What motivates us at work? More than money

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

“When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze,” says behavioral economist Dan Ariely (TED Talk: What makes us feel good about our work?) “We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like.”

Instead, when you look carefully at the way people work, he says, you find out there’s a lot more at play — and at stake — than money. Ariely provides evidence that we are also driven by the meaningfulness of our work, by others’ acknowledgement — and by the amount of effort we’ve put in: the harder the task is, the prouder we are.

“When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it: meaning…

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700 film rari gratis online: Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Nolan, George Lucas.

Originally posted on controcultura90:

Il sito Openculture (progetto online che si occupa di promuovere la libera circolazione di opere di qualsiasi tipo attraverso Internet o altri media) ha ricercato e messo online tutti i film liberi di diritto, e tra di essi figurano alcune rarità. Tra loro infatti ci  sono le prime opere di registi ormai famosi, come My Best Friend’s Birthday (1987) di Quentin Tarantino, Bottle Rocket (1992) di Wes Anderson, Doodlebug (1997) di Christopher Nolan e il terzo cortometraggio di George Lucas, realizzato ancora quando era studente. Tra gli altri, c’è il cortometraggio originale di Frankweenie (1984), che qualche anno fa è stato oggetto di un remake compiuto dallo stesso Tim Burton.

Frankenweenie

Tra gli altri, sono disponibili alcuni filmati di propaganda, come l’originale Titanic del 1943, girato da registi nazisti (no, non credo ci sia DiCaprio), o The Spirit of ’43, della Disney con un folle Paperino contro il Terzo Reich.

paperino

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How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Learning_a_languageBy Krystian Aparta

They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles:

  1. Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German translator Judith Matz suggests: “Pick up 50 words of a language and start using them on people — and then slowly start picking up grammar.”
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  2. Make language-learning a lifestyle change. Elisabeth Buffard, who in her 27 years of teaching English has always seen consistency as what separates the most successful students from the rest. Find a language habit that you can follow even when you’re tired, sick or madly in love.
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  3. Play house with the language. The more you invite…

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

Originally posted on TED Blog:

blog_learn_to_code_art_revTeens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, “but that doesn’t really make you fluent.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1657]Fluency, Resnick proposes in this TED Talk, comes not through interacting with new technologies, but through creating them. The former is like reading, while the latter is like writing. He means this figuratively — that creating new technologies, like writing a book, requires creative expression — but also literally: to make new computer programs, you actually must write the code.

The point isn’t to create a generation of programmers, Resnick argues. Rather, it’s that coding is a gateway to broader learning.“When you learn to read, you…

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A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions on talk content, and for our speaker coaches to give advice to help each speaker feel their absolute best the day of their talk. During this time, we overheard speaker coaches Gina Barnett, Michael Weitz and Abigail Tenenbaum give a few extraordinarily helpful tips that we’d never heard before.

We asked Gina Barnett, longtime TED speaker coach and author of the upcoming book Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success (to be released in June), to share some specifics:

  1. Start drinking water 15 minutes before you start talking. If you tend to get…

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Home Again

Roox:

There’s no place like home..

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

Home is the nicest word there is.
– Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

It takes a lot of living to make a house a home
It doesn’t make any difference how rich you get to be
How much your chairs and tables cost, how great your luxury
It isn’t home to you though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow your soul is wrapped round everything.
– Paraphrase of Edgar Guest poem, Home

A  home is one of the most sacred of places.
It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world’s perils and alarms.
It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the
battle and toils of tomorrow.
It is the place where love learns its lessons,

where life is schooled into discipline and strength, where character is molded.
– J.R. Miller

Every day is a…

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