Covid-19: we’re here to help

We’ve heard from many sources that certain traditional research methods – mostly those that involve face-to-face interactions – may have to be curtailed while we work through the coming months. This restriction may hold up projects and, more worryingly, put the livelihoods of some independent freelance researchers at risk. As many of you know, Watch …

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The100: Powerful videos, the trio of doom, and hypnagogic jerks

Knights of conference-style seating For millions of years, humans or even higher primates have sat around in circles to discuss things. There’s a reason we call them the knights of the round table, not the knights of conference-style seating. In this interview, Rory Sutherland addresses the behavioural science behind video conferencing and remote work. Personally, …

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The100: Starting over, deliberative rhetoric & heartprints

I quit By this point in the year many people have waved the white flag to their resolutions. Their hands full of retrieved chocolates. The still squeaking running shoes are just for show. All the while mumbling promises to do better next year. But, if the resolution to quit your day job and set up …

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The100: Thinking fast, harbingers of failure & ice cream

Trender bender Little known fact: if you laid all the pages of all the 2020 trend reports published to date,  end to end, they would circle the earth. Twice. Helpfully, Julian Cole has kindly pulled together all the relevant PDFs into one handy place. I’m sharing it because I know it will be popular; but …

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Best of The100: Strategy, storytelling and leftovers

Back in the hot seat. And after a week of not eating leftover cheese and chocolate for breakfast, I’m feeling good. And lighter. For the first The100 of the year, I’ve herded the 10 most popular articles we featured during 2019. It seems readers of The100 are particularly interested in strategy, storytelling, effectiveness and why …

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The100:  Behavioural science, Haha, Aha & Cheetos

Be a fool Justin Lines spoke recently about how comedians can help us reveal better insights. Because Haha is far closer to Aha than you think. Comedians have to warm up the audience. Not just with a warm-up act, but also with the crescendo of their set. Justin argues that we could do the same …

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The100: A.I., Disney’s mindsets and Ben Affleck

Behold the Sky Rabbits! (Alleged) AI and some of its applications are snake oil. Sold as a remedy for something-or-other but having no real benefit or worth. That’s what Arvind Narayanan, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Princeton (yikes) thinks. And after reading his accessible presentation entitled How to recognise AI snake oil, I’d be inclined …

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The100: dotcom bubbles, newstalgia and plastic elephants

Messing with the magic Snip. Snip. Snip. Snip. The slithers of rope tethering online advertising to any form of respectability are gradually being severed. $5 to anyone who can read the (albeit old) eBay case study without shaking their heads. “The experiment ended up showing that, for years, eBay had been spending millions of dollars …

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The100: Thick data, the gray tsunami and spirit animals

Rebranding data Canvas8 has been asking global tech ethnographer Tricia Wang for her tuppenceworth on why thick data makes big data more valuable. There’s this belief that anything that is measurable is more valuable, but that devalues a large part of human expertise because if it’s not quantifiable, then it’s not valuable knowledge. That’s scary, because …

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