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Liking Work Really Matters

Liking Work Really Matters | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Being interested in a task is essential to being good at it.
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Making things personally relevant to our lives, and connecting them to social engagement, makes us like our work more-- and be much better at it.

 

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And Now for a Bit of Good News . . .

And Now for a Bit of Good News . . . | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
From taxi rides to overnight stays, the sharing economy is growing rapidly, and creating a village where your reputation is everything.
Travis Moore's insight:

How can the "trust platform" be applied to government or other public interest work?

 

"The short answer is that Airbnb understood that the world was becoming hyperconnected — meaning the technology was there to connect any renter to any tourist or businessperson anywhere on the planet. And if someone created the trust platform to bring them together, huge value could be created for both parties. That was Airbnb’s real innovation — a platform of “trust” — where everyone could not only see everyone else’s identity but also rate them as good, bad or indifferent hosts or guests. This meant everyone using the system would pretty quickly develop a relevant “reputation” visible to everyone else in the system."

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Love People, Not Pleasure

Love People, Not Pleasure | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
What do fame, wealth and lots of sex bring? Exactly the opposite of what you think.
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"people who rate materialistic goals like wealth as top personal priorities are significantly likelier to be more anxious, more depressed and more frequent drug users, and even to have more physical ailments than those who set their sights on more intrinsic values."

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No Time to Think

No Time to Think | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Nowadays, people can keep negative thoughts at bay with a frenzy of activity.
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Taking time to think through negative thoughts helps us deal with them, as well as become more creative and focused. 

 

"negative feelings are a part of everyone’s life, arguably more so if you are crazy busy. But it’s those same deep and troubling feelings, and how you deal with them, that make you the person you are. While busyness may stanch welling sadness, it may also limit your ability to be overcome with joy."

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The science of how temperature and lighting impacts our productivity - - The Buffer Blog

The science of how temperature and lighting impacts our productivity - - The Buffer Blog | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Recently I sat down with Brendan Baker, one of the smartest people I’ve come across here in Silicon Valley.
Travis Moore's insight:

"If you are feeling cold, you are using a substantial amount of your energy to, well, keep warm."

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Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
The federal government is hiring what it calls a Behavioral Insights Team that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com.
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Looks like only the right-wing news outlets are convering this, but this is a big step forward for smart thinking policy. 

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Fast Time and the Aging Mind

Fast Time and the Aging Mind | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Is it possible that learning new things might slow our internal sense of time?
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Friedman suggests that learning and discovering slows our perception of time and as we get older, we have fewer and less steep learning curves, making time seem to pass more quickly.   

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Why Men Need Women

Why Men Need Women | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
The mere presence of female family members — even infants — can be enough to nudge men toward being generous, studies show.
Travis Moore's insight:

Women inspire generosity and empathy in men.  Another reason we need more women policymakers. 

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Beyond the Brain

Beyond the Brain | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Advances in neuroscience promise many things, but they will never explain everything.
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"Some people want to reduce that ambiguity by making one discipline all-explaining. They want to eliminate the confusing ambiguity of human freedom by reducing everything to material determinism.

 

But that is the form of intellectual utopianism that always leads to error. An important task these days is to harvest the exciting gains made by science and data while understanding the limits of science and data."

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How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign

How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
The untold story of how Chris Hughes today only 25 years old helped create two of the most successful startups in modern history Facebook and the...
Travis Moore's insight:

The guy that built the social side of Facebook and MyBarackObama.com, otherwise known as "the Empath."


"It doesn't matter if it's a company or a campaign; you build around commonality. If it's real people and real communities, then it's valuable. Otherwise it's just playing around online."

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How the Power of Suggestion Can Slow Speeding Drivers

How the Power of Suggestion Can Slow Speeding Drivers | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Cameras and social pressure slow drivers better than tickets.
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The End of ‘Genius’

The End of ‘Genius’ | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
The idea of the solitary creator is a myth that has outlived its usefulness.
Travis Moore's insight:

Rugged individualism is a myth, or at least not the whole story. 

