Category: Do it-now

How the organisation of knowledge has changed from trees to networks

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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The art of giving feedback and performance evaluation in 4 steps

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

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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How language shapes the way we think

How language shapes the way we think

VIDEO: There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? In this video, cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is. Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ...
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If you are looking for a new idea, start at the edge of what is known

If you are looking for a new idea, start at the edge of what is known

VIDEO: Where do great ideas come from? This video takes us on a journey to explore a possible scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible -- and how studying the logic that drives it could explain how we create new ideas. The video exposes the infinite vista of new ideas and innovations, presenting an encouragingly positive perspective of the future. SOURCE: TED ...
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You can't teach an old dog (or your brain) new tricks: why learning is hard

You can’t teach an old dog (or your brain) new tricks: why learning is hard

VIDEO EXPLAINER/ ARTICLE: The hallmark of intelligence is the ability to learn new tasks. How does the human brain go about the task? The human brain, remarkable as it is, does not go about the task of learning in a very efficient manner. It uses a highly inefficient approach called "Reassociation." We appear to  learn new tasks simply by repeating the original neural activity patterns and swapping their assignments. Although "quick and dirty" it's not the best way to learn. SOURCE: Quanta ...
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The best and the worst ways to argue: 7 levels

The best and the worst ways to argue: 7 levels

INFOGRAPHIC: Disagreement is a far more common form of response to statements and arguments. Agreeing tends to motivate people less than disagreeing; when you agree there's less to say. When we disagree, we should be careful to do it well. Most of us can tell the difference between crude name-calling and a carefully reasoned refutation, but it would help to put labels on the intermediate stages. Here's an outline for a disagreement hierarchy based on 2 elements: the quality of the statement(s) used and the underlying emotion that accompanies the disagreement. SOURCE: Paul Graham ...
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A "global useless class": the future as seen by Yuval Noah Harari

A “global useless class”: the future as seen by Yuval Noah Harari

VIDEO: Just as the Industrial Revolution created the working class, automation could create a “global useless class,” and the political and social history of the coming decades will revolve around the hopes and fears of this new class. The combination of biotech and I.T. might reach a point where it creates systems and algorithms that understand us better than we understand ourselves. The problem is understanding the “extremely complicated chains of cause and effect” in the world. “Time is accelerating,”. The long term may no longer be defined in centuries or millenniums — but in terms of 20 years. “My fear is that homo sapiens are not just up to it. We have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.” SOURCE: The New York Times ...
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How to stop someone from talking incessantly

How to stop someone from talking incessantly

INFOGRAPHIC/ VIDEO: Some people love to hear themselves talk so much that, try as you might, you can’t get a word in edgewise. One part art of the problem is that you’re waiting for them to pass the baton to you: they’re simply not going to do it. You don’t have to interrupt them; you can use your body language and shut them up with non-verbal cues . SOURCE: YouTube via Lifehacker ...
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A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured

A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured

VIDEO: We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next. SOURCE: TED ...
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