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  • Ninakix shared from Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization by Adrian Bejan
    Although it has received a bad rap as a symbol of inequality, hierarchy is essential to good design. Instead of providing advantages to one entity to the detriment of another, it arises naturally because it benefits the entire flow system, whether it is all the water in a river basin or all the people in a society. Hierarchy evolves because good flow often involves multiscale architectures—that is, channels of varying sizes.
  • Ninakix shared from Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age by Duncan J. Watts
    Because affiliation networks always consist of two types of nodes—let us call them actors and groups—the best way to represent them is in terms of what is called either a bipartite or a two-mode network. As shown in the middle panel of Figure 4.6, in a bipartite network, the two sets of nodes are represented separately and only nodes of different types can be connected, via a relation that we can interpret as belongs to or chooses.
    Note: Two-mode networks
  • Ninakix shared from Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age by Duncan J. Watts
    The explanation of preferential attachment, however, makes an additional statement about the way the world works: that small differences in ability or even purely random fluctuations can get locked in and lead to very large inequalities over time.
    Note: On preferential attachment... Interesting.
  • Ninakix shared from Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business by Luke Williams
    On its face, that sounds reasonable. But, the problem is that traditional brainstorming has ignored the huge difference between generating lots of ideas and capturing quality ideas. As a result, brainstorming sessions often leave organizations and teams feeling overwhelmed and directionless—a state Beth Comstock at GE insightfully calls, “paralyzed by possibility.”2 Simply put, if your ideas are going to have any disruptive impact, you need to move beyond a shotgun approach to brainstorming and start pursuing creative effort with a laser-sharp focus.
    Note: traditional brainstorming ignored difference btwn generating lots of ideas & capturing quality ideas
  • Ninakix shared from Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business by Luke Williams
    Think about the perfect position of Mickey Mouse’s ears: They never move, regardless of the position of his head, and that helps deliver a consistent silhouette.
    Note: mickey mouse's ears never move to create a recognizable silhouette
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