How to Use Intro Chats in Personal Networking

You can learn more about this topic in Eazl’s new Instant Skills course on personal networking.

When you’re building a personal network, “intro chats” are a great way to meet new people without committing too much. In this Brain Boost see how we use the PIG (Preferences, Interests, Goals) system to qualify people who we might collaborate with, hire, or buy something from.

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How Much Does Happiness Cost Where You Live?

😃 Access Eazl’s Cost of Happiness by Country Database free at http://bit.ly/costofhappiness

In 2010, Nobel prize winning economists Daniel Khaneman and Sir Angus Deaton collaborated with Gallup to build a dataset of more than 450,000 people to ask a simple question: how much does happiness or “emotional well-being” cost? Their answer is about $75,000 per household in the US.

We wanted to make a tool that digital nomads, non-US residents, and curious people could reference to see what this “income and happiness threshold” is around the world. To do it, we used an economic construct called the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) index which helps us account for the different power that one US dollar has (adjusted for currency exchange rates) across different countries.

While we didn’t use it for this video, one fun way that this is regularly done is by using the Big Mac Index–something that the Economist has been calculating since the 80s. It compares the price of Big Macs around the world to help establish the relative purchasing power of a dollar in different places.

Here are links related to this Brain Boost:

• Access Eazl’s Cost of Happiness Index at http://bit.ly/costofhappiness
• Read Daniel Khaneman and his co-author’s original research and related research at http://bit.ly/2dMCmr0
• Learn more about the Big Mac Index at http://econ.st/2jc58Ez
• Take Eazl’s free animated Macro Economics 101 course at http://bit.ly/2yniQa8
• See the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Index datasource at http://bit.ly/2hYddcr

Whether you’re working for someone else or for yourself, this should help you benchmark how much you need to earn before you start to focus on the bigger questions.

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The Human IPO + Alt-Capitalism

A perfect storm of social change, globalization, technological advancement, and changing values is brewing… and alt-capitalism is coming.

The Human IPO
Mike Merrill launched KMikeyM in 2008 which is him. He is the company and you can buy shares in his decisions. Now, around 1,500 people hold shares in Mike. They vote on things like whether or not he should be a vegetarian, whether he should change jobs, and more. This shows us that many people in the next generation of investors… don’t want to be investors. Not in the traditional sense anyway. They want to own things that give them meaning and Coke and McDonalds aren’t it. Check out Vice’s profile of Mike Merrill here.

Investment Crowdfunding
Meanwhile, the market for crowdfunded securities is developing. In the last year, around $40m worth of crowdfunded securities have been purchased in the US alone. See a report by Sherwood Neiss and Crowdfund Capital Advisors here.

The Shareholder Advantage
Having more than 1,000 shareholders in any business–a local café, a retailer, a web-business, a small service business–is a big deal. This is a huge group of people incentivized to economically support the growth of the business… and it’s already happening.

Take Eazl’s free Investment Crowdfunding 101 course to learn more about this technology/social movement. Stay tuned to this space…!

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The First AI Keynote Speaker

Artificial Intelligence is moving FAST.  Let’s get you up to date with what’s happening.

Here are some of the links mentioned in this week’s Brain Boost:

 

3 AI and Robotics Initiatives Moving Fast:

Staying Focused Despite the Trump Media Chaos

 

Don’t Be a Victim to the Media Chaos
What you put in brain matters and all forms of media (social media, radio, television) are saturated with stories about Trump. Stories that are divisive, that are designed to create culture wars, that pit us against each other.

If you put that stuff in your brain all the time, your brain is going to be shaped by it.

Learn how to actively shape your brain in healthy ways with this guide to neural plasticity that was developed by Eazl’s well-being researcher Ludell Jones and based on emerging brain science from UC Berkeley.

Get it free here and share it with your friends.

While it’s good to be aware of what’s happening in the world don’t be a victim to the news.

More Innovation and Opportunity than Ever
This is a time of tremendous innovation and opportunity. You can learn in amazing new ways from great people on Udemy (and not just Eazl courses!) and learn from some of the smartest people in the world for free using EdX.

Industries everywhere are being disrupted and change is OPPORTUNITY. It’s not just about big-money startups, either.

Glenn Carroll’s research at Stanford shows that well-run small businesses that embrace their authenticity have a distinct and sustainable advantage over tired old big brands using the same old tricks.

See the research at http://stanford.io/2qXewMb.

