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  • How to estimate anything
    How to estimate anything
    How would you respond to the job interview question ‘How many electric kettles are there in New York State?’ It is beneficial to be able to make a procedurally-based, well-informed guess that shows you have the smarts to arrive at a logical approximation.
  • FutureLearn: business courses on the go
    FutureLearn: Business courses on the go
    FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform launched and wholly owned by the Open University in the UK.
  • ‘Just-in-time’ Business Courses from Filtered Learning
    ‘Just-in-time’ Business Courses from Filtered Learning
    The well-known manufacturing principle of just-in-time aims to ensure that the right part arrives on the assembly line in the right place and the exact moment it is needed, thus reducing inventory overheads and making for a lean and efficient process.
  • Bite-sized business courses from My Online Learning
    Bite sized business courses from My Online Learning
    When you need to improve a specific business skill and don’t have time for long courses, evening classes or time off work, short off-the-peg online courses can be the answer to learning exactly what you need, when you need it.
  • Diplomats needed
    Diplomats needed!
    With the UK having voted to leave the European Union and right-wing leaders in Europe and around the world celebrating the decision (when this was written), it might be a good time for future leaders, administrators and businesspeople to deepen their knowledge of International Relations.
  • Baking Technology Management
    Use your loaf: study Baking Technology Management
    London’s South Bank University is offering a foundation degree in Baking Technology Management. Brioche, bagels and brownies don’t find their way onto supermarket shelves by themselves, and somebody has got to know how to keep malt bread squishy and crackers cracky.
  • Keep calm and play the ukulele: The Idler
    Keep Calm and Play the Ukulele
    How can we be free in a world of jobs, debt and alarm clocks? What’s the best way to live life from moment to moment? If we don’t decide this ourselves, the pressures of life is sure to fill up those moments for us and we risk being left without a sense of peace, purpose or pleasure.
  • Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead
    Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead
    In 2014 The University of California, Irvine staged an eight-week MOOC on the sociological, scientific and ethical questions posed by the zombie apocalypse portrayed in AMC’s The Walking Dead.
  • Become a Pokemon Professor
    Become a Pokémon Professor
    Yes, that’s a thing and there’s a course for it. There are three grades of Pokémon Professor: Basic Rank Professor, Stage 1 Rank Professor, and Stage 2 Rank Professor. The courses are delivered via Pokemon.com.
  • Alchemy
    Alchemy
    Before science really got going, curious minds tried to convert substances into other substances by trial and error and a whole lot of wishful thinking.
  • Institute offers glittering career in gemology
    Institute offers glittering career in gemology
    The Gemological Institute of America offers a range of courses to further careers in the Jewelry industry. Central to its educational offer is its Graduate Gemologist Program, which it describes as “the most prestigious credential in the industry”.
  • Witch School is a real thing!
    Witch School is a real thing!
    Wicca is a contemporary pagan new religious movement developed in England by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant, and introduced to the public in 1954.
  • What makes people happy?
    What makes people happy?
    In 2014 The University of Berkeley launched a MOOC called The Science of Happiness. It is still going strong in 2016 because people are, well, happy with it.
  • Meditation for Entrepreneurs
    Meditation for Entrepreneurs
    The thing about meditation is we know it’s good for us, but we convince ourselves we don’t have time for it. Ironically, meditation can help to quieten down the very same stressful thinking that prevents us from doing it
  • Get high for free drinking only water
    Get high for free drinking only water
    Maybe there’s a slight pang of guilt at the clickbaity title, but it got your attention and there are excellent reasons to read on. We’re talking about the links between exercise and feeling good in yourself, otherwise known as mental health.
  • Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Are ‘superfoods’ real?
    Eat blueberries and you will live for ever. Quinoa gives you superpowers. Being within 100 feet of an egg yolk will kill you instantly.
  • The Nobel Prize for Food: winner announced July 11
    The Nobel Prize for Food: winner announced July 11
    The Basque country between France and Spain has a proud culinary tradition that has led to the creation in 2011 of the Basque Culinary Center, a university dedicated entirely to food.
  • There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face
    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face
    In 1984 an American Biologist and ‘father of sociobiology’ Edward O. Wilson published a work Called Biophilia in which he laid out his reasoning for why animals can make humans feel good.
  • Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake
    Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake
    It’s a cruel fact that the world’s call centres and fast food restaurants are full of workers who have an arts degree but don’t know how to capitalise on it. World famous Central Saint Martins arts and design college aims to change this.
  • Digitizing the sales funnel: online advertising
    Digitizing the sales funnel: online advertising
    Online advertising is a zillion-dollar industry. From AdWords to clickbait, it permeates our online lives as it tries to conjure everyone’s credit cards out of their wallets. As it matures it is creating new career opportunities as brands seek to maximise their online impact.
  • 4 Creative Breakthroughs
    4 Creative Breakthroughs
    Those involved in the creative process know how hard it can be sometimes to open the floodgates of their creativity when required. If they wait for inspiration, they might find themselves waiting a long time. The old adage about creativity (or was it success?) being 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration definitely applies here.
  • Learn to create electronic soundscapes
    Learn to create electronic soundscapes
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  • Survey: British people want to express themselves
    Survey: British people want to express themselves
    Anyone who has been to the UK, or failing that, watched the movie Notting Hill will know that British people have difficulty expressing their feelings. Here is some evidence that despite their famous shyness, they’d actually quite like to let it all hang out. If that’s all right with you, of course. Sorry. Excuse me.
  • Painting with words: the art of storytelling
    Painting with words: the art of storytelling
    Storytelling – in particular oral storytelling to a live audience – is the most powerful may we have of communicating ideas or feelings to other humans. Not only for getting our children to sleep, but also for business, the Arts, politics, and for keeping the social world turning.

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