A Philosopher’s Mind Trip – Jason Silva

The Atlantic describes futurist and philosopher Jason Silva as “A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age.A self-professed “wonderjunkie” Silva is the creator of “Shots of Awe,” micro-documentaries that explore creativity, innovation, futurism, technology and the human condition. In this episode, Jason dives into the ritual of experiential design, a visceral practice he uses to spark creativity during a “flow state” in order to reach a deeper awareness.

The World We Explore – Sir Ken Robinson

Hey there,

I’ve found this Youtube video of genius educator Sir Ken Robinson a couple of years ago and bookmarked it.

Today, while doing some “bookmark clean up” on Chrome I found out why I bookmarked it on the first place, and I hope you find it equally interesting and insightful as I did.

Curiosity encourages us to push boundaries into uncharted territories. Where can our hunger for discovery take us – both outside and inside ourselves?

See also: Sir Ken Robinson: The True Story of an Education Revolutionary

Best regards,
Pedro Calado

5 Lições de Carreira

5 lições de carreira:

1. Criatividade
Para teres uma carreira de sucesso, é necessário que tenhas criatividade. O mercado de trabalho não está fácil. Nem sempre vais conseguir aquele emprego que sempre sonhaste da forma convencional. Além das formas convencionais e menos convencionais, é importante que possas contar com os teus contactos, garantindo que estás a fazer networking da forma correta.

2. Faz o que for necessário
Não estás qualificado para o trabalho? Qualifica-te. O mercado de trabalho é assim mesmo. Não há nada que não esteja ao teu alcance. Muito pode depender dos teus contactos, sorte e influência, mas se não tiveres garra, dificilmente sairás do mesmo lugar. Portanto, nunca te deves sentir limitado. Queres um emprego? Corre atrás.

3. Cuidado com as fofocas
Um simples comentário, uma simples brincadeira podem ser o suficiente para seres despedido. Queres colocar o teu sustento em jogo por causa de uma vontade de contar algo aos outros? segue esta regra em casa ou com os teus amigos. Guarda sempre os segredos que o teu chefe te pediu para guardar e melhora a tua imagem no trabalho: não te envolvass em intrigas.

4. Segue os teus sonhos, mas…
Qual é o maior indicador de sucesso em qualquer área? É a afinidade com ela. Quem poderá ser melhor do que tu se tu tens uma paixão por alguma coisa? Quando gostamos de algo, as coisas más parecem menores. E tudo de bom parece maior. Segue os teus sonhos, mas também deves ter um plano B de reserva. O máximo que te pode acontecer é teres que deixar esta paixão como hobby, em vez de ser o teu sustento. Mas antes de tudo, corre atrás do que te interessa.

5. Ética
Nenhum dinheiro do mundo justifica passar por cima dos outros, ou roubar. Não há nada que pague uma consciência limpa e tranquila, sem nada que a atormente à noite. Todo o esforço ético é recompensado. Deixa-te conduzir pela ética e, com certeza, serás mais feliz, mesmo que não sejas absurdamente rico.

Best regards,
Pedro Calado

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8 Pathways to Every Student Success

Teachers who transform lives understand not only how to teach curriculum, but also how children develop into capable, caring, and engaged adults. They see beyond quantitative measurements of success to the core abilities that help students live healthy, productive lives.

The world has changed dramatically since the early 1900s, yet the same goal remains: scaffolding children toward self-sufficiency. How does this occur today, particularly when test results often seem more important than the development of a child ready to tackle career-life challenges?

TStudent Sucess Compasshe Compass Advantage™ model is a visual, research-based, engaging way for families, schools, and communities to apply the principles of positive youth development. A framework for understanding why kids need these interconnected abilities and how they’re nurtured in different contexts, it’s also a call to act on behalf of children who deserve to live full, meaningful lives beyond external measures of success.

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How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: The Inventure Cycle

Steve Blank

The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of potential customers.

That’s all well and good if you already have an idea. But where do startup ideas come from? Where do inspiration, imagination and creativity come to bear? How does that all relate to innovation and entrepreneurship?

Quite honestly I never gave this much thought. As an entrepreneur my problem was that I had too many ideas. My imagination ran 24/7 and to me every problem was a challenge to solve and new product to create. It wasn’t until I started teaching that I realized that not everyone’s head worked the same way. While the Lean Startup gave us a process for turning ideas into businesses –…

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How Creative Geniuses Come Up With Great Ideas

News Podge

In 2002, Markus Zusak sat down to write a book.

He began by mapping out the beginning and the end of the story. Then, he started listing out chapter headings, pages of them. Some made it into the final story, many were cut.

When Zusak began to write out the story itself, he tried narrating it from the perspective of Death. It didn’t come out the way he wanted.

He re-wrote the book, this time through the main character’s eyes. Again, something was off.

He tried writing it from an outsider’s perspective. Still no good.

He tried present tense. He tried past tense. Nothing. The text didn’t flow.

He revised. He changed. He edited. By his own estimation, Zusak rewrote the first part of the book 150 to 200 times. In the end, he went back to his original choice and wrote it from the perspective of Death. This time—the…

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The Psychology of Writing and the Perfect Daily Routine

WP Writers Group

brainpickings-showup‘…Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and prolific writers were women and men of religious daily routines and odd creative rituals. (Even Buk himself ended up sticking to a peculiar daily routine.)…’

Seeing Through the Otherness of Others
Will you admire repulsive persons in the future?
“Maria Popova: This particular book explores the rather common experience of seeing someone as both frightening and repulsive until we get to know them — one manifestation of our broader, fundamental fear of the unfamiliar. Did you have such an experience yourself, either with a teacher or with another figure in your life, that inspired the book?

Peter Brown: When…

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Behavioral Science improves Airport Efficiency

Chez Froggie

Big Brother as helper, trying to predict our patterns of boarding, moving carry-on bags, lounge seating habits, and even how to control smokers.

WSJ: Pelle Guldborg Hansen, a behavioral scientist, is trying to figure out how to board passengers on a plane with less fuss.

The goal is to make plane-boarding more efficient by coaxing passengers to want to be more orderly, not by telling them they must. It is one of many projects in which Dr. Hansen seeks to encourage people, when faced with options, to make better choices. Among these: prompting people to properly dispose of cigarette butts outside of bars and clubs and inducing hospital workers to use hand sanitizers.

Dr. Hansen, 37 years old, is director of the Initiative for Science, Society & Policy, a collaboration of the University of Southern Denmark and Roskilde University. The concept behind his work is known commonly as a nudge…

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