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Beijing's heaviest rainfall in 60 years kills 10

Beijing's heaviest rainfall in 60 years kills 10 | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The heaviest rain storm in six decades to hit Beijing killed at least 10 people and caused widespread chaos, flooding streets and stranding 80,000 people at the city's main airport, state media reported on Sunday.

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Rethinking the Concept of "Outliers": Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation

Rethinking the Concept of "Outliers": Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

I believe that people who will come up with creative solutions to solve the world’s biggest problems — ecological devastation, global warming, the global debt crisis and distribution of dwindling natural resources, to name a few — will NOT be experts in their fields. The real disruptors will be those individuals who are not steeped in one industry of choice, with those coveted 10,000 hours of experience, but instead, individuals who approach challenges with a clean lens, bringing together diverse experiences, knowledge and opportunities.

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Many Wall Street executives says wrongdoing is necessary: survey

Many Wall Street executives says wrongdoing is necessary: survey | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
If the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes were to go out with his lantern in search of an honest man today, a survey of Wall Street executives on workplace conduct suggests he might have to look elsewhere.

A quarter of Wall Street executives see wrongdoing as a key to success, according to a survey by whistleblower law firm Labaton Sucharow released on Tuesday.

In a survey of 500 senior executives in the United States and the UK, 26 percent of respondents said they had observed or had firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace, while 24 percent said they believed financial services professionals may need to engage in unethical or illegal conduct to be successful.

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Declare Your Radicalness

Consider what I'd call the paradox of radicalism. Everywhere, we — especially Americans — are told that we're the inheritors of the legacies of plucky adventurers, grand risk-takers, resolute pioneers; those with the courage and sheer impertinence to defy a status quo that tried its damnedest to stop them from creating a future that was brighter than the drab present they refused to settle for.

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Scientific study reveals that individuals cooperate according to their emotional state and their prior experiences

A study by researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad de Zaragoza has determined that when deciding whether to cooperate with others, people do not act thinking about their own reward, as had been previously believed, but rather individuals are more influenced by their own mood at the time and by the number of individuals with whom they have cooperated before.

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A Tropical Tale Of Tourists, Networks, And A New Kind Of Leadership

A Tropical Tale Of Tourists, Networks, And A New Kind Of Leadership | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

In our studies of resilience, we've found that the most effective leaders are translational. These leaders represent a form of "middle-out" leadership, seamlessly working up and down and across various organizational hierarchies, connecting with groups who might otherwise be excluded, and translating between constituencies.

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Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level | Dowser

Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level | Dowser | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The concept of “wicked problems” refers to issues that are considered near impossible to solve because of complex interdependencies within a system; only discrete and context-specific interventions can be applied to wicked problems.

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Leadership for the future: diversity, creativity and co-creation

Leadership for the future: diversity, creativity and co-creation | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Values-led leaders help create emotionally and mentally healthy organisations, where business goals are met without sacrificing personal values...
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Let Your Ideas Go

Let Your Ideas Go | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
There are two ways of holding an idea. One is with a closed fist, and one is with an open palm. When you hold an idea in a closed fist, you control it. It is yours. And no one else can access it. Ideas held tightly — as if in a fist — can't be seen.
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“Resilient Cities Action Lab” : a melting pot for collaboration among Latin America urban leaders

“Resilient Cities Action Lab” : a melting pot for collaboration among Latin America urban leaders | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

In early June 2012, more than 40 Latin American leaders from the public sector, business and civil society gathered in the mountains outside Rio de Janeiro to discuss and create new cross-sector partnerships on urban resilience to climate change. The ‘Resilient Cities Action Lab’ was organised by Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano (REDEH) and the Earth Security Initiative (ESI), with the support of CDKN. Thais Corral, Director, Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano, and Paulina Villalpando, Associate, Earth Security Initiative, share the results.

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True nature of staff motivation more complex than surveys reveal

High levels of staff engagement could actually be damaging for organizations if overly simplistic staff surveys mask the type of engagement at play within an organization, according to new research.
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The New Science of Building Great Teams

The New Science of Building Great Teams | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

successful teams share several defining characteristics:
 

1. Everyone on the team talks and listens in roughly equal measure, keeping contributions short and sweet.
2. Members face one another, and their conversations and gestures are energetic.
3. Members connect directly with one another—not just with the team leader.
4. Members carry on back-channel or side conversations within the team.
5. Members periodically break, go exploring outside the team, and bring information back.
 

The data also establish another surprising fact: Individual reasoning and talent contribute far less to team success than one might expect. The best way to build a great team is not to select individuals for their smarts or accomplishments but to learn how they communicate and to shape and guide the team so that it follows successful communication patterns.

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Network Beavers

Beavers are keystone species in ecosystems because they create species-rich ponds, water purification, and conservation flood plains and flood management. By creating the pooling of ecological assets, relationships and energy, they provide a unique niche of value to the thrivancy of living systems.

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Venezuela turns to urban farms to meet food needs — City Farmer News

Unable to grow enough food to feed its population and facing soaring prices for imported goods, the Venezuelan government has opted for an ingenious solution – turning any disused space in cities into allotments where the urban poor can grow their own food

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Assess the Value of Your Networks

They came up with three components that would make members valuable to any network: They were part pack rat, part librarian, and part Good Samaritan. The pack rat brought a range of resources that could be accessed and used to create new and fresh ideas. The librarian brought information and knowledge. And the Good Samaritan had the attitude and practice of sharing. A network built on relationships between talented, knowledgeable, and supportive members is worth joining.

