27 August 2013

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Most leaders market "what" they do and "how" they do it and maybe "why" they do it. Instead, Sinek suggests that the most successful leaders market "why" they do the "how" of their "what".

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action (TED)

22 August 2013

Rebecca MacKinnon: Let's take back the Internet!

The internet is not as free as we think it is. Instead, many companies have inserted themselves as self-appoint (and often government approved) censors of content. MacKinnon argues that such censorship hampers our ability to keep our government in check.

Rebecca MacKinnon: Let's take back the Internet!

13 August 2013

"Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert

Gilbert strings together a variety of studies to help explain one of the greatest mysteries of our time: how 'happiness' works. The book is chocked so full of useful information that it has become one of my best reads in a long time.

Interesting tidbit: humans are really bad predictors at what will make them happy.
Interesting tidbit 2: Most people would drive across town to save $100 on a $200 stereo but would not drive across town to save $100 on a $20,000 car. Even though they save the same amount of money.

08 August 2013

Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?

Gilbert points out that while we can synthesis happiness (thanks to our prefrontal cortex) we continue to think that happiness is something to be found.

Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy? (TED)