Money is not as motivating as we think
Nov28

Money is not as motivating as we think

We all know that when it comes to motivating people the higher the monetary reward, the better the performance. That’s why we have things like workplace bonuses and commissions. In 2002, Daniel Kahneman won a Nobel Prize in economics, proving us all wrong. What Kahenman found was that although financial rewards are effective in repetitive, monotonous tasks, they actually hinder the thinking process in more creative activities....

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The Rational Optimist
Nov22

The Rational Optimist

I first heard of Matt Ridley in 2011, when I attended his keynote presentation for The University of Melbourne’s Festival of Ideas.  He was promoting his book ‘The Rational Optimist’, which I read after hearing his insightful presentation. I found one of his examples particularly interesting and think of it often even two years down the track. Ridley argues that the advancement of humans, compared to other species, is not due to ...

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Foldit: Solve Puzzles for Science
Nov20

Foldit: Solve Puzzles for Science

Who would have thought that in just ten days, a group of strangers could find a solution to a problem that had baffled scientists for decades? When presenting on the Social Era at the AMSRS National Conference 2013, I used Foldit, an online game, as an example of how people can connect together to create value. I didn’t have enough time to cover the game in detail, so here is a great video that summarises it for those who are...

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Speakers for IIeX Amsterdam Announced
Nov13

Speakers for IIeX Amsterdam Announced

  The Insight Innovation eXchange has announced the full list of speakers for the February Innovation in Market Research Conference in Amsterdam. I’ll be sharing the stage with some powered industry leaders! I hope to catch as many presentations as I can but there a few that have particular interest to me. Must See Presentations Cultural Impacts Cross-cultural communications is high on my professional study agenda so the...

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