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Futurist 40 Years Later: Possibilities, Not Predictions. Ability to Learn Is Affected by the Timing of Sleep: Scientific American Podcast. Sleep has many functions—including facilitating learning. Now a study finds that when we acquire new information, and how soon we sleep after that may affect our retention of the info. That’s according to research in the journal Public Library of Science One. Scientists had more than 200 subjects memorize related words like “fire and smoke,” or unrelated word pairs like “insect and truth. " Some studied the words at 9 A.M., others at 9 P.M. The researchers tested the subjects’ ability to remember the pairs after 30 minutes, 12 hours or 24 hours. Sleep had little effect on the ability to recall related words. Here is the most interesting finding: In the 24-hour retest—where all subjects had a full night of sleep—those participants who went to bed shortly after learning the words did much better than those who went through an entire day before sleeping.

And this leg up in memory was maintained on subsequent days. —Christie Nicholson [The above text is a transcript of this podcast.] Introducing The Curator's Code, 10 things no one tells you about creativity, the "fourth culture," and more. Hey there!

Introducing The Curator's Code, 10 things no one tells you about creativity, the "fourth culture," and more

If you missed last week's edition – how to find your purpose and do what you love, debunking the myth of fixed personality, vintage posters from the golden age of travel, and more – you can catch up right here. And if you're enjoying this, please consider supporting with a modest donation. Introducing The Curator's Code: A Standard for Honoring Attribution of Discovery Across the Web Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures. " ~ Ray Bradbury You are a mashup of what you let into your life. " ~ Austin Kleon Chance favors the connected mind. " ~ Steven Johnson As both a consumer and curator of information, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the architecture of knowledge. Until today. I'm thrilled to introduce The Curator's Code – a movement to honor and standardize attribution of discovery across the web.

Creating a "Fourth Culture" of Knowledge: Jonah Lehrer on Why Science and Art Need Each Other What T.S. The book opens with a timeless T.S. Places we don’t want to go: Sherry Turkle at TED2012. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Just a moment ago Sherry Turkle‘s daughter texted her: “Mom, you will rock.”

Places we don’t want to go: Sherry Turkle at TED2012

Turkle loved it, she says. “Getting that text was like getting a hug.” Turkle, who has written extensively on the nature of human relations on the internet, who evangelized the internet, who loves receiving that text, is here to tell us that there may be a problem. In 1996 she gave her first TEDTalk, “Celebrating our life on the internet.” Her new book, Alone Together, will not make the cover of WIRED, she is pretty sure.

People talk to her about “the important new skill of making eye contact while you’re texting… It’s hard but it can be done.” Why does this matter? A teenager says to her, “Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn how to have a conversation.” Stephen Colbert once asked her, “Don’t all those little tweets and texts, all these little sips of information, add up to one big gulp of real conversation?” 1) We’ll have attention everywhere. Front foot consulting. Ask strangers in your office lift, a business prospect, your clients, agencies, suppliers, even your close circle of friends & family (who may not even be in Google+ yet) the question, “how are you?”

front foot consulting

, and I 99% guarantee that they’ll reply, “busy.” Has this become the most prolific yet inane response of our time? Sadly, I see people becoming green eyed monsters – jealous of someone busy. What are we busy with? Are we too busy? You’re stuck in a rut Hmmm I reckon we’re kidding ourselves and have got stuck in a rut. Did you do any of these today? Well I challenge us all to stop just doing this for doing’s sake. Move from human doing to human being Yes, here is the nugget of gold that this post is about. A simple reminder that we are human beings, and we need to live life as we want to live it and not move hectically through it ticking things off our list. By all means do things, but take the time to absorb, appreciate and even reflect a little upon what the thing you did meant to you.

Like this: The Innovator's Perspective. 0Share Synopsis The true innovator is an unconventional thinker willing to take risks and learn from failure.

