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  • Psychology & Philosophy Archives - Steffan Antonas
    this new work paradigm is being put into practice in leading firms Worker Autonomy 20 Percent Time and Innovation 20 Percent Time Done famously at Google Where engineers can spend 20 percent of their time working on anything they want They have autonomy over their time their task their team their technique Okay Radical amounts of autonomy And at Google as many of you know about half of the new products in a typical year are birthed during that 20 Percent Time Things like Gmail Orkut Google News Results Only Work Environments ROWE an even more radical example something called the Results Only Work Environment The ROWE Created by two American consultants in place at about a dozen companies around North America In a ROWE people don t have schedules They show up when they want They don t have to be in the office at a certain time or any time They just have to get their work done How they do it when they do it where they do it is totally up to them Meetings in these kinds of environments are optional What happens Almost across the board productivity goes up worker engagement goes up worker satisfaction goes up turnover goes down Published September 1 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Design Psychology Philosophy The Future Of Work Teaching Grit The Growth Mindset vs The Fixed Mindset John Lehrer author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist wrote a piece for the Globe this week titled The Truth About Grit The article highlights some important findings of studies done by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University The findings suggest that personality traits like grit rather than standardized measurements of intelligence are far more likely to predict real world achievement The studies further suggest that when teaching a growth mindset effort and persistence is emphasized in the classroom students perform far better than when when they are simply praised for their intelligence and abilities While researchers have long focused on measurements of intelligence such as the IQ test as the crucial marker of future success these scientists point out that most of the variation in individual achievement what makes one person successful while another might struggle has nothing to do with being smart Instead it largely depends on personality traits such as grit and conscientiousness It s not that intelligence isn t really important Newton was clearly a genius but that having a high IQ is not nearly enough In recent decades the American educational system has had a single minded focus on raising student test scores on everything from the IQ to the MCAS The problem with this approach researchers say is that these academic scores are often of limited real world relevance However the newfound importance of personality traits such as grit raises an obvious question Can grit be learned While Duckworth and others are quick to point out that there is no secret recipe for increasing grit We ve only started to study this so it s too soon to begin planning interventions she cautions there s a growing consensus on what successful interventions might look like One of the most important elements is teaching kids that talent takes time to develop and requires continuous effort Carol S Dweck a psychologist at Stanford University refers to this as a growth mindset She compares this view with the fixed mindset the belief that achievement results from abilities we are born with A child with the fixed mindset is much more likely to give up when they encounter a challenging obstacle like algebra since they assume that they re just not up to the task says Dweck In a recent paper Dweck and colleagues demonstrated that teaching at risk seventh graders about the growth mindset this included lessons about the importance of effort led to significantly improved grades for the rest of middle school Interestingly it also appears that praising children for their intelligence can make them less likely to persist in the face of challenges a crucial element of grit Published August 5 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Disrupting Education Psychology Philosophy Comments 6 Comments Alan Greenspan On Self Esteem Our Nature and Our Need For Connectedness It s been almost a year since I read The Age Of Turbulence but I find myself repeatedly returning to a few of Alan s thoughts on human nature and self esteem that resonated with me Despite being discussed in the context of human factors in economics the following passage in my eyes stands easily on its own and speaks volumes of truth about what drives us all and why we have a strong fundamental need for connectedness Any time I find myself in a discussion about community authenticity accountability open source or the economics and culture of free on the web I come back to this Does this speak to you As I ve traveled across the globe for nearly six decades I have found that people exhibit remarkable similarities that by no stretch of the imagination can be construed as resulting from culture history language or chance All people appear motivated by an inbred striving for self esteem that is in large part fostered by the approval of others People have an inbred need to interact with other people It is essential if we are to receive their approval which we all seek The true hermit is a rare aberration What contributes to self esteem depends on the broad range of learned or consciously chosen values that people believe correctly or mistakenly enhance their lives We cannot function without some set of values to guide the multitude of choices we make every day The need for values is inbred Their content is not That need is driven by an innate moral sense in all of us the basis upon which a majority have sought the guidance of the numerous religions that humans have embraced over the millennia Part of that innate

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  • The Open Library Aims For Free eBooks For All - Steffan Antonas
    is far from extensive but the idea is promising and the Internet Archive is a determined archiver so here s hoping the project continues to improve their new demo site looks cool Read More Published July 22 2007 Author Steffan Antonas Category Disrupting Education Technology Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a

