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Ripples on the Pond

Ripples on the Pond

The actions we take in our everyday lives can have profound impacts on the world around us. The choice is ours. What will you do with the time you have here on Earth? How will you use what you learn? What kind of legacy will you leave? How will you treat those who are just starting out? In this keynote, we’ll talk about the complexities of the human brain, the power of choice and knowledge, and how the tiniest actions can make the biggest ripples on the tech community pond.


Elizabeth Naramore

August 11, 2014


  1. , Ripples on the Pond Elizabeth Naramore

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  3. Fantasy Football

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  10. Sometimes our brains work against us.

  11. Negativity Bias

  12. Negative experiences register and are stored in our long-term memory

    faster. http://www.rickhanson.net/your-wise-brain/how-your-brain-makes-you-easily-intimidated
  13. Negative experiences have a greater impact than positive ones. http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/Assets/71516.pdf

  14. Negative experiences adversely affect our happiness by more than two

    times. http://hbr.org/2011/05/the-power-of-small-wins/ar/1
  15. We learn faster from negative experiences. http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2012/09000/Perspective___The_Negativity_Bias,_Medical.19.aspx

  16. Babies are just as affected by negative experiences. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966030/

  17. There are 5 times more neural networks dedicated to negative

    affect than positive affect. http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept11/vol69/num01/Respect%E2%80%94Where-Do-We-Start%C2%A2.aspx
  18. Problem Solvers

  19. “The fundamental difference between creating and problem solving is simple.

    In problem solving we seek to make something we do not like go away. In creating, we seek to make what we truly care about exist.” - Peter Senge, Systems Scientist
  20. Social Rejection

  21. Overlapping portions of the brain are active for social rejection

    and physical pain. http://www.scn.ucla.edu/pdf/Lieberman%20&%20Eisenberger%20(2008)%20Neuroleadership.pdf http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/v18/n11/full/mp201396a.html !
  22. Our brain also releases the same pain killers. http://record.umich.edu/articles/brain-releases-natural-painkillers-during-social-rejection-u-m-study-finds

  23. Electrophysiological changes in the brain happen during social conformity. http://scan.oxfordjournals.org/content/8/7/756.abstract

  24. There are negative chemical changes in the brain when we

    feel misunderstood. http://scan.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/14/scan.nst191.full?sid=41b7e2f1-9e94-41b2-9c14-e167d219ac76 !
  25. There are also negative chemical changes in the brain when

    we feel disrespected, slighted, and undervalued. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201309/getting-past-the-stress-feeling-slighted
  26. Rejection Sensitivity

  27. Impostor Syndrome

  28. Curse of Knowledge

  29. Curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias that makes it

    harder for us to know what the other person doesn’t know. http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2009/08/18/the-curse-of-knowledge-mistaki-1/
  30. We also consistently falsely overestimate how many other people know

    the thing we know. https://dev5.law.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/child-page/370999/doc/slspublic/Naive%20Realism.pdf
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  32. Sometimes our technology works against us.

  33. We judge things faster and harsher online. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1453762&dl=ACM&coll=DL&CFID=369926398&CFTOKEN=92608752

  34. Anonymity and online communications increase the likelihood of jerk behavior.

  35. Online Disinhibition Effect

  36. Online Disinhibition Effect 1. Dissociative Anonymity 2. Invisibility 3. Asynchronicity

    4. Solipsistic Interjection 5. Dissociative Imagination 6. Minimization of Authority
  37. Online Disinhibition Effect Negativity Bias Problem-oriented Focus Social Rejection Impostor

    Syndrome Rejection Sensitivity Curse of Knowledge Online Judgment
  38. FUD

  39. Fear Uncertainty Doubt

  40. Fear causes heart damage, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, clinical depression, and

    more. http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/security/facing-fear/impact-fear
  41. We are less creative when we feel psychologically unsafe. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/job.571/abstract

  42. We are less creative when we feel like we’re being

    evaluated. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10400419009534330#.U7FQ7pSwKTI
  43. Positive moods make for more creativity and better problem solving.

