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about 19 hours ago

"ilicon Valley can be a daunting place for Kiwi entrepreneurs. The culture is different, it’s hard to know who’s who, and while organisations like Kiwi Landing Pad are there to help you hit the ground running, it can be difficult to know how to go about getting venture capital funding."

about 19 hours ago

"This presentation will give you practical, next-level tips to help you become the best version of your professional self.

After powering through it, you will be armed with the tactics you need to grow and nurture your network, deliver world class work product, earn trust and respect, successfully collaborate, and generally take your game up a notch so you advance your career (and have plenty of fun along the way).

Insights will come from successful professionals, pop culture, and Bradshaw's own learnings as a sought-after employee, effective leader, and industry-recognized pioneer.

This presentation was originally delivered as a part of the University of Chicago Alumni Career Program on May 19, 2015."

  • According to Frank Erschen, angel investor, pitch coach and director of the Network of Angel Organizations, pitching to investors is an artful science. At last week’s Entrepreneurship 101 lecture, he and his frequent collaborator Melissa Durrell, president of Durrell Communications, gave a very detailed talk breaking down what a perfect pitch looks like.
May 11, 15

"In today’s society attempts to solve important issues often reinforce old approaches. Still there are passionate people wanting to create innovative solutions, while simultaneously making society act. These people are called social entrepreneurs and they bridge an important gap between charity and public services. Their social innovations have also given roots to a new social economy which emphasizes putting people before systems and structures.

Monsterbedriften is a social business who wants to help former prisoners and people who have not completed their education or have trouble getting work. Their vision is to help as many people as possible get a new start in life and pay it forward which emphasizes a life outside unemployment, drugs and criminality. Helping youth who are found among a marginalized group in society is an important target group which has increased in Norway during the last decade.

In this thesis the author used Monsterbedriften as a case company when conducting a service development project. In Monsterbedriften staff is considered internal customers. The purpose of this thesis was to enhance engagement of internal customers in a social business. The aim was to apply service thinking, service design methods and visualization tools for enhancement of customer engagement. The project took place from February until November 2014.

In order to enhance engagement of internal customers, the author saw a need to iterate current service design tools and methods to fit the needs of a social business. She ended up creating an "Engagement tool-kit for social businesses" which uses visualization tools and methods extensively. The tool-kit was designed and tested in a pilot company, and changed (iterated) based on real user feedback before it was introduced to the case company.

The author found that service design thinking helped the case company view their business from an outside perspective and invest time in service improvements. By gaining a holistic view of their business, the case company was able to clarify needs and make a premeditated plan on how to support and engage staff so they can move on to a life outside the business. This was related to the company’s vision and development goals for year 2014/2015.

By using visualization extensively, the case company experienced that they were able to enhance into the world of their internal customers and construct their service according to actual needs. The service development project resulted in five development ideas which are considered as the final deliverables. This included iterations on the tool-kit that allows it to be applied in future businesses. The case company suggested that the Engagement tool-kit should be used in all the social businesses in FERD’s portfolio, which is Norway's largest investor within the field of social entrepreneurship. "

  • Insight principles are the fundamental dynamics operating in everyone's mind at all times, regardless of age, background, biological makeup, personality or personal history. They are the deepest processes working behind the scenes of peoples' moment-by-moment experiences. In short, they are responsible for the way we experience life.
  • Like gravity and magnetism, they are “formless” in that we cannot see or measure them but we can observe the impact they have on forms in physical matter.
    • We refer to these principles as:

       
         
      • Thought
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      • Consciousness
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      • Mind

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May 08, 15

"We marketers talk about content and storytelling a lot, but we may have taken our eyes off the most important thing of all: what our customers think.

A couple of weeks ago an article on LinkedIn piqued my interest. In 'Is Trust the New Currency?', Microsoft’s Geoffrey Colon tears into the marketing and advertising industry’s current obsession with content and storytelling.  

As someone who takes creating content and ‘telling stories’ pretty seriously, it was a pretty damning indictment of my whole marketing strategy. 

