Four Links to Make You Think November 29th - December 3rd

Vanessa Munteanu
Why our evolved intuitions about privacy aren’t serving us in the digital space, how behavioral economics can help design the future transport, how to overcome the psychological pitfalls and avoid meeting overload and the four principles of deep work.

Our evolved intuitions about privacy aren’t made for this era

‘Our emotional responses evolved in a very different world. In the online era, that makes us more vulnerable to privacy risks.’ An interesting look at how our intuitions, as consumers, are not necessarily serving us in the digital space, where privacy boundaries are hard to set and maintain.

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Designing transport for humans, not econs

‘It’s common to hear that transport providers are “simply getting people from A to B”: a low-bar ambition that misses the real purpose of much travel.’ In this article, an adaptation of the freshly launched ‘Transport for Humans: Are We Nearly There Yet?’ book by Pete Dyson and Rory Sutherland, the authors look at the potential of using behavioral science to make transport better for humanity at this point in history when they claim we’ve almost reached the practical and physical limits of its performance.

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The psychology behind meeting overload

‘In this piece, the authors discuss the psychological pitfalls that lead us to schedule and attend too many meetings, and share strategies to help employees, managers, and organizations overcome those challenges. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the universal human biases that drive these tendencies, a greater awareness of the psychological factors at play can help us all work towards healthier communication norms, more-effective interactions, and cleaner calendars.’

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The deep work principles

This article dissects the deep work principles and is based on Cal Newport’s book Deep Work which is on our team’s must-read list. ‘Throughout the book, Newport explains not only why deep work matters—something most people who work in the tech and entrepreneurial world should pay attention to—but also how to develop such skill.’ Have a deep dive into the four principles.

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About Signol

Signol is a software platform that draws on insights from behavioral economics to encourage employees to make more efficient decisions. Signol provides personalized feedback through multiple communication channels, as well as data analysis for managers. In aviation, Signol aims to use behavioral "nudges" and incentives to reduce pollution and fuel waste and cut operating costs.

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