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  • Steffan Antonas, Author at Steffan Antonas
    comments but I have participated heavily in the discussions on the original ReadWriteWeb posting and posted additional thoughts and clarifications on the matter on this blog Please follow the links to ReadWriteWeb and to my follow up post to view the full discussion By now we are all familiar with Mark Zuckerberg s success story The explosive international growth of Facebook to over 200 million users continues to land the young Founder and CEO in top news stories worldwide Recently Time Magazine named Zuckerberg one of The World s Most Influential People of 2008 and Fast Company named Facebook number 15 in it s list of The World s 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2009 At just 23 years of age Zuckerberg even briefly made Forbe s 400 richest Americans list temporarily giving him the title of World s Youngest Billionaire Read More Published May 11 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media Technology Top Posts The Real Dynamics Of First Mover Advantage Mick Liubinskas Co Founder and Web Product Director of Pollenizer wrote a piece today on ReadWriteWeb as part of their ReadWriteStart channel that had some great points about the realities of first mover advantage that I ve heard echoed by many battle hardened internet entrepreneurs The post is titled First Mover Advantage Is About Compound Interest Not Market Share Here are some of best nuggets Read More Published May 1 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Design Why The Public Sector Needs To Commit To Scientific Research Speaking at the National Academy of Sciences 2 days ago the President reinforced the need for a sustained national commitment to science His firm stance that science is more essential for our prosperity our security our health and our environment and our quality of life is an important step in shifting the national consciousness to build a strong culture of innovation I particularly appreciated this explanation of why the public sector needs to commit to research Basic scientific research is scientific capital The fact is an investigation into a particular physical chemical or biological process might not pay off for a year or a decade or at all And when it does the rewards are often broadly shared enjoyed by those who bore its costs but also by those who did not And that s why the private sector generally underinvests in basic science and why the public sector must invest in this kindof research Because while the risks may be large so are the rewards for our economy and our society Right on Mr President Published April 30 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Uncategorized Mulitple Prototypes Better Feedback I mentioned in a previous post that open social development for products has been a getting a lot of press lately Companies are learning that true customer insight starts by including customers and users in the development stage Getting prototypes into the hands of your potential customers early on and iterating a ton based on the feedback you get can pay huge dividends in the long run but only if the feedback you get is good One key insight can greatly improve your chances of getting what you want from your guinea pigs When it comes to prototypes more is virtually always better One prototype is a solid start it s better than nothing and has some value The trouble however with showing someone just one idea and asking them what they think is that their answer is likely going to be tainted by what they think about you because you ve presented an idea that you ve obviously committed to If they are a friend or simply want to develop rapport with you they ll likely respond positively regardless of whether idea has true merit The opposite is often true if you suggest a single idea to someone who doesn t like you for whatever crazy reason What you re likely to get is an unnecessarily negative response or no real feedback at all In both cases the person you re trying to glean insight from is less likely to give you the kind of quality objective feedback you need Read More Published April 28 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Design Encouraging Randomness and Accelerating Serendipity If you re a heavy Twitter user like me you may be familiar with the awkward tense feeling that can grip you when a non Twittering friend or co worker decides that enough is enough and it s time to confront you about your habit Twintervention Regardless of the events that lead up to said awkward moment the blank confused slash condescending look that says Whyyyyy do you do this is often the same It s happened to all of us at least once hasn t it This situation doesn t get my knickers in a twist anymore I ve armed myself with a canned answer I m accelerating serendipity I ll say with a boyish grin and then wait for a response On a few occasions I ve been able to turn this traditionally ack moment into a productive discussion Let me explain Read More Published April 28 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Comments 5 Comments I m A Guest On TwitterTalkRadio This week was my friend Angie Swartz s first week hosting TwitterTalkRadio on WSRadio com I first met Angie at the Charity Water Twestival at the beginning of this year in downtown San Diego She s a superstar She s a successful entrepreneur and currently runs several websites including SquareMartiniMedia com twitterattraction com and sixfiguremomsclub com On Monday she shot me a message asking if I would call in to the show and we had some great pre show discussions about self branding and using Twitter as a tool to build your business network Here s a link to the podcast where Rieva Angie Alan and I discuss transparency authenticity going local with Twitter Congratulations to Rieva and Angie on a successful first week You guys

