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Stimulating Minds, Stimulating Links

Just a quick note to announce a new Silver Sponsor of the SharpBrains Summit, and link to a couple stimulating online conversations.

iftf-logoThe Institute For the Future is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with more than 40 years of forecasting experience. The core of our work is identifying emerging trends and discontinuities that will transform global society and the global marketplace. We provide our members with insights into business strategy, design process, innovation, and social dilemmas. Our research spans a broad territory of deeply transformative trends, from health and health care to technology, the workplace, and human identity. The Institute for the Future is located in Palo Alto, California.

I have been collaborating informally with IFTF projects for a few years, and it is exciting to collaborate on the upcoming Summit and related work.

Now, two stimulating links:

1) Encyclopedia Britannica Blog is hosting an online conversation on Multi-tasking:

“Multitasking” remember when that was something computers did? They were supposed to do it for our benefit, to make our lives easier, but somehow it hasn’t quite worked out that way. With fast computers, the Internet, and smart phones in our pockets, today we’re always tethered to The Network, and sometimes it seems we’re doing its bidding instead of it doing ours. There’s so much to do, it comes at us so fast, and it all has to be done now. The solution: forget what you were taught about doing one thing at a time and start doing several things at once. Call your office from the expressway. Bring that Blackberry to the meeting. Answer e-mails over dinner. Multitask.

Of course, whether multitasking really is efficient is a matter both of public debate and clinical research, and it’s just one of the questions we plan to get into next week in a new forum on the subject here at the Britannica Blog.”

You can participate Here.

2) For extra brain & mind reading, you can visit  yesterday’s Encephalon edition at The Mouse Trap. Enjoy!

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