Friday Finds — Good News, Learning Out Loud, ChatGPT

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“In a competition between someone who knows the most and someone who is willing to learn the most, the edge usually goes to the curious and empathic professional, not the one who is simply protecting what’s already known.”
— Seth Godin

Happy Friday! Around here we’ve left the holiday phase of winter and entered the coughing, hacking and wheezing phase. One of the souvenirs the kids brought home from their Disney trip was a stupid virus that is lingering for weeks. I’m just glad that things are relatively quiet and we can get some rest this weekend. Hope you’re all fine and fit as a fiddle!

As always, thanks for reading.

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📰 News & Notes

99 Good News Stories From 2022

It’s easy to focus on the negative, especially during a year like 2022 which was marked by a pandemic, inflation, unstable economies, and multiple crises. But it’s important to remember that not everything was bad. In fact, there were some truly uplifting human rights victories, extraordinary conservation wins, major milestones in global health and development, and an acceleration in the clean energy transition. This article is a reminder of the kinds of stories that you might not have seen on the evening news or in your social feeds, but they’re just as important as the negative headlines. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the good things that happened in 2022 too.

Chat GPT Applications for Leaders and Educators

Chad Littlefield previews ways leaders & educators may want to use #ChatGPT which is fundamentally changing how content is generated, how we get information, and what we do with it all.

If you’re one of the few who haven’t played with this yet, you should.

Have Canva Presentations Changed the Game?

Watch Cat Mulvihill teach you how to create and present slides that will leave your audience clawing for more with Canva. From slide control and display of audience questions, to sharing your slides in style, Cat’s got the tricks to elevate your presentations to the next level.

Learning Out Loud:
A manifesto by Dr. Karen Caldwell

Dr. Karen Caldwell shares her dream of learning out loud, a process of sharing, exchanging and wrestling with ideas, and mobilizing knowledge together. She also discusses “knowledge mobilization” and the potential for making research more accessible and clearly communicated.

How to Not Suck at Color – 5 color theory tips everyone should know

How do great artists & designers pick colors for their work? How do you pair colors together?

In this video, Greg Gunn shares 5 important color theory tips that everyone should know.

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🎧 Podcasts

How to Write so People
will Read with Casey Mank

Ever struggled with making your writing more effective? Casey Mank has some tips for you. She explains why writing matters, even if you don’t consider yourself a writer. She also shares three steps for making your writing more powerful. And if you’re having trouble getting people to read what you write, Casey has some advice for that too. Give it a listen and up your writing game!

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The Facilitator’s Role in Modern Learning Environments

Cindy Huggett, virtual training expert and consultant, discusses the evolving role of virtual trainers to learning experience facilitators. She chats about the mindset shift all trainers and facilitators need to make, how to reframe your relationship with technology, and various strategies to enhance your facilitation skills, no matter what learning environment you use.

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Lessons Learned from the World’s Longest Study on Happiness

Dr. Robert Waldinger breaks down key insights on happiness gathered from the Harvard Study of Adult Development including: The top stress regulator—and how to cultivate it in your life, Two big happiness myths to debunk, and how to foster warm, authentic relationships with one question.

Listen now »

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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.

3 thoughts on “Friday Finds — Good News, Learning Out Loud, ChatGPT

  1. Always great stuff, my friend. Your CANVA YouTube link points to a DonNorman video. Very weird. Thought you might want to know if no one said anything yet.



    You learn something every day if you pay attention. – Ray LeBlond

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    1. Whoops! Too many links and not enough time to double check them all. It was probably a leftover copy & paste thing. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it.

      Are you getting ready for your big move? Best of luck with your new adventure!


      1. Thanks. Lucky for me I get to work remotely and not have to relocate to the Midwest. I get the best of both worlds!


        You learn something every day if you pay attention. – Ray LeBlond


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