Monday, October 7, 2013


Claudia Swisher (@ClaudiaSwisher)
10/5/13 6:31 PM
Veteran educators don't like2 be lectured2 by non-educators or by those w only 2years in the classroom.Call it human nature.@DianeRavitch

perhaps a grave problem..
rhizomatic expertise..
youth give us at least a quadrillion mini lectures all day long
are we listening..

Greg Satell (@Digitaltonto)
10/6/13 7:36 AM
The End Of The Scale

Yet in 2011, the 6 year-old Huffington Post, with just a handful of journalists, sold for $315 million.  By any conventional measure, HuffPo is no match for WaPo in size or stature, but yet it is worth more.  How could that be?
I think a big part of the answer lies in something James Manyika, a Director of the McKinsey Global Institute, told me about data analytics.  He said that even firms of the same size, in the same industry with the same IT budget and competing for the same customers, vary markedly in their ability to use technology.
Clearly, digital technology has enabled a new semantic economy where access and scale have been decoupled.  When access is universal, or nearly so, size doesn’t really matter.

Greg Satell (@Digitaltonto)
10/6/13 7:27 AM
The Evolution Of

Rita Gunther McGrath explains in her new book, The End of Competitive Advantage, strategy is now a game that looks more likeWorld of Warcraft then the game of kings.  You never win, but are always questing, gaining new skills and resources along the way and continually seeking the next challenge.Often, a vision has a shelf life.  It works for a while and then outlives its usefulness.  That was true of Jack Welch’s idea that every business should be number one or two in its category or abandoned.  It drove company strategy for a while, until it became clear that the evaluation had as much to do with category definition as it did with true success.until it became clear that the evaluation had as much to do with category definition as it did with true success.

that’s the problem with a vision, it’s almost impossible to distinguish it from a delusion

Roger Martin put it best in an article for The Harvard Business Reviewstrategy is not planning.

This whole choice between left wing and right wing is very funny to me... Ever asked a bird to choose?

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Jonathan Worth (@Jonathan_Worth)
10/6/13 7:03 AM
23 yr old self taught photographer and citizen-journalist : Turmoil in #phonar

Clay Forsberg (@clayforsberg)
10/6/13 7:05 AM
“You are what you settle for." ~ Janis Joplin
If you're looking for a chance to contribute to this groundbreaking project and our understanding of what it means to be human,

Bert van Lamoen (@transarchitect)
10/7/13 3:23 AM
It's better to be you. Whatever may come.

Noel Schulz (@kstate_1stlady)
10/7/13 3:32 AM
Industry Speakers from IBM, ABB, Siemens & Danish Energy Assoc talking about smart grid & its future. Excellent perspectives. @ieee_pes

lisaansell3 (@lisaansell3)
10/7/13 3:32 AM
The point of the internet is yours is not the only perspective. It's quite big. You might be holding court to those you can see..

HuffPostEducation (@HuffPostEdu)
10/7/13 6:30 AM
Foundations are increasingly running higher

Universities and colleges, she said, at their core, are vested in the current system.
“One of the things that’s so interesting to me when folks are questioning the role of foundations is that there’s such power and money and lobbying behind the status quo that people don’t see,” Laitinen said. “To me that’s the real powerful force here. In terms of actual policy, the higher-education lobby is more powerful than anything. You just don’t really see it.” What the foundations have enabled, she said, “is some alternative voices to help challenge that.”

10/7/13 6:31 AM
Presenting a surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling

“It’s one of these things that the [modular-robotics] community has been trying to do for a long time,” says Rus, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of CSAIL. “We just needed a creative insight and somebody who was passionate enough to keep coming at it — despite being discouraged.”to Gilpin, existing modular-robot systems are also “statically stable,” meaning that “you can pause the motion at any point, and they’ll stay where they are.” What enabled the MIT researchers to drastically simplify their robots’ design was giving up on the principle of static stabilitythe researchers believe that a more refined version of their system could prove useful even at something like its current scale. Armies of mobile cubes could temporarily repair bridges or buildings during emergencies, or raise and reconfigure scaffolding for building projects. They could assemble into different types of furniture or heavy equipment as needed. And they could swarm into environments hostile or inaccessible to humans, diagnose problems, and reorganize themselves to provide solutionsThe researchers also imagine that among the mobile cubes could be special-purpose cubes, containing cameras, or lights, or battery packs, or other equipment, which the mobile cubes could transport. “In the vast majority of other modular systems, an individual module cannot move on its own,” Gilpin says. “If you drop one of these along the way, or something goes wrong, it can rejoin the group, no problem.”

“It’s one of those things that you kick yourself for not thinking of,” Cornell’s Lipson says. “It’s a low-tech solution to a problem that people have been trying to solve with extraordinarily high-tech approaches.

“What they did that was very interesting is they showed several modes of locomotion,” Lipson adds. “Not just one cube flipping around, but multiple cubes working together, multiple cubes moving other cubes — a lot of other modes of motion that really open the door to many, many applications, much beyond what people usually consider when they talk about self-assembly. They rarely think about parts dragging other parts — this kind of cooperative group behavior.”

more together.. throwing in adj possible ness

Will Richardson (@willrich45)
10/7/13 6:32 AM
If you've got about 15 minutes to kill, here's my talk at Bard College last week. Start at #shameless

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Diana Laufenberg (@dlaufenberg)
10/7/13 7:19 AM
@funnymonkey @willrich45 this idea of the dashboard as learning... (not shock here) misses the hell out of the point of learning.

Seecantrill (@Seecantrill)
10/7/13 7:47 AM
@dlaufenberg @funnymonkey @willrich45 not to argue and I do think @jseelybrown take dashboards is interesting:…

Diana Laufenberg (@dlaufenberg)
10/7/13 7:21 AM
@willrich45 @funnymonkey if you are motivated to learn, this will be fine, will do no harm. as for 'all' kids... this is a mess. imo.

would add... if you are motivated to learn what others think you should/must learn

Greg Satell (@Digitaltonto)
10/7/13 6:35 AM
A New Age Of

While the context changes, the story remains the same.  Building large, powerful institutions no longer provides any protection from disruption because technology has undermined many of the advantages we used to associate with scale.  Communities, even if not formally organized, can collaborate and even synchronize their behavior.
Old notions of change management no longer work because it is not assets we need to leverage, but networks.  If John Antioco had understood that, Blockbuster would probably remain a thriving concern today.
like the self propelling robots MIT
The bottom line is that old notions of boundaries of scale, industry and geography have become impotent.  These boundaries have been replaced by often informal connections that transcend formal structures.

Unstuck (@unstuck)
10/7/13 8:00 AM
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty & courage." —@RM_Rilke

UN Foundation (@unfoundation)
10/7/13 8:01 AM
t's Official: Sustainability Will Be Included in the Post 2015 Development Agenda

DML Research Hub (@dmlresearchhub)
10/7/13 8:05 AM
Pepper Spray & Penguins: Analysis of Turkey's Social Media-fueled Gezi Protests @zeynep

More than anything, the protesters in Gezi were yearning for those elusive institutions – an independent judiciary, the rule of law, a free and critical media, equal protection – that take centuries to develop, remain hard to define, and are never perfect anywhere, but in whose absence democracy is hollowed out.
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