Some of the people making progress in the Eazl community are:
Matt Banks, a leader in carbon emissions reduction through corporate sustainability. See his interview in What’s Next? Washington DC at http://bit.ly/2fWtcVd

Rodrigo Palma, advancing accessible artificial intelligence by working on the IBM Watson team. Connect with him at http://bit.ly/2gW5cEC

Jessika Jake, a physical product innovator in the workplace wellness space. Check out her business at http://bit.ly/2xTH0bn

Have the Courage to Build Bridges
It is in the interests of selfish oligarchs for us to stay home and stay divided. When we don’t do meaningful things, we consume to fill the void.

COURAGE will lead you to OPPORTUNITY.

In my personal experience, organizing on Chicago’s South Side has shown me that there is power in diversity, that smart, well-intentioned people are building inspiring things in SO MANY places.

I encourage you to find the good in people, to find the good people, and to build bridges.

Have the courage to say “no” to the Trump media chaos. You can take back the control by making small meaningful steps towards solving problems that matter.

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The Coming Creative Revolution and the Teacherless School

New opportunities for content creators, the teacherless coding school and more in this week’s #BrainBoost. Links to each story below!

Creators Get Paid
The founder of Patreon, Jack Conte, talks about the new digital infrastructure helping creators get paid. See the new TED Talk at http://bit.ly/2gzuV5l

Authenticity Everywhere
When Netflix’s lawyer writes such an approachable, common-sense cease and desist letter you know the world’s getting better. See what I mean at: http://bit.ly/2zjiJNK

Awesome Explainer of the Google / Uber Driverless Car Lawsuit
See how one innovator–Anthony Levandowski–is at the center of this massive battle between Uber and Google. See awesome video created by VICE Media the video at http://bit.ly/2kKwIsM

The Teacherless Coding School
Change is the ONLY constant. See how Ecole 42, the French coding school created by Xavier Niel has… no teachers. It’s amazing. Read the piece at http://bit.ly/2wR3dXM

Marriage Revolution
MIT Technology Review has a fascinating new report about how online dating is revolutionizing society. Read about this huge shift at http://bit.ly/2ykk6gW .

 

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Should Driverless Cars Kill Pedestrians to Save the Car Owner?

 

Big, real questions are starting to bubble up as artificial intelligence and driverless cars get closer to impacting our daily lives.

Here are some of the opportunities to dig deeper into this fascinating mix of philosophy, technology, and society:
The Driverless Car Dilemma (via Radiolab) at http://bit.ly/2xXdXrL [Podcast Episode]
Why DeepMind Established a Coalition on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (via the DeepMind Blog) at http://bit.ly/2yKejhW [Blog Post]
The Partnership on AI at http://bit.ly/2hQSpXl [Study Group w/ Google, IBM, Apple, + More on AI and Society]
Racism and Predictive Algorithms (via ProPublic) at http://bit.ly/2xZ2tRV [Article]

A major debate was started when Christoph von Hugo, an executive at Mercedes revealed that Mercedes’ programmers had programmed their driverless car to prioritize the life of the owner of the vehicle over those of pedestrians should it ever have to make a decision in the lead-up to a crash. What are the ethics of AI?

Moreover, it turns out that some racist AI applications are already being observed. For example, evidence shows that artificial intelligence in law enforcement has led to an increase in the incarceration of black people.

Now Google’s DeepMind team has launched a team to look at the ethics of artificial intelligence. What’s your take?

Cover Image: Mercedes’ driverless concept car.

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Why You Should Start Talking to Your Devices

 

If you haven’t already started, it’s a good idea to start getting used to interacting with your hardware with voice commands. As Bose releases the Bose QC35 headphones with native Google voice assistant, it’s clear that almost all personal computing hardware is moving towards voice command.

Two other stories we’re paying attention to this week:

• Ethereum is Getting Bigger and Bigger: Recently, the founder of Ethereum said that he believes that the Ethereum network will facilitate around the same number of transactions as Visa, the global credit card processor, by 2020. You can watch a great interview with him to learn more about Ethereum and the future of this arena with AngelList founder Neval Ravikant at http://bit.ly/decentralizeeverything

• Visualizing Google Data: The Google News Lab has just finished a massive collaboration with some of the world’s most creative data visualization artists to come up with beautiful new ways of visualizing data related to culture, news, and sports data and it’s amazing! One Spanish team used data from Google Translate to show the most commonly-translated words from different countries. Worldwide, the most translated word is “beautiful.” That’s rad. You can see the whole collection at http://bit.ly/visualizebygoogle

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Certificates, Nanodegrees, and the Future of Work

This post is part of our Augment Your Resume series. We’re creating content that will help you upgrade the language, certifications, volunteerism, and projects sections of your resume.