    http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/jocn.2009.21057#.U5YMn5SwKTI http://mdm.sagepub.com/content/11/3/221
  44. Positive moods enable us to more effectively conquer our fears

    than negative moods. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/232531217_Predicting_return_of_fear_following_exposure_therapy_with_an_implicit_measure_of_attitudes?ev=prf_pub http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/positive-attitude-phobias-exposure-therapy-negative_n_2783262.html
  45. We handle stress better and perform better under pressure with

    positive thoughts. http://www.academia.edu/1737994/Psychophysiology_of_survival_the_impact_of_psychological_strategies_on_the_physiological_responses_to_thermal_environments
  46. Self-doubt increases susceptibility to anxiety, depression, lower self- esteem and

    a need for approval from others. http://www.apa.org/monitor/may03/chronic.aspx
  47. Self-doubt also contaminates our healthy relationships. http://psp.sagepub.com/content/27/4/423.short

  48. Self-doubt also increases rejection sensitivity. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/83/3/556/

  49. FUD is self-destructive.

  50. FUD is self-limiting.

  51. FUD is toxic.

  52. Individual Choice

  53. Individual Knowledge and Awareness

  54. Membership Lifecycle

  55. Membership Lifecycle

  56. Membership Lifecycle 1. Peripheral ! ! ! !

  57. Membership Lifecycle 1. Peripheral 2. Inbound ! ! ! !

  58. Membership Lifecycle 1. Peripheral 2. Inbound 3. Insider ! !

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  59. Membership Lifecycle 1. Peripheral 2. Inbound 3. Insider 4. Boundary

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  60. Membership Lifecycle 1. Peripheral 2. Inbound 3. Insider 4. Boundary

    5. Outbound ! !
  61. Membership Lifecycle Insider Boundary Outbound ! ! ! ! !

  62. Every interaction is a ripple.

  63. Choice

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  70. CHOICE

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  75. Knowledge and Awareness

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  77. New neural pathways can be created in 6 weeks by

    retraining your brain to think new thoughts. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201309/getting-past-the-stress-feeling-slighted
  78. Positivity comes with practice and training. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950 https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/newsletters/authentichappiness/college http://www.academia.edu/1737994/Psychophysiology_of_survival_the_impact_of_psychological_strategies_on_the_physiological_responses_to_thermal_environments http://psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/0003-066X.60.5.410

  79. Our brain patterns change after empathy and compassion training. http://scan.oxfordjournals.org/content/9/6/873.full?sid=08567f57-3a1f-47e5-bc02-78651136ba01

  80. Practice in mindfulness changes your grey matter. (the parts responsible

    for attention, emotion, learning, capacity for empathy, and stress reduction) http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~britta/SUN_July11_Baime.pdf
  81. Practice in mindfulness and self-affirmation decreases burnout and increases self-

    compassion. http://psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/1072-5245.12.2.164 http://self-compassion.org/UTserver/pubs/self-affirmationhelping.pdf
  82. Self-compassion increases our compassion for others. http://self-compassion.org/UTserver/pubs/self-affirmationhelping.pdf

  83. Expressed gratitude releases brain chemicals that solidify social relationships. http://scan.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/01/30/scan.nst182.abstract

  84. Gratitude also affects parts of the brain responsible for positive

    thinking. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201211/the-grateful-brain
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  86. Alerting users to rethink a decision to post malicious messages

    drastically reduces the desire to post. https://www.googlesciencefair.com/projects/en/2014/f4b320cc1cedf92035dab51903bdd95a846ae7de6869ac40c909525efe7c79db
  87. And now, back to what’s important here.

  88. And now, back to what’s important here. (me)

  89. Thanks to some of my ripple-makers.

  90. Jim Weirich (1956-2014)

  91. What kind of ripples will you leave?

  92. empower

  93. empower educate

  94. educate befriend empower

  95. educate befriend assist empower

  96. educate befriend assist collaborate empower

  97. educate befriend assist collaborate celebrate empower

  98. educate befriend assist collaborate celebrate encourage empower

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  100. educate befriend assist collaborate celebrate encourage create inspire empower

  101. educate befriend assist collaborate celebrate encourage create inspire appreciate empower

  102. educate befriend assist collaborate celebrate encourage create inspire appreciate accept

  103. educate befriend assist collaborate celebrate encourage create inspire accept forgive

    empower appreciate
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    empower appreciate accept
  105. educate befriend assist collaborate celebrate encourage create inspire forgive respect

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    care empower appreciate accept respect
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    understand care appreciate accept respect
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  109. @ElizabethN http://speakerdeck.com/ElizabethN

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