Freedom + Passion beats Carrot with its Own Stick: what really motivates people

It's been a busy few weeks, but I finally have a chance to break radio silence and put up some new content on the blog.  I've recently been introduced to the RSA's brilliant series of animated conference presentations.  These quirky hand-drawn animations are an informal way to absorb interesting ideas by some of today's big thinkers.

They have one on Jeremy Rifkin's Empathic Civilization that I blogged about earlier.  But the one that grabbed my attention is an adaptation of a talk given by Dan Pink on what motivates people - particularly what motivates them to innovate and excel in challenging circumstances.  Apart from general interest value, I was hooked by the fact that I've seen the dynamics Pink describes play out in much of my own research on urban sustainability (see here for a good example).




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