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  • The Importance of Fostering the Habit of Self-Teaching - Steffan Antonas
    to grow up with a positive attitude towards reading towards school and especially towards your ability to grow by teaching yourself about the things that interest you the most I was lucky enough to have parents and mentors growing up who meaningfully stressed the virtue of intellect and academic discourse and the value of reading for personal growth Many of my peers especially in early childhood weren t as lucky as I was Fostering the habit of self teaching and a love of learning is easily one of the most important things a parent mentor or teacher can do for a child men tee or student More often than not nowadays the message that results from mentoring relationships is being delivered improperly at all levels grades are ends in themselves the degree is what is important and passing is acceptable if it gets you the certification Nurturing habits that produce a desire to educate one s self and entertain new interests is fundamental to living a fulfilling life The result is an endless spring of inspiration and confidence Teaching yourself things gives a unique sense of ownership and appreciation for information and it s sources especially people your command over subject matter becomes even more of a point of individuality and pride The bottom line is that fostering a habit of self teaching is more than just teaching a man how to fish it s teaching a man to want to teach himself how to fish The difference can be powerful over a life time Published July 10 2007 Author Steffan Antonas Category Disrupting Education Comments 1 Comment Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by

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  • The Rise of DSLR Filmmakers & The Next Wave Of Web Content - Steffan Antonas
    a new world The barriers to entry that I m talking about aren t just a little bit lower they re A LOT lower The technology that companies like Canon and Nikon are making available to the masses is in many cases tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than what professional videographers have used historically to get the same result What s interesting is that the latest DSLRs weren t even made to shoot films but spend a few days surfing around Vimeo and you ll realize quickly that there are hundreds of classically trained photographers that are doing just that and they re excited about it A few extra buttons and menus added to the tools they ve been using for years suddenly expands their skill sets by orders of magnitude that are making them re think their entire approach to doing what they do and to what services they can offer clients What s great to see is the level of enthusiasm grass roots innovation and information sharing online around what s happening with DSLR video The best example I can think of is Canon which itself has done a tremendous job leveraging Vimeo to bring its customers together to collaborate not only do they run their own Vimeo group contests like Beyond The Still to encourage fans to embrace DSLR videography and collaborate but there are user created groups resembling some of the most popular Flickr groups around each of their HD ready cameras 7D 5DMKII Rebel T2i etc with thousands of subscribers where people are sharing their footage as well as teaching and helping one another Anyway I think I ve made my point I think it all comes down to the fact that video just gives audiences so much more of what they re looking for when it s done right and it s the medium that people are going to start looking for by default YouTube has trained the next generation and set the expectation if you can find what you re looking for in text you can probably find the same thing on video too if you know where to look And THAT is the basis for the shift in behavior that we re seeing on the web towards video When people expect to find content in the form they want it it i e video over text they ll look for it in that form So why not give them what they want You can afford to now Below are 3 great video shorts recorded on DSLRs to complement the one at the top of the page which was shot on an intermediate level DSLR by Philip Bloom on a Canon Rebel T2i which you can get on Amazon for well under 1000 I hope you enjoy these as much as I did Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II and edited by Jason Arthurs on Vimeo A Canon 7D Short Thursday Night from gnarly bay productions Inc on Vimeo Shot on

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  • Google Search Is Getting More Social - Steffan Antonas
    We Think About Walkability 7 Comments GlobalPatriot February 1 2010 at 12 00 am Three words Cool Powerful Scary Many people think their personal data is stored in social media silos like Facebook and Twitter but the power of indexing is exposing more data each day and the direction that Google is heading in will allow all that data to be cross referenced fascinating Steffan Antonas February 1 2010 at 8 19 am Yes Fascinating and scary LilOle February 1 2010 at 7 56 am This assumes 1 your friends always identify themselves the same way and 2 you think your friends know a heck of a lot about what you re researching Ain t necessarily so We all are members of various tribes depending on the particular drum we re beating Steffan Antonas February 1 2010 at 10 27 am Yep Google s going to have to pull together a tremendous amount of information and clear some substantial hurdles to pull this off well It probably won t be close to perfect for years but the important thing is seeing the trajectory and intent here with this implementation Something to watch LilOle February 1 2010 at 2 56 pm

