SocEco | Scoop.it
In a nondescript building in Virginia, analysts are tracking millions of tweets, blog posts, and Facebook updates from around the world...
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A cultural thought experiment

More subtly, we can probably anticipate a pervasive spread of WEIRD socialization — (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic); the typical citizen won't be ethnically Western, but the rest of the package looks likely to apply, and the relatively homogeneous traits of the 1% around the world today suggest convergence at the base of the pyramid tomorrow.

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The New Einsteins Will Be Scientists Who Share

The New Einsteins Will Be Scientists Who Share | #SocEco | Scoop.it
From cancer to cosmology, researchers could race ahead by working together—online and in the open. Adapted from Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science.
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A Definition of Collaborative vs Cooperative Learning

Collaboration is a philosophy of interaction and personal lifestyle whereas cooperation is a structure of interaction designed to facilitate the accomplishment of an end product or goal.

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Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100'

Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100' | #SocEco | Scoop.it
Nearly 7 billion people now inhabit planet but projections that number will double this century have shocked academics...
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Occupy Yourself: Action is the Antidote to Despair

Occupy Yourself: Action is the Antidote to Despair | #SocEco | Scoop.it
As I’ve watched and read about the Occupy protests spreading around the world, I’ve found myself growing ever more optimistic that at long last, fueled by a combination of righteous anger, passionate concerns, as well as growing fears, we are waking up from a trance and are taking the necessary steps to create viable solutions to our complex, interconnected and growing problems.

 

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Contactcon Conference: the cry for freedom

Contactcon Conference: the cry for freedom | #SocEco | Scoop.it

The net is more than a marketing platform. Connect with the people who are building what comes next, and celebrate the potential of networking to transform commerce, learning, and society.

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Distributed Leadership and The New Flow

Distributed Leadership and The New Flow | #SocEco | Scoop.it

"Over the last few years, I have found myself continually gravitated towards nurturing the wider system that I see and feel - people, organisations, communities, networks. The huge global soup we all live in. Five years ago, it would have been hard to see this. Yet, as the Internet continues to grow and become complex, I sense that more people are seeing this."

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Entrepreneurship as Social Creativity

The article begins with an overview of the innovation process and the entrepreneurial process, each treated as separate but interrelated phenomena. The innovation process tracks the evolution of a ...
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Von Neumann, Morgenstern, and the Creation of Game Theory: From Chess to Social Science, 1900-1960 (by Robert Leonard)

Drawing on a wealth of new archival material, including personal correspondence and diaries, Robert Leonard tells the fascinating story of the creation of game theory by Hungarian Jewish mathematician John von Neumann and Austrian economist Oskar Morgenstern. Game theory first emerged amid discussions of the psychology and mathematics of chess in Germany and fin-de-siècle Austro-Hungary. In the 1930s, on the cusp of anti-Semitism and political upheaval, it was developed by von Neumann into an ambitious theory of social organization. It was shaped still further by its use in combat analysis in World War II and during the Cold War. Interweaving accounts of the period's economics, science, and mathematics, and drawing sensitively on the private lives of von Neumann and Morgenstern, Robert Leonard provides a detailed reconstruction of a complex historical drama.


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Complexity Science in Human Terms: A Relational Model of Business

At the cusp of the twenty-first century, we are experiencing unprecedented structural shifts in our economy brought about by the revolutions in computation and communication technologies. Today the world is linked in ways unimaginable just a decade ago. A new kind of economy is emerging–the connected economy--a shift that rivals the onset of the Industrial Revolution in its impact on society and the way commerce is transacted.


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World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns

World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns | #SocEco | Scoop.it
If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will 'lose for ever' the chance to avoid dangerous climate change...
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Worldly Philosophers Wanted

Worldly Philosophers Wanted | #SocEco | Scoop.it
When economists tackle small problems, they lose any vision about what the economic system should look like.
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To perform better, focus on ‘we’ not ‘me’

To perform better, focus on ‘we’ not ‘me’ | #SocEco | Scoop.it

The findings, published in the Journal of Sports Sciences, show that simply changing “I” to “we” in motivational self-talk—the internal talk one does in getting ready for performance—has a significant impact on an individual’s—and thus a group’s—performance.

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Project managers' new role: Social facilitators

Rick Freedman explores the project manager’s new role in a collaborative environment. Learn about four key success factors for PMs as social facilitators.
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Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence?

The cities of the future will be huge and super-dense — but will they also be alive? Could the increasingly complex systems needed to manage the next generation of megacities become our first true artificial intelligence?
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Video: The 21st century will be defined by collaborative consumption

Video: The 21st century will be defined by collaborative consumption | #SocEco | Scoop.it
If the 20th century was defined by hyper consumption, the 21st century will be defined by collaborative consumption, according to Rachel Botsman speaking at Wired 2011...
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TEDxMaastricht - Thomas Power - "The end of organizations as we know them"

Thomas does not believe that traditional jobs as we know them today, still exist in 2030. All of us will be suppliers. Power will talk about the need for network thinking. "You have to be open. You have to accept everything that comes at you. You have to be random. The disorder that arrive in your life. Completely chaotic. And you have to be supportive of everyone around you."

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The capitalist network that runs the world...

The capitalist network that runs the world... | #SocEco | Scoop.it
As anti-capitalist protesters take to the streets, mathematics has teased apart the global economic network to show who's really pulling the strings...
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