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The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network | MIT Technology Review

The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network | MIT Technology Review | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
The familiar strangers we see every day on the bus and in the supermarket form an important hidden network at the heart of society, according to the first city-wide study of these passive links.
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Going beyond 'weak ties' of social network analysis, this study looks at how hidden networks of familiar strangers form the bedrock of society.

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Question the Answers: Using Critical Thinking to Change Workplace Dynamics

Question the Answers: Using Critical Thinking to Change Workplace Dynamics | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
“Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.” Graham Greene I often hear people say, “We need more critical thinking in the world, we should be teaching it in schools.” I don’t disagree with tho...
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"Critical thinking is essentially the ability to think about thinking. Most people don’t think about their thinking, and it’s not a skill many of us have acquired. In a results-driven culture, thinking about thinking feels passive. But developing the skills of a critical thinker is anything but passive. In its purest form, it requires the present and active involvement and engagement of the thinker in every experience.

 

In defining critical thinking many people get negatively hooked by the word – critical. The critical in the context of critical thinking doesn’t mean disapproval or judgment.  In fact, the skilled critical thinker needs to have the ability to think with great clarity and neutrality. The critical thinker is not without opinion, but has the ability to view experience from multiple perspectives".

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Is An MFA The New MBA?

Is An MFA The New MBA? | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Companies all across America are starting to see a critical talent gap as older employees retire. Arts students may not have all the traditional...
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FastCo takes a look at what business leaders might consider in tapping talent from the creative economy.

 

"Is art school the next B-school? Hardly, though artists often possess the skills and temperament that business leaders regularly say are in short supply: creativity, resiliency, flexibility, high tolerance for risk and ambiguity, as well as the courage to fail".

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IBM Collective intelligence

Can you use more useful information in your business and don't know where to find it. Then read this IBM white paper to see how using your staff can use the pow

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IBM whitepaper on collective intelligence. IBM has transformed itself in recent years, in large part due to their harnessing of their employees' collective intelligence through social media.

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Steven Pinker on Scientific Communication for the 21st Century | MIT Video

Steven Pinker on Scientific Communication for the 21st Century | MIT Video | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Steven Pinker, noted cognitive scientist and best-selling author, delivers the inaugural NSE lecture on "Communicating Science and Technology in the 21st Century."
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Steven Pinker: "The Sense of Style: Scientific Communication for the 21st Century"
Harvard College Professor, and Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Let's face it: most scientists are terrible communicators. Why do the world's most cerebral people find it so hard to convey their ideas? And how can we learn to do better? I suggest that answers can be found in a number of ideas from the modern sciences of mind and language. Among them are: The Tree and the Chain (how multidimensional ideas are mapped onto one-dimensional strings); The Curse of Knowledge (why it's so hard to imagine what it's like not to know something you do know); and Long Shadow of Mrs. Grundy (how to distinguish rules of proper usage that are worth keeping from those that are bogus)

The first annual Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering lecture about communicating complex scientific and technological subjects clearly and engagingly in the series: "Communicating Science and Technology in the 21st Century."

Recorded on 9/12/12

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Nuclear Science and Engineering

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Science Commons - Jesse Dylan

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Can We Reach the End of Knowledge?

Knowledge is an island. As this island grows, Dartmouth physicist-philosopher Marcelo Gleise says, the border of what we do not know also grows. So the history of knowledge will always be incomplete. 

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The New York Times Insights - The Psychology of Sharing

The New York Times Insights - The Psychology of Sharing | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Why do people share? The Psychology of Sharing reveals groundbreaking research conducted by The New York Times Customer Insight Group, that fills this knowledge gap.
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The Problem With Measuring Digital Influence | TechCrunch

The Problem With Measuring Digital Influence | TechCrunch | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

 

PageRank, Klout and other ranking systems are starting to realize their limited relevance.//EH

 

"Influence Engine Optimization is an inevitable consequence of scoring people’s influence. So, do influence scores still have any meaning? It’s definitely not a measure of someone’s influence; and it’s probably not even a measure of his potential influence anymore due to IEO.

 

An influence score is really just a measure of how well people game the influence scoring algorithm".

 

Editor's note: Michael Wu is the Principal Scientist of Analytics at Lithium.

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RSA Animate: The Truth About Dishonesty

Are you more honest than a banker? Under what circumstances would you lie, or cheat, and what effect does your deception have on society at large? Dan Ariely, one of the world's leading voices on human motivation and behaviour is the latest big thinker to get the RSA Animate treatment.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Networks

In this RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world. Taken from a lecture given by Manuel Lima as part of the RSA's free public events programme. Listen to the full talk: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2011/the-power-of-networks...

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Power and Networks | Networking Action: Organizing for the 21st Century

Power and Networks | Networking Action: Organizing for the 21st Century | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

At a recent keynote address I was asked “Where is the issue of “power” in what you are talking about? It seems that you are ignoring it.” Grrrrr. Sigh. This has been an on-going critique, so it must have validity. So I was pleased to come across a new book that deals with the topic and presents a framework that can help people understand the power dynamics of their particular network and develop effective strategies to handle power.

 

The framework is presented in a chapter of Interactive Governance: Advancing the Paradigm. “Interactive Governance” can be roughly equated to multi-stakeholder networks. The chapter presents a classic description of power as “the ability to shape and secure particular outcomes”. Four types of power are identified:

 

1. Direct power: A gets B to do what B would otherwise not. Eg: a vote that obliges B to do something it did not want to do

 

2. Indirect power: aimed at controlling the political agenda. Eg: A influencing others to accept a certain goal as a priority

 

3. Ideological power: influencing perceptions of interest. Eg: A convincing B that it should do something for its own good

 

4. Institutionalized power: processes and structures that frame action Eg: voting processes, the role of money in decisions, what is “knowledge” and its role in decision-making

 

This leads to a discussion of different perspectives of power vis-à-vis networks: power in, of, over networks and networks as entities adding to our total power as individuals and societies.

