Creativity in the Workplace. It’s More Than Just Colorful Furnitures.

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For all those cash-rich companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook, there is a race to hire celebrity architects to design their headquarters. Googl… (Article: Creativity in the Workplace. It’s More Than Just Colorful Furnitures.

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In case you follow this blog with Google Reader: Feedly is an effective alternative


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Now that Google Reader is slowly making its way down that old dusty trail and you want to read blog by RSS, you have to take care for an alternative.

LifeHacker recently highlighted their top five in the five best Google Reader alternatives, and then put them to an all-out vote to determine the Lifehacker community favorite. .

 Feedly is my Google Reader alternative of choice, partially because it’s free, cross-platform, and available on multiple devices. Plus, they make importing your Google Reader subscriptions so ridiculously easy that it’s worth a try. As of right now, they still use Google for syncing, but the team at Feedly is planning their own syncing engine to replace their dependence on Google Reader before it shuts down. With luck, all Feedly users will have a seamless transition to a post-Google Reader era, and never even notice that Google turned off the lights.


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Conversation Agent: Update on Filters

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The introduction of Google+ has brought renewed interest in two kinds of conversations:

  1. grouping people
  2. filtering content Read all at

Conversation Agent: Update on Filters.



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TED Talk: Philip Stark, Why Design?


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Recommended video: Google’s Eric Schmidt speaks at IFA,7/9/2010

ric Schmidt speaks at IFA 2010 on September 7, 2010 in Berlin. The talk includes demos of mobile features by Product Management Director Hugo Barra and of Google TV by Product Marketing Manager Brittany Bohnet.

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Watch this video: Vint Cerf – 2020 Shaping Ideas

Almost 40 years ago, Vint Cerf became the of the Internet. Today his business cards say Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. When looking into the future, he sees computers and electronics becoming even more intelligent. And the mobile phone, he predicts, will be our companion rather than just a device.

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Recommended read: Do Your Controls Create Complexity? Ron Ashkenas @Harvard Business Review :

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Some recent post dealt with Ron Askenas latest book. This post triggered me again that focusing on keeping it simple is a prerequisite in these challenging times!

Do Your Controls Create Complexity? – Ron Ashkenas – Harvard Business Review.

Have you ever noticed that organizations are great at creating controls and policies to prevent incidents that have alreadyhappened? Once the proverbial cow escapes the barn, they adeptly make sure it won’t happen again by, say, authorizing only certain people to man the exit and constructing barn-door status reports.

While this kind of organizational response does indeed prevent the recurrence of the exact same negative instance (they won’t lose the same cow in the same way again), the accumulation of these “reactive” controls often creates complexity, confusion, and unnecessary cost. Even worse, the new controls usually don’t prevent future incidents of a different kind from occurring.

To be better prepared, organizations should periodically step back and check their operations for these common problems arising from after-the-fact solutions:

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Recommended: Umair Haque’s Google Buzz and the Five Principles of Designing For Meaning

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Google Buzz: revolution, evolution, or devolution? Many of you have asked me for my take. So here’s how it stacks up against my five next-generation product & service design principles — the principles of “design for meaning.”

The Hippocrates Concept.

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