Protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030

S. Res. 372: The 30×30 Resolution to Save Nature Human survival depends on the natural ecosystems around us – for clean air and water, medicine, outdoor recreation, energy, food, economic growth, and more. Right now, the world is facing two dual, existential crises: the climate crisis, and a rapidly accelerating nature crisis. These crises are interconnected – and we cannot …

Local government innovation and the art of failing forward

11th August 2020 By: Andi Mirviss, Programme Manager, North America, and Josh Sorin, Program Director, City Innovation, North America, Centre for Public Impact This summary was originally published on the Centre for Public Impact website, where you can read the full ‘How To Fail (Forward): A Framework for Fostering Innovation in the Public Sector’ report. Well before COVID-19 presented local governments with some of …

A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy

Sociologists and psychologists have developed various frameworks to explain what makes a job good or bad. And we’ve identified a few common factors. A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy. A shit job does nothing for society, fails to help us meet our material needs, is repetitive and …

Why Asking for Advice Is More Effective Than Asking for Feedback

Jaewon Yoon, Hayley Blunden, Ariella Kristal, and Ashley Whillans, 20 Sept 2019, HBR.com Conventional wisdom says you should ask your colleagues for feedback. However, research suggests that feedback often has no (or even a negative) impact on our performance. This is because the feedback we receive is often too vague — it fails to highlight what we can improve on or how to improve. Our latest research suggests a better …

Science Says Do Any 1 of These 10 Things to Be Productive

Inc.| Jeff Haden in Pocket, August 2019 We all have the same amount of time. That’s why people who are more productive — and successful — use their time more effectively. And that’s why my Inc. colleague Chris Winfield is such a great resource for entrepreneurs. Chris is an entrepreneur and writer, and if you like this post (and the next two in the series), …

Perform well when you need to

TED excerpt, link below. Essentially, this comes down to being intentional — with yourself and with others — about what you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re attempting to persuade a landlord of the urgent need to replace your stove or connecting with another parent at your child’s school to set up a play date, “all day long, we try to affect …

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus: Studies show that concentrating for too long on one task makes us less productive. Turns out, our brains need to wander a bit throughout the day

Harvard Business Review| Srini Pillay The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying present have benefits: practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes a day, for example, …

Coordinate a synchronised movement: Flocking behavior in groups

Open.coop May 2019: Defining Collaboration DNA As we mentioned in a previous post on the murmurations of a collaborative sustainable economy, the basic models of flocking behaviour are controlled by three simple rules: Cohesion – steer towards average position of neighbours Separation – avoid crowding neighbours Alignment – steer towards average heading of neighbours There is nothing saying that the rules of a collaborative, …

Blindness of Experts and the Need for Democracy: Credentialed authorities are comically bad at predicting the future. But reliable forecasting is possible.

When an outcome took them by surprise, broad-minded specialists were much more likely to adjust their ideas. The best forecasters view their own ideas as hypotheses in need of testing. If they make a bet and lose, they embrace the logic of a loss just as they would the reinforcement of a win. This is called, in a word, learning.   …