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How to Cultivate Practical Wisdom in Our Everyday Lives and Why It Matters in Our Individual and Collective Happiness

How to Cultivate Practical Wisdom in Our Everyday Lives and Why It Matters in Our Individual and Collective Happiness | Wizards | Scoop.it
The psychology of how we use frames, categories, and storytelling to make sense of the world.

"It’s insulting to imply that only a syst
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Wisdom is what makes a wizard... and this post truly tickled my wizardly fancies. Not only a review of what looks like a fantastic new book on Practical Wisdom... but a review the way I wish every review was done. It not only makes me want to read the book... but adds to what the author has found already in the book.  The one book made me want to explore the whole "Brain Pickings" site - something I highly recommend. If you're like me, you may well find yourself falling in love with what you find there!

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This V-Day, Let's Work Together to Prevent Violence Against All Women and Girls - Huffington Post

This V-Day, Let's Work Together to Prevent Violence Against All Women and Girls - Huffington Post | Wizards | Scoop.it
The V-Day movement and Eve's play continue to evolve and respond to issues of the day, and our work with the movement was meant to be the start of a conversation about including sex and gender minorities.
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V-Day is coming up again... Eve Ensler's brilliant use of her play to inspire a whole movement. What other artist has been so effective in using their art to create real and lasting (and unfortunately still much needed) change in the world? Go buy a ticket to your local production now. Watch it.  It will change you. And you'll be helping change the world, too!

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Use Elon Musk's "First Principles" Method for Better Brainstorming

Use Elon Musk's "First Principles" Method for Better Brainstorming | Wizards | Scoop.it
In an increasingly creative-driven world, having the best ideas are essential to getting ahead. Few people know that better than Elon Musk, who recommends coming up with new ideas with the "first principles" method.

Via Stratocumulus
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Real wizards think differently -- and here, Elon Musk reveals what that means to him. Great interview... Change what's in your mind, and you'll change the world around you!

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A cyber-magic card trick like no other

A cyber-magic card trick like no other | Wizards | Scoop.it
The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you’ve never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals. (This version fixes a glitch in the original performance, but is otherwise exactly as seen live by the TEDGlobal audience, including the dazzling augmented reality effects.)
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Marco was working with Virtual Reality back in the 90's...but he's moved on to full-on Augmented Reality. Want to see what life beyond the Rift might be like? Have a look!

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Gandhi's 10 Rules for Changing the World, by Henrik Edberg

Gandhi's 10 Rules for Changing the World, by Henrik Edberg | Wizards | Scoop.it
Change the world; we hear those words thrown around quite frequently, and to some, the notion seems incredulous.
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We all know Gandhi was instrumental in bringing major change to India... and I count him one of the great wizards in my book, "The Wizard's Way," This article is a great summation of HIS ideas on how to change the world. I love it!

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Five da Vinci inventions that could have revolutionized the history of technology

Five da Vinci inventions that could have revolutionized the history of technology | Wizards | Scoop.it
Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous artists in history.
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There seems to be a real resurgence of interest in Leonardo's work lately. Happy to see that, but I hope it goes deeper than this kind of fun and interesting, but very light gloss on the master's work. Recommendation for other aspiring wizard: Get the notebooks and read them.

 

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New Leonardo da Vinci Film Reveals the Man Behind the Genius

New Leonardo da Vinci Film Reveals the Man Behind the Genius | Wizards | Scoop.it
Get ready to see Leonardo da Vinci as you've never seen him before. A new film about the Renaissance genius's life opens in select theaters on Friday (Dec. 19).
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I'm rather looking forward to this. Always been a da Vinci fan, but the additional reading I did about him and in his notebooks while researching "The Wizard's Way," stoked the fire.

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Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away | Wizards | Scoop.it
A mammoth effort is underway to digitally publish Albert Einstein’s letters, papers, postcards and diaries that have been scattered in archives, attics and shoeboxes.
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Fascinated by Einstein, his life and way of thinking? I've always been interested, but became more so while researching him for "The Wizard's Way."  If you're with me as a true Einstein fan--Here's a great big holiday gift you'll love, then!

