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Humans Are the Killer App

Some may have scratched their heads a bit when I announced a little over a year ago that I was joining a "PR firm", especially since I've never worked formally in the field. But I think the recent news of Edelman making the Advertising Age "A-List" and specifically some of Richard Edelman's comments both in the video and article do a nice job of articulating why I moved into the direction I did.

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Nicholas Christakis on Hidden Social Networks

Guest Post by: Matthew Rogers

Nicholas Christakis discusses some of the ways in which our influences are shaped by the social networks we live in. These networks can be so vast, that the connections often go unseen. Christakis uses the example of depression, showing that a person’s stress often rubs off on those around them.

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Emotional Contagion and Beyond

Toxic bosses. Debbie Downers. Our language reflects the idea that some people have a real emotional effect on their fellow workers. Now, interesting research not only confirms this idea but adds to it in several important ways:

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Mavericks

There was an Economist piece on Innovation a while back on Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble's new book “The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge”, dealing largely with innovation in established companies. There's much focus on ideas generation these days, perhaps more so than on what innovation really is: the commercialisation of those ideas. The perspiration stuff, not the inspiration stuff.

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Being Weird

I'm weird. Chances are that you're weird. In fact the society you live in is probably weird too. Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic. It's an acronym that was new to me until I read this piece about the work of Joe Henrich, a professor in Psychology and Economics at the University of British Columbia.

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Counting What Really Counts

"Every day, millions of people share how they feel with the people who matter the most in their lives..."

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The Empathic Civilization

A few weeks ago I saw economist and author Jeremy Rifkin speak on his new book The Empathic Civilization at the RSA. It was a sweeping, provocative but affecting discourse on the nature of empathy.

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The Quiet Revolution

"We have to stop putting sand where we need oil, sugar where

we need petrol." JP Rangaswami

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Insights and Soundbites from Seth Godin

Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Seth Godin speak at a LinkedOC event. He was promoting his latest book, Linchpin, Are You Indispensible?

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HCI (Human-Computer Interactions) Is Fast Evolving to Deal with Emerging Computing Paradigms. Today It Is a Little Cognitive Science and AI, a Lot of Anthropology and Social Psychology.

Industry (aerospace, telecom, Ddefence, automotive, consumer electronics, etc.) has developed a growing interest in Human-Computer Interaction, as powerful and numerous features do not ensure a successful product at all without a clear usage understanding by their target users. HCI (Human‐Computer Interaction) is a fascinating discipline; the field has its origin in the 80s primarily in computer science and cognitive psychology.

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