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DRIVE – Dan Pink’s book clarified my world understanding.

Here is an 11 Minute TED type talk with fun white-board explanations from worldwide thought leaders. The one that caught my fancy is from Dan Pink. Dan Pink has come up 3 times in the last day for me from different directions. The science and economic studies he references explain the conflicts I have been seeing in business and non-profit organizations for decades. I have a whole new paradigm to work from and share with others. What do you think? Please comment.

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mG-hhWL_ug – the 42 minute version of RSA presentation

So there is a lot more drive in us to meet the rest of Maslow’s hierarchy of  needs in us all (statistically speaking, we are all unique and regularly break the ‘rules’). That need is very strong as we seem to want to work in community. When we ignore these needs, we ignore the fundamental drives that are present in our world.

So after watching this how will you change your way of operating?

Not only did his ideas get me thinking, but so did the different formats I heard his ideas from – YouTube, Podcasts, Blogs, personal reference. I still have not read his book from with these other sharing formats came from, but I feel I can incorporate the concepts today and tomorrow into my different projects.  For millennium, many were not allowed to read the ‘original’ source material for religions, but they needed to be interpreted. Is today’s world of more YouTube videos being posted per day being more then could be watched in a year creating a variation on the same theme?

A Question – what is better?
1) To watch ‘TED’ type (RSA, BookNotes, TED, Charlie Rose, etc) talks of thought leaders that are the distillation of their work after presenting it 100’s of time.
2) Or to read the source work with all depth?

What is the best way to assimilate knowledge – read the whole book or the talk after 100’s of presentations and feedback in the ‘wild’?  More and more I am feeling that the ‘book’ is not the final source to learn from, but the starting point for the author to really explore the ideas and concepts. When I watch Booknotes (on weekends on USA Cable TV channel C-SPAN) it becomes evident that there is great growth and advancement from when an author (usually after years of work) turned in their manuscript to an editor, until a BookNotes presentation (after a book tour, many lectures, arguments with editors and publishers and reviewers) allows an author to speak of the concepts without needing to refer to notes and 40 pages of support on why an idea is ‘self evident’ or not in the short attention span answers required today to share our ideas in our paced world.

Obviously there are lots of exceptions to any rule. And the standards of authorship in this world of self-publishing, need to make a dollar, focus group writing, and need to publish or perish are varied. But, does the wisdom of a book come out quicker in a 60 (or 20 or 10) minute talk with some slides or a whiteboard or commoncraft supplement or are we just feeding ourselves more information junk food, full of empty calories of half thought out ideas?

What is the role for RSAnimates, Podcasts, commoncraft, and other ‘short form’ ways of sharing concepts in abbreviated format?

July 15, 2010 Posted by | copywriting, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Do I Learn All of This SEO stuff

Frequently, I try to share how the search engines work, and how to work with them to get your site ranked well.  Quickly, I get the response – I am busy, How do I learn all of this.  Well you don’t need to understand it all, but you can start understanding a bit a time. One of my tools for helping others is CommonCraft videos

I continually am amazed at the work that Leo and the team at ComonCraft put out for explaining complex ideas.  Their short video tutorials are awesome for getting the ‘story’ on concepts in just a couple of minutes.  Plus their videos are very sharable – just email or post the link such as http://www.commoncraft.com/search . Here is one on Web Searching on Search engines. These would even be great on a 3rd screens (cell phones, iPhones), if you can get YouTube and other videos on your smart phone.  That makes them great for sharing with others you may be trying to explain something to.

One warning though – while the videos are short (2.5 minutes typically), it can be addictive to go wandering into a bunch of  the other tutorials. Next you know it is lunch time and you are far brighter, but behind on work. Plus, you may start using your hands a lot more in describing concepts.  With that warning – Have Fun.

What is your favorite tool for learning new concepts?  Add a comment so that we all can learn how best to learn quickly in this fast paced world – DidYou Know 3.o

July 9, 2009 Posted by | How To | , , , , | Leave a comment