Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Rethinking the MDGS and our approach to poverty reduction - my new piece in @skollworldforum  http://t.co/rL7FR4khLi

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Ubuntujakes/status/419120844334305281

Distributing 1,000 cups of soup may, for instance, help hungry children for a day, but this strategy will never eradicate a household’s pervasive food insecurity.

so excited about what he was writing until i got to here:

It’s working. An independent study found that Ubuntu students are now more than twice as likely to grade from high school as their peers and, for every $1 that we invest in them, they will earn $8.70 in real earnings over the course of their lives. Yet, although Ubuntu’s overarching model is applicable around the world, our programs may only produce lasting change in Port Elizabeth.

graduation and roi via monetary standard... oi..
but he is spot on - that we keep not getting at the root. a root that would perpetuate itself.. rather than die out in 5 years, 5 days..


A universal basic income would address this epidemic at the root and provide everyone, in the words of Duke professor Kathi Weeks, "time to cultivate new needs for pleasures, activities, senses, passions, affects, and socialities that exceed the options of working and saving, producing and accumulating."

resonating with 2, 3, and 4.. and 1 only if work is per choice.. not sure why we need banks...

Gunther Sonnenfeld (@goonth)
1/5/14 7:40 AM
We need to look beyond payments -> Discovering the Meaning of Money & Value in the Age of Bitcoin designingliteracy.com/literacyofthei… #economics #value

This meant that people (serfs or ‘commoners’) were pitted against each other as they fought over access to natural resources. As this occurred, Dutch, French and German groups started to see that these tensions and their volatility were good for their banking and business interests, because they could make value scarce, and could contain the labor force. So, ‘goods’ and ‘services’ were tied to the ability to distribute and manufacture, but only in limited supply and increased demand

Bankers themselves would hedge the speculative demand, placing bets on price fluctuations and essentially creating ‘profit’ from the perceived future value of the commodity, resource, good or service

Capital’ became a unit of stock and trade assigned to inventory flows, meaning that if a business could produce enough goods to stock its shelves, it had the assets to have capital value, of which banks and unions could lend and distribute currency. Issues naturally arose as to what those values actually were, especially as labor was commodified in order for businesses to remain competitive.

By the 1700s, independent groups formed to tackle the issues associated with social mores (like slavery), as well as conflicting notions of free trade and commerce practices. Ben Franklin’s Junto was created in Philadelphia in order to help the local community solve critical issues such as educational needs, food for the poor, artistic endeavors and merchant protocols. Other junto groups would form over the years to deal with similar socio-economic complexities and cultural explorations.

American independence would prove to be a boon for those running communities and secret societies, but as the Civil War rolled around, it would become evident that money, capital and currency could not offset the value of human contribution, and as such, conservative and liberal idealism would grow as mechanisms for control of labor and resources continued to divide constituencies

Central banking powerhouses such as the Rothschilds -- that have been said to be supported by the Vatican Bank and were commissioned to develop a ‘new monetary system’ -- proliferated in virtually every developed country, issuing a debt currency which was ultimately known as a ‘fractional-reserve note’. These notes were initially issued for storing gold reserves; the bank was essentially a vault that held the asset and would collect a fee to release it at a later date

As time went on, the central bank realized it could move reserves around, buy up its own gold and issue the same notes. This was basically a ‘promise to deliver a promise to deliver’ -- that sounds kind of odd, but it’s true: the bank could lend several times the amount it held in assets, while the country had to commit not only to paying back the loan, but at a fairly high interest rate. In other words, a sovereign government would be drawing down a debt note, but not necessarily an asset

In many instances, this meant that if the cost to produce and distribute was favorable, the debt could easily be repaid. If it wasn’t, the government would draw down even more debt, thinking that ‘at some point’ it would enter a surplus period and all debts would be then be paid off or absolved through offsets

We raised $33,298 for @charitywater. So I swam naked from Alcatraz to SF, obviously. http://t.co/EwvP13l0VO

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/sarahkpeck/status/419968819701223424

Zero Tolerance is a symptom of a society out of control RT @nikhilgoya_l: Zero Tolerance, Reconsideredhttp://t.co/fjyV4L7ZXs

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/jerrymichalski/status/420072846405025793

Fascinating story on how "12 Years a Slave" director McQueen was labeled as a student: http://t.co/j2FmUdY8Bj

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/nancyflanagan/status/420202899524698112

"I don't know, I'm struggling. I'm struggling here. I've never examined myself. This is hard because I'm going back to certain times in my life I haven't really thought about for a long time. And maybe I avoided that because it was always a very difficult time in a way, and a lot of people were damaged on that journey, friends of mine. And it was all because of people not giving a fuck."