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Why Do We Make Art? Author Explores The Depths Of Leonardo Da Vinci's ... - Huffington Post

Why Do We Make Art? Author Explores The Depths Of Leonardo Da Vinci's ... - Huffington Post | Wizards | Scoop.it
"The good painter has to paint two principle things, that is to say, man and the intention of his mind. The first is easy and the second difficult." Leonardo da Vinci, the man who pondered these thought centuries ago, was an innovator acros...
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Da Vinci is one of the first true historical wizards I discuss in the soon to be released "The Wizard's Way." As part of my research, I've reawakened my own "da Vinci fandom," and so can't wait to read this new book!

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9 Books That Elon Musk Thinks Everyone Should Read

9 Books That Elon Musk Thinks Everyone Should Read | Wizards | Scoop.it
How did Musk learn to build rockets? "I read books," he says.
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Elon Musk has so many "real wizard" qualities -- I think those of us on the path to wizardry can all learn from him. I found this listing of books he thinks everyone should read to be inspirational.

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Peter Diamandis – President Bill Clinton and Peter Diamandis at CGI...

Peter Diamandis – President Bill Clinton and Peter Diamandis at CGI... | Wizards | Scoop.it
President Bill Clinton and Peter Diamandis at CGI 2014
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Peter Diamandis and Bill Clinton: World changers both. I think Diamandis' book "Abundance," his XPrize organization and the Singularity University stand a chance to create more positive change in the world than almost anything else in our world today. 

Many lessons here for our would be wizard world-changers.

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A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy's Little-Known Collection of Quotes to Nourish the Soul

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy's Little-Known Collection of Quotes to Nourish the Soul | Wizards | Scoop.it
One of Tolstoy's most exciting publications has passed by almost unnoticed....
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It always freaks me out a bit when I find a posting about true wisdom on the Huffington Post... but they actually do amazingly well finding things like this, on Tolstoy's "wisdom quotes" collection...there's some good stuff here!

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Richard Attenborough dead: Words of wisdom of actor-director who has passed away at 90

Richard Attenborough dead: Words of wisdom of actor-director who has passed away at 90 | Wizards | Scoop.it
Actor and director Lord Attenborough, who has died aged 90, was known for his anecdotes and words of wisdom
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Always in search of wisdom for my wizards... and there seems to be a good deal of that in this farewell article to Sir. Richard Attenborough.

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities | Wizards | Scoop.it
The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense.

Via Erika Harrison
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One of the things that gives real wizards their "powers," is the ability to see the world as systems within systems within systems... and then finding the leverage points, where a small action in one part of the system might cause a very large response elsewhere...

 

This post and article discuss that whole idea in a bit more depth. I found it to be a good read.

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Josie Gibson's curator insight, September 14, 2014 7:11 PM

Timely focus on the critical role of thinking systemically as a leader...

Jason Leong's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:15 AM

"Despite the inherent logic of systems thinking, governments, corporations, foundations, universities, and non-profit organizations still work mostly by breaking issues and problems into their separate parts and dealing with each in isolation. Separate agencies, departments, and organizations specialize in energy, land, food, air, water, wildlife, economy, finance, building regulations, urban policy, technology, health, and transportation−as if each were unrelated to the others. So, one agency pushes hard to grow the economy while another is charged to clean up the resulting mess and so forth, which is to say that the right hand and left hand seldom knows−or cares−what the other is doing. The results are often counter-productive, overly expensive, risky, sometimes disastrous, and most always ironic."

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Very comprehensive and interesting.... and not only about the cities... Good...

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Does Playing a Musical Instrument Make You Smarter?

Does Playing a Musical Instrument Make You Smarter? | Wizards | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists identify a link between musical training and executive function.
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Wizards make sure they keep their minds healthy through varied pursuits. Not just math, but music. Not just sitting at a desk, but hiking, dancing, playing sports. The broader the experience, the more highly capable you're likely to become in your chosen field or fields. That's The Wizard's Way!

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Be a Yea-Sayer and a Beautifier of Life: Nietzsche’s 1882 New Year’s Resolution

Be a Yea-Sayer and a Beautifier of Life: Nietzsche’s 1882 New Year’s Resolution | Wizards | Scoop.it
"I do not want to wage war with the ugly. I do not want to accuse, I do not want even to accuse the accusers... I wish to be at any time her
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If you don't already read Brainpickings (branpickings.org)... I highly recommend it. Maria Popova will introduce you to the most amazing authors, books and ideas. This one is perfect for this first week of January. Enjoy!