The Innovator's Perspective

Remember how when you were a little child you felt that you were everything. You formed the thought that there was no limit to what was possible. You had this bright, shining self- image and were laughing and curious about everything every day. This is why we so often fail when confronted with a new problem that is similar to past experiences only in superficial ways and is different from previously encountered problems in its deep structure. The more educated and expert the person is, the more change is resisted. Many business people are like the ancient astronomers and actively seek out only that information that confirms their theories about their business and their markets.

. • The computer is not for business. The first key to innovation is the ability to think beyond conventional paradigms and to examine traditional constraints using non-traditional thinking. Do Your People Trust You? - Linda Hill & Kent Lineback. By Linda Hill & Kent Lineback | 11:33 AM March 2, 2012 When we talk to managers, we often ask, “Do your people trust you?”

Do Your People Trust You? - Linda Hill & Kent Lineback

Most are taken aback. It’s not something they’re often asked or a question they’ve even asked themselves. After some thought, most eventually say something like, “Well, I think so. I hope so. Chances are, you don’t know for sure, either. As we explore this topic with managers, we find it’s a subject both familiar and unfamiliar. First, they often don’t realize how context-sensitive trust is. The second reason most managers feel a little lost when they think about trust is that most of us resist the idea that trust is something you can actively and consciously encourage. But believing as a boss that trust will somehow take care of itself may not work out the way you want. What this means and how you do it will become more clear in the next two blogs, in which we will explore each of the two components of trust — competence and character.

Is Social Media Actually Making Us Less Connected? How your brain works - at work. The-demand-for-curiosity-creativity-and-innovation from Curiosity, Creativity and Innovation have become sexy topics in the business community, business schools and the business press over the past decade.

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Following are a handful of examples from some recent articles: “Innovation. These days, there’s hardly a mission statement that doesn’t include it, or a CEO who doesn’t promote it.“ What Innovation? “The qualities that set [successful] people apart” are “Passionate curiosity. Distilling the Wisdom of C.E.O.’s (Bryant, Adam. “For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining” in part due to a “focus on standardized curriculum, rote memory and nationalized testing.”

The Creativity Crisis (Bronson, Po and Merryman, Ashley. “Innovation and creativity courses were slow to catch on but have spread like wildfire…. students are learning all sorts of techniques to help them think outside the box.” Creativity comes to B-School (Gangemi, Jeffrey. Why? Creativity wanted: 1) Problem identification or articulation (47%), Curiosity: A Precious Hour — some good advice for the creative-minded. Be Square: Social Squared, That Is. At the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, we just concluded a conference with the State Department in preparation for the upcoming Rio 2.0 conference (Rio+2.0: Bridging Connection Technologies and Sustainable Development).

Be Square: Social Squared, That Is

The focus of the conference was on the role of technology/connectivity to drive social change. As I was listening to the panels surrounded by global social innovators, the multiple meaning of the word “social” struck me. What does it mean to live in a “social” world in 2012? On one end the social spectrum, we have the version best expressed in a New York Times op ed written by Thomas Friedman on the revolution occurring in Silicon Valley. Friedman first notes, “Silicon Valley is being transformed by another technology revolution — one that is taking the world from connected to hyperconnected and individuals from empowered to superempowered.

“S, he says, is for speed — everything is now happening faster. O, he says, stands for open. A is for alignment. 5 Ways To Do Good In Any Job. You may be stuck in a job you don’t like, where you feel like you don’t have any control.

5 Ways To Do Good In Any Job

That’s okay, you don’t have to be a high-powered executive to do some good. In fact, you may be the only person that can. When my co-author Billy Parish and I interviewed people for Making Good, our book on finding meaning, money, and community, we didn’t just talk to the all-star social entrepreneurs. We dug a little deeper and talked to a lot of people that were in jobs that simply weren’t ideal for making change. Somehow not only were they making good, but they were finding meaning in the most unlikely of places. Change the way your company buys stuff Companies purchase an enormous amount of things: paper, toner, office furniture. Make something efficiently good Every industry is filled with small design flaws that produce extra waste, that are unnecessary, and that drain energy, time, and resources.

