Monday, May 6, 2013

tweets to may 6 - iceland, city cmooc/idec, & listening

Fred Bartels (@fredbartels)
5/6/13 6:10 AM
Curious that there hasn't been a cMOOC about our Massive Open Organized Communities, aka #cities?@gsiemens @Downes

Ira Socol (@irasocol)
5/6/13 6:14 AM
This "brilliant report" sadly mistakes "schoolwork" for "learning"… @anniemurphypaul
“We were amazed at how frequently they multitasked, even though they knew someone was watching,” Rosen says. “It really seems that they could not go for 15 minutes without engaging their devices,” adding, “It was kind of scary, actually.”

or comforting..refreshing...enlightening (but you have to lean in and listen.. with no agenda. other than tp hear..)
 perhaps their strong will to connect even when watched...
their cognizance of what matters...despite rules to comply to things that don't.
their kindness.. in not making a ruckus about it.. or their honesty.. in not faking what they know you can see.. are looking at..

imagine.. if we trusted them (each other) to be cluing us in on the key element we keep missing...connectedness

people connecting... many see that as their currency.. 
perhaps we learn from them...

biggest cMOOC ever .. and we keep bringing in our own (misplaced, misinformed, non-requested) agenda.

Concern about young people’s use of technology is nothing new, of course. But Rosen’s study, published in the May issue of Computers in Human Behavior, is part of a growing body of research focused on a very particular use of technology: media multitasking while learning. Attending to multiple streams of information and entertainment while studying, doing homework, or even sitting in class has become common behavior among young people—so common that many of them rarely write a paper or complete a problem set any other way.

or perhaps...
media/interconnectedness survival... while confined/forced/bribed to learn (regurgitate) something you weren't/aren't curious about. 
attending to multiple streams of connectedness and learning.. while in a mandated..gathering.
perhaps.. to most.. the side ... multi-tasking.. is. figuring out what the curriculum/test/paper.. wants/needs them to say/write/do..

most likely not their eudaimonia...fittingness..
and yet..
they continue to be kind - as the system takes away yet another 7hrs +. of their day

the they is .. all people..
we are all being too kind/blind. as this system. keeps eating away at our two key elements ..
human spirit. potential

But evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts. So detrimental is this practice that some researchers are proposing that a new prerequisite for academic and even professional success—the new marshmallow test of self-discipline—is the ability to resist a blinking inbox or a buzzing phone.

many of us are already passing that test... with flying colors..
nothing like compulsory compliance to test your grit...

so wait... now we want to take even more time/money/people/resources/etc..
to test the grittiness of our extremely well-proven/documented grit..?

we need a time out.

The media multitasking habit starts early. In “Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds,” a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and published in 2010, almost a third of those surveyed said that when they were doing homework, “most of the time” they were also watching TV, texting, listening to music, or using some other medium. The lead author of the study was Victoria Rideout, then a vice president at Kaiser and now an independent research and policy consultant. Although the study looked at all aspects of kids’ media use, Rideout told me she was particularly troubled by its findings regarding media multitasking while doing schoolwork.

our first assignment.. 
perhaps FAIL

it's even in picture form for us... 
cool jets findings...
signs of life
of grit


P2P Foundation (@P2P_Foundation)
5/4/13 7:02 AM
Iceland’s experiments in digital democracy
What we have here is a very small community, but there are so many ideas that can be tried out to see if they work, which can then be adopted in a bigger place,” Gnarr said, during an interview in which he touched on anarchy, hallucinations and the tedium of Linguaphone conversations as well as democratic reform. “Reykjavík and Iceland are perfect places to experiment with democracy.”

With two-thirds of its 320,000 population on Facebook, Iceland can be a petri dish for democratic ideas, according to the mayor.

with this and andreas.. see 3rd floor of Rialto as daily stock exchange.. with connections.. not monies

sharing this info with lady in Loveland studying ozone layer in Antarctica 

So many new parties have been formed that a law was passed to change the format of the ballot paper, while in the background the future of the country’s constitution – widely proclaimed as the first crowd-sourced constitution in history – hangs by a thread.

“And if we want to maintain it, it is so important to find ways for people to participate. The reason we are in this mess is because people were careless and nonchalant about democracy.”