School was painful because I just think that loads of people, so many beautiful people, didn't achieve what they could achieve because no one believed in them, or gave them a chance, or invested any time in them.

edutopia (@edutopia)
1/6/14 8:07 AM
MT @magicalmaths: 50 Ideas to Use in an Outstanding Math Lesson: edut.to/1edvPdU#mathchat

ha. fitting.

lost original tweet this goes to...

A lot of beautiful boys, talented people, were put by the wayside. School was scary for me because no one cared, and I wasn't good at it because no one cared. At 13 years old, you are marked, you are dead, that's your future."

Tom Peters (@tom_peters)
1/6/14 8:08 AM
I thought a narrator was a guy who read other people's stories aloud?

Jason Silva (@JasonSilva)
1/6/14 8:07 AM
On creativity and domesticating madness:m.on.aol.com/video/518024789

Jeffrey Cufaude (@jcufaude)
1/6/14 8:06 AM
@jhagel @tom_peters @sandymaxey Interesting discussion, one that happened while millions of people just had to get work done.

CSU News Service (@ColoStateNews)
1/3/14 6:51 PM
.@CSUVetHospital expert in emergency and critical-care medicine named director of CSU#Veterinary Teaching Hospital col.st/JPfEtB

Jason Silva (@JasonSilva)
1/6/14 8:10 AM
Explore the perimeters of possibility... Probe the adjacent possible.. Inspired by @stevenbjohnson's work: m.on.aol.com/video/518034470
shrinking the lag time

sandymaxey (@sandymaxey)
1/6/14 8:10 AM
@tom_peters I don't agree with you on that point, Tom. Narrative suggests (to me) a leverage point of/for engagement/generativity @jhagel

DML Research Hub (@dmlresearchhub)
1/6/14 8:10 AM
Hope and Optimism: The Other 21st Century Skills bit.ly/1iacTzv via@jackiegerstein

The #NHR walk across New Hampshire begins in 5 days: @aaronsw, RIP. http://t.co/bdMdzRu7Tn

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/lessig/status/420210843054510081

people matter. trust isn't dependent on people being trustworthy

isabela (@Isa)
1/6/14 9:43 PM
@mbauwens I wrote an article about the brazilian social currency: medium.com/free-software-…

 the why ness..

the middle man ness

Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens)
1/6/14 10:33 PM
RT @jdaviescoates: Hey @JanelleOrsi @CommonFutrs I've just recommended you both to@mbauwens as women who grok both #open and #coops

Love Honour Respect (@Halibutron)
1/6/14 10:35 PM
expensive boondoggle…paying bondholders who own #student #debt…NOT turning out educated, resilient & adaptable people owl.li/skCnn

shows that the total take from American universities in tuition for undergraduate programs is $62.6B, while the Federal government is spending $69 billion on grants, aid loans, tax breaks and other funding.

The implication is that it would be cheaper to give away university education than to charge for it, but that's not quite right (federal education f

maintain a cheap public system (and remember, public schools educate 75 percent of undergrads), we spill them into a fairly wasteful and expensive 

Americans have an allergy to straightforward policy solutions involving the public sector. And for that, we pay a price


IDEO (@ideo)
1/6/14 10:35 PM
RT @Biomimicrist: Awesome. from fellow IDEO alums: Onewheel, the self-balancing electric skateboard: kck.st/19NhN5R via @kickstarter

imagine... 7 bill set free..

Exciting summary of online ed projects in Africa - even Mombasa/Kenya Coast! http://t.co/1W41pvQX6T via @FastCompany @anya1anya

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/sabrinamanville/status/420589196256882689

"Through this program, we will be working to match graduating students with the appropriate skill sets into known openings within our partner community."

nternational donors and investors are supporting blended learning programs in the hopes of achieving major impact quickly, by educating students directly for the workforce. The economic imperative is driving new African education ventures hard in the direction of technology and entrepreneurship--courses of study with paths to immediate employment. What doesn't, largely, get funded in this scenario are the next generation of African designers, historians, poets, artists, or political scientists, or the pure research leading to the world's next big ideas. Research output at African universities is low, but research output at University of the People, Kepler, or iHub is zero.

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