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Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work
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Penser l'école avec Gilbert Simondon, par Jean-Hugues Barthélémy Il est devenu trivial de souligner l’état de crise dans lequel se trouve l’école aujourd’hui. Ce qui l’est moins, c’est de faire le lien entre d’une part l’influence négative des industries culturelles sur le désir d’apprendre de nos élèves, d’autre part la nécessité et l’urgence d’une réforme complète des programmes et non pas seulement des parcours (et ce sont essentiellement les parcours que veut modifier la réforme prévue par l’actuel ministre de l’Education). Or, ce lien peut aujourd’hui être fait, parce que nous disposons désormais en France de deux œuvres décisives et tout à fait complémentaires, dont l’une prolonge d’ailleurs à certains égards explicitement l’autre : les œuvres des philosophes Gilbert Simondon et Bernard Stiegler. Puisque nous avons dit ailleurs, en collaboration avec Julien Gautier, les mérites de l’éclairage apporté par Stiegler dans son livre Prendre soin. Le cadre général de ces Réflexions est posé par Simondon dans les termes suivants :

Why Ditching The Office Could Help You Be More Creative Researchers have shown that a flexible schedule helps employees be healthier, happier, and more productive. If your boss still isn’t convinced that you should work wherever you want, here’s some more evidence to bolster your case: A study in the Journal of Consumer Research says that working in coffee shops and other moderately noisy places boosts creativity. The University of British Columbia researchers involved in the study asked over 300 participants to work on creative tasks--thinking of all the possible uses for a brick, imagining how a mattress company could make its product better, playing word association games--in nearly silent, moderately loud (70 decibels, or about what you would expect in a coffee shop), and very loud environments. Not only did the participants in the moderately loud environment do better on the creativity tests, they also were hailed as being more creative by their peers. There are downsides to working in coffee shops.

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Jason Fried - Why work doesn't happen at work - Cloud Coach Jason Fried argues that the office isn’t actually a good place to get work done. In his Ted Talk (2010), he describes how our work day is turned into ‘work moments’ the second we walk through the office door. We go through the motions of work yet rarely accomplish any projects that are bigger or more meaningful. He compares the work day to the five stages of the sleep cycle. To get to the bigger, deeper stages of sleep you have to go through the first stages; the same goes for work. To get to the bigger, more meaningful projects, you have to get through the early stages first.

Dossier Penser l'école à l'ère du numérique Nous rassemblons ici des éléments de réflexion et des propositions concernant les transformations des systèmes d'enseignement à l'ère du numérique, de l'Internet et du "multimedia". Nous pensons, comme d'autres, que l'école est profondément affectée par la nouvelle "époque numérique" dans laquelle nous sommes entrés de manière irréversible, et qu'il faut donc que l'institution scolaire s'intéresse de près aux implications - cognitives, épistémologiques, culturelles et sociales - de cette transformation et puisse ainsi se saisir activement de ce nouveau contexte au lieu de le subir. Cela suppose selon nous une approche théorique sérieuse et des propositions pratiques ambitieuses, qui doivent aller bien plus loin que les timides et naïves tentatives d'"introduction des TICE" à l'école menées jusqu'ici, tout en se tenant à distance des positions échevelées en faveur du "tout numérique" à l'école. • Signalons par ailleurs l'intéressant article de David R. - le rapport de C.