According to Geoffrey: 

Content is simply one of many mediums to convey the real currency in which we all aspire to obtain: TRUST.
The crux of the article is based around the idea that companies have become so focused on creating content and storytelling that they’ve stopped listening to their customers.  "

  • Content is simply one of many mediums to convey the real currency in which we all aspire to obtain: TRUST.
  • The crux of the article is based around the idea that companies have become so focused on creating content and storytelling that they’ve stopped listening to their customers.  
  • Trust is built on listening, talking, listening again. It's also built on admitting where your weaknesses are as much as your strengths.

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May 08, 15

"Rethinking Innovation. Does it just come or can we inspire it?

How do you inspire innovation in your students?"

May 08, 15

"Project-based learning has become a hot topic as educators look for ways to effectively get students solving problems, working collaboratively and producing evidence of their learning. But as educators turn to this long-standing pedagogy for content delivery, it’s easy to forget to build up the learning skills and dispositions that make the approach successful.

“We don’t need more individual ways of teaching that only do one small thing,” said Laura Thomas, director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal. “Good project-based learning pedagogy has all the stuff we are supposed to be doing embedded in it and we just have to be articulate and point to it.”"

  • Project-based learning has become a hot topic as educators look for ways to effectively get students solving problems, working collaboratively and producing evidence of their learning. But as educators turn to this long-standing pedagogy for content delivery, it’s easy to forget to build up the learning skills and dispositions that make the approach successful.

     

    “We don’t need more individual ways of teaching that only do one small thing,” said Laura Thomas, director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal. “Good project-based learning pedagogy has all the stuff we are supposed to be doing embedded in it and we just have to be articulate and point to it.”

  • A lot of teachers don’t understand how important it is to build a learning community
  • The next step in building a community of learners is collaboration, but first, students have to cooperate.

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May 08, 15

"There are more billion dollar "unicorn" tech companies than ever before, and as such, there are more startups raising angel funding with dreams to become the next unicorn than ever before.

But what does it really take to get funding from angels?

At the Founder Showcase, Naval Ravikant shared his experience as the Co-Founder of AngelList and defined the five key components of a "fundable startup." The five components, according to Naval, include (1) Doing one thing exceptional, (2) Traction, (3) Team, (4) Product, and (5) Social Proof."

  • The five components, according to Naval, include (1) Doing one thing exceptional, (2) Traction, (3) Team, (4) Product, and (5) Social Proof.

  • Myth: visuals are just decoration and don’t really impact learning. Fact: aesthetics have not only been proven to improve usability, but also to increase learning gains. Of course, this will depend on how well your visuals are designed... 
  • One of the most important roles visual design can play in eLearning is to get out of the way.
  • The simple reason is that the more of a learner’s brain that’s needed for processing the visuals, the less there is available for learning.

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May 05, 15

"Understanding the basics of the Cognitive Load Theory and applying them to your instructional design is an absolute must, particularly if you want your learners to get the most out of the eLearning course you are creating. This guide will offer you a detailed look at Cognitive Load Theory, including how it can be applied in learning settings. Check the Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design article and presentation to find more."

  • Understanding the basics of the Cognitive Load Theory and applying them to your instructional design is an absolute must, particularly if you want your learners to get the most out of the eLearning course you are creating.
  • Cognitive Load Theory suggests that learners can absorb and retain information effectively only if it is provided in such a way that it does not “overload” their mental capacity.
  • Cognitive Load Theory suggests that learners can absorb and retain information effectively only if it is provided in such a way that it does not “overload” their mental capacity.
May 04, 15

"After a while, some of what we tell ourselves so convincingly becomes the truths we adhere to and so corrode the delicate balance of reality.

Education is a unique ecosystem of human resources, both primary and secondary, coupled with technologies and forming minds and bodies. Many cooks in the kitchen, as cliché as it is.

From the inside, education is already complicated, but from the outside it's like a foreign language movie without subtitles on display for the whole world to participate in and judge.

Given the current educational climate, we must acknowledge the myths that the media and society have grabbed onto, making educational professionals seeming enemies of the children. School communities are invested in what's best for kids, but that isn't what often is relayed."

  • After a while, some of what we tell ourselves so convincingly becomes the truths we adhere to and so corrode the delicate balance of reality.

