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How to Mix Design Thinking With Education?

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The K12lab is discovering that Design Thinking is a big opportunity for the kids to be more creative, going beyond tests.

What we found in our initial prototypes -- launching an innovation lab space, creating a design thinking professional development experience, and running student-facing design challenges for middle- and high-school classes -- was that the design thinking process functioned as a kind of oasis for educators, reconnecting them to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers, not just as test takers. 

They also show us modes for developing Design Thinking

1. Lead with empathy. 

2. Challenge assumptions. 

3. Make experiments happen. 

4. Share your process. 

Chatting On The Tube?

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How do you commute? We don’t mean what means of transportation do you use, we want to know if you like to chat with strangers while commuting. Are you a headphone user? Do you shield yourself from conversations while at the metro? We found a really interesting campaign done for the London subwaythat might make you think a bit more about this.

According to The Guardian:

Badges emblazoned with the question “Tube chat?” have been distributed on the London Underground network.

The badges come with a flayer that provokes commuters to signal they want to talk with others while on the metro. What is even more interesting is the reaction some people had to the campaign:

Commuters were quick to express their disdain for the idea, for which no individual or group has claimed responsibility.

An example came from Twitter:

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The London Metro explained they had nothing to do with the campaign. In the past they had similar initiatives for pregnant women and people with disabilities. On those two cases badges encourage people to give up their seats to a person who needs it most.

What do you think of this campaign, would you be open to meet new people while going to work? What other situation could a badge like this be useful for?Let us know in the comments…

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Mental Health And Children

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All of us have heard it at least a thousand times: Social Media is responsible for teens poor mental health. We found an article on The Guardian that argues that this kind of thinking is simplistic in it’s approach. According to Eva Wiseman:

Being offline doesn’t keep you safe, or protect you from anxiety, or make you a better person. If you have a mind that tends to spiral, and the internet enables that unrest, then while long walks without a phone will help, the phone itself is not to blame.

It’s an interesting point. As we argued before here on the blog it is important to think about technology in a deeper way, trying to understand how we can have a healthier relationship with it. Yet it is important to notice that:

Blaming social media for this “epidemic” is a way to conveniently ignore the more difficult solutions.

Eva also argues that the idea of a digital detox is not the way to go. According to her what we need to do is find ways to live in peace with tech. To that the author says:

There are ways to navigate and change the businesses that provide platforms on which many of us live, without condemning them forever.

Is blaming technology an easy way out? Let us know in the comments.

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Designing For Social

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A member of our team spent two weeks in England and found some creative social benches. We are very interested in the use (and occupation) of public spaces that incentivise social gathering. Tim Lucas wrote a book on the subject focusing on how Brazil deals with social, both online and offline - an interesting read on the subject. Here in São Paulo we have a government program to activate spaces lie this one:

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What are your experiences on the city you live? Are actions like this working? Would you like to see something like this near you? we wold like to hear from you in the comment section!

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What Are The Trends Of The Workspace?

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An article at Linkedin createted by Connie Chan shows 7 trends influencing workplace design and improtance of them.

Workplace design has a major impact on the productivity and happiness of employees. In fact, research from Gensler, a worldwide design firm and aFOW Community speaker at the Future of Work Forum Boston, shows that poor workplace design costs U.S. companies about $330 billion per year in lost productivity. 

Nowadays it’s commom  see workplaces with differents designs, instead of that “office” thing like white wall, office chairs, each employee with specific place to work, unable to change place with others, etc.

He are the 7 trends:

1.  Flexible Workspaces
2.  Outdoor spaces
3.  Coworking Spaces
4.  Creating Lounge Areas
5.  Spaces That Promote Wellness
6.  Concealing Wires
7.  Task-Based Design

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To see each topic with details, click here 

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Artist Creates Masks For Traffic lights in Brazil

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Narcelio Grud, an urban artist from the Brazilian state of Ceará, decided to take action regarding the high death rate related to traffic on his home state. According to oficial numbers in 2015 2.620 deaths occurred due to traffic accidents. With this on mind the artist decided to give traffic lights a new ‘face’ in an attempt to get drivers attention.

The artists transformed traffic lights with masks made out of fabric resembling pop culture characters like David Bowie, Bart Simpson, Batman, Banksy, amongst others.

The state government released an official statement calling the action an act of vandalism. It’s rally interesting to see the point of friction of the artist disruption. He planned behavioural nudges to interrupt default daily behaviours. He modified the urban landscape to cause reflection.

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Do you think this kind of action can make a difference? What are your experiences in you home city? Would you like to see something like this on the traffic lights around your neighborhood? Do behaviourla nudges like this one help make a city safer? Let us know in the comments.

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Mental Health and the Advertising Industry

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Writing for Contagious the Head of Copy at R/GA London talks about her experience with mental heath disorders and how the ad industry deals with it. According to the author the industry is overtaken with the promised of connectedness. Yet her argument is that even tough we plan for a connected world we are not experiencing the connections.