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Can The World Handle Complexity?

Can The World Handle Complexity? | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

Despite the fact that global issues are incredibly complicated, people tend to break them down into easy-to-understand, black and white terms. But is a new generation prepared to embrace nuance?

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The nature of collective intelligence

The nature of collective intelligence | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

Digital data stem from our own personal and social cognitive processes and thus express them in one way or another. But we still don’t have any scientific tools to make sense of the data flows produced by online creative conversations at the scale of the digital medium as a whole.


Via Ucka Ludovic Ilolo, Howard Rheingold
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Levy on how human communications and digital media create platforms for augmented collective intelligence.

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Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, June 11, 2013 5:06 AM

las comunicaciones humanas y los medios digitales crean plataformas para aumentada inteligencia colectiva.

Liliane Clavel Pardo's curator insight, June 16, 2013 6:11 AM

J'adore les articles selectionnés par cet internaute...

Klaus Meschede's curator insight, July 21, 2013 3:24 PM

Vortrag 2010, immer noch interessant

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Leadership in Transformation in Complex Environments

Leadership in Transformation in Complex Environments | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Yesterday I was a guest of both Harvard Business Review Brasil and Infinity Conferences who were hosting their first event on the transformation of leadership in complex environments. This event ha...
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Survival of the ... Nicest? Check Out the Other Theory of Evolution

Survival of the ... Nicest? Check Out the Other Theory of Evolution | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
A new theory of human origins says cooperation—not competition—is instinctive.
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"New peer-reviewed research by Michael Tomasello, an American psychologist and co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has synthesized three decades of research to develop a comprehensive evolutionary theory of human cooperation. What can we learn about sharing as a result?"

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Brainstorming Is A Terrible Way To Come Up With Ideas

Brainstorming Is A Terrible Way To Come  Up With Ideas | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Throw out old, tired ideas about idea generation.

We all know the standard method of brainstorming:

Get a bunch of people together.Generate lots of ideas.Don’t be critical.

There’s one problem with this system.

It’s totally wrong.

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Research shows coming up with the most good ideas is inversely proportional to the size of the group. In other words, skip the traditional 'brainstorming' exercise. Instead, think of ideas on your own first, employ some rules of acceptable ideas, and encourage discussion.

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What is Wisdom? (Backstage at Wisdom 2.0)

These are from backstage interviews at Wisdom 2.0. www.wisdom2summit.com
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Thoughts on the distinctions between Knowledge and Wisdom

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Mapping a Green & Fair World

Mapping a Green & Fair World | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

The Global Transition to a New Economy maps innovative projects that challenge business as usual and contribute to the systemic change to our economy that we urgently require. Together, these projects create a world that prioritizes human wellbeing, within environmental limits.

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Adbusters’ War Against Too Much of Everything

Adbusters’ War Against Too Much of Everything | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Kalle Lasn of Adbusters magazine, who helped create Occupy Wall Street, is taking on what he sees as overconsumption of all kinds, most recently with a “Buy Nothing Christmas” campaign.
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Adbusters is an important contributor to a more conscious culture.

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EcoTone Advisors | Erika Harrison's curator insight, December 22, 2012 3:32 PM

Adbusters is an important contributor to a more conscious culture.

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Be an Information DJ | Harvard Business Review | Blog Network

Be an Information DJ | Harvard Business Review | Blog Network | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
How ideas go viral....

 

"...mentalizing this way is similar to what a DJ does when listening to music: He doesn't just think about which music he wants to be listening to, he thinks about how different groups of people would respond to the songs he is considering. He has their interest in mind, not just his own."

 

MATTHEW LIEBERMAN
Matthew Lieberman is a psychology professor at UCLA, the editor-in-chief of "Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience," and the author of the forthcoming book "Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect."

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Climate of Doubt – FRONTLINE

Climate of Doubt – FRONTLINE | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
FRONTLINE explores the massive shift in public opinion on climate change.
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Simon Sinek: If You Don't Understand People, You Don't Understand Business

How and why generosity and selfless acts benefit us in organizations.

"We're not good at everything, we're not good by ourselves," says Simon Sinek at the 99% Conference.

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How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One)

How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One) | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

What has led you right now to focus so much on giving everyday people the skills they need to more meaningfully participate in the new media landscape?

 

"...What people know about how to use media matters. The underlying technologies are important because of the way they amplify human cognitive and social capabilities, so know-how becomes crucial when a new tool like writing or the printing press or the internet enables people to think and communicate in new ways. The hyper-evolution of digital media over the past half century first depended on hardware, then software, then network infrastructure, then web services, and now the driving force shifts to the part of the system in people’s heads and between people. The digital divide now has to include the divide between those who know how to get and to verify information they need just in time and just in place, those who can cultivate and call on social networks, those who can persuade or educate from those who do not know how to apply the power a networked PC or smartphone makes available. The knowledge is not secret, but it hasn’t really been compiled and distributed. That’s why I wrote the book..."

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Is Solving Nonprofits' Challenges as Easy as Creating a Map? - News - GOOD

Is Solving Nonprofits' Challenges as Easy as Creating a Map? - News - GOOD | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Organizations frustrated by scarce resources, missed opportunities for collaboration, and the inability to conduct research are looking to mapping.
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