Since gaining power, Best party has worked with non-profit democracy reformers The Citizens Foundation to create Better Reykjavík, an award-winning platform that allows users to debate and suggest policies, “like” policy ideas, make budget decisions and vote on micro-issues affecting their neighbourhood. If a policy – those mooted by members of the municipal government or Reykjavík residents have equal weight – is “liked” enough times, it works its way to the top of the priorities list and action is taken.

liked enough times... is already... so... being gamed.. no?

The parties are small, but some of their ideas are gaining traction. “People are discussing politics 24/7 online, but nobody turns up to meetings,” said Bright Future leader Gudmundur Steingrímsson, who called it an attempt to create an online party for the 21st century.

“It is definitely a country reformers should be watching,” he said. “Other countries could learn that you can create a shared conversation, and trust people to input into the national process.”
But the stalling of Iceland’s constitution revealed the challenges of digital reform, he added. “What Iceland shows us is that the internet can be an instrument for change, but it cannot break existing power structures.”

prior to now-ness

If Iceland demonstrates the possibilities of direct democracy, recent months have also exposed its limitations. A row still rages over the country’s constitution, which was created after its economic collapse. When 950 Icelanders, randomly chosen from the national register, gathered for one day in 2010 to decide its founding principles it was hailed as the world’s first “crowd-sourced” constitution.
A 25-member constitutional council drew up the constitution in four months – despite Iceland’s supreme court judging the election of the council void.
The draft was not without controversy: it stipulated that Iceland’s remaining unprivatised natural resources should remain in the hands of the state, a move unlikely to be supported by Iceland’s powerful fishing industry, and called for freedom of information and greater accountability for politicians.
Despite the fact that two-thirds of voters approved the document in a non-binding referendum in October 2012, the bill did not make it through parliament before it broke for elections, and several politicians told the Guardian it was unlikely to proceed in its current form.
Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of the Independence party that held power at the time of Iceland’s economic crash, said the constitution had been rushed and created without experts.
“I have to admit I think people went way ahead of themselves here,” he said. “You can call me conservative, but that’s what I am and I think we should be conservative when it comes to the foundation of the entire legal system in Iceland.”
Now campaigners fear for the constitution’s life. Any change to it must be approved by two successive parliaments, but outgoing prime minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir passed an amendment on her final day which means the constitution could be approved if it gains the support of two-thirds of parliament and 40% of the electorate in a further referendum. It is, campaigners say, a mammoth task.

this is what we learn... highlight

Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l)
5/3/13 11:29 AM
Medical schools, instead of relying on GPAs and MCAT scores, are evaluating candidates…


Andrea Meyer (@AndreaMeyer)
5/4/13 7:02 AM
thx!RT @ToniaDabwe World’s Biggest Challenges are its Biggest Market Opportunities |… via @customerthink

These achievements don’t get as much attention as bad news, because our brains are wired to hone in on anything that could threaten our survival. But above the din of disasters and terrorist attacks are the facts that more people have been lifted out of poverty in the last 50 years than the previous 500. The cost of food is 1/13th what it was in 1870. Even those living below the poverty line in many countries today have access to a telephone, toilet, television, air-conditioning and a car — things that Andrew Carnegie or John D. Rockefeller couldn’t have dreamed of a century ago.

Lower costs like that make it possible to offer much-needed but low-cost products to the “bottom billion” people in the lower rungs of the economic pyramid. For example, an estimated 1.1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. But four billion of them are spending 30 cents a day for water, which makes clean water a $400 billion a year market, as inventor Dean Kamen points out. Kamen is in trials with a new water purifier that can turn any water (even polluted water, seawater or latrine water) into pure drinking water for less than .02 cents a liter.
Such innovations by entrepreneurs can solve the world’s biggest challenges.

“That’s my source of optimism. That and a realization I made early on that if there’s a problem, I’m going to solve it. Once you see the world that way, it’s a different place,” Diamondis said.
  • Look at negative events as potential opportunities to create new products or services to prevent or mitigate the negative.
  • Look past the sensationalized “bad news” to see the less-publicized march of positive trends in human development that create or expand markets for products and services.
  • Consider how to leverage the rising spread of modern infrastructure (communications, utilities, and logistics) to access more suppliers, partners, and customers.