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A Magician’s Best Trick: Revealing a Basic Human Bias

A Magician’s Best Trick: Revealing a Basic Human Bias | Wizards | Scoop.it
Robert Sapolsky’s encounter with a magician reveals confirmation bias works. The lesson: Think critically about whether you’re only intermittently thinking critically.
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Confirmation Bias: One of a magician's tools that is also used extensively by marketers, politicians and others to persuade us to believe and do things we might otherwise choose not to. This is one of the reasons I find that, in studying how REAL wizards work, I find so much to learn from my experience in the world of magic and magicians!

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How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius | Wizards | Scoop.it
"Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought."

For as long as I can remember -- and certainly long before I
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Einstein is important today not only because of his physics, but because he had the forethought to share his thoughts on how his mind worked, and how great discoveries can be made by anyone who learns to think. Leave it to Maria Popova and Brainpickings to uncover more thoughtful thoughts on this true Wizard!

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Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education | Wizards | Scoop.it
"How far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authori
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Brain Pickings is rapidly becoming my favorite weekly read. Here she discusses just one of the kind of thoughts that made Einstein a true wizard.

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Q&A: Eve Ensler on Hillary, Feminism, Revolution and Her New Play

Q&A: Eve Ensler on Hillary, Feminism, Revolution and Her New Play | Wizards | Scoop.it
Eve Ensler’s new play O.P.C., starring Kate Mulligan, opens November 28 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues and the co-founder of V-Day. This interview has been edited and condensed.
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Wizard's make smarter revolutionaries... and Ensler certainly qualifies. One of my personal favorites... and and interesting Q&A session.

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Vote for TIME's 2014 Person of the Year

Vote for TIME's 2014 Person of the Year | Wizards | Scoop.it
I think Elon Musk should be TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year. What do you think? Cast your vote
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What do you think? Musk continues to be a renegade thinker and one who takes great personal responsibility for making changes to our world that are needed. Reinvigorating the space race, creating a company that makes personal conversion to solar power virtually free, and releasing ALL of Tesla's patents. If not Person of the Year, he at least qualifies as a true wizard in my book!

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7 steps to problem solving for non-genuises - Standard-Examiner

7 steps to problem solving for non-genuises - Standard-Examiner | Wizards | Scoop.it
“There is nothing that is a more certain sign of insanity than to do the same thing over and over and expect the results to be different.”
-Albert Einstein
By learning new ways...
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Much as I dislike the phrase "outside the box" when it comes to creative thinking (and this author uses it a lot)... this is quite a good article on Einstein's own brand of renegade thinking.

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5 Gandhi Quotes to Inspire Taking on Your Mission

5 Gandhi Quotes to Inspire Taking on Your Mission | Wizards | Scoop.it
Have courage and blaze a trail with advice from the history-making activist on the anniversary of his birth.
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Gandhi is among my favorite "wizard examples," at least partly because he actually SAID what he was about. His writings are a great source of information and inspiration for the aspiring world changer.

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Wisdom in the Age of Information: Maria Popova (Future of StoryTelling 2014) - YouTube

http://www.futureofstorytelling.org http://www.brainpickings.org See the rest of our 2014 FoST films here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs6Vd3jEmIs...
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Are you interested in how knowledge becomes wisdom, and how wisdom fits into the process of storytelling? Stories help us make sense of our world... wisdom makes us all wizards!

(Follow all the links here...they take you different places, and each one will expand your understanding.)

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Real technology magic from Marco Tempest - YouTube

Marco Tempest performs magic. But not your Houdini style of magic. Nope, he performs magic WITH technology. You might have seen his TED video. But here's the...
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Robert Scoble takes us backstage at Marco Tempest's studio. This during the development of some of the technology he later unveiled during his several talks at TED conferences. Making what others can only imagine a reality... 

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Jeff McBride - The Mystery of Marketing Magic | Magician Business - Marketing for magicians and performing artists

Jeff McBride - The Mystery of Marketing Magic | Magician Business - Marketing for magicians and performing artists | Wizards | Scoop.it
Jeff McBride founder of McBride Magic and Mystery School speaks about marketing for magicians.
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Podcast with Jeff McBride talking about the business of magic. We've learned quite a bit in the past 25 years I"ve been working with him...

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, August 26, 2014 8:08 PM

I put this in the wrong blog earlier...