     

    Education is a unique ecosystem of human resources, both primary and secondary, coupled with technologies and forming minds and bodies. Many cooks in the kitchen, as cliché as it is.

     

    From the inside, education is already complicated, but from the outside it's like a foreign language movie without subtitles on display for the whole world to participate in and judge.

     

    Given the current educational climate, we must acknowledge the myths that the media and society have grabbed onto, making educational professionals seeming enemies of the children. School communities are invested in what's best for kids, but that isn't what often is relayed.

  • he Common Core State Standards are bad for children: 
  • Grades are important: 

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  • What’s in a standard? A word? A letter?

     

    By themselves, they are on no one’s side, they just are. When a person reads or says them, they are as useful or as harmful as we allow them to be.

     

    Yet, at the mention of the Common Core, teachers are up in arms ready to riot about how horrible they are.

     

    So I wonder, is about the change that it would require to implement a new set of standards or change itself or the various off shoots of testing and curriculum implications that it holds?

     

    For several years now, my school has been a Common Core pilot school. We have been sent for PD and asked to include the new standards in our rubrics and curriculm choices.

  • As color connects neuropathways, people remember colors better than verbal or textual cues alone; for instance, The Institute for Color Research – now called Color Matters, confirmed that color can improve learning from 55 percent to 78 percent as well as comprehensive by as much as 73 percent.
May 04, 15

"While a great eLearning design can act as a tonic and engage the learner at an optimum level, a bad eLearning design can lull the learners to sleep. 

That's right, how your learners perceive the instructional content is more often than not dependent on the design element. Learners ignore cluttered and boring design. They gravitate, instead, to one that’s aesthetically pleasing."

May 01, 15

"Many of us feel we’re drowning in the rising tide of emails, updates, and digital distractions. According to a survey by the Families and Work Institute, the majority of American workers report feeling overwhelmed or overworked. In her new book, Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time, Brigid Schulte acknowledges that although the deluge of to do’s is inevitable, there are ways to regain our sanity.

Schulte writes about cognitive overload, work life balance, and gender bias in the workplace. She mixes personal anecdote with psychological science to discuss the stress of day-to-day life. Primarily, she discusses how our perception of work influences how we work. Schulte insists that being overwhelmed and feeling overwhelmed are two different things."

May 01, 15

"For selfish reasons, I was pleased to hear Oscar emphasize how important social media and marketing play in establishing a successful campaign. Marketing and communications are the areas where most companies fail, and yet, building an image and awareness are critical before launching and during a crowdfunding campaign. Yet it makes perfect sense. The more people know about you, the more attention your crowdfunding drive will receive, the quicker you will raise the money you need."

  • For selfish reasons, I was pleased to hear Oscar emphasize how important social media and marketing play in establishing a successful campaign. Marketing and communications are the areas where most companies fail, and yet, building an image and awareness are critical before launching and during a crowdfunding campaign. Yet it makes perfect sense. The more people know about you, the more attention your crowdfunding drive will receive, the quicker you will raise the money you need.
Apr 30, 15

"Connectivist theorists believe that the acquisition of knowledge is no longer bounded by the presence of a content expert or academic institution, but rather occurs within groups, communities, and global networks. These communities and networks may be comprised of peers, subject matter experts, or even the community at large."

  • Connectivist theorists believe that the acquisition of knowledge is no longer bounded by the presence of a content expert or academic institution, but rather occurs within groups, communities, and global networks. These communities and networks may be comprised of peers, subject matter experts, or even the community at large.
Apr 30, 15

"No doubt, eLearning professionals spend countless hours choosing the right content for their eLearning courses. They also do their best to ensure that the navigability is smooth and seamless. However, there is one essential element of the eLearning course development that is usually overlooked and this in no other than the visual design.

This isn't to say that eLearning professionals don't pay attention to the aesthetic appeal of their eLearning courses. However, it is often low-ranking on the to-do's list, which means that little time is devoted to this crucial aspect of eLearning course design. Creating an eLearning course with stunning visual design doesn't have to be time consuming or stressful though. In fact, there are a few simple and straightforward tricks that can help you take the visual design of your eLearning course to the next level."

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