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The Bloomberg Innovation Index. The Global Innovation Index By Peter Coy Research by Wei Lu Produced by Keith Collins, Jeremy Scott Diamond, Braulio Amado, Cindy Hoffman and Adam Pearce Methodology Bloomberg ranked countries and sovereigns based on their overall ability to innovate and identified the top 50. Six equally weighted metrics were considered and their scores combined to provide an overall score for each country from zero to 100. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Of the more than 200 countries and sovereigns evaluated, 69 had data for all six metrics.

Ranking sources: Bloomberg, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Intellectual Property Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Other sources: Samsung, Swiss Federal Statistical Office and Unified Patents. Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin.

The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. Critical thinking reduces the power of advertisers, the unscrupulous and the pretentious, and can neutralize the sway of an unsupported argument. This is a skill most students enjoy learning because they see immediately that it gives them more control. Devastating Consequences That said, young people -- without significant life experience and anxious to fit in -- are especially vulnerable to surface appeal. Targeted advertising affects their buying and eating habits; choosing friends for the wrong reasons can lead to real heartache. Decisions about joining the military, becoming a parent or choosing a career have indelible effects on a person's life. Every educator is in a position to teach students how to gather information, evaluate it, screen out distractions and think for themselves.

A World of Illusions How False Ideas Creep Into Our Belief Systems 2) Beliefs may justify past actions. Infographic. As we venture into the 21st century, we as a society, are faced with more innovation and challenge than ever before. We now live in an interconnected world, where the Internet and global communications are simultaneously uniting and isolating us as a society. How do we raise critical thinkers to best face the challenges that face our modern society? What changes in education methods should be implemented to create a better learning environment for these budding minds? Check out this great infographic by Mentoring Minds to find out! Click here to download an 11X17 version of the "Developing 21st-Century Critical Thinkers" infographic. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below):

Critical Thinking Takes Courage. The Courage To Think Critically by Terry Heick For educators, as a term critical thinking is similar to words like democracy, global, and organic. You hear people use them all the time, but no one seems to understand what they mean. This kind of etymological opacity lends itself to them being misused, fumbled awkwardly, and abused. Over the long term, such abuse empties it of meaning until we all either throw it around casually in the middle of an overly complex sentence to bolster our own credibility, or avoid the term altogether. If we can, for the purpose of the here and now, agree that critical thinking means something along the lines of thinking to produce judgment, then we’re already two thirds of the way to making some kind of new meaning ourselves. Critical thinking is a primary catalyst for thought but is a pariah in schools, if for no other reason than it conditions the mind—the minds of those Guevaran enough to wield it—to suspect the form and function of everything it sees.

Cynefin på svenska. I samband med att jag stötte ihop med Henrik Widaeus så började vi återigen prata om att dra ihop en workshop om processledning och Cynefin. Söker man på taggen Cynefin på min blogg får man en del träffar och blandat tankegods från 2012, så det är en modell som levt med mig ett tag. Men den har ännu inte etablerat sig som en självklart verktyg eller raster för förståelse när vi jobbar med grupper, antagligen för att formerna blir för komplicerade eller modellen för abstrakt. Därför tror jag på en knytkonferens på temat processledning, Edcamp Cynefin eller något annat vilt, men jag tror på ett möte där vi tillsammans diskuterar och brottas med översättning, form, innehåll och mål.

Här är den på svenska (Henriks översättning), och jag kommer försöka jobba lite mer intensivt med den fram till sommaren och löpande fotodokumentera och rapportera om upplägg och deltagarnas synpunkter. Här är för övrigt en bra text av Carl Heath där han diskuterar skillnaden mellan komplicerad och komplex. Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking. Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls.

The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues.

Defining Divergent Thinking The word divergent is partly defined as "tending to be different or develop in different directions. " In the Classroom: Strategies Strategy #2: Let the Music Play. 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.

Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process. Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. They daydream. They “fail up.” Creativity-study-infographic.

Forskare: Så jobbar Google med innovation. Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Fluency21 - Committed Sardine Blog. The Art of Complex Problem Solving. What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? Design Thinking Getty Images Design thinking can seem a bit abstract to teachers. It’s not part of traditional teacher training programs and has only recently entered the teachers’ vernacular. Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. But at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., a small, private school for grades K-8, design thinking is part of every class and subject, and has been integrated throughout the curriculum with support from a dedicated Innovation Lab or the iLab.

“It’s really a way to make people more effective and to supercharge their innate capabilities,” said Kim Saxe, director of Nueva’s iLab, and one of the champions of design thinking. “Design thinking weaves together a lot of the standards that need to be taught in ways that people will really need to use them.” [RELATED: Recasting Teachers as Designers] Related.