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This weeks thanks goes to…

+Karin Sebelin for inspiring content, especially the 'a day on G+' idea :)
+Walter H Groth for smart thinking on all-things leadership
+Ronnie Bincer for breaking news, tips and tricks on G+
+Steven J Davies for helping out with G+ Comments integration
+Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh for the prompt and helpful #Circloscope support
+Robert Wallis for top insights and understanding about communities
+Liz Christopher for hosting great hangouts on Social Business topics

Have a great week…

#sundayseven an idea by +Louis Gray    

Who would you take others to meet?

A DAY IN GOOGLE PLUS Enjoy a day in G+ and get to know nice people! Join the tour with me! – We drink a coffee here – take a cup! It is made with love! – For coffee we have a cake via +John Kellden: – We wish good morning via +Thomas Morffew: – We learn something about art via +Susanne Ramharter: – We go shopping and buy spices for our lunch via +Mike Elgan: – With these spices we cook “Chicken Fried Rice” via +Larry Fournillier: – We learn about consumerism and buycotting via +Gideon Rosenblatt: – We fetch us tips for our next holiday via +Jaana Nyström: – We watch a video for entrepreneurs via +Denis Labelle: – We play a word game app via +Jari Huomo: – We read business news via +Luis Galarza: – We enjoy a photographic essay via +Ali Adelstein: – We watch a video about Hangouts via +G+GoTo Gal: I hope you enjoyed the tour … more to come! #adayingoogleplus
I love this idea by +Karin Sebelin , it's a very creative way to recommend others. It also got me thinking about what you could do with in terms of creating an ideal learning day; a timetable… wouldn't it be great if experts would also do a hangout on a particular theme, 30 mins perhaps… ideas ideas ideas… :)

How about a day conference using G+ communities, Google Docs and hangouts; Break out rooms; Games; Treasure hunts; Q&A; Keynotes; Workshops.

All food for thought… #fav  

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Enjoy a day in G+ and get to know nice people! Join the tour with me!

- We drink a coffee here – take a cup!
It is made with love!
- For coffee we have a cake via +John Kellden: 
- We wish good morning via +Thomas Morffew: 
- We learn something about art via +Susanne Ramharter:
- We go shopping and buy spices for our lunch via +Mike Elgan: 
- With these spices we cook "Chicken Fried Rice" via +Larry Fournillier: 
- We learn about consumerism and buycotting via +Gideon Rosenblatt: 
- We fetch us tips for our next holiday via +Jaana Nyström 
- We watch a video for entrepreneurs via +Denis Labelle: 
- We play a word game app via +Jari Huomo: 
- We read business news via +Luis Galarza: 
- We enjoy a photographic essay via +Ali Adelstein: 
- We watch a video about Hangouts via +G+GoTo Gal:

I hope you enjoyed the tour … more to come!


Creative Thinking

One of the best posts on creativity I've read in a while…

Insight: "In other words: Instead of getting down to the “nitty-gritty” when trying to be creative, you should try to distance yourself from the problem you are solving."

"To come up with creative solutions to problems, your chances are increased by incorporating breaks into your work-flow."

"People who have participated in the creative stage are likely to be more motivated to carry out the group’s decision." ~ +Gregory Ciotti 

Via +Tommy Walker on FB

#fav   #creativity   #problemsolving  

Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!)
Creative thinking is an important part of producing things that people love. Here’s the science behind creative thought and ingenuity.

Have you installed Google Comments on your WP blog?

a) as the only comment system
b) with both native and G+
c) not yet added

If you do have it installed add a link to your blog on the comments.

Some smart thinking by +Gideon Rosenblatt about G+ Comments for WordPress, and an interesting conversation thread on the original post.

#wordpress #comments #fav

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Google+ Comments: My Initial Observations

Throwing caution to the wind, I installed Google+ Comments on my WordPress site today. I love it and decided to share some quick observations. 

First, if you haven't seen Google+ Comments in a website, it helps if you actually look at an example in order to understand what I'm explaining below. Here it is implemented on the announcement post for my blog:

1) Caution: I used a WordPress plugin from: and the installation process couldn't have been more straightforward. Google is not officially supporting 3rd party usage of Google+ Comments right now, however, so use this at your own risk. Seriously.

I took the risk because I'm pretty sure Google will eventually support this functionality officially. There are just too many business reasons for supporting this feature. Because all these comments are in Google+, even in the worst case scenario of the plugin absolutely failing, the comments will not go away. And I'm betting on a relatively safe bet that I will be able to get them back by simply installing an official version of some later code down the road.  

2) Unified Commentary – Less Fragmented Conversation: People have complained for some time that commenting here on Google+ fragments the conversation. As you can see, with Google+ Comments, everything is aggregated in one place now (at least for comments on external  pages – not for comments inside Google+). That gives a nice consolidation of the overall conversation. And it's very useful. A huge plus. 

3) Intuitive Engagement Dashboard: Google+ Comments now replaces Ripples for me (again, for tracking sharing of external URLs) because every time anyone shares a page on my site, it shows up in the comment stream on that same web page. I released my new website last Thursday and in the flurry of activity, I missed thanking a number of people who had shared my site here on G+. Today, after installing Comments, I was able to simply scroll down the comments on my page, see all the people who had shared it and quickly and easily thank each and every one of them. No fuss, no muss. Another big plus

4) Stimulates Sharing: When you comment on a page, it automatically shares that page with your comment with that article into your stream on Google+. You have the option not to share it into your stream, of course, but my guess is that many people will just get into the habit of sharing this way. It's a nice way to easily share your thoughts on various articles around the web and post quality content into your stream. Yep. Plus.

