In this issue:
Richard Farson, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute •
The power of social design. Designing your workspace is a lot like staging a dinner party, says psychologist and design specialist Richard Farson, who touts the power of spatial design to invoke desired behavior. "Design achieves its power because it can create situations, and a situation is more determining of what people will actually do than is personality, character, habit, genetics, unconscious motives or any other aspect of our individual makeup. Nobody smokes in church, no matter how addicted." Read on for an interesting commentary on relationship between leadership and design.
Forbes • June 10, 2009
Beware of benchmarking. When businesses seek to revamp their operations, they often look to their most successful peers for inspiration. However, this can be a mistake, say business strategy experts Albrecht Enders and Andreas König, who note that "looking to others within one's industry, especially market leaders, can be a recipe for the demise of everyone in the industry."
O'Reilly Radar June 21, 2009
Words to live by. As information junkies, sometimes we forget that most "regular" people seek information as a means to accomplish a concrete objective. And the way we should judge our success is whether we enable people to achieve their goals, not whether we can dish out lots and lots of information.
The Atlantic • July/August 2009
Welcome to the Nöosphere. This is a fascinating encapsulation of the evolution of intelligence augmentation (or in the words of the author, "You+"). Cascio covers it all, from exo-cortical technology like computers and PDAs to intelligence-enhancing drugs like Modafinil to Singularity (dubbed "rapture for nerds" by one pundit).
Wall Street Journal • June 19, 2009
Deconstructing the "aha" moment. We all know that inspiration often strikes when our minds are idle, but now scientists have actually mapped the brain activity involved in different types of problem-solving.
Change This • June 2009
Reality check. This is just a reminder that those "results" you get every time you enter a keyword and click are not bias-free. Web consultant Jay Moonah offers suggestions on how to use critical thinking skills when evaluating search results.