Be an Industry Translator Every industry has a language, a lexicon, and a way of thinking. The Secrets of Successful WordPress Sites with Joost de Valk. New video: TeleMedia Futures presentation at Total Telecom 2011 (London) Quick Blogging Tips For Newbie Bloggers - Successful Blogging Advice. Successful Blogging For Newbie Bloggers Blogging tips are a dime a dozen these days, but there are plenty of basic and hot ideas that get overlooked by newbie and, sometimes, even experienced bloggers.

Quick Blogging Tips For Newbie Bloggers - Successful Blogging Advice

Can running a blog really be that hard? You just setup a blog or website, create a few posts and then make money!  Isn’t that right? Certainly not! Topic/Niche Ideas: Head over to Google and search “How to” pay attention to the suggested search recommendations.Poll your readers.Check out what’s being asked on Quora.Go to LinkedIn Responses and learn what kinds of queries many people are asking with regard to your niche. Write Unique and Consistent Content Content of your respective blog should be unique and genuine; consistency is key as well. Build Relationships Building relationships is a must. Don’t Allow Yourself To Get Outdated. Wishing you continued success on your blogging journey, Mohd Aktar. Image Credit: Mike Licht (Flickr) / Creative Commons 2.0.

Start Making. Start Making. Recruiting: 8 Qualities Your Best Employees Should Have. Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers... they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities.

Recruiting: 8 Qualities Your Best Employees Should Have

A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance. Here are eight qualities of remarkable employees: 1. They ignore job descriptions. When a key customer's project is in jeopardy, remarkable employees know without being told there's a problem and jump in without being asked—even if it's not their job. 2. People who aren't afraid to be different naturally stretch boundaries and challenge the status quo, and they often come up with the best ideas. 3.

Remarkable employees know when to play and when to be serious; when to be irreverent and when to conform; and when to challenge and when to back off. 4. 5. 6. An employee once asked me a question about potential layoffs. 7. 8. Forget good to great. Schumpeter: Enterprising oldies. The Social Media Maven Daily. TED's Founder on Reinventing the Conference : Innovation Re-inventing the Conference.

Katie Morell chats with Richard Saul Wurman about his view of innovation and entrepreneurship. February 14, 2012 It’s early one morning in mid-January when I call up Richard Saul Wurman, founder of TED Conferences. I’m looking forward to chatting with him about how he launched his internationally known conference business, but instead I learn much more about his definition of innovation, his bottomless well of ideas and his view of entrepreneurship.

About 20 minutes in, he utters the words, "I am not a genius. " To this, I immediately disagree, albeit silently. Wurman, now in his mid-70s, grew up in Philadelphia and graduated with a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. “He allowed those who worked with him to be more of themselves; he gave them permission,” Wurman remembers. This line of thought resonated deeply with Wurman: the idea of being one’s self and not focusing on what one should do or is expected to do. Journey into conferences Dedication to improv. Twitter Co-Founder Says it is Unhealthy to Stare at Twitter for Hours. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, ironically told attendees at a conference this week that users should be careful not to spend hours on the social media site because it’s “unhealthy”. In addition to co-founding Twitter, Stone helped launch Blogger, Odeo, Xanga and the Obvious Corporation (a group that helps build and invest in new technology).

It seems Stone has come to the realization — perhaps with the help of recent addiction studies — that the internet sensations he’s helped to create have some people so wrapped up in them that they just can’t put them down. Stone is currently the creative director at Twitter and though he said, “Obviously, we want you to come frequently,” he seemed a tad disturbed by the long hours some Twitter users spend on the site. Some studies say that there will be 21 million Twitter users in the US alone by the end of this year — that’s just a part of the 100 million active users worldwide. Via The Guardian UK Lead image by Mohamedn on Flickr. Disconnect Revolution.