5) Amazing Respect for Privacy: When you're looking at comments and posts about a page using Google+ Comments on your website, you still only see what you would be able to see on Google+. The below image is an example. The underlying image is visiting while I was logged in as +Gideon Rosenblatt; the one overlaid on top is using another profile that I have here (which I don't use). You can see that in the first one, I have access to 127 comments, while the second one only gives me permission to see 99 of those comments. This is a very different experience when it comes to commenting on blogs – it's Google+ Circles bleeding out into the web. The Social Spine of Google+, if you will. And it'll take some getting used to for many people. 

6) Authorship: Google+ Comments requires that you implement Google Authorship to tie your Google+ profile to your website. That way, the commenting system knows who you are, so it can, in effect, allow your website to impersonate you. Google+ Comments is acting as a sort of de facto authentication system for the Google+ social spine in this mode. It may take some getting used to to think of it this way, but when you do, you start to see just how awesome the social spine will end up being over time.

These are just some quick, off-the-cuff, thoughts about my experience with Google+ Comments after just one day using it.

As a commenting system, it's not going to be right for everyone. Many will prefer a more agnostic approach that allows logins from multiple providers such as Twitter and Facebook (like Disqus and others). For me, the advantages outlined above outweigh all of that. Why? Because I, like many of you here, have invested heavily in Google+. I get a fair amount of engagement here and this new functionality allows that engagement to easily bleed into my website with no real work on my part. That's really, really nice. And I think it will be attractive to a number of people here. But certainly not everyone. 

Education: Something has gone very wrong

Insight: "Instead of introducing children to new design techniques , such as #biomimicry (how we can emulate nature to solve human problems), we now have a focus on cookery. Instead of developing skills in computer-aided design, we have the introduction of horticulture. Instead of electronics and control, we have an emphasis on basic mechanical maintenance tasks," he told a conference of educators earlier this month. "In short, something has gone very wrong."

Sad state of affairs! I think this has a direct relationship to this article:

Suggestion: Poll learners about what and how they'd like to learn. If #Education can begin to focus on the #learner as the customer and treat them as such, alignment is more likely to occur. 19c thinking has no place in a 21c technological world. #fav  

New curriculum teaches ‘more cookery and horticulture than technology’
BAE Systems chairman Dick Olver criticises inadequacy of DfE proposals, while unions deride uncreative ‘pub-quiz primer’

The #GoogleKeep launch has got me thinking more about notes, tasks, bookmarks,…

The #GoogleKeep launch has got me thinking more about notes, tasks, bookmarks, curation, G+, appointments and generally about  #GTD .

It's left me with the question: How does this get integrated into the bigger ecosystem of #workingsmarter ?

I've removed commenting from this post; if you'd like to join in the conversaton please comment on the original post.

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Google Keep goes live!

A simple Android App with two widgets is also available from the Play store.

First reaction: it's simple, clean, minimalistic with basic expected functionality.

Will it challenge #Evernote? It will, but it may take time; definitely a #watchthisspace scenario.

I thought it may have gone a little further towards task management, ie. lists with dates, Gcal integration etc., but this is not a Google Tasks replacement.

As a user of +GQueues for tasks, and now that they recently launched an awesome app, I'm not really sure if I'll actually use Keep as I also don't use Evernote. GQs is my Evernote.

The killer solution is mashing tasks with notes, adding bookmaking and clipping, and integrating throughout the Google ecosystem. My guess is, that's the plan for the next 12 months.

Time will tell.

#fav #notetaking #evernote #googlekeep

Google Keep—Save what’s on your mind
Every day we all see, hear or think of things we need to remember. Usually we grab a pad of sticky-notes, scribble a reminder and put it on the desk, the fridge or the relevant page of a magazine. Unf…

Which of the nine principles do you like the best?

For me, Learning over education is a winner! #rec   #fav  

Reshared post from +Rich Pollett

Joi Ito of MIT Media Lab:

There are nine or so principles to work in a world like this:

1. Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.

2. You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.

3. You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.

4. You want to focus on the system instead of objects.

5. You want to have good compasses not maps.

6. You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.

7. It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.

8. It’s the crowd instead of experts.

9. It’s a focus on learning instead of education.

We’re still working on it, but that is where our thinking is headed.

video (11:06) Joichi Ito: MIT Media Lab — from a container to a network #INKtalks

MIT Media Lab:


How does Education produce entrepreneurs?


"What is needed is a system that takes seriously the most vital life skill that students in the UK could acquire: the ability to think and act entrepreneurially. Only by learning that critical set of skills will this generation be able to adapt to the volatile and uncertain economic future it faces."

"Embracing entrepreneurship in the heart of its education system from beginning to end is quite likely the most important step the UK can take to help reverse the trends of rising youth unemployment and social dislocation."

"At its core, thinking and acting entrepreneurially is about a cycle of act-learn-build. You take a step, learn from that – whether it’s good news or bad – and build on that learning to take the next step. Now it is time for UK educators to take that first step, and embrace entrepreneurial principles on a systemic basis, so they can practise what they preach."


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