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Fortnightly Links No.43

Intelligent Memory • Insights • Presentations • Montaigne • Problem Finders

You don’t “teach” imagination. You don’t “apprentice” imagination.
You cultivate imagination. —@jseelybrown

How Aha! Really Happens

strategy+business • 12 min read

Many of us are using an inaccurate theory of creativity; the left-right split of the brain. The article explores the newer (and ostensibly more accurate) model of “intelligent memory.” Going from Napoleon to von Clausewitz to Google by way of meditation, showers and the GE Matrix, Duggan explains how we get it all wrong when we try to be creative through brainstorming.

The new model of the brain is “intelligent memory,” in which analysis and intuition work together in the mind in all modes of thought. There is no left brain; there is no right. There is only learning and recall, in various combinations, throughout the entire brain.

Gaining insight through social and informal learning

Harold Jarche • 3 min

Very good piece contrasting insights through social and informal learning to prescribed L&D curriculum. In part riffing off of Klein’s five triggers for insight; contradictions, creative desperation, connections, coincidences and curiosity.

To improve insights on an organizational level, all work should be focused on learning. This is learning while working, not heading off on a course or attending a class. Social learning involves working out loud, sharing insights, questioning assumptions, and trying things out together.

Do the hard work to help people learn

Matt Edgar • 3 min read

How to present to small groups and various tips on presenting and creating slides. Of interest here because of his focus on facilitating and making the presentation an occasion for active learning.

Often I find myself making slides for a different kind of setting – one where people want active learning, not a passive “talked at” experience. As Giles says, “presenting is performing“. Facilitating, on the other hand, is creating a platform for learners to perform

Designing for Interaction

E-180 Mag • 5 min read

There are many ways in which human-centered designers influence the world we live in—the interactions, objects and spaces that affect our daily lives.

How To Hold Yourself Accountable To Your Goals

E-180 Mag • 4 min read

I don’t believe in balance. When you pursue big ideas, you might not be able to be home at 5 p.m. every day. One way to make sure you don’t get lost in your work and still have a fulfilling life is to plan your goals for your whole being, not just your business.

Soft skills: everybody wants them but no-one really knows what they are!

Training Zone • 8 min read

Soft skills are in the air, this is quite a good list with clearer “sub” skills and some good examples of how we can get better at each. (Adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, integrity, optimism, being proactive and resilience.)

Develop that open mind by challenging any limiting beliefs and assumptions and becoming more aware of your mental scripts and the stories you may tell yourself.

Montaigne on “Curation,” the Illusion of Originality, and How We Form Our Opinions

Brain Pickings • 3 min read

Popova on Montaigne. She had me at “French Renaissance polymath and proto-blogger.”

This assemblage of existing ideas, he argues, is nothing without the critical thinking of the assembler — the essential faculty examining those ideas to sieve the meaningful from the meaningless, assimilating them into one’s existing system of knowledge, and metabolizing them to nurture a richer understanding of the world.

Why Problem Finders Are More Creative Than Problem Solvers

informED • 7 min read

Imagination, problem solving, the fact there is “no difference in the problem-solving abilities of arts and science students” and how this relates to finding the right problems and asking the right questions.

Creativity doesn’t have to mean creating products; it can mean creating thoughts, too, as long as they have value and relevance to the situation at hand. These thoughts might exist in the form of questions, answers, ideas, solutions.

Further Reading

Patrick Tanguay

Editor-in-Chief for E-180 Publications. Obsessively curious transdisciplinary thinker and learner. I help connect people and ideas.