Tuesday, August 12, 2014


It's all about asking the right questions: Big Questions that bring us closer vs Hard Questions that polarize.  http://t.co/5S0sQOeoMr

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A big part of the problem with public discourse, contends Feigelson, is that we often begin by asking hard questions before we have explored big questions. A “hard question,” he says, is one that requires special knowledge to answer — so only some people feel they can answer it — and it bears fruit only if the participants in the discussion already share a degree of trust or rapport.
A “big question,” by contrast, is one that matters to everyone and that everyone can answer. Big questions have the potential to tap people’s sense of curiosity and to draw out wisdom from the heart.
It’s a simple message
And it comes from the heart.. ness

Scathing... and bang-on in terms of sad paradox. Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League http://t.co/4eWKnbh8IA via @tnr

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Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it.

So extreme are the admission standards now that kids who manage to get into elite colleges have, by definition, never experienced anything but success. The prospect of not being successful terrifies them, disorients them. The cost of falling short, even temporarily, becomes not merely practical, but existential. The result is a violent aversion to risk. You have no margin for error, so you avoid the possibility that you will ever make an error. Once, a student at Pomona told me that she’d love to have a chance to think about the things she’s studying, only she doesn’t have the time. I asked her if she had ever considered not trying to get an A in every class. She looked at me as if I had made an indecent suggestion.

reminds of seth's juliard piece

The first thing that college is for is to teach you to think. That doesn’t simply mean developing the mental skills particular to individual disciplines. College is an opportunity to stand outside the world for a few years, between the orthodoxy of your family and the exigencies of career, and contemplate things from a distance.
Learning how to think is only the beginning, though. There’s something in particular you need to think about: building a self. The notion may sound strange. “We’ve taught them,” David Foster Wallace once said, “that a self is something you just have.” But it is only through the act of establishing communication between the mind and the heart, the mind and experience, that you become an individual, a unique beinga soul.

#Colorado's highly diversified economy "broadly growing at a healthy clip," #1 in the nation.  http://t.co/zAa05NsIj1

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RT @ruchealain: #biommicry How #spiders spin silk? http://t.co/WkKLFM6mHr
What can we infer ofr us?

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This week, Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, introduced legislation to set up five state pilot programs to implement this new instructional method
Her idea is to harness the extraordinary progress that charter schools, along with other innovative public and Catholic schools, have had by combining teachers with personalized digital learning systems.
To acquire technology and train teachers often requires an up-front investment. Rodgers' bill pledges $25 million to states in the form of block grants to set up this program. And unlike most federal 
holy crap.

one reason why we need everyday ness and not reputation ness

This horrible idea for an app is the FBI dangerous cities listicle on hyper local steroids. #sketchfactorhttps://t.co/e9AveQnvIK

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DIY, a site that encourages young “makers” to share their projects with one another, haslaunched an “Extra Awesome” membership program. For $9 a month, you get a dashboard to track your kid’s projects and skills. Data dashboards: a great way to skew kids’ self-directed learning to meet the goals and ideology of grown-ups.

pink floyd documentary p 1

This short passage by Virginia Woolf is perhaps the best articulation of the greatest gift of growing oldhttp://t.co/88sykRntbJ #LitJuke

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You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key — not only to consciousness, but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in.


We did not see it coming but our age has been about the disruptive reinvention of institutions — the rule, the rule making and the cost of holding the rule to account. This is a future that is being reinvented by a virtually transaction cost free reality of the web, where reputation systems are remaking trust and transaction; near zero cost of transaction is facilitating the development of a whole new class of institutional economy and unleashing a new typology of institutional activity on cities — from Impact Hubs to Fablabs, Techshops and social enterprises such as Loaf but this is just the beginning, imagine how this new institutional economy can be used to both seed and reinvent health, education, the professions, the university, etc.

where reputation systems are remaking trust and transaction

reputation doesn't seem to fit with trust.
trust can't be dependent on trustworthiness.. but rather on being human.
getting a fresh go everyday - reinvent/shed/anew

somewhere in america

love @jaycousins bringing the sober highs this wknd - placebo pills that grant you permission to behave outside your normal patterns

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At times like this, I wish Twitter’s promoted tweets automatically switched to the suicide hotline number.

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If you want to help fight depression, be kind. Always. Because you never know. That's all.

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we swerve from the road,
grind to a stop at the news —
hijacked hearts

Be kind, be curious. Seek ways to promote peace. RIP Robin Williams.

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After checking in and liking a bunch of stuff over the course of an hour, there were no human beings in my feed anymore. It became about brands and messaging, rather than humans with messages.

By the end of day one, I noticed that on mobile, my feed was almost completely devoid of human content. I was only presented with the chance to like stories from various websites, and various other ads. Yet on the desktop—while it’s still mostly branded content—I continue to see things from my friends. On that little bitty screen, where real-estate is so valuable, Facebook’s robots decided that the way to keep my attention is by hiding the people and only showing me the stuff that other machines have pumped out. Weird.

By liking everything, I turned Facebook into a place where there was nothing I liked. To be honest, I really didn’t like it. I didn’t like what I had done.

This is so important to read. Friend who was with #MikeBrown recounts #Ferguson police's murder:http://t.co/0puEEN7mJb

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'It's a very low barrier to get involved. There's no cost associated.' - @lisajmartin #connectedlearning LIVE onhttp://t.co/dHbmYeFcOz

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