How to think like a futurist: Recommended readings

Love to learn more, need to make time to take this on. Thanks Jane

you found me.

Download the syllabus for Stanford Continuing Studies Course “How to Think Like a Futurist”: how-to-think-like-a-futurist-stanford-cs-jane-mcgonigal

Week one: Creativity

General reading/viewing

The 2080 Census: The World as we Don’t Know It

Look back twice as far as you want to look forward: the Census throughout history

Scientific papers

A taxonomy of prospection

  • the four modes of future thinking: simulation, prediction, intention, and planning (a cognitive science/neuroscience perspective)

Fit between future thinking and future orientation on creative imagination

  • increasing the temporal distance of future thinking facilitates creative thinking
  • Additionally, one’s creative imagination can be improved when thinking timescales and future orientation are aligned

Self-projection and the brain (3 core processes are the same)

Counterfactual thinking: an FMRI study on changing the past for a better future

Remembering what could have happened: Neural correlates of episodic counterfactual thinking

Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: Intersections between memory and decisions

Neural activity associated…

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Which KM system would you recommend?

Was asked this again today by a colleague from a previous organisation I worked in.

They were creating some content and suggested to themselves that they really needed a KM tool!

#sputter #cough #someswearing

I reminded that person of one of many existing tools that could be easily utilised to store this content on,  that it’s all about the content, and the trust placed in that content.

So here’s one strategy for implementing KM in your organisation. In fact this strategy could be also be used in change programs, organisational development programs and projects as well.

Focus on

  1. People – what do they need to do their job?
  2. Process – What tasks / business goals do they undertake to complete their jobs successfully?
  3. Technology – what tools or systems are used to complete these tasks and where are the processes stored?


People are your greatest asset


Got that off my chest 🙂




Learning emotional intelligence (EQ)

Rebecca Jackson

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is more than just a buzzword, but is one of those terms that has fallen victim to the corporate jargon label. I attended a great presentation last week ‘Grow your influence with Emotional Intelligence’ which covered a framework for developing emotional literacy. Yes, you can build your EQ… it’s not something you have or don’t have.

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Neuroprosthetics could deliver learning & knowledge sharing in the future

So I was listening to episode 7 of the “tell me something I don’t know” podcast and one of the contestants was discussing neuro prosthetics.


In a nutshell, they trained a rat to run through a maze and pull some levers to get its reward. Then they cleared its memory but it was able to successfully traverse the maze and pull the levers. How, they embedded a chip with the stored memories in the rat’s brain and it was able to ‘remember’ the process. They then were able to embed those memories into an untrained rat and it also successfully negotiated the maze and levers on the first try.

The intent of this research is to help people with cognitive brain injuries regain some of their lost memories, amongst other health related possibilities.

The researchers was so excited they have created a start-up company called Kernel. You can read more about this here

But wow, what an impact it would have on learning and knowledge sharing.

Why not embed those new skills (memories) into a learner? Sharing knowledge from one person into another. Imagine being able to have some of the knowledge out of Stephen Hawking’s fantastic brain?

The possibilities for enhancing capability and learning, which once was only dreamt about in sci-fi novels is becoming more and more a reality. The possibilities are awesome.








and if you really want to know more about the rat research, there is a video but it can be a bit disturbing to see post brain surgery rats. You have been warned!




Measuring KM Success – some ideas.

How to measure KM?

If a knowledge management strategy has been implemented, one of the (many) challenges is to measure ROI and value.

Here is simplified view of things you might measure

1. Participation (the numbers)

  • Measure access, content creation, content use, most used content, least used content etc
  • Identify the trends
  • Identify the members / participants of your knowledge site(s)
  • Make sure the measures relate to the initial strategy / project

2. Participation (the emotion)

  • Use qualitative measures to improve your understanding and benchmark
  • Survey participants – how do they use the KM tool, how often do they use it, why
  • Find out the positives, list some examples
  • Find out the negatives
  • Allow anonymity to assist in gaining honest answers – especially around the negatives

3. Transparency is very important. You need to build trust. Clearly articulate the feedback loop used for your KM strategy and system and provide a response.  Acknowledge the feedback publicly, even if it seems negative.

4. Track your success stories and share them.

5. Reassess, your KM tool may evolve so you should check your metrics are still valid.

What are your thoughts on measuring KM success?


“Done is better than perfect”

I have heard the phrase ‘done is better than perfect’ more and more in recent times. Whether it was during a design thinking course where we looking at  , or quoted by Sheryl Sandberg in her book “Lean In” or conversations around the ‘definition of done” in agile activities, it is a phrase that resonates with me.
I have often got frustrated when the results of my projects, passions, activities have not reached perfect, yet others would consider them completed or  done or functional.
So let me share with you “The Cult of Done Manifesto
  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  12. Done is the engine of more.


Let’s recap some of the manifesto:
3. Publish, don’t wait, get feedback as early as possible
4. Fake it til you make it? Be confident, give it ago.
9. Roll up your sleeves and get in and play, make mud pies 🙂
10. Test and learn. It’s OK to make mistakes, it helps refine and improve.
12. Just get started! Create momentum.

Blogging via Evernote – Monday

Monday blues – not even the tech wamondaybluesnted to work

  • the Collins St tram needed a reboot whilst stopped at William St; lights, air, ticket machines all went off and it took a couple of minutes for them all to start up again.
  • the lift – I pressed 41 and another passenger pressed 44; the lift bounced at 41 and then didn’t stop but opened at 42. I decided to get off at 44 with other passenger and take another lift down to my floor!

Monday joys

  • lunch with Jane, a woman I consider a guide and mentor, even if it’s very informal. She’s also very good company. We had noodles at Soi 38.


As I write, I decide I need 2 things, a word count option so I know how many words I have written here, and a wordpress integrator so that I could convert Evernote notes into blog entries. I have looked at Evernote apps, now to Google, it would a be a pain to cut and paste into word!


  1. Select a note and go to Note > Word and Resource Counts from the menu, or
  2. Select a note, right-click in the note editor, and choose ‘Word and Resource Counts’ from the contextual menu or
  3. Select a note and enable the status bar by going to View > Show Status Bar from the menu. Word and character counts are visible in the status bar.
I like option 3 best!
Now to Google wordpress connectivity…
Found this (, will have to see if it’s an app in the .com site. Or  I could use a recipe in
No joy as yet  😦
Argh not quite 750 words for the day, but a start.