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How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Design Thinking

Resources not courses: What does it really mean? 8 tips to create better resources

We know that people forget what they “learn,” that content needs to be short and focused to engage our audiences, and that 52% of people learn for …

Learning

Erich Fromm’s 6 Rules of Listening: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist on the Art of Unselfish Understanding

“Understanding and loving are inseparable. If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed.”<p><i>“An experience makes its appearance only when it is being said,”</i> wrote Hannah Arendt in reflecting on how language confers reality upon existence. <i>“And</i> …

What is Design Thinking (2015)

Design Thinking

The Invention of Empathy: Rilke, Rodin, and the Art of “Inseeing”

How a doctor, a philosopher, a poet, and a sculptor co-created the modern concept of empathy.<p>Empathy, an orientation of spirit decidedly different from sympathy, has become central to our moral universe. We celebrate it as the hallmark of a noble spirit, a pillar of social justice, and the gateway …

Empathy

The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story

“The great writer’s gift to a reader is to make him a better writer.”<p><i>“Stories,”</i> Neil Gaiman asserted in his wonderful lecture on what makes stories last, <i>“are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”</i> But what is the natural selection of these organisms — …

Storytelling

100 Blocks a Day

Most people sleep about seven or eight hours a night. That leaves 16 or 17 hours awake each day. Or about 1,000 minutes.Let’s think about those 1,000 …

Productivity

Just don’t lose the magic

<i>“We cannot have a meaningful revolution without humor.”</i><i><br>—bell hooks</i>In a terrific piece about his writing education, George Saunders talks about …

Magic

Before You Blow Up Your Life, Do This.

There is a huge desire, once we sense we’re not doing the thing we’re here to do, to want to run from our current reality.<p>Even if it’s what is …

Mind

Stop Crashing Planes: Charlie Munger’s Six-Element System

Before we get to <b>Charlie Munger</b>, let’s chat for a minute.We’ve been noticing a problem lately that you might be familiar with or experiencing …

Charlie Munger

#WhoForgotThePizza

Knowledge Makes Everything Simpler

Operating a screw is pretty simple as John Maeda points out in The Laws of Simplicity:Just mate the grooves atop the screw’s head to the appropriate …

Learning

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How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected …

Infographics

Picking The Right Visualization For Your Data

At Silk we spend a lot of time thinking about how to teach our users about data visualizations. We are by no means experts in data visualization on …

Data Visualization

Focusing Illusions

My favorite chapter in the book Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher is called ‘Decisions: Focusing Illusions.’ It’s a really …

Behavior

The Two Types of Knowledge

In The Art of Thinking Clearly, Rolf Dobelli tells the following story about Max Planck.After receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918, Max …

Charlie Munger

On Surveys

by Erika Hall<p><i>Originally published on medium.com on February 23, 2015.</i><p>Surveys are the most dangerous research tool—misunderstood and misused. They …

Usability

Storytelling

By Simon Droog — a Dutch self-taught brand and graphic designer<p>Last week I was out for a run in the sun here in Barcelona. The sun was shining and …

Leisure, the Basis of Culture: An Obscure German Philosopher’s Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism

“Leisure lives on affirmation. It is not the same as the absence of activity … or even as an inner quiet. It is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which is fed by their oneness.”<p><i>“We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we</i> …

Western Philosophy

What is Creativity?

Creativity

Ten Pairs of Opposite Traits That Creative People Exhibit

This beautiful excerpt from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention beautifully illustrates why it’s …

Creativity

Turning Towards Failure

Our resistance to thinking about failure is especially curious in light of the fact that failure is so ubiquitous. ‘Failure is the distinguishing …

Self-improvement

The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling

Some new books tout the benefits of informal drawing and freehand scribbling—even for the unartistic.<p>When computers entered the mainstream, some art schools abandoned drawing classes to make time for the new software they had to teach. The arrival of state-of-the-art programs prompted backlash …

Creativity

10 Surprising Scientific Facts About Teams

The most recent scientific research proves that much of what we thought we knew about teams is mostly dead wrong.<p>Everyone knows that “teamwork” is important to success, but it’s only been recently that scientists have “cracked the code” of what makes a team successful.<p>The newly published Team …

Leadership

How To Think Visually Using Visual Analogies - Infographic - Adioma

Visual learners are people who think in pictures and use words to communicate that picture to others. About 60% of the world population are visual …

Data Visualization

The Power of Leading Purpose-Driven Strategy | Articles | Chief Innovation Officer

<b>MISSING THE IDEA OF PURPOSE</b><p>In my first article, I told the story of how I came to understand the human-side of disruption—or the terror people feel …

Chief Innovation Officers

What Makes a Hero: Joseph Campbell’s Seminal Monomyth Model for the Eleven Stages of the Hero’s Journey, Animated

“It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.”<p>Nearly four decades before <b>Joseph Campbell</b> (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1987) refined his enduring ideas on how to find your bliss and have fulfilling life, the legendary …

Humanities