Gardner Campbell (@GardnerCampbell)
5/4/13 7:01 AM
Cyberparenting and the Risk of T.M.I., via @nytimes #vtclis13
What I’ve found out is, they know how to shut you out,” Ms. Sanders said. “I don’t have the access codes to my daughter’s Tumblr account, so unless she leaves them open, I know nothing about her Tumblr life.” Occasionally, Ms. Sanders has asked her daughter for the codes, but her daughter then changes them. Like most savvy parents, Ms. Sanders has installed parental controls on the family computers, but has found the phrase “how to take parental controls off” in their search history.

answer - trust

Education towns cities

Know that there is a must-you feel that you have to see it! 

So it you must see, this amazing story of cknia ntaia, established a school for girls in Kenya-full of inspired, pain, courage and attainment. 

Is huge. Shabbat Shalom!

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ReachScale (@ReachScale)
5/5/13 7:10 AM
At Skoll 2013 had fewer sessions. Instead once each day 15 tables were lead on topics @monk51295@GregChase existing set-ups we perpetuate?

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
5/5/13 7:06 AM
.@GregChase @monk51295 Starts w/ taking questions-Take 3 at a time & only one answer per question. In less than 10 mins 6 ?s asked/answered.

Tony Wagner (@DrTonyWagner)
5/5/13 7:13 AM
Enstitute: Apprenticeship as alternative to college. Important "educational R&D" as I am quoted saying in the column

Enstitute does offer a semiformal curriculum, requiring eight hours a week on topics like finance, branding, computer programming and graphic design, as well as English, sociology, and history, the content of which comes largely from online courses. The fellows also receive writing assignments every six weeks; outside academics and experts edit and review the work for writing style and grammar. Many fellows choose a less technical track for their course work and study subjects like Japanese culture or the poetry of Keat

like Israel.. be there 8to 130 every dat. ish. 

Many of the fellows say they work upward of 40 hours a week. There is no overtime; the compensation package is a stipend, usually around $800 a month, with housing and food fully subsidized by Enstitute — a benefit being extended only to the program’s first class. Starting this September, the new batch of fellows will have to pay $1,500 in annual tuition, and their room and board will not be covered. Stipends, however, will be around $1,600 a month — and they will be paid overtime. The entrepreneurs cite various reasons for agreeing to take on an apprentice. “It’s an awesome value at a nominal cost,” says Ben Lerer, 31, a co-founder of the Thrillist Media Group, a digital media site geared toward men; its apprentice is Ben Darr, 20. “We would hire Ben full time today,” says Mr. Lerer, who treats Mr. Darr to twice-weekly boxing sessions. (Enstitute strongly discourages employers from hiring the apprentice before the program is over.)

(Unlike most of the fellows, Mr. Henderson is a college graduate; he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing, with a minor in information technology, from Seton Hall in 2011. He enrolled in Enstitute as an alternative to attending an M.B.A. program, which would have cost $50,000 a year.)
THE apprenticeships in this class focus on tech start-ups. For the next class, Enstitute will offer apprenticeships in digital advertising and nonprofit areas, placing fellows at places like The New RepublicThe Huffington PostBuzzFeed and the nonprofit Charity: Water.

much like college as business incubator.. we wrote of 4yrs ago (that we probably got from tony - or clay..
Enstitute says it has raised around $300,000 in donations in the last year, and it plans to expand to a couple of more cities by fall 2014. Its founders want the nonprofit Enstitute to become a brand name like that of a top-flight university. But instead of getting a paper diploma, the fellows will graduate with a portfolio of skills they’ve acquired, business development deals they’ve closed, marketing materials they’ve created and products they’ve built, in addition to 5 to 10 recommendations.
Bill Ferriter (@plugusin)
5/5/13 7:14 AM
This bit on addiction to ADHD medication was powerful and frightening: All My Friends Are Dead -…

Why doing what you love is not enough  #startups #smallbiz

or maybe it is..
and we need to realize - bucky's vision - that it's not about earning a living - if we decide to become connected..