How to Engage with Gamification for Serious Results

Add game mechanics with engaging triggers like exploring, gaining recognition for efforts in real time, advancing on the Leaderboard, choosing and refining strategy, gaining new knowledge and skills are features that interact with the human mind. Then put all this in a real-world scenario. The outcome is gamification and a boosted environment to engage to reach your organisational goals. As Professor Nick Flor at Anderson School of Management writes: “Primitive humans evolved an innate affinity… Continue reading

Rethink millennials habits on storytelling and shortcuts

Large-amounts of short information-chunks are overflowing us. Meaning and understanding are breached in favour of shortcut demands. The development of the digital world is in this line of thinking just another step in the development of the industrial society’s mass-production and mass-media. Where quantity always is more important than quality. Besides new technology especially younger generations, New Millennium Learners, are often criticised to be the main driving force of this development. However, it is time… Continue reading

The Return of the Higher Education Republic

During the Renaissance scholars and students were wandering between the growing amount of universities searching for the knowledge and engaging environments of their own choice. As the centuries went by this goal was abandoned in favour of the nations’ demands. Especially from the 19th Century and onwards the main goal was to build a powerful nation-state. In this spirit, the equation of education during the past two centuries has been that the nation has acknowledged… Continue reading

“If history were taught in the form of stories…”

Therese Fowler writes: “The history of storytelling isn’t one of simply entertaining the masses but of also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo.” In other words, good stories told in an engaging way are like oil for the brain to tear down walls and boost understanding. Since a story helps the reader decode new words more easily. This is empowered by the reader’s motivation to follow the progress and learn something new. According to Uri… Continue reading

Human versus Machine: Learning skills

Learning to speak a new language brings health benefits and in addition. We could be predisposed to speak more than one language, new research suggests. In this spirit, multilingualism has shown to have social, psychological and lifestyle advantages as well as direct health benefits like faster recovery from a stroke or delaying dementía. Something that could mean that to reach your brain’s full potential and to “empower” it, multilingualism is a great practice. This is… Continue reading

Five skills that make innovative leaders

In Harvard Business Review, Katherine Graham-Leviss, the founder and president of XBInsight, present the result and analysis of the competency data on nearly 5000 business leaders that the company has collected. The outcome shows that innovative leaders have five skills in common: Manage risk Demonstrate curiosity Lead courageously Seize opportunities Maintain strategic business perspective However, to boost these skills the workplace should work as a creative space with no bureaucratic or other forms of obstacles… Continue reading

Publishing 4.0 trends on a new playground

Researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg have developed ten proposals to provide publishers with inspiration to concepts for new business models. “The key element of publishing 4.0 is the customer-driven approach,” Jörn Fahsel, said, he is a doctoral candidate at Institute of Book Studies (E-publishing and Digital Markets) and a member of the research team behind the study. The analysis of the publishing 4.0 trends is based on a survey with newspaper- and scientific publishers as… Continue reading

The impact of Characters in Storytelling, new research

New research from McMaster University in Canada shows new interesting results on the impact of one of the most ancient and engaging art forms, namely storytelling. The focus of the research was the mechanisms of storytelling and the results show: “… that no matter how a narrative is expressed—through words, gestures or drawings—our brains relate best to the characters, focusing on the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist of each story.” This means that people… Continue reading

Storytelling to boost Engagement for your business

Engagement from storytelling is built with genuine and interest-awakening content. It is interactive and is packaged according to the company’s target group’s preferences. Social media is, of course, a great channel to drive such engaging information and strengthen the brand. Besides the interactivity that can be created via social media in the appearance of dialogue, multimedia, comments, texts, design etc. This is where the business shows parts of its brain-capacity, in the form of e.g.… Continue reading

Design Thinking into the Core of the Organisation and Learning

“The greatest scientists are artists as well.” Albert Einstein said, and in addition, many great artists are also scientists, like Leonardo Da Vinci. In exploring a new project, scientific or artistic, both sides of the brain is required, logical thinking and artistic creativity are not opposites. But prerequisites to design and manage the project you are working with, in order to get an excellent outcome. However, in comparison to industrial society’s systemic thinking where the… Continue reading