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The Most Efficient Die Early

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A healthier approach also means managing acceptable losses. That's different — and, ironically, much safer — than trying to prevent failures altogether, by over-relying on past data to try "managing" risks that are inherently unknowable. We need to see those losses not as failures but as investments in the future. To succeed, we have to make it cool to fail in the right places, as long as it's recoverable, and as long as we learn from the failures and adjust.


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How to Be Happier Today

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Well-being is better achieved with small, defined actions, rather than grand goals, new research out of Stanford and Harvard Business School finds.
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Society for Judgment and Decision Making

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The Society for Judgment and Decision Making is an interdisciplinary academic organization dedicated to the study of normative, descriptive, and prescriptive theories of judgments and decisions. Its members include psychologists, economists, organizational researchers, decision analysts, and other decision researchers. The Society's primary event is its Annual Meeting at which Society members present their research. It also publishes the journal Judgment and Decision Making.

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Gross National Happiness - Bhutan

As of September 1999 The kingdom of Bhutan is placing environmental concerns and spiritual wellbeing over rampant capitalism.

 

Located at the eastern end of the Himalayas in 2008, Bhutan made the transition fromabsolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and held its first general election. More about Bhutan's history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan.

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Constructor Theory Conversation With David Deutsch

Constructor Theory Conversation With David Deutsch | Think Tank | Scoop.it

One of the first rather unexpected yields of this theory has been a new foundation for information theory. There's a notorious problem with defining information within physics, namely that on the one hand information is purely abstract, and the original theory of computation as developed by Alan Turing and others regarded computers and the information they manipulate purely abstractly as mathematical objects. Many mathematicians to this day don't realize that information is physical and that there is no such thing as an abstract computer. Only a physical object can compute things.

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The Discipline Of Listening

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Despite today's fast-paced business environment, time-starved leaders can master the art of disciplined listening. Conventional advice for better listening is to be emotionally intelligent and available. However, truly good listening requires far more than that. As you move toward truly empathetic listening, consider the following article...

 

And investigate the links below.

 

TED Talks: 

http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_5_ways_to_listen_better.html

5 More Tips 

http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/5-top-tips-for-active-listening-hearing-what-people-are-really

Active Listening: 

http://www.studygs.net/listening.htm

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A Storify Re-cap Of Last Week's Common Ground for Peace

A Storify Re-cap Of Last Week's Common Ground for Peace | Think Tank | Scoop.it

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joined multiple panelists - experts ranging from an Iranian-American journalist to a former director of the CIA - during the Common Ground for Peace forum in Syracuse.

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TED Blog | New TED Book: Mind Amplifier

TED Blog | New TED Book: Mind Amplifier | Think Tank | Scoop.it

Augmentation always requires the individual human brain, the technological extension and the methods, language, and training that support use of the technology, and social communication among populations of individuals. In this extended e-book, I try to situate augmentation in the historical progression of human biological and cultural evolution and project a vision of where it might go in the future. -- Howard

 

"Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter? examines the origins of digital mind-extending tools, and lays out the foundations for their future. In it, Rheingold proposes an applied, interdisciplinary science of mind amplification. He also unveils a new protocol for developing techno-cognitive-social technologies that embrace empathy, mindfulness, and compassion — elements lacking from existing digital mind-tools."


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Mural.ly

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Mural.ly is a creative new tool for you to drag-n-drop rich media files, links, and documents onto a big HTML5 drawing board, which is a great way to collect inspiration and gather thoughts. It also supports collaboration that allows designers to brainstorm cool ideas remotely. In Mural.ly, anyone can join you to edit and collaborate, and changes are reflected on the board in real-time.

 

Mural.ly supports a wide range of formats. You can either upload images, videos, PDFs, docs, and so on, or paste links from YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Pinterest, and any web page to generate an intuitive preview.

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Bhutan's Middle Path

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Bhutan has chosen a middle path in addressing the modern links between climate change and glacier melt: that of rational development that doesn't compromise cultural tradition or environmental sustainability.

 

Bhutan has chosen a middle path, that of rational development that doesn’t compromise cultural tradition or environmental sustainability. The enlightened leadership has promoted these values throughout the population through aggressive education, resulting in an exceptionally well educated, informed, and perceptive people. They know the problems that Bhutan faces better than anyone, and have identified the problems, perhaps to the dismay of western scientists who are used to framing problems for others.

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Transforming Lives | URBAN YOGIS

The series delves into the lives of cancer survivors, inner-city youth dealing with violence in their communities, recovering addicts, artists, youth in detention facilities, and more. Comedian Russell Brand, Grammy-nominated musician Moby, "yogi" businessman Russell Simmons, and author/doctor Deepak Chopra also share their stories and insights.

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Guy Kawasaki Explains the Art of Innovation in 10 Steps

Guy Kawasaki Explains the Art of Innovation in 10 Steps | Think Tank | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur, Twitter star, and former Apple software evangelist Guy Kawasaki highlights advice for creating meaning, innovation, and...revenue.
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Little things that have a big brain bonus - Washington Examiner

Little things that have a big brain bonus - Washington Examiner | Think Tank | Scoop.it
Little things that have a big brain bonus Washington Examiner A major new Canadian study has found that each ignored problem boosts your risk for brain trouble by 3 percent.
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Collective Intelligence | Conversation | via @Edge

Collective Intelligence | Conversation | via @Edge | Think Tank | Scoop.it

Tom Malone's MIT Center for Collective Intelligence is emerging as the single most active researchsite for studying augmented collective intelligence. -- Howard

 

"If we want to predict what's going to happen, especially if we want to be able to take advantage of what's going to happen, we need to understand those possibilities at a much deeper level than we do so far. That's really our goal in the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, which I direct. In fact, one way we frame our core research question there is: How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any person, group or computer has ever done before? If you take that question seriously, the answers you get are often very different from the kinds of organizations and groups we know today." @twmalone


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 9, 2013 2:35 PM

La inteligencia colectiva ese es el camino de las organizaciones del futuro.

