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The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:47 am

With the onset of September comes autumnal cleaning and a fresh new chatroom thread.

I am not sure how to stick it to the top of the page (or how to unstick the now-archived one over there), so if a wiser mod (Pete) could do that, I'd appreciate it.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:01 pm

Chatroom hasn't been terribly active lately... let's change that! Hi everyone!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:27 am

Hi!!!
May start with 2 topics I would like to discuss with you? Is it possible here to chat about something not related to the forum?
If so, has anyone ever used Fiverr? Some friends introduced it to me and said is widespread in USA.

Thanks :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:53 pm

I haven't personally used Fiverr, are you looking to use it as a client or as a freelancer? I've used other similar sites before, and I imagine the pros and cons are about the same -- it's easy-ish/convenient to get work, but because some people are willing to work for very little, rates are driven down. Good if you're a client I guess, though then there's the issue of guaranteeing quality.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:39 pm

Well...I would like to offer services and to start exploring online opportunities...I am quite unfamiliar indeed. I know there is the need of having skills in order to emerge from the crowd (good logos, good design and so on)...so I was asking myself whather it is better or not to be affiliate with an expert in the field
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:27 pm

What services are you hoping to provide?
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:40 am

Well since I'm actually doing a PhD in Economics Networks and Business Analytics I would like to provide both technical and non technical translations from italian to english and an help (I have to design it yet) on STATA, R code and Excel. Then one of my friends is going also to provide presentations in latex and ppt...that's the hope but since we are trying to attract small/medium sized firms already online or willing to enter on the online, we are quite worried about the design and the "looking professional" part of it :sss
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:18 am

I've pinned this post so it remains at the top of the page.

Earnest , it's absolutely ok to post here about things not related to the forum, that's half the point of having the chatroom.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:30 am

Many thanks peter!
Well I also would like to say sorry to invisiblemimsy and everyone else in the forum for my infinite posts. The fact is that I am able to check the happenings in the forum generally once or twice in the day so that I concentrate all my thoughts and questions. I am done like that so please tell me if I'm exagerating during the solve :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:02 pm

Don't apologize; it's great that you're helping keep the forum active! (Unfortunately I can't help with your question about Fiverr, as I've never used it.)

I've finally got a photo of a road sign that was the solution to one of my puzzles a few months ago:
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby WiZ » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:40 am

You asked two good questions on the last archive of the Chatroom, Earnest.

When you proposed the idea of a TEDx talk on Lateral Thinking, did you mean about the phenomenon of the Lateral Puzzle, the techniques to approach a problem laterally (testing assumptions, asking correct broad questions, being creative and ensuring the solution is logical), or how to apply lateral thinking in a business context?

Paul (our admin) has delivered several talks on the subject. There are a few floating about on the internet, but here are some interesting ones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKFjbR59-bg (On the puzzle phenomenon)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RCb_zkKXWU (On how to apply lateral thinking to business)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:22 am

Wow I did not know it! Anyway as a student I was thinking about lateral thinking in decision making. The aim could be both educational (for children...starting from examples of puzzles also from the forum, we could lead step by step children/teen to lateral puzzles in every day decisions...the concept is "lateral thinking is cool and you can be cool by thinking laterally") or about management and business, above all online business...indeed I have not thought about it, anyway it could be focused aroung the main concept that in a world in which anyone could possibly sell online and pay a designer to impress buyer, the difference is made by people able to think out of the boxes...
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