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Our Monthly Reads: September

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Like Socrates said: "The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know", we are constantly motivated to strive for more knowledge in our area of expertise. In our Monthly Reads section, we bundle the best articles, blog posts, infographics and videos we come across every month.

1. The Use of Social Technologies - McKinsey

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Javier Arrés - Giphy

Our colleague Karen is currently reading Social Technologies in business, a collaborative book sparked by Innovation Architect Isabel De Clercq. The book led Karen to dig deeper, that’s how she came across this synthesis by McKinsey. Karen appreciated all the insights and graphs and thus it comes warmly recommended for all enterprises thinking about installing an ESN.

2. How can schools use data to break down barriers? - Raconteur

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The website Raconteur was a surprising find, and a good one at that. Visit the in depth articles in clear language. This particular article talks about how innovative education still needs a sound pedagogical foundation. Especially since we need to train children for a future none of us comes close to imagining.

3. Is Instant Gratification eroding our will to learn? - Frank Sonnenberg Online

Marc shared this article on his Twitter feed this month. It teaches us valuable lessons, both personally and professionally. It talks about how it's not always a good idea to choose pleasure right now instead of later on. "Those are future me problems" is not a very productive philosophy. 

4. Inspirations from Céline Alvarez

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Celine Alvarez recently refurbished her website to accommodate English speakers. There is an entire library of interesting people, sharing their thoughts on TED or other video’s. Check it out!

5. A Simple tool to foster growth Mindset - Edutopia

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A personal favourite, this articles discusses how making mistakes should never be erased. A mistake should be visible, not to cause pain but to celebrate the learning that comes after. It shows instructors and teachers where students went wrong and why. This feedback loop is positive for both parties. 

6. The difference between open-minded and close-minded people - Farnam Street

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James Sutton - Unsplash

Would you describe yourself as an open-minded or close-minded people? And how would you describe the proportions of open-minded to close-minded people? Chances are, you estimate yourself as rather open-minded, in a world where only few are. 

This blog talks about the difference between these two kinds of people, how you can recognize which one you are and even some tips on becoming more tolerant. This 6-minute read doesn't only offer sound life advice, it's constantly throwing one-liners like "Staying open-minded won't happen byaccident" at you. Words to live by, in my very humble opinion. 

EXTRA:

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