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Archive for January, 2017

Motivation Tied to Incentives

Those familiar with Freakonomics will likely recall one of the pivotal observations delved into about human behaviour: people’s actions are greatly, if not primarily, influenced by incentives.

This caveat is revisited in the new issue of Psychology Today. A major article discusses the links between human motivation and incentives which may be laid, sometimes waylaid, in its path. (more…)

The Future of Insurance

An article in the January edition of The Insurance & Investment Journal discusses likely evolution of the insurance industry in Canada over the next two decades.

While obviously no on can foretell how it will look by then – especially given the ever-increasing pace of change – the roles of ‘consumption habits’ and technology are expected to be front and centre. (more…)

That Giving Feeling

By now probably most of us are familiar with the concept of ‘crowdfunding’. As defined in Wikipedia, it “is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people”. It’s a source of alternative financing; in 2015, “it was estimated that worldwide over US$34 billion was raised this way”.

An article in a recent issue of Psychology Today explores the motivation for people to subscribe to this method of giving. (more…)

Life Lessons from Angie Tribeca

It’s easy to have mixed feelings about a TV cop show (this one from TBS), including a comedic take like Angie Tribeca.

So far it has broadcast two seasons, albeit of ten episodes each, and likely will have at least one more.

It is uniquely placed in the current landscape due to its throwback focus on sight gags, supported by verbal puns, irony, etc., often delivered at rapid fire pace.  (more…)

Blogging Tips from a Pro

Early on in his latest book, Thank You for Being Late – An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, author and Pulitzer prize winning, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, embeds some tips for writing opinion pieces.

While this aspect of the book is precipitated by a chance encounter with a New York parking attendant who is also an Ethiopian blogger, his advice is widely both cogent and timely, especially for those of us striving for relevance in the blogging sphere. (more…)

‘Headlines Revisited’ – Part Two

As we launch into the new year it’s enlightening to reflect on recent historical perspective.

When Jay Leno was host of the Tonight Show, one of his regular features, usually on Monday evenings, was ‘Headlines’. During this segment, he would display a range of actual newspaper headlines, as well as ads or other similar excerpts, (more…)