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Naturals and Strivers: Preferences and Beliefs About Sources of Achievement

To understand how talent and achievement are perceived, three experiments compared the assessments of “naturals” and “strivers." Professional musicians learned about two pianists, equal in achievement but who varied in the source of achievement: the “natural” with early evidence of high innate ability, versus the “striver” with early evidence of high motivation and perseverance (Experiment 1). Although musicians reported the strong belief that strivers will achieve over naturals, their preferences and beliefs showed the reverse pattern: they judged the natural performer to be more talented, more likely to succeed, and more hirable than the striver. In Experiment 2, this “naturalness bias” was observed again in experts but not in nonexperts, and replicated in a between-subjects design in Experiment 3. Together, these experiments show a bias favoring naturals over strivers even when the achievement is equal, and a dissociation between stated beliefs about achievement and actual choices in expert decision-makers.

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Scientists Get A New Look At Einstein's Brain

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GPBScientists Get A New Look At Einstein's BrainKUNCA photo of Albert Einstein's brain from the left: anthropologist Dean Falk and her colleagues found that the parts of Einstein's brain associated with movement and sense in the face and tongue...
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How to Live Without Irony

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If life has become an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least, we've made a collective misstep

 

If irony is the ethos of our age — and it is — then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living.

The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself...

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Sympathy or Empathy? Apple shows the way to success

Sympathy or Empathy? Apple shows the way to success | Think Tank | Scoop.it

Have you taught your employees about the “Power of Empathy”? Do they make the difference between “empathy” and “sympathy”?
We came recently across the Apple’s Genius Training Manual which puts a lot of emphasis on “empathy”. There is a special program on the course called “The Power of Empathy”. The manual insists employees should approach customer interaction with empathy not sympathy in bold type.

 

Empathy is the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person's feelings. It requires capacity to recognize the other person’s feelings. It comes from the Greek empatheia i.e. affection, passion.

 

Sympathy on the other side is sharing the feelings of another. In many cases it has the notion of feeling or an expression of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; compassion or commiseration. Also could be interpreted as “harmonious agreement”; “accord” e.g. “He is in sympathy with their beliefs”.


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The Common Ground of Peace and Democracy

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Peacemaking, mediation, community organizing, democracy-building and the promotion of sustainability all center on a common skill:

The capacity to help people come together to pursue their interests, satisfy their needs, and realize their dreams -- both individual and collective -- within the context of the common good.

The phrase "the common good" embraces a spectrum of progressively larger goods ranging from immediate mutual benefit to the vibrant long-term healthy human and natural communities -- with activities being wiser the broader the scope of their benefits across the range of possible beneficiaries.

 

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How "Luck" Can Be Used To Enhance Success

How "Luck" Can Be Used To Enhance Success | Think Tank | Scoop.it
Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect, believes that success doesn't come from analysis or strategic planning.

 

Malcolm Gladwell argued in his bestseller "Outliners" the key to success in any field is a matter of practicing a specific task for 10,000 hours. Frans Johansson disagrees. In his latest piece of non-fiction -- The Click Moment -- he obliterates the idea that success comes from analysis or planning or strategy, and suggests that it has much more to do with serendipity or randomness than we'd like to believe. In order to thrive in an unpredictable world, we must increase the serendipity in our lives and careers and learn how to seize opportunities. We need to turn our attention to those times when luck and skill collide -- something he refers to as a "click moment".

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What Happens To Your Brain Under The Influence Of Music

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From the perspective of neuroscience, listening to music is one of the most complex things you can do. Many parts of your brain have to work together to comprehend even the simplest tune. So what is music reallydoing to our minds?

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What Body Language Says

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An analysis of the signature gestures used by President Obama and Mitt Romney in their speeches and debates.


While the force of his movements can prompt the viewer to support the argument put forth, controlled movements can also make the viewer feel that the path suggested would not be easy....

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Warren Buffett & Jon Bon Jovi Duet

Billionaire Warren Buffett and superstar Jon Bon Jovi sing together to celebrate the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy.


More than 100 of America’s greatest entrepreneurs gathered in New York for the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, a private discussion of ways to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. The results from this historic meeting will be revealed in Forbes this fall.

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Being “Selfish” Good Or Bad?

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The word Selfish is one of the most misunderstood words in the English language and perhaps all languages. Why? Once again man's attempt to control the lives and thoughs of his fellow man. Selfishness is defined as “the precedence given in thought or deed to the self, i.e., self interest or self concern. It is the act of placing one’s own needs or desires above the needs or desires of others. Selfishness is the opposite of altruism (selflessness).” This definition is incorrect and even destructive.

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Richard Branson on Managing Experienced Workers

The billionaire entrepreneur shares his advice for promoting your business's best asset.
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