The Dynamo and the Social

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Thought this was an interesting piece at Slate based on Paul David’s paper. There are some obvious parallels with personal or mobile computing and education and the difficulties we have with using it well. “Electric light bulbs were available by 1879, and there were generating stations in New York and London by 1881. Yet a thoughtful observer in 1900 would … Read More

Jack Welch and Rates of Change

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This, from Jack Welch, makes a lot of sense: “I’ve always believed that when the rate of change inside an institution becomes slower than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight. The only question is when.” Given how quickly things are changing outside schools, it makes me wonder how best to keep the rates of change inside … Read More

Video series on the remix

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From the Sugar Hill Gang to the typewriter. Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. via Betchablog

“Not another gym”

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Geelong Grammar School is Australia’s largest co-educational boarding school, It is over 150 years old, and full of tradition. I’d never heard of it until recently. Its mission statement (as found on its website) is not a million miles away from any of the school mission statements you find here in England: Geelong Grammar School offers an exceptional Australian education … Read More

Reinventing British manners the Post-It way

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Design thinking goes like this: firstly, immersion, whereby the designers research the problem by plunging themselves into it – talking to the people they're trying to help, working with them, interviewing experts. Secondly, synthesis – whereby they gather together their findings and look for patterns. Third, ideation – brainstorming solutions to the real problems identified by stage two. Then comes … Read More

How to Get the Most From Your Best Ideas

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Clear processes are also essential for dealing with one of the hard realities of innovation: failure. In this context, innovation can be seen as analogous to baseball—a star player on offense is one who fails about 70 percent of the time. As Otis’s Diehl puts it, “What’s important sometimes is not how a company deals with success but how it … Read More

Design Innovation and Innovation Ecotones.pdf (application/pdf Object)

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While mangroves, themselves, are the dominant, or keystone species, of the tropical estuarine ecotone, their rhizomic root system is also analogous to the entire ecotonal ecosystem itself. It negotiates the air/water interface as a third thing. From Carl Jung, to Deleuze and Guattari, to authors of hypertext, rhizomic systems have fascinated so many because they replace hierarchical constructs with an … Read More

YouTube – Yochai Benkler: After Selfishness – Wikipedia 1, Hobbes 0 at Half Time

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Yochai Benkler 94 delivers a dynamic lecture on the future of social production to mark the occasion of his appointment as the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies. From the Harvard Law School Spotlight: "Collaborative systems, built upon freedom and altruism, benefit from increased individual agency of motivated participants. As such, the newer systems are … Read More

Does Curiosity Kill More Than the Cat?

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curiosity can distract men from secular obligations by so occupying their minds that there is no room left for other considerations. These men (and women) fail to register the pain of animals subjected to experiments in the name of knowledge, pay no heed to the social consequences of their investigations, and take no heed of the warnings issued in Marlowe’s … Read More