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Reflections on Myanmar – Money

Before you get to Myanmar, you’ll probably do a bunch of Internet research. One of the foremost pieces of shared wisdom is the need to bring crisp US dollar bills in high denominations. Fortunately the situation is rapidly improving, and I thought I would share my insights into the world of Myanmar money. In my […]

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Mark’s Innovation Expertise – 24 Things to Explore

I recently had a follow-up conversation with a judge at the Hult Prize and we got talking about innovation. My current work has been on Scaling, now put into book format (available at startscaling.com). Scaling is highly relevant for innovation. I consider innovation to be the process of developing new things that deliver value. The key is delivering value. […]

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10 Rules (life & living)

10 Rules (Mark Turrell) 1. It’s all easy 2. Be good 3. Be honest 4. Be happy 5. Limit being sad 6. Help others 7. Share things 8. Be free to choose 9. Be lazy 10. Focus on the end goal

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The Fallacy of Carrots & Sticks

Why our focus on the individual is misplaced In business and society we are taught about the importance of individual motivation. When business planners try to identify appropriate motivational levers to provoke desired behaviors, they usuallyconsider a trade-off between the positive, the ‘carrot’, and the negative, the ‘stick’. The donkey analogy is commonly used to […]

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Mobile Phone apps for election monitoring – a quick look

I was recently pinged ny a friend who wanted to know what was the latest and greatest in election monitoring software and apps, particularly in places where citizens need to play a much more obvious role in ensuring transparency and the right to have one’s real vote counted. Here is my quick Skype response: Q: […]

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Handling People with Negative Opinions

I’ve had several conversations in the last month or so with people expressing negative – or super-negative viewpoints – on things like humanity, specific human traits, and technology. “Facebook is stopping people going out and having social experiences” “I’m worried about all this information available on the Internet – it’s making everyone stupid” … And […]

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TedXKrakow: ‘How Things Spread’ – Mark Turrell

How do things spread? Ideas? Behavioral change? A brief run through the fundamental components of spread, and then some unusual examples of how to apply the concepts in oppressive societies – namely Zimbabwe and Libya. Presentation made in Sept 2012 at TedXKrakow and video produced by the TedX team.

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Why ‘Americans are Self-Centered’ is Wrong

A thought piece on how to shape the attitudes of the masses – the importance of linguistics in shaping potential strategies People other than Americans are also self-centered, and the phrase ‘Americans are self-centered’ has an availability effect so that hearing it creates the impression that they are the only ones. Better would be to […]

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Jail Time – Introducing Downside in an Upside Only World

Nicolas Robinson made a mistake. The 23-year old from Borough, south-east London stole a £3.50 pack of water bottles from a Lidl store during the UK riot. Matt and Adam made a mistake. They were running a bank that required a massive billion pound bailout. The Northern Rock bail-out added £100 billion to the National […]

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Human energy is special (it is not conserved)

In physics, there is the firm convention that energy is conserved. If an object gains energy, something else loses energy. Human energy is different. We do not have a zero-sum equation that governs our energy. Human energy, both positive and negative, is not conserved. It is special. When we think of human energy, we think […]

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