New Eazl Course: Professional Networking Strategy

You can find the full Personal Networking course here.

Learn how to make professional connections, filter out mis-aligned people, and start relationships with future partners.

Learn the CCMM Professional Networking Strategy in Less than 90 Minutes:
• Develop connections with professionals who can make a difference in your career
• Converse with new connections to determine alignment (or lack thereof)
• Craft approaches to developing new relationships with well-aligned people
• Expand your professional network through 2nd degree connections

To learn more about new courses launching this month, visit this page: http://eazlblog.com/new-courses-fall-2017/

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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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New Eazl Course: Learn Integrative Negotiating in 60 Minutes

You can find the full Negotiation Strategy course here.

In this course, you’ll learn:
  • The Fundamentals of Creating Value Through Negotiation
  • How to Create an Advantage Through Preparation
  • Claiming Value While Giving Value
  • Two Ways to Create a Collaborative Environment
  • Closing Deals: Creativity, Pressure Resources, and Subjective Value
  • 5 Communication Upgrades When You’re Negotiating
  • The Psychological Factors that Impact Negotiations

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New Eazl Course: 5 Principles of Customer Service

You can find the full Customer Service course here.

To learn more about new courses launching this month, visit this page: http://eazlblog.com/new-courses-fall-2017/

In this course, we’ll cover…
1. How to Solve Customer Issues in a Community-first Context
2. What Social Media and Smartphones Mean for Customer Care
3. How to Generate Revenue through Compassionate Service …and more!

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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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What is Neuroplasticity? (+ Free Neuroplasticity Handbook)

“The only constant is change itself” – Heraclitus of Ephesus ca. 500BC

Because we don’t see or touch our brain it’s easy to forget that–like any other part of our body–our brain changes over time. Specifically, neural pathways, our synapses, and individual neurons evolve in parallel with our habits, with the types of information that we consume, and with our life experiences.

The concept of neuroplasticity really began to take shape in the mid-20th century as psychologists and neuroscientists learned more about our brains, how they adapt, and how the physical “brain folds” that we observe are connected to how we think.

Specifically, neuroplasticity describes the physical and cognitive evolution of your brain that results from your habits, life experiences, and choices.

Here are links to some of the research we used in the making of this video:
• Human Echolocation Study- http://bit.ly/2wnCGRQ
• Neuroplasticity and Meditation- http://bit.ly/2yw7iBh
• Cognitive Development and Neuroplasticity- http://bit.ly/2fTM2hV

Here’s a link to the free handbook created by Eazl Well-being Researcher Ludell Jones related to neuroplasticity.

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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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