Friday, June 21, 2013

tweets - politics/policy

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
6/20/13 6:38 AM
new @JesseLynStoner The Value of Vision Series Shilpa Jain -  SEEing the Change Shilpa Jain “Is vision over-so...

layers of change: individual, communal and systemic.
much of activism is focused on stopping what is wrong and fire-fighting that few change-makers get the opportunity to visualize and articulate the world they are working to create.  At the Jams, we engage in a visualization of the world 25 years from now and invite people
Three vital transformations occur through the visioning process.
First, people find themselves united in their hopes and dreams.  ... Once it is seen, it can’t be unseen.  
Second, everyone finds that their work and contribution – and that of others – has value, because everything is essential for the vision to come true.  So, the need to make someone’s work better or worse, or someone’s strategy more or less important, melts away, and people begin to see the interdependence of all the different approaches.  Vision puts an end to competition and enables more collaboration and cross-pollination.
Third, and perhaps most significantly, the vision gives a context for the healing of historical divides, like race, class, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, etc.  Invariably, the vision includes a world that works for everyone, in which each person is respected and included, in which each culture and community has a meaningful role to play, in which border patrols are lifted and violence has ended.  This vision provides a context for doing the hard work in the Jams of being honest with our grief, pain and anger — and working through it with vulnerability and love in community.  It helps support the kind of listening and (un)learning that is so vital for healing.  And THAT is what ultimately makes the unification sustainable for the long haul.
Shilpa is a coffee talker for idec.. yay.

Nando Stöcklin (@nstoecklin)
6/14/13 5:52 AM
Die Open Badges nehmen in den USA offenbar Fahrt #playghd
verifiable credentialing...?

because you cam go to those previous mentors..?


universities, massively open online courses (MOOCs), high-tech employers, and K-12 programs already use badges to certify skill acquisition. The Open Badges partners are committed to expanding the use of badges nationwide over the next three years so that one million K-12 and college students and one million workers will be able to use badges to advance their academic progress or further their career goals by being able to demonstrate acquired skills and learning

(same song second verse)?
or.. horse of another color

Nichole Pinkard, associate professor in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media, said DePaul will consider Open Badges that document higher-level learning as part of the application process.
“Badges give you a better idea of who the applicant is. They give you a stronger sense of quality and a stronger sense of context of what that person has done in the real world,” Pinkard said. “While digital badges won’t replace anything we currently require, as they become more prominent and more recognized, we would expect more students to include them in their applications to DePaul. The applicant’s academic record will still be the most important consideration.”

Rovy Branon (@rovybranon)
6/21/13 6:55 AM
How Badges Really Work in Higher Education -- Campus

I think I sprinted the entire article..

oh my..
gatekeepers.. lovingly, simply, .. be ready

Harvard University (@Harvard)
6/21/13 7:00 AM
Michael Dukakis '60 helps to teach session of @Harvard_Law negotiation
According to former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis ’60, tackling most public policy challenges begins with the same steps.
“Make a list, create a working group,” Dukakis said. “Bring these folks together. See if you can at least begin by getting agreement on what the problem is. If you do that, you’re halfway to a solution.”
What’s a good negotiator to do in a situation like this? Make a list, Dukakis said. This list, he said, should include all of the individuals with an interest in the problem—business community members, representatives from all levels of government, media, private citizens and others.
The key players must then come together, he said—all of them, even the ones who cannot stand each other, “eyeballing each other around the table”—and work to build consensus.
But that’s just the beginning of the process. In the end, Dukakis explained over the course of the class, the Park Plaza proposal collapsed, the result of a failure by the key players to work together properly.
In successful working groups, Dukakis said, trust develops naturally when the parties listen to one another, care about others’ opinions and genuinely believe they are being respected. And at the conclusion of a successful working group, everyone involved should get an equal share of the credit for the result. As a result of such a process, those involved feel a sense of ownership over the project and will be willing to participate in the political legwork that comes next.
Cathy Davidson (@CathyNDavidson)
6/20/13 6:44 AM
#Unplug: Baratunde Thurston Left The Internet For 25 Days, And You Should Too By Baratunde…

Zac Chase (@MrChase)
6/20/13 2:45 PM
I wrote, "116/365 Find Something Interesting, Ask Questions."

thinking ..perhaps cc is one of our biggest roadblocks..

just that 
1. that was a first comment
2. Zac responds.. appropriate question
3. his response includes cc blah blah

all evidencing perhaps - what is taking most of our time and/or value

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
6/21/13 6:54 AM
Erdogan giving another harsh rally speech. Blames, lemme see, protesters, NGOs, intl media, CHP, terrorists, artists, foreign conspiracies..

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
6/21/13 7:06 AM
He even blamed the "standing man." RT @EdgeOfEurope@zeynep @monaeltahawy anybody left without blame?

nancyflanagan (@nancyflanagan)
6/20/13 6:38 AM
Gov’s "reform" agenda: threading the needle between school choice and protesting parents.…

In the end, no one even applied to the IB diploma program. The district, however, still collected “about $320,000,” Matthews said.
“They have established the rules,” he said, “and we play by them. We met the requirement. We don’t feel bad about that.”

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
6/20/13 6:38 AM
New by @fredwilson On Corporate VCs - Every once in a while I display some emotion publicly that I regret. That ha...

There are two kinds of corporate investments in startups; passive corporate VC arms and active strategic investments.
The former is made by well established investment groups like Google Ventures, Intel Ventures, SAP Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and many many more. For the most part, they don't "suck". They can be a good source of capital for your company, they can be supportive investors who follow on when the rest of the syndicate does, and they generally have good reputations, including with me.
The latter is when a company sees a business they want to get closer to, they take a big stake, a board seat, and they make a ton of promises about how much they are going to help the company. These type of investments and relationships have almost universally "sucked" for our portfolio companies. The corporate strategic investor's objectives are generally at odds with the objectives of the entrepreneur, the company, and the financial investors. I strongly advise against entering into these kinds of relationships.

Anya Kamenetz (@anya1anya)
6/21/13 7:03 AM
does the sharing economy have a shadow side?…

Cameron Sinclair (@casinclair)
6/21/13 7:08 AM
Less than 2 hours to the biggest talk of my life. @AIANational convention keynote. 3000 people have signed up plus it will be televised.