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We Seek Newsletter No.49

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A crucial thinking skill • talking to yourself • synchrony

In two weeks it’s issue 50 already! I’m not sure yet what we’ll include to celebrate but please start by sending us your favorite links of the past year, that would help in surfacing some ideas. Also, I’ll be on vacation when issue 51 is sent, one of the possibilities is to have a guest curator pick the links. If you are interested, do drop me a line.

And finally be sure to head on to, we have a new logo, new website and new platform. If you want to know who’s been sending you these newsletters, now it’s much much clearer and better looking than ever before.

Inversion: The Crucial Thinking Skill Nobody Ever Taught You

James Clear • 8 min read

Extremely interesting take on using the Stoics’ idea of inversion (considering the opposite of your desired result) and applying that thinking skill to art, innovation, project management, productivity, etc.

You can learn just as much from identifying what doesn’t work as you can from spotting what does. What are the mistakes, errors, and flubs that you want to avoid? Inversion is not about finding good advice, but rather about finding anti-advice. It teaches you what to avoid.

Talking to Yourself (Out Loud) Can Help You Learn

Harvard Business Review • 5 min read

Genius/crazy people are often portrayed walking around talking to themselves. The walking around has already been proven as good for creativity and we’ve written about it here a coupe of times. Now it seems that talking to yourself is also good for learning, when you also; ask why, summarize and make connections.

Self-explaining. The approach revolves around asking oneself explanatory questions like, ”What does this mean? Why does it matter?” It really helps to ask them out loud. One study shows that people who explain ideas to themselves learn almost three times more than those who don’t.

The Advantage Of Being A Little Underemployed

Collaborative Fund • 6 min read

Another useful debunking of set hours and schedules for knowledge work, how it doesn’t fit the way brains and energy work. Something “crucial for anyone whose jobs involves strategy, analysis, creativity, innovation, managing people, non-structured decision-making, or really anything outside of repetitive tasks” which likely means the vast majority of our readers.

It’s not about working less. It’s the opposite: A lot of knowledge jobs basically never stop, and without structuring time to think and be curious you wind up less efficient during the hours that are devoted to sitting at your desk cranking out work.

The Future of Work, AI and Cities

We Seek • 6 min read x 3

e180 was out in force at C2 Montréal and for the occasion we wanted to help the audience learn more about some of the themes of the event. The link above takes your to our three reading lists, each packed with multiple great reads around Talent & The Future of Work, Artificial Intelligence and Cities.

Ways to Improve Transfer of Learning

InformED • 7 min read

Ten ways to make your learning more transferable to others, they also read like very good tips on better assimilating what you learn. Focus on the relevance, take time to reflect and self-explain, use a variety of learning media, identify any gaps in your knowledge, practise generalising, make your learning social.

Once you understand how to go about transferring your knowledge to new contexts, however, you could change jobs or even careers and still find ways to apply your prior knowledge to the situations and problems you might face in a new role.

The role of synchrony in collaborative learning

Nature • 5 min read

Some of the research showing that synchrony in collaboration greatly enhances learning and is more productive.

Several studies have shown that social synchrony supports collaborative learning by improving group affect, cooperation, trust, engagement and cognitive risk-taking…
It also reduces the load on working memory and social cognition, allowing us the ‘cognitive space’ to focus on the task at hand

Owning Your Own Future

The New York Times • 4 min read

Thomas L. Friedman gives some context with some of the changes happening now and in coming years and argues that we are now more responsible for our future because we need to take responsibility to always be learning.

The notion that we can go to college for four years and then spend that knowledge for the next 30 is over. If you want to be a lifelong employee anywhere today, you have to be a lifelong learner…
And that means self-motivation to learn and keep learning becomes the most important life skill.

Further Reading


Header image from the article What We Can Learn From 5 of the Most Innovative Schools in the World.

Patrick Tanguay

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