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A “Small-World” Network Model of Cognitive Insight

Despite many decades of study, scientists still puzzle over the process of insight. By what mechanism does a person experience that “Aha!” moment, when sudden clarity emerges from a tangled web of thoughts and ideas? This research integrates psychological work on insight with graph theoretic work on “small-world” phenomenon, to construct a theory that explains how insight occurs, how it is similar to and different from more typical learning processes, and why it yields an affective response in the individual. I propose that cognitive insight occurs when an atypical association, forged through random recombination or directed search, results in a “shortcut” in an individual’s network of representations. This causes a rapid decrease in path length, reorients the individual’s understanding of the relationships within and among the affected representations, and can prompt a cascade of other connections. This result is demonstrated by applying graph theoretical analysis to network translations of commonly used insight problems.

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We’ve been brainwashed

It’s no accident that Americans widely underestimate inequality. The rich prefer it that way by Joseph E Stiglitz - Salon (June 14 2012) 

 

The fact that the one percent has so successfully shaped public perception testifies to the malleability of beliefs. When others engage in it, we call it “brainwashing” and “propaganda”. We look askance at these attempts to shape public views, because they are often seen as unbalanced and manipulative, without realizing that there is something akin going on in democracies, too. What is different today is that we have far greater understanding of how to shape perceptions and beliefs – thanks to the advances in research in the social sciences.

 

It is clear that many, if not most, Americans possess a limited understanding of the nature of the inequality in our society: They believe that there is less inequality than there is, they underestimate its adverse economic effects, they underestimate the ability of government to do anything about it, and they overestimate the costs of taking action. They even fail to understand what the government is doing – many who value highly government programs like Medicare don’t realize that they are in the public sector.

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Global fight for natural resources 'has only just begun'

Global fight for natural resources 'has only just begun' | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
The global battle for natural resources – from food and water to energy and precious metals – is only beginning, and will intensify to proportions that could mean enormous upheavals for every country, leading academics and business figures told a conference in Oxford on Thursday.

Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government, who convened the two-day Resource 2012 conference, told the Guardian: "We are nowhere near realising the full impact of this yet. We have seen the first indications – rising food prices, pressure on water supplies, a land grab by some countries for mining rights and fertile agricultural land, and rising prices for energy and for key resources [such as] metals. But we need to do far more to deal with these problems before they become even more acute, and we are not doing enough yet."

Countries that are not prepared for this rapid change will soon – perhaps irrevocably – lose out, with serious damage to their economies and way of life, the conference was told.

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Collective Intelligence in Neural Networks and Social Networks

Each individual (whether neuron or human) makes a particular decision by making a weighted average of all of the inputs the individual receives that are relevant to the decision. And likewise, the population makes its own particular decision by making a weighted average (e.g., taking a vote) of the decisions made by all the individuals in the population whose decisions matter.

In the case of individual humans, inputs relevant to particular decisions consist of opinions gathered from all types of media, including the publications and media channels they trust most, and the opinions of their trusted friends and other contacts gathered from direct interaction and social media.

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Shareable: Risk and Reward Trumps Moral Appeals in Sharing Economy Study

Shareable: Risk and Reward Trumps Moral Appeals in Sharing Economy Study | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The growth of the sharing economy shows little sign of slowing down in 2012, with Airbnb logging 5 million nights booked in 19,000 cities as of February, the establishment of the City of San Francisco’s Sharing Economy Working Group, and the attention of angel investors such as Ron Conway. Collaborative consumption appears to be on the cusp of going mainstream, but what will it take to break through?

A new study by Cait Poynor Lamberton of the Katz Graduate School of Business at University of Pittsburgh, and Randall L. Rose of the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, suggests that perceived risks and the cultural norms of the ownership society are the most immediate barriers among potential users, and identifies a number of ways that sharing services can make their pitch to a mass audience.

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Is Wellbeing collective or individual? Some answers from Scotland

Is Wellbeing collective or individual? Some answers from Scotland | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

in asking people what they need to live well in their communities the Oxfam Humankind Index focuses on real wealth (which, incidentally, once meant ‘the conditions of wellbeing’) and assets at the collective level, rather than each person’s happiness. It offers a more direct road map for policy makers, highlighting areas where policy intervention is required for a more sustainable and just society.

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Jugaad: Frugal Innovation - Lessons for Corporates | Dowser

Jugaad: Frugal Innovation - Lessons for Corporates | Dowser | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Jugaad is a Hindi word meaning an innovative fix. It's an improvised solution using ingenuity and resourcefulness, often due to very limited resources.
When we talk about jugaad innovation, we are referring to the mindset and principles that are used to make this happen. Jugaad innovation is frugal, flexible and inclusive. It's also called gambiarra in Brazil, zizhu chuangxin in China and is most like DIY in the US.

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The Resilience Imperative: Making Sense of Our Increasingly Volatile World - Culture - GOOD

The Resilience Imperative: Making Sense of Our Increasingly Volatile World - Culture - GOOD | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Katrina. Fukushima. The Crash. The Arab Spring. Volatility of all sorts has become the new normal, and it’s here to stay. So what do we do?

 

If we cannot control the volatile tides of change, we can learn to build better boats. We can design—and redesign—organizations, institutions, and systems to better absorb disruption, operate under a wider variety of conditions, and shift more fluidly from one circumstance to the next. To do that, we need to understand the emerging field of resilience.

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It’s Time To Be Fearless (SSIR)

Five values are at the root of every fearless approach to creating change.
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10 Steps to Becoming a Global Citizen - STWR - Share The World's Resources

By recognising that we are all connected, interdependent and part of a world-wide community of people and nations, we affirm our global citizenship.
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