As she writes:

I wonder if, the more that we say the word ‘connected’, the harder it is to question. And the more that we’re literally digitally connected, telling stories designed for collective consumption (and likes), the more shadowy our quiet, vulnerable, messy, ugly internal worlds become.

She goes further and argues that:

In spite of mindfulness apps aplenty, and the ever-expanding wellness industry, actual conversations about mental health in adland remain hushed. The closest we seem to get is talking about running, spinning, yoga, kale – the need to calm the mind sanctioned under the guise of self-care, but still unnamed.

She explains that we are in need a more honest relationship with ourselves and our work colleagues but acknowledges difficulties:

It’s hard to be honest in an environment like advertising. For the most part, it thrives on competition and awards. […] If we can start by naming our failures, by being honest, then perhaps the state of our mental health has more of a chance.

To stress her point she comes to an honest conclusion,

If we aren’t able to name and talk about the pain we’re experiencing we can’t be supported to recover. Speaking openly is our best chance to address mental health, and more than this, it’s our collective responsibility.

What is your experience while at work? Do you feel there could be an open conversation about mental health? If you work at an ad agency, are people interested in the subject? What about being connected, do you feel we are working toward a more understanding workplace? Let us know in the comments.

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Managing You Attention, Not Your Time.

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Tony Crabbe wrote an article on his blog that argues about the importance of valuing attention. He starts with a quote from Nobel award winner Herbert Simon that we found very interesting considering a world where information spreads, and it’s created, faster than our brain capacity ever could:

“…in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently.”

With that in mind the author tell us that in an article called The toxic terabyte, done by IBM, estimated back in 2010 that the worlds information doubles every 11 hours. To the author:

All this information, and similar increases in communication, have created unprecedented challenges for our brains. Overwhelmed and distracted, days pass in a blur of frenetic and relatively mindless activity; relationships get crunched into snatched moments before the screens suck us back. Our most valuable and scarce resource is no longer time—it’s attention.

Tony argues that we feel powerful when we multi task, switching from group messages app to Feedly to email. The felling of responding in real time is rewarded in the brain by the release of dopamine “[…] yet this switching activities can increases the overall time taken to complete the tasks by 40%”

With all of of this in mind he recommends that we should not try to resist distraction, we should get rid of them.

Those with exceptionally strong willpower are no better at resisting chocolate cake when it’s in front of them. However, they are much better at making sure chocolate cake never gets in their fridge. The best way to resist the temptation of distraction is to create habits, which help you to avoid them, the simplest of which is reaching for the off switch.

What do you do to manage your time and attention? Do you feel we are lacking concentration? Do you think differently about the amount of information we get, can this be positive? Do you think you could find it useful to single focus? Tell us more in the comment section…

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When was the last dinner you had with your whole family? If you haven’t watched the video “Who would you most like to have dinner with?” from the campaign #MakeDinnertimeMatter by MasterFoods - take a look here. Did you know there is a lot of research showing the benefits of having dinner with the family?

According to a recent article in The Atlantic:

Children who do not eat dinner with their parents at least twice a week also were 40 percent more likely to be overweight compared to those who do.

The article also explores broader concept of  what it means to eat well:

How then do we eat better, not just from a nutritional perspective, but from a psychological one as well?

The commercial does not directly address how mealtimes are being disrupted by technology. Evidence elsewhere shows that two thirds of British families say they sit down together for a family meal almost every day, yet on average 11.4 million tech devices such as smartphones and tablets to laptops and iPods are brought to family meals.Almost a quarter of families (22 per cent) who bring tech to the table feel they are prevented from having proper conversations with each other at meal times, seriously impacting on what should be quality time together.

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Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young

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An article from Pacific Standard Magazine shows that recent research has found that regular meditation is associated with a slower rate of age-related brain degeneration. But even with such potentially exciting findings, terms like “limiting reductions in gray-matter volume” don’t really hit home. If we’re talking aging, we need a number. 

A research team led by neurologist Eileen Luders of the University of California-Los Angeles reports that, in a study of 100 people, the brains of 50-year-old meditators were estimated to be 7.5 years younger than those of non-meditators of the same age. 

Meditation, it increasingly appears, is to your brain what aerobic exercise is to your body: Do it regularly, and you’ll significantly slow down the aging process. “Young brain” could serve as a highly motivational mantra. 

Do you know anyone who has had an experience of meditating for a significant number of years? Does their meditation help them stay young at heart?

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Success In The Real World: 7 Daily Behaviors Conscientious People Avoid

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Caroline Beaton wrote an interesting article for Forbes in which she states that millennials are more optimistic about their futures than any other generation. When it comes to income 89% of millennials who say they’re not earning enough think they will in the future, according to Pew Research Center

According to the author of the article it might be the time for millennials to prioritize an underrated personality trait: Conscientious.

Conscientious people live longerget better gradescommit fewer crimes,earn more (along with their spouses), have higher influence, are more likely to lead companies that succeed long-term, are happier at work and have better marriages.

