Sat.Jun 09, 2018 - Fri.Jun 15, 2018

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain. It can feed it with positive messages or real world things. Or it can act like Cable News and feed you fear of the “other”. So, stop making Facebook your amplified CNN or Fox News. Stop eating crap.

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cRaggy 2018: design, feedback & reflections

Learning Alliances

This blog post describes the cRaggy event at the June 2, 2018 Cascadia R Conf , its design, the logic behind its design, feedback from participants and reflections on how such an event might be better in the future.

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Use Binoculars, Not a Magnifying Glass

Michael Sampson - Currents

Both a magnifying glass and binoculars enhance vision, with one providing the micro and the other the macro in details not available to the naked eye.

2018 127

Mother tongue and identity

Mathemagenic

Still, for many of us, our mother tongue is bound up with our deeper identity, our memories and sense of self. The article, Can you lose your native language? , is about language attrition, but my brain picks up this piece, because it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot recently. I speak Russian to our kids, but we live in the Netherlands and recently I started to get more pressure to speak Dutch to them when other people are present.

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Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain. It can feed it with positive messages or real world things. Or it can act like Cable News and feed you fear of the “other”. So, stop making Facebook your amplified CNN or Fox News. Stop eating crap.

2018 130

Selecting weak signals and building in diversity and equity

Chris Corrigan

When working in complexity, and when trying to create new approaches to things, it’s important to pay attention to ideas that lie outside of the known ways of doing things. These are sometimes called “weak signals” and by their very nature they are hard to hear and see.

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Shopping for Inspiration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Learning what others have done with the new tools and resources available to them provides inspiration and challenge on what could be possible in your work, team and organisation. I call this shopping for inspiration.

2018 127

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Information Theory and Uncertainty in Collaborative Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Information theory says that new information reduces uncertainty. That something additional reduces the set of possible actions or outcomes. That as more information is gathered, collected, captured, understood and refined, uncertainty is reduced to such an extent that certainty rules the day.

2018 127

Embrace the Stupid First Draft

Michael Sampson - Currents

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer]. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Puck Magazine , 1903].

2018 116

22 Ways To See Things Differently – Nicholas Bate

Michael Sampson - Currents

From Nicholas Bate in April 2014 on seeing things differently : 1. With the lights low. Early, at dawn. Through dark glasses. Wearing a brown paper bag and just listening. Through the tube of a rolled-up newspaper. Late, at dusk. Through binoculars. Squint.

2018 116

Study Beyond Your Industry

Michael Sampson - Currents

What could you learn from an operations manager at Schipol Airport, or an analyst at HSBC, or the man who schedules the trains for Network Rail or the process guy at the Department for Education?

2018 116

Seeing With Your Eyes Closed

Michael Sampson - Currents

On a day that I’m giving a workshop, I like to arrive at the location a couple of hours before everyone else. Sometimes the room has already been set out in a particular fashion, but other times the room is a blank canvas.

2018 116

Improving Things for Knowledge and Information Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

Knowledge and information workers don’t produce physical product. They are paid to use their brains – leveraging a domain of knowledge, ways of thinking, ways of approaching a problem, ways of creating solutions to problems, and so on.

2018 116

Creativity – Playing with Possibilities

Michael Sampson - Currents

Creativity. Playing with possibilities. A playfulness with constraints. A pushing of the known to create the different. Re-Imagining Effective Work

2018 116

Backlash Against Group Chat

Michael Sampson - Currents

Group chat offers a particular approach to communication between people, characterised by rapid fire interaction, short sentences or thought fragments, and a fun and lively tone.

2018 116

Don’t Get to Perfect Too Soon

Michael Sampson - Currents

Getting to perfect too soon reduces the available space for collaboration. Perfection signals that the current effort is good enough or refined enough, and that the opportunity for input, direction, crazy ideas, left-field thinking, new ways of looking at a problem and the like has gone.

2018 116

Plus Ça Change

How to Save the World

photo by the author. “Everything had changed, but nothing seemed different” — Meg Hutchinson, True North. L ately I’ve been reading back over some of the old posts in this 15+ year-old blog.

2018 46

Cultural Isomorphism

How to Save the World

New Yorker cover by Charles E Martin from September 11, 1971.

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