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  • Social Media Archives - Steffan Antonas
    phone So what s new Read More Published January 28 2011 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Comments 5 Comments In Defense Of RSS tweetmeme When you decide you want to read online where do you usually start Do you open a browser and go straight to one of your favorite sites or do you go to an app or a social platform For a while my default starting place was Twitter but I m making a conscious effort to kill that habit and get back into reading the way I used to in my RSS reader I know what you re thinking how very 2005 Here s how a few weeks of dedicating myself completely to my RSS reader has changed my perspective and opened my eyes to how great RSS still is Read More Published January 25 2011 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Comments 8 Comments 101 Must See Digital Marketing Charts and Graphs HubSpot has compiled 101 marketing charts and graphs based on original research and data from a variety of sources including analysis of their own pool of 3 500 business customers surveys with hundreds of businesses responding analysis of the data in their free tools like Website Grader Twitter Grader and Facebook Grader A lot of it will likely serve to reinforce what you ve probably felt in your gut for a long time if you study this stuff Give it a quick flip through and nod along There are even a few mind grenades in there at the end if you read between the lines i e it s important to engage the real time web and when you do experiment a lot fail fast measure learn fast and stay agile Read More Published January 4 2011 Author Steffan Antonas Category Data Slide Sets Social Media Comments 5 Comments Research Reveals Corporations To Focus On Integration Staffing Advertising and Measurement in 2011 There s a great slide deck and data analysis on Jeremiah Owyang s blog from his Keynote at LeWeb this week The analysis is based on the survey data collected in Altimeter s latest research report on the Career Path of the Social Strategist Read More Published December 10 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Data Slide Sets Social Media Check in Royalty Customer Loyalty and Foursquare s Evolving Strategy tweetmeme The mobile check in wars are starting to get interesting Several weeks ago Facebook announced Facebook Places and the immediate reaction from the tech community seemed to be Oh What are Foursquare and Gowalla going to do now I honestly can t weigh in on Gowalla because I m not an active user of the service but I genuinely believe in Foursquare s potential to take Facebook on and survive and thrive Read More Published October 5 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Comments 15 Comments Measuring Social Media Engagement In The Context Of Conversions and Sales One of the issues I see a lot of business people still trying to wrap their heads around is how to measure the effectiveness and value of their social media investment In a lot of ways it s the question because no online effort is free Even if all the tools are free every campaign still takes time and effort which you pay for by the hour in most cases In almost every case where you commit to an online project the analytics will be squishy and gray at best and you ll have to come to terms with the immutable fear that your people could be spending their time and energy elsewhere The fear is a given and if you don t have it s because you re not really weighing your options correctly Read More Published June 29 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Social Media How YouTube Handles Copyright and Some Thoughts On Remix Culture I ve got a great two video combo for you today that throws a spotlight on the current state of remix culture and values that are fundamental to the changing creative and cultural landscape of the social web By fundamental I mean that the values we chose to uphold when it comes to freedom creativity and control in this new world of sharing and remixing content will dictate behaviors and culture that influence the direction and trajectory of the ecosystem That s a mouthful that means for the sake of the community and the future get the values right first Read More Published June 16 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media New Behaviors To Maintain Old Habits Lately I ve noticed more and more people putting a before they type a reply to someone in Twitter s public time line It s a small but smart work around for the problem created by Twitter decision to decrease the noise in the system by hiding any message someone sends via the name from any of their followers who are not following that specific person A lot of people were ticked off when Twitter decided to go that route because of the residual value and increased serendipity allowed by everyone seeing who you were talking to Many people actually like that type of noise because it surfaces the social graph i e the fact that you can see who someone talks to regardless of the conversational content is often valuable So people are starting to sacrifice just 1 character of their 140 limit to effectively make their conversations public Simple smart fix Right on It just goes to show you when one person finds a smart work around for a common problem and uses it in public that idea will propagate across the network as it is adopted by more and more people until it becomes part of the culture Published May 27 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media Comments 4 Comments How To Get A Facebook Like Button For Your WordPress Blog Plugin tweetmeme Want a Facebook Like button for your

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  • Shifting To A "People Driven" Economy - Steffan Antonas
    fact that Erik quoted himself in the video Brassy move Erik Published January 13 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Trendspotting Tags cyberculture Social Media Trendspotting Comments 6 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Simple Touch Points Of Loyalty Next Post BART Teams up with Foursquare to Add Some Fun For Commuters 6 Comments Luke January 13 2010 at 3 11 pm Wow they are some big numbers And I bet a lot of them have grown since the video was done last year GlobalPatriot January 14 2010 at 12 06 am Brilliant video although there is so much information to absorb that it requires seeing a second or third time And yet I come away with the feeling that social media is simply a new multi lane high speed conduit for us humans to connect interact and communicate That s not to devalue the platform but to say that all these services Twitter Facebook LinkedIn blogs do nothing for us yet allow us the freedom and flexibility to do what comes natural though at a much faster pace kurtmunz January 17 2010 at 3 55 am I d be interested to read your comments on this http www transcapitalist

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