Convinced by the benefits of conscientiousness, Beaton set out to master it. She found that conscientiousness is far more than fastidiousness. In fact, acting “Type A” only has a weak correlation with conscientiousness. In the broadest sense, conscientious people have a knack for avoiding behaviors that will damage their long-term happiness and success. Beaton outlines seven behaviours they do not do:

1. Buy stuff on a whim
2. Take mental notes
3. Slouch
4. Binge
5. Break promises
6. Quit
7. Ignore problems 

After all of her research on conscientious people, she sums them up in five words: they know they’re not invincible.

Do you think you are living a conscientious life? Out of the 7 dont’s which one do you feel affects you the most? What can you do to change this? Let us know in the comments.

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The art of finding work-life balance with your smartphone

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Mashable shows us that smartphones offer numerous apps to tackle tasks quickly both inside and outside the office. Often, though, that comes at the expense of your work-life balance.

Employees are accessible 24/7 through their smartphone, creating many workplaces where you’re expected to be available to answer questions all the time.

The same technology that allows us to distract ourselves at home with work messages also often distracts employees in the office.

Here are some steps to help you

  • Make office time more productive

“Our days are being occupied by things that don’t matter most of the time,” says Jason Fried, the founder and CEO of Basecamp and the author of The New York Times best-sellerRework. “We’re just talking. There’s a big difference between constant conversations and meetings and actually getting work done.”

  • Set a fixed work schedule

“People tend to worry that their colleagues and bosses won’t respect them if they leave the office before everyone else,” Ettus says. “But when people know that you leave at a set time every day, they tend to respect it.”

  • Lock yourself out

“You never want to touch your email twice,” Ettus says. “If it’s urgent, respond right away. If you’re not available to respond right away, don’t respond." For instance, Freedom, free for iOS, and Flipd, free for Android phones, will allow you to block certain apps or devices on your phone for a given period of time.

  • Just put down the phone

Ettus also suggests that you work "do not disturb” hours into that schedule. So, if you need to spent two hours a night with your kids or partner, let your colleagues know they shouldn’t expect a response during those hours — unless it’s truly urgent.

What are your strategies to work well? Do you worry about distractions? Does this mean you are less productive? Do you have personal methods of “shutting down” to concentrate? We want to read your thought on the comments.

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Do you monitor your mood?

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We wrote a while back about an app called Track Your Happiness, we found another app that can help you keep track of your emotions. This app, created by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is a smart way to log your mood and get statistics about it. According to the app site:

The Mood Meter app was conceived by Marc Brackett, Ph.D. and Robin Stern, Ph.D. from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The app was developed in partnership with HopeLab, Chairun Siregar (designer), andReliable Coders(developers).

According to the app description on the website it is a way to connect whit your emotions:

A gift of self awareness for yourself, and for others. Based on decades of research from Yale. Tell your Mood Meter mobile app how you feel and build emotional intelligence that lasts a lifetime.

I have been logging my humor into the app for a week now and I can say that it helps to understand how you are feeling in a straightforward user interface. It is also an app that helps you pause during the day and makes you think about how you are feeling.

Do you monitor your mood? Do you use and app for that or an old fashioned journals? Do you think this can work for you? We recommend trying it for a week.

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What makes you happy?

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There is a new app helps you ‘Tracks Your Happiness’. It is a scientific research project that investigates what makes life worth living. Here’s the link if you want to download it.

The goal of this app is that you’ll be able to track your happiness and find out what factors — for you personally — are associated with greater happiness. You’ll also contribute to a scientific understanding of happiness.

How do you feel about tracking your mood and happiness, do you think having this data could help you live a better life? Would you participate in a research process like this? We hope to read your comments on the subject.

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Surprise? Life is Speeding Up

We must acquire new skills. The first is self-control. This means the ability to pause – whether by reading a novel, looking at a Botticelli painting, or the simple pleasure of an Easter egg hunt with your children. 

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I think we all feel it, rushing trough the city, multitasking in the subway, emails coming to your inbox at all times and time zones, doesn’t it feel like we are living faster than before? According to an article by Independent this is very true:

we operate swifter nowadays across the board. We eat faster and we walk faster, running to catch the bus which we pay for by simply tapping in. No more faffing around to look for cash in our pockets or collecting tickets. That’s all yesterday’s behaviour.

The article goes further:

We digest stuff quicker. Fashion arrives and is replaced by a new look when that delivery sells out. Films open on a Friday and can close a week later. Our computers used to take minutes to crank up; they now take milliseconds and are connected online 24/7. 

The article also recommends that pausing to think and leaving the automatic behaviour can be a good way to start slowing down:

[…] we must acquire new skills. The first is self-control. This means the ability to pause – whether by reading a novel, looking at a Botticelli painting, or the simple pleasure of an Easter egg hunt with your children.

Do you allow yourself to stop? what are your daily behaviour that you just do automatically? we encourage you to stop and think about his, maybe it could be your first step to recovery.

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