27 February 2014

Jason Fried: Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

Fried talks about how unproductive employees are at the office. Employers are frequently trying to cram everyone into small spaces to do work (where they are frequently distracted) when, instead, they should be pushing people to go to their most productive place (where they can control the distractions). He suggests that we set aside "no talking time" in which employees do not engage one another (especially managers engaging employees), using passive communication tools (e.g. email, instant messaging) which allow the sender and respondent to communicate when it is most convenient to them and cancelling meeting that do not need to happen (or reducing the number of people tied up in those meetings).

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work (TED)

20 February 2014

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

Treasure suggests that we need to improve our practice of listening by:

  1. Experiencing 3 minutes a day of silence
  2. In a noisy environment, count the number of different channels of sound you are hearing
  3. Savor a single, simple, mundane sound
  4. Practice changing your "listening position" (switch from passive to active, critical to empathic)
  5. Remember, R.A.S.A. (Receive, Appreciate, Summarize, Ask)
He states that by listening consciously we can live more fully.

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

18 February 2014

Dambisa Moyo: How the West Was Lost

Moyo suggests a two-fold strategy for western economic recovery. The first is refined and directed application of educational funds aimed specifically at improving our manufacturing capabilities (to help employ the poor) and to become more closed in our trading (to allow the wealthy to strengthen our core). She notes that this is the policy of eastern nations that have continued to allow them to grow.

Dambisa Moyo: How the West Was Lost (RSA)

13 February 2014

David Crystal - Texts and Tweets: myths and realities

David Crystal dispels many common myths about how texting and tweeting are ruining language. For example, the younger a person gets a mobile phone and starts texting, and the more they text, the better their writing (including spelling) and reading skills are. Which, he points out, is obvious because the whole mechanism of texting is writing messages and reading responses. He also identifies studies that show that texting shorthand is not showing up in school papers and essays.

David Crystal - Texts and Tweets: myths and realities (RSA)

11 February 2014

What's invisible? More than you think - John Lloyd

Lloyd takes viewers on a short (animated) journey through the world of things that we cannot see. Interestingly, most of the things we cannot see provide the foundation of the world we can see.

What's invisible? More than you think - John Lloyd

04 February 2014

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

Most moments are never remembered because our "remembering self" forgets most of them and focuses on the beginning, middle and especially the end. While we often focus on making our "experiencing self" happy, it is our remembering that determines whether an experience made us happy beyond the moment in which we experienced it.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory (TED)