 

The enlightenment put thinking-- and individual men-- at the center of our worldview.  Copyright law in the early 18th century helped enshrine that thinking, with one-to-one legal protection.  But pairs are where the best creative work takes place-- because emotions are "coupled"-- and feed and grow off of one another.  Key insight: 

 

"The pair is the primary creative unit — not just because pairs produce such a staggering amount of work but also because they help us to grasp the concept of dialectical exchange. At its heart, the creative process itself is about a push and pull between two entities, two cultures or traditions, or two people, or even a single person and the voice inside her head. Indeed, thinking itself is a kind of download of dialogue between ourselves and others."


And: "the pair is also inherently fluid and flexible. Two people can make their own society. When even one more person is added, roles and power positions harden. This may be good for stability but problematic for creativity. Three legs make a table stand in place. Two legs are made for moving."  (think geometry of group connections-- pair, one connection; three people, three connections; four, six connections; five, 10 connections; and so on.)

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Powerful and Coldhearted

Powerful and Coldhearted | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.
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"the brains of powerful people did not mirror the actions of other people. And when we analyzed the text of the participants’ essays, using established techniques for coding and measuring themes, we found that the more power that people expressed, the less their brains resonated. Power, it appears, changes how the brain itself responds to others."

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Britain’s Ministry of Nudges

Britain’s Ministry of Nudges | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Inspired by American behavioral economics, the British government is finding new ways to gently prod people to pay taxes, find jobs and insulate their homes.
Travis Moore's insight:

Using behavioral insights to achieve policy gains in Britain. 

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Harvard Gazette: Academic turns city into a social experiment

Harvard Gazette: Academic turns city into a social experiment | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Antanas Mockus had just resigned from the top job of Colombian National University. A mathematician and philosopher, Mockus looked around for another big challenge and found it: to be in charge of, as he describes it, a 6.5 million person classroom.
Travis Moore's insight:

Social actions to improve cohesian, safety and economic welfare in Bogota. 

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This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it

In 2011, with the help of psycholinguist Steven Pinker and legendary psychologist Daniel Kahneman, he posed an even grander question: “What scientific concept will improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” The answers, featuring a wealth of influential scientists, authors, and thought-architects, are released today in This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

Travis Moore's insight:

151 ideas that can make us (and public policy) smarter. 

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Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences

Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
It is time to create new social science departments that reflect the breadth and complexity of the problems we face as well as the novelty of 21st-century science.
Travis Moore's insight:

It's time for our social sciences to evolve to incorporate what we're learning about human behavior and how the concious and unconcious mind affect how and what we do.  

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What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows

What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Nostalgia, long considered a disorder, is now recognized to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety — making life seem more meaningful and death less frightening.
Travis Moore's insight:

"When people speak wistfully of the past, they typically become more optimistic and inspired about the future."   

 

We should nostaligize 3-4 times a week for maximum happiness.  :) 

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Where We Are Shapes Who We Are

Where We Are Shapes Who We Are | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
What we do — and therefore, to some extent, who we are — is often shaped by where we are.
Travis Moore's insight:

"we’re more like chameleons who instinctively and unintentionally change how we behave based on our surroundings.... Though we’re all anchored to our own distinct personalities, contextual cues sometimes drag us so far from those anchors that it’s difficult to know who we really are — or at least what we’re likely to do in a given circumstance." 

 

Musings on the broken window theory, eye-next-to-coffee-contributions-box, blue light and crime and how environment affects our actions. 

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Gadget Multitasking Is Costing You Business - Forbes

Gadget Multitasking Is Costing You Business - Forbes | Thinking Policy | Scoop.it
Gadget Multitasking Is Costing You Business
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Close the door to electronic interruptions, says cognitive psychology professor, Paul Atchley. I tried this recently when I was ill, I closed the door to the gadget interruptions.

Via Luis Valdes
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Cognative switching penalty and the myth of multitasking. 

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