Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 19, 2021

“The secret of freedom lies in enlightening people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”

Maximilien Robespierre

Happy Friday! We are wrapping up our birthday week for the boys in our house. I’m grateful that I got to see my dad for lunch and for all the birthday wishes that remind me of all the times and places I’ve spent time and made friends. My bucket is overflowing with gratitude today. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I’m back to an old favorite today, listening to Kygo as I wrap up my week.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Evidence-Based Perspectives on Hot L&D Topics

Agile Learners: The Foundation for an Organization That Thrives

Lifelong learning is now roundly considered to be an economic imperative and “the only sustainable competitive advantage.”  In today’s era of accelerating change, disruption has become commonplace. Organizations need to implement strategies to become more resilient, adaptable, and able to capitalize on new opportunities.

Remedies for the Distracted Mind

Cognitive neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and psychologist Larry Rosen make a convincing case for what you may have already been thinking: your brain is not well adjusted to our engaging—and distracting—modern world. Here they show you what the science says you can to do harness your distracted mind.

This article is part of a special issue “Connected State of Mind,” which explores the impact of tech use on our behavior and relationships. View the complete issue here.

No One Cares

Marcus Aurelius observed almost 2,000 years ago, “We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.” Many of us could become better off if we learned to care a good deal less than we do. In this article, Arthur Brooks recommends taking three steps to help with this.

Conference Recordings & Resources

This week was jam packed with learning opportunities. It is going to take me awhile to catch up on all the goodness. Here are the events I was keeping an eye on this week. Did you drop into any of these? Did you glean any valuable takeaways? 

L&D Gift Ideas

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Do you have friends or family in the L&D world? Or maybe you’re looking for yourself? No matter, this guide from the Learning Guild offers ideas, advice, and inspiration for selecting the right gift for anyone with a passion for learning and development.


Tools & Tips

  • 7Taps is microlearning made easy
  • Glide Pages Transform your data into beautiful, powerful web apps & websites
  • Virtually is the easiest way to automate your private Zoom events
  • Umso is a great way to build a website quickly and easily.
  • is a white label link shortening tool

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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