How Feedback Loops Can Improve Your Business

How Feedback Loops Can Improve Your BusinessNearly every municipality has tried a long list of things to help slow down speedy drivers. Yet in 2003, in Garden Grove, California, something would finally succeed.

Officials in the Orange County community installed “dynamic speed displays,” or driver feedback signs. These signs display the speed limit, and, equipped with a radar sensor, show drivers their current speed as they approach the sign.

Thanks to the signs, drivers In Garden Grove slowed and speeds dipped. The strategy worked more than any other tactic, including warning signs, police presence or tickets. But what was so fascinating wasn’t just that the feedback signs worked, but why. Read more

This Powerful Visual Tool Maps Out Your Business

This Powerful Visual Tool Maps Out Your BusinessWhen you’re excited about a business idea, it’s easy to launch into action to start making it real.

But how can you be sure your idea will work? How can you be sure you’ve covered all your bases? How can you be sure your business model’s solid and your actions will pay off?

And what about if you’ve got an existing business? Have you built it on a solid foundation? Are there hidden “tweaks” you could make that would boost your results? How can you find them? Read more

The Science Behind Visual Thinking

The Science Behind Visual ThinkingA popular theory in regards to learning is the left brain and right brain thinking.

The suggestion is that people tend to process information with one side or the other. Analytical types who tend to use reason, logic, and numbers to understand the world are considered “left brain thinkers.” “Right brain thinkers” are said to decipher the world on a more visual and intuitive scale: processing the minute details in such things as facial expressions, color, and pictures, and turning them into a solution.

Scientists from the University of Utah debunked this myth in a study released in 20131. Read more

Learning Spanish with Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping to Learn SpanishLast year, around this time, I decided to work on my Spanish skills for the Colombia project with T2VC.

It was going to be my biggest single project so far with Fluent Brain.

And my role being that of a “program manager”, helping capture, organize and communicate information effectively, I wanted to improve my Spanish as much as possible before going down to Medellín in August.

We were going for two weeks to interview our client, as well as universities and support organizations. Read more

Seven Steps to Creating Visual Summaries

Seven Steps to Creating Visual SummariesA visual summary is a great way to hold a readers attention while dispensing a large amount of information.

In this post, we’ll explore how to create such a summary using a mind map.


The Mind Map Contains the Hierarchical Information

For this example, the mind map was created based on the GIST TechConnect event “Crowdfund Your Startup Venture” that happened on January 29th, 2014. It was a panel of four people moderated by Ovidiu Bujorean at CRDF Global.

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I Need a Strongly Sustainable Business Model

I Need a Strongly Sustainable Business Model

Extract from Edward James’ blog on the Strongly Sustainable Business Model: “Our world is full. Some of this is good but much is bad. Business is a big part of both. How can we use scientific knowledge to help business make things better?”
“I have designed & tested an easy to use tool to reliably plan businesses that do good and do well for a long time into the future.”

I love my work. Like anybody in business, I want to make a profit.

I love my work. Like anybody in business, I want to make a profit.

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