To become Brilliant you first need to get Bored

Did you know that the only people who refer to their customers as “users” are drug dealers and technologists. Dopamine plays a role not only in sex and drugs, but also in swiping and tapping the way we do on our smartphones. Changing our online behaviour and getting bored is the way to generating bigger and better ideas, writes Manoush Zomorodi.

How being online makes my offline world richer

Did you know that one of 60 million Europeans have never used the internet, and 45% of Europeans don’t have enough digital skills? This made me think about the fact that I take for granted both internet connection and my digital literacy. It also made me reflect on how much my offline life is a result of my online communication and activities.

Information Overload

“My desire to be well informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane”, were the words describing an illustration that was shared on social media. The fact that it went viral illustrated that many people, including myself, could identify with the feeling of not knowing how to process the fast pace information flow of news that surrounds us.

My Top 5 Tech and Science Podcast

Listening to podcasts about odd topics have made me realise its rare ability to surprise and enlighten me when I least expect. If you, like me, is intrigued by peculiar and ground-breaking tech and science you don’t want to miss out on these five great pods: Note to Self, Chips with everything, the Naked Scientist, Freakonomics and Radiolab.

Mentorship Matching

Imagine a hybrid of your professional profile on LinkedIn with a professional ‘dating-site’ that allows you to tick some boxes of what characteristics you are looking for, finds your matches and gives you the choice to swipe those who’s profiles you find most interesting.  In other words, an online space for individuals to professionally matchmaker with a mentor or mentee.

Algorithms

Algorithms, hard to spell, let alone to understand as it implies a complex formula of something the majority do not understand, nor are interested in learning. The algorithms that I am I thinking of are the ones that are based on my online data and behaviour, and that pre-selects what information I see.

Moving the Middle

Instead of focusing on the few but loud voices on the extreme side, we should move our focus to the middle when designing a campaigns. Although we would like to win the most radical over on our side, we should ask if it in fact isn’t a bigger audience we would like to reach, those that can be ‘moved’ by our messages.

Reasons To Tweet

Tech-sceptic colleagues and friends often say they do not see the purpose of twitter, and if they have an account they rarely check it or do not really know how it works. I therefore thought I share few reasons why I tweet that I hope I might spark some curiosity.

How to Get Things Done

Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’ provides some useful insights about planning and prioritising what to do next, and creating a trustworthy organising system that gives relief, and replace an unreliable one causes stress. As long as we keep our activities in our head they will continue to haunt us when we least want to, such as when we sleep.