Today, I’ll be reviewing Scott Berkun’s latest book, The Dance of the Possible, showing you how to foster your creativity, be more productive and inspire you to get up and make stuff.
In this video, I’ll ask you three questions from Hans Rosling’s ignorance test to see if you are smarter than a chimpanzee.
P.T. Barnum was an incredibly successful promoter and showman. He created and ran a travelling circus that was known as “The Greatest Show On Earth”. He was aware of the public’s obsession for the whacky, weird and outrageous and he exploited this by exaggerating and even making up his acts. These included a woman allegedly 161 years old and a real live mermaid (which was actually a monkey wearing a fish tail).
Gustave Le Bon was an expert in many different subjects from Medicine to Psychology to Physics. He is best known for his book, The Crowd: A Study Of The Popular Mind, which explained crowd psychology and why people behave differently in groups.
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay is a study on crowd psychology and is extremely relevant to the present day, despite being written back in 1841. It explores how easily we can be misled and how illogically we can think when popular opinion influences us.
Did you know YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees and was originally a dating site? YouTube was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. The logo, website domain and trademark for YouTube were registered on 14th February 2005, with the original idea for it to be an online dating website. Users would be able to upload videos of them introducing themselves and saying what they were interested in, but the idea didn’t take off and the co-founders soon pivoted to become a more general video sharing site.
From a hobby in 2004 to over 1.8 billion monthly active users, here’s the story of Facebook. While he was at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg built websites as a hobby. He built Facemash, which allowed his classmates to rate students as attractive or not. He also helped friends with another site called HarvardConnection. His friends eventually sued Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their idea for the creation of Facebook.
Pinterest is a photo sharing website that is in the top 50 most popular sites in the world. However, the visual discovery tool began as just a dream.
When two people began working on an advertisement-based free service that allowed users to listen to all of the music in the world in 2005, it changed the music industry forever.
Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia app originally created by three students from Stanford university. After a very slow start, it’s now hit over 10 billion daily video views.