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How to audit the success of brainstorming sessions
INFOGRAPHIC: Brainstorming has been receiving a lot of criticism in terms of its effectiveness. “What was the value generated from a brainstorm session?” or “was the brainstorming purposeful?”: these are some commonly asked questions. Auditing the success of a session is therefore crucial. Here is a simple technique using Postit notes. SOURCE: Signature UX ...
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Man 1, machine 1: landmark debate between AI and humans ends in draw
ARTICLE: IBM shows off Project Debater, artificial intelligence project designed to make coherent arguments as it processes vast data sets. It was a draw: Man-1; Machine-1. While the debate may seem like a stunt, it is an important demonstration of the ever-growing capabilities of artificial intelligence. SOURCE: The Guardian ...
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Sli.do: audience interaction made powerful and easy
UTILITY: Slido is an easy-to-use web app that gives your entire audience a voice. Power to the people. A good tool for the majority in an audience who are nervous about putting their hands up and asking questions. An effective counter against know-it-alls who dominate the Q & A sessions. SOURCE: Slido ...
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Want to feel like you have  more time? Ask yourself this question
ARTICLE: Consistently asking yourself a simple question: "Why is today different from other days?" will increase the number of memory units you record and will make you feel like we have more time. SOURCE: Fast Company ...
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“Sleep inertia” is why you feel so groggy when you wake up
ARTICLE: If sleeping is meant to be restful, why do we feel so damn tired when we wake up? It's due to something called "sleep inertia" and is related to the amount of sleep we have had before waking up -- 8.5 hours is the recommended duration of sleep. SOURCE: Quartz ...
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How the organisation of knowledge has changed from trees to networks
VIDEO: The top-down "tree of knowledge" has been displaced by networks. Positions in a hierarchy are no longer as important as connections and networks. This video will walk you through the history of this transition. SOURCE: TED ...
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How to become a "memory athlete" using an old strategy -- and bring about lasting changes in the brain
ARTICLE/ VIDEO: Scientific studies suggest that an old memorisation technique known as “the method of loci” could, when taught systematically, improve memorisation capability of ordinary people to remarkable levels. Scans of the brain in these people showed changes that were similar to those seen in “memory athletes”. SOURCE: The Verge ...
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Digital paper: feels like paper, acts like a tablet
UTILITY: Digital paper devices combine the simplicity of reading and writing on real paper with the convenience of digital features, including easy sharing across devices, searchable documents, and secure document encryption. SOURCE: reMarkable/ Sony ...
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Why rich kids are so good at the marshmallow test
ARTICLE: The ability of young children to delay gratification has been considered an indicator of a high Emotional Quotient (EQ) and a surrogate marker for success in life. A recent study suggests that this trait is merely a product of overall socio-economic factors and has little power for predicting outcomes in the lives of children. SOURCE: The Atlantic ...
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Personality tests with deep-sounding questions provide shallow answers about the ‘true’ you
ARTICLE: Personality tests that promise to reveal our "True" or deep nature seem appealing yet, they are often poorly designed and, far from providing valuable insights, might actually lead to people being stuck in self-reinforcing and unproductive lines of thought. SOURCE: The Conversation ...
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The art of giving feedback and performance evaluation in 4 steps
VIDEO: This video outlines 4 steps in carrying out performance evaluations which will benefit both parties involved. Feedback should be a process offered as a gift and not a punishment. We look at the past to make plans for the future. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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The "doughnut" theory of growth: healthy economies should be designed to thrive, not grow
VIDEO/ INFOGRAPHIC: Opposing the long held principle of growth being the cornerstone of successful economic systems, Oxford economist Kate Raworth believes that a sustainable, universally beneficial economy should look ”Like a doughnut”. It should be able to move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on life's essentials -- and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet's ecological limits. SOURCE: TED ...
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I have a right to believe whatever I want -- no, you don't
ARTICLE: Amidst our many freedoms, the right to believe in whatever we chose is ill advised. This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the wilfully ignorant, the person who is cornered by evidence and mounting opinion. There is an ethic of believing, of acquiring, sustaining, and relinquishing beliefs - and that ethic both generates and limits our right to believe. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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Bizspeak is buzzkill: business jargon makes communication unclear
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: If you are perplexed by the jargon used in business communications and feel that the words thrown around belong to another language, here's a list of the top items that should go into your education in bizspeak. SOURCE: Quartz ...
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Are gestures a universal language?
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While the ancient belief that, across vast cultural divides, people can understand one another through gesture is largely true, there still are areas of thought that cannot be communicated across language barriers. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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