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July 2010

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Sometimes it can be frustrating to watch the progress of your own dreams. One of the funniest quotes I came across recently on twitter is "I'm sick of following my dreams I'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later... " by @MrTommyLand. I thought that summed up the frustration of following your dreams. And good advice in dealing with the frustration. What frustrates me personally about following my dreams? There are many, but today these were the ones I came up with.

A 10-year experiment that started with Indian slum children being given access to computers has produced a new concept for education. Professor Sugata Mitra has watched the children teach themselves - and others - how to use the machines and gather information. Follow up experiments suggest children around the world can learn complex tasks quickly with little supervision. via Link: BBC News - Using computers to teach children with no teachers.

Jonah Lehrer makes an intriguing argument that in high pressure situations, rather than exerting every last ounce of energy on concentrating, people should take breaks and focus on something else. This is one of several arguments I've seen in the last week or so suggesting that some aspect of how we structure our work lives--from creating high stakes incentives to managing multiple streams of information at once--is fundamentally at odds with how our brains actually work. Which is to say, we've designed our work lives based on theories about human

There's no denying the wave of horror that washes over you at the moment you finally connect the dots and realize that there's a crisis looming — and no one is listening. Case in point: the plight of the humble honeybee. It's no secret that colony collapse disorder, viruses and even exceptionally hard winters are clipping the wings of hives worldwide. Nobody's quite sure what's behind such a catastrophic decline; a new USDA bee survey hopes to uncover the cause. "It's all very well to be worried about the fuzzy little

Almost 200 years ago, Thomas Newcomen built the world’s first commercially successful steam engine in order to pump water out of deep coal mines. In the process, he handed humanity the keys to the Earth’s fossil-fuel resources, an event which, in turn, helped fuel the Industrial Revolution. Ever since that moment, the natural world has been in retreat, equally undervalued by economists, accountants, engineers and politicians. Now, however, a new revolution is under way. Once again, it is ignited by resource constraints, but this time a small group of innovative

The Secret Powers of Time, a fascinating talk exploring the ways different people look at the future, with thought-provoking observations about the ways technology is changing our relationships to time. If the world can rally $18 trillion in new investments by 2030, we could supply 95% of the energy needed globally with renewables by 2050, says a coalition of groups led by Greenpeace in a new report Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook. Lots of challenging assumptions in the report, but also lots of great information on best practices and

“The force multiplier throughout history,” write Gallup research veterans Bruce J. Avolio and Fred Luthans, “has often been attributed to the leader's ability to generate hope." Leaders are purveyors of hope. With the unease caused by the Great Recession, it is easy to spiral into a negative state of mind and ignore the promising signs that the worst of the panic is past. via Link: Hope: Don’t Leave Home Without It : The World :: American Express OPEN Forum.

This is going to be the last blog post I ever write. That’s it. After this one you won’t be reading any more articles by me online. In fact, the only reason I’m writing this is because I promised Tina I would and I don’t want to let her down. If I promise someone something I try to follow through, so even though I’ve decided to knock blogging on the head and give up writing for good I wanted to finish with this one post for Think Simply Now first. via Link:

We want to be able to look back on our past actions with honour. But, if we feel regret, guilt, remorse on our past actions there in lies our greatest teacher showing us exactly the difference between actions that bring honour and actions that brings regret, guilt and remorse. An attachment to the regret, guilt and remorse stops you from acting today. An awareness of the rise of those emotions empowers us to break the habits and patterns that repeat such actions.

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