Category: Do it-now

How social media has become a direct threat to democracy
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: For all the ways information technology brings us together, the monetization and manipulation of information is swiftly tearing us apart. From foreign interference in elections to targeted campaigns designed to confuse and divide on important social issues, groups looking for an effective way to infiltrate and influence democracy have found generous hosts in the world of social media. There are 6 ways in which social media poses a direct threat to democracy. SOURCE: The Washington Post ... Read More
Climate change: FAQs and answers
ARTICLE: Anthropogenic (human-made) climate change is now the most important challenge that confronts humanity over the coming years. Strong emotions have been fanned and, in the age of fake news and post truth, there is considerable confusion in most people's minds. In this review from the New York Times, 17 important questions are addressed in simple, easy-to-understand language. It is vital that we have a clear idea of the issues at stake. SOURCE: The New York Times ... Read More
Scientists chart 27 distinct human emotions on this interactive map
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: The best part of the map is that it’s interactive. If you take your mouse and hover over any part of it, you’ll soon find a short video popping up. Although one can see some strict delineations between one emotion and the next, the visual map also blends categories when necessary, making it highly nuanced. To create this map, the researchers collected 2,185 online videos. Each was a 5-10 second clip portraying a particular emotion. SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)/ Big Think ... Read More
There's more to life than being happy; the key is leading a meaningful life that rests on 4 pillars
VIDEO: Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning. Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life: belonging, purpose, transcendence and story telling. SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Here are 10 tricks to make you look smart at meetings, particularly when you have been day dreaming
ARTICLE: This article is a must for all Dilbert fans. Appearing smart during meetings is a top priority for all of us. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or …. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are ten tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings. SOURCE: The Cooper review via Medium ... Read More
Can a robot pass a top-tier, university entrance exam? It did, and in the top 20 percent.
VIDEO: Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI? SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Here are some tips for keeping friendships fresh and alive
ARTICLE/ VIDEO/ INFOGRAPHIC: “Friendships don’t just happen. They don’t drop from the sky.” Like any relationship, friendships take effort and work. But they’re often the last to receive that effort after people expend their energy on work, family, and romance. As time goes on, friendships often face more hurdles to intimacy than other close relationships. As people hurtle toward the peak busyness of middle age, friends—who are usually a lower priority than partners, parents, and children—tend to fall by the wayside. It’s hard to organise a busy life so that it has enough room for deep friendships, but there are a few strategies that may help. SOURCE: The Atlantic ... Read More
Why is it so hard to change your core beliefs?
INFOGRAPHIC/ COMIC STRIP: Gem of a piece; read the comic strip now. Core beliefs are those which people cherish the most deeply. They usually develop from childhood and are compounded by life's experiences. Core beliefs are inflexible, rigid and incredibly sensitive to being challenged. SOURCE: The Oatmeal ... Read More
"iGen": a generation of children who have grown up with smartphones
ARTICLE/ INFOGRAPHIC: “iGen”: they’re the first generation to spend their entire adolescence with a smartphone. What makes iGen different? Growing up with a smartphone has affected nearly every aspect of their lives. They spend a large proportion of their time on the internet, texting friends and on social media Here are some characteristics of this generation. SOURCE: The Conversation ... Read More
You too can draw; lay aside your fears, grab a pencil and pad -- you will be amazed
VIDEO: Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that? Graham Shaw will shatter this illusion – quite literally - in a very practical way. He’ll demonstrate how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world. Watch this video with a pad and pencil; carry out the exercises that Shaw demonstrates and you will be stunned with the result. An excellent launching pad for making drawing and sketching an important tool in your thought prcesses. Must watch … and participate. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ... Read More
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