The Simple Trick to Finding the Most Connected and Influential People in a Social Network

The Simple Trick to Finding the Most Connected and Influential People in a Social Network

We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know. Christakis highlights how new forms of data collection allow us to locate the central people within a network and ultimately "use these insights to improve society and improve human well-being."

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We are realising the limits of virtualisation. We still need to grow real food, wear real clothes, move real things around in the real world. And the way we do that hasn't changed fundamentally in the past 50 years. The internet has given us a new operating system, but it’s time to upgrade our hardware.

Want to get great at something? Get a coach

Want to get great at something? Get a coach

How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon's precision. He shares what he's found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. "It's not how good you are now; it's how good you're going to be that really matters," Gawande says.

Treeshake at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Treeshake at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most widely anticipated annual events, as it showcases consistently awe-inspiring snippets of art, theatre and overall creative innovation. The recent addition of Creativate Digital Arts Festival to the programme means a new space “where technology and arts converge”, and ultimately complement each other.

The secret to living longer may be your social life

The secret to living longer may be your social life

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

5 ways to lead in an era of constant change

5 ways to lead in an era of constant change

Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

If a story moves you, act on it

If a story moves you, act on it

Stories are necessary, but they're not as magical as they seem, says writer Sisonke Msimang. In this funny and thoughtful talk, Msimang questions our emphasis on storytelling and spotlights the decline of facts. During a critical time when listening has been confused for action, Msimang asks us to switch off our phones, step away from our screens and step out into the real world to create a plan for justice.

What do we do with all this big data?

What do we do with all this big data?

Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Will Also Be Steam Powered

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Will Also Be Steam Powered

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
- Arthur C. Clarke, 1973

Tech is neither benign nor evil but the one who wields it makes it so. Our tools through time, from stone axes to AI, have always simultaneously been a boon, and a weapon. If we don’t know its forms and functions we will be at the mercy of those who do. Time to get to wizarding school.

Future Skills for Inclusion

Future Skills for Inclusion

The technological world is growing faster than ever, bringing the Fourth Industrial Revolution even closer to being our reality. The First Industrial Revolution brought us mechanisation, the Second brought mass production and the Third introduced computers and automation. But what about the Fourth Industrial Revolution? What does it entail and what does it mean for us?