Naomi Stanford - Dunbar's number The spring 2010 RSA Journal (UK) has an article by Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary anthropology at the University of Oxford. He has a theory that Among primates in general, there is a simple relationship between a species' typical social group size and the size of its neocortex (very roughly, the thinking part of the brain). He goes on to note: That said, the 150 people in your social world do not form a homogenous group. This is a very attractive theory and could hold implications for the ways organizations are designed. In small-scale societies, the fact that the community is spatially and socially integrated means that its members can maintain social cohesion and social discipline. Later in the Journal there's an article The Many and the Few by Sanjeev Goyal, professor of economics at the University of Cambridge. Opinion leaders observe only a few others, while almost everyone observes them. ... Rain makes everything better. How to Use OKRs for Quarterly and Annual Planning It’s that time of the year: you’re capping off a successful 2014 and reflecting on everything you’ve accomplished in the past twelve months. But it’s not only a time to look back; it’s a time to look ahead. What do you want to accomplish in the coming year, and what’s the best way to go about it? Many leading companies tout OKRs for successful annual and quarterly planning; in fact Google credits the process with fueling their exponential growth and success. Even if you’ve heard of OKRs, you may be curious about the details. This overview explains the basics of the method and covers the details you need to start putting it into practice. “What are OKRs, anyway?” OKR, which stands for Objectives and Key Results, is a planning and goal setting technique made famous by Intel and Google. OKRs are set at the company, team, and individual level. It’s important to note that OKRs are not meant for annual review purposes or for evaluating employee performance. OKRs must be: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Dossier séminaire PRECIP - Enseigner l'écriture numérique Enseigner le numérique ? Ce séminaire, qui s'est tenu les 4 et 5 Avril 2012 à l'UTC de Compiègne, pose une question à laquelle il ne répond que partiellement, car cette question, lapidaire dans sa formulation, mais si complexe dans sa résolution, n’est pas prête de s’éteindre. Le chantier soulevé par cette question est très loin d’être fini, mais notre contribution, dont ce séminaire donne quelques idées, montre, et c’est là le principal, qu’enseigner les spécificités de l’écriture numérique est possible et souhaitable. Dire que l’écriture numérique existe c’est admettre que le support numérique engage des nouvelles pratiques et des nouvelles théories de l’écrit. L'expression « écriture numérique » a été choisie, faute de mieux, pour sa simplicité. Ce séminaire, mené dans le cadre du projet PRECIP (Pratiques d'écriture interactive en Picardie), avait une vocation pédagogique et scientifique, mais il a soulevé des questions philosophiques. Victor Petit

How to start a coworking space like…@hubmelbourne This is the second post in a series I’m writing about coworking spaces and how to start them. See the first piece, on Inspire9, here. Hub Melbourne is a very different story to Inspire9, which is why it’s so great. Hub Melbourne was formed out of the desire to create a place in Melbourne’s CBD where people from a diverse number of backgrounds could come together to work in the same space. Hub Melbourne found a great space inside the then beginnings of Donkey Wheel House. Hub Melbourne has attracted people from all walks of professional life; be it social entrepreneurs, individual contractors/freelancers/consultants, corporates looking for a third space for it’s staff and even silicon valley startups like Yammer and Change.Org. Brad, the founder, has always intended for Hub Melbourne to be a profitable and sustainable venture. Many people don’t get this aspect well enough in their efforts to replicate the Hub Melbourne coworking space in other locations. Like this: Like Loading...

What is the legal position concerning the embedding of YouTube videos in a password protected VLE? > JISC Legal > ManageContent The answer is that it depends on what is permitted by the owner of the rights in the work being copied and made available to learners. The law of copyright applies to content that would be embedded in the VLE. Strictly making available to the public an infringing work (here to learners via the VLE - password protected or not) is further infringement. So if the content to be embedded in the VLE is an infringing copy, the institution is likely to be considered to be making an infringing copy available to the public. This is “Infringement by communication to the public", section 20 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) as amended. Although embedding may or may not be copying, it is nevertheless likely to be considered communication to the public for the purposes of the legislation. Consequently, the onus remains on the lecturer to clear the rights of any content that they make available to learners via the VLE - including content sourced from YouTube.

100 Email Hacks It’s hard to believe that in 1998 when the movie “You’ve Got Mail” came out, people actually looked forward to opening their inbox. Back then “Inbox Zero” was an insult (“You have no friends, Inbox Zero-boy”). Now it’s considered a mythical utopia, a place where only a select few can ever hope to visit, and only very briefly. At SaneBox, we’ve done lots of research and thinking on ways to get better at email, and compiled this list of 100 hacks (i.e. tricks, tips, apps, methods) which will let you get to Inbox Zero every day. We promise that after reading this book (some might call it a pamphlet), you’ll be able to go back in time, to 1998, when you wished you got more email. The 3 Email Commandments You’re in denial.Get out of it Email is like Tetris. Don't let email be your # 1 priority Email is your to-do list that other people can write on. Not all emails are created equal Some need to be dealt with right away (urgent/important). Chapter #1 Share this Hack on Facebook

Our Blog Our school’s interest in utilizing physical activity to improve academic performance began in 2010. Ron Andrews, Head of the Physical Education Department, and Peter Kalbfleisch, Head of the Co Curricular Program, introduced our staff to the book SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by Dr. John Ratey M.D. (Ratey, 2008). Our staff became convinced that the positive associations between physical activity and academic performance that had happened in other schools could happen in ours. We felt compelled to act. The problem, of course, was how would we integrate daily physical activity, for all students, into a regular school day, in a busy high school.