The Upstarts

14th April 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Week

Some of our previous book choices may have hinted at the fact that we’re intrigued by the unusual confluence of creativity found in Silicon Valley.  We’re now deep into Brad Stone’s new book The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World. (Audible version here.) In The Upstarts, Stone contrasts Uber and Airbnb, two of the biggest players around in the new shared economy. This double-pronged approach provides deeper contextual insight than if Stone had just chosen to cover a single company, or had chosen to cover a number of companies lightly. All this provides profound insight into an epic era and area for creativity. Stone is a real reporter who doesn’t do puff pieces —his books are always well worth reading.  (We’ve previously touted Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.)

A New Memory Tips Video from 4 X US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis

Here’s another new video from our friend, memory maestro Nelson Dellis, on how to memorize names and faces.  All of Nelson’s videos can also be found as bonus videos in our new MOOC Mindshift.  If you would like to join Nelson in his efforts to support research on memory, please take the Extreme Memory Challenge.)

Scott Young: Flow Doesn’t Lead to Mastery

As many of you know, we’re fans of Scott Young’s work (Scott, the “Marco Polo of Learning,” did a great bonus interview which can be found in week 2 of Learning How to Learn).  Here’s another worthwhile article of Scott’s on how “Flow Doesn’t Lead to Mastery”.

Learning mnemonics boosts memory and triggers lasting changes in the brain

This great new article from npg Science of Learning by Shelly Xuelai Fan describes how the Method of Loci, (which we get you started on in Learning How to Learn), makes physical changes in the connectivity of your brain that improve your memory.

The Potential of Sports Analytics to Revolutionize STEM Education

We’ve known bioengineer, sports scientist, and basketball player John Drazen for a long time–since he first was beginning his graduate studies. Read his description of the work he’s doing in using sports analytics to encourage interest in STEM, particularly amongst the disadvantaged.  

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team
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