How will certificates, nanodegrees, and badges fit in to the #FutureOfWork? 🤔

Thought Point #1: Decentralized Authority
Everything is trending towards decentralization. We’re seeing small-scale, decentralized energy production, cryptocurrencies and blockchain are decentralizing finance, and globally distributed and globally connected workforces are an example of decentralized production.

Similarly, authority is now becoming decentralized. Here’s an example: today, one of the most respected degrees in artificial intelligence is the Udacity Nanodegree and Udacity is an organization that was launched 5 years ago.

As technology continues to disrupt and force people to re-learn skills, new kinds of educational credits are emerging because we need them. They are certificates, nanodegrees, and badges.

Thought Point #2: The Decline of Loyalty at Companies
Research shows that companies are increasingly disloyal to their employees and that employees are increasingly disengaged from the companies they work for. (For example, see Harvard’s http://hbs.me/2xwSUIC)

In his 2017 book “The End of Loyalty,” Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Rick Wartzman shows that, starting in the 1980s, companies that were already healthy started using layoffs to increase shareholder profits, causing a total destruction of trust between shareholders and the C-suite and employees. (See http://whr.tn/2w1m0Si)

Instead, we’re seeing an overwhelming preference for people to earn their wages from freelance, consulting, and small team arrangements rather than working for large organizations (see Eazl’s recent update on freelancing in the US at http://bit.ly/2w2nQ5p).

In arrangements like this, there is usually no internal training staff, so you have to bring your own skills to work.

What’s New? Eazl Certificates
Enter certificates, badges, and nanodegrees. While they probably won’t replace a traditional bachelor’s degree any time soon, they’re going to play a more important role in demonstrating to clients and partners that you are capable of something.

Recently, Eazl published the Facebook Ads Certification Course and the certificate we’ve designed is meant to give you a tool that you can use to close more deals, demonstrate your skills, and increase the attractiveness of your LinkedIn profile and resume because we’re here to be your partner in success. You can see John’s Facebook Ads certificate at http://bit.ly/johncert.

If you’ve completed 100% of our Facebook Ads Certification Course (see http://bit.ly/fbads10) or or Essentials of Feedback and Performance Management (see http://bit.ly/youtubefb5) course, you can request your certificate at http://bit.ly/eazlcertified and we’ll make one just like John’s for you.

Onward… to the future!

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The End of Jobs and Bosses

This post is part of our Augment Your Resume series. We’re creating content that will help you upgrade the language, certifications, volunteerism, and projects sections of your resume. After watching this video, you should be thinking about ways to display and prove your skills as the world of work changes.

No “jobs.” No bosses. I think the future of work is going to be decentralized, “bring your own skills to work,” about shared ownership, and will favor people who can effectively self-manage… themselves.

The “Pop Up Organization”
The future will probably involve fewer bosses. Recently, a group of American freelancers got together to create True Story (a card game and mobile app) and there’s one striking thing about the company. It isn’t a company. There are no bosses, no managers, and no official titles. It was a collaboration between a group of freelancers who met, created, signed revenue sharing agreements, and walked away. See http://nyti.ms/2v613SJ.

This is becoming an important way of working — and not just for bands of freelancers. Jody Miller, the founder of the Business Talent Group (see http://bit.ly/2x97CFq), makes a living assembling teams of freelancers for short-term projects for Fortune 500 companies.

Algorithmic Managers
Increasingly, software algorithms are being used to allocate, optimize, and evaluate human workers and business processes. Sound familiar? That’s what managers used to do. At companies like Uber and Lyft, there are 500 and even sometimes 1000 drivers for every 1 person who does traditional “management” functions.

The new conversation being had by next-generation management scientists isn’t how humans can be better managers, it’s how algorithms can be better human managers. For example, see the paper “Working with Machines” at http://bit.ly/2i9oclV. For more information about the DAO see http://bit.ly/25RWicG.

Also, watch Senator Ben Sasse being interviewed about the future of work at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. I believe he’s correct about much of his view on the future of work (and he’s definitely going to run for President, so he’s worth learning about). Here’s the link with the timecode embedded: http://bit.ly/2uV835l

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