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Media Lab: The Cognitive Limit of Organizations

Media Lab: The Cognitive Limit of Organizations
This is a slide that I got from Cesar Hidalgo. He used this slide to explain a concept that I think is key to the way we think about how the Media Lab is evolving. The vertical axis of this slide represents the total stock of information in the world. In the early days, life was simple. At some point, however, the amount of knowledge required to make things began to exceed the cognitive limit of a single human being. When the Media Lab was founded 25 years ago, many products were still single-company products and most, if not all, of the intellectual property was contained in a single company. In a world in which implementing the next generation of ideas will increasingly require pulling resources from different organizations, barriers to collaboration will be a crucial constraint limiting the development of firms. The Media Lab and its members need to adapt to this world by focusing on creating a platform that can help all of us navigate this new landscape. Related:  intelligence collectivedigital economy

Fiscalité locale: le travail exemplaire de "La Gazette des Communes" - Data journalism Il y a plus compliqué que le système fiscal français: une réforme du système fiscal. La rédaction web de « La Gazette des communes » a réussi une prouesse de data journalism en donnant à voir, dans un triptyque exemplaire, les tenants et les aboutissants de la suppression de la taxe professionnelle. Infographie en rich media: image + texte + son + interactivité Une première approche infographique et interactive, réalisée en flash par l’agence Art Presse, se concentre sur ce qu’était la taxe professionnelle, l’évolution de son rendement global depuis sa création en 1975, qui la payait, quelles collectivités en bénéficiaient. Le dispositif en rich media comporte du texte, pour la contextualisation, un commentaire audio et des animations électroniques. La seconde infographie est un peu plus compliquée car elle tente de montrer les changements apportés par une réforme truffée de canalisations et de rustines. Le journaliste médiateur entre la complexité et les infonautes

Australia’s Move to Fiber-to-the-Neighborhood Service Provokes Defense of Copper Network The Australian government’s proposal to launch a nationwide fiber to the home National Broadband Network (NBN) has been scrapped by the more conservative Liberal-National Coalition that replaced the Labor government in a recent election. As a result, the Coalition has announced initial plans to revise the NBN with a mixture of cheaper technology that can result in faster deployment of lower speed broadband at a lower cost. If implemented, fiber to the home service will only reach a minority of homes. In its place, cable broadband may be the dominant technology where cable companies already operate. For almost everyone else, technology comparable to AT&T U-verse is the favored choice of the new government, mixing fiber-to-the-neighborhood with existing copper wires into homes.. The turnabout has massive implications for current providers. Turnbull Some Australians complain that NBN’s proposed reliance on Telstra copper is a mistake. “It’s a tax on packets,” Lindsay said.

What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks - Carmine Gallo by Carmine Gallo | 11:00 AM April 11, 2014 What makes for a great presentation — the kind that compels people’s attention and calls them to action? TED talks have certainly set a benchmark in recent years: HBR even asked Chris Anderson, the group’s founder, to offer lessons drawn from the three decades he’s run TED’s signature events in an article published last summer. But experience and intuition are one thing; data and analysis are another. Use emotion. I divided the content of his talk into Aristotle’s three areas of persuasion. Stories that trigger emotion are the ones that best inform, illuminate, inspire, and move people to action. Be novel. In his 2009 TED presentation on the impact of malaria in African countries, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates shocked his audience when he opened a jar of mosquitoes in the middle of his talk. As neuroscientist Dr. Emphasize the visual.

Sur la piste concrète du management éthique Face au management de la productivité et du résultat, le Forum du management éthique qui se tiendra les 15 et 16 mars prochains invitera à découvrir d'autres voies, misant sur l'intelligence collective. Au programme de cet événement centré sur les expérimentations concrètes, figurent entre autres les témoignages d'entreprises qui ont joué la carte de méthodes alternatives de management : World café, Forum ouvert, Appreciate Inquiry, Sociocratie et Théorie U. Des méthodes qui donneront lieu par ailleurs à deux séries d'ateliers. Parmi les retours d'expérience, un représentant de Technip viendra par exemple présenter une démarche d'intelligence collective inspirée des cinq mouvements de la dynamique de Théorie U d’Otto Scharmer. Mise en place en 2011 à l'échelle de la région Europe, Afrique et Moyen-Orient, sa vocation est de susciter une transformation de la coopération entre métiers dans l'objectif d'une meilleure performance sur le plan commercial et en termes d'exécution de projet.

Regulators See Value in Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies The crypto-currency Bitcoin gained some valuable—and surprising—new allies at a U.S. Senate hearing on Monday: financial regulators, law enforcement, and even the chairman of the Federal Reserve. The value of the currency reached a record high shortly after the hearing. Interested observers might have expected yesterday’s hearing on the potential risks, threats, and promises of virtual currencies to presage a regulatory crackdown: the hearing came just a month after the bust of Silk Road, a notorious online market that accepted bitcoins for guns, drugs, and other illicit goods. Instead of focusing on the potential threat posed by digital currencies such as Bitcoin, the emphasis at the hearing was more on Bitcoin’s promise. Shasky’s main concern was that digital currencies could be used for money laundering, but she added that this is no different from other financial instruments. Allaire said an even more important step would be for regulators to clarify their stance on Bitcoin.

L'éthique est une compétence professionnelle Alors que la morale définit des principes ou des lois générales, l'éthique est une disposition individuelle à agir selon les vertus, afin de rechercher la bonne décision dans une situation donnée. La morale n'intègre pas les contraintes de la situation. L'éthique au contraire n'a de sens que dans une situation. L'approche de l'éthique professionnelle doit reposer à la fois sur la dimension morale (il ne peut s'agir d'ignorer les principes) et sur la dimension éthique (quelle décision est la meilleure dans le cas présent ?). Quels sont les facteurs de développement du management éthique ? Un réel développement de l'éthique dans les pratiques implique une méthode rigoureuse associant la théorie à l'expérience des professionnels. Gestion des objectifs à long terme, éthique / stratégie Aide à l'analyse / décisions à enjeu fort Résolution des conflits par la discussion et le consensus Intégration du point de vue des différents acteurs Responsabilisation des salariés / exigence de qualité totale

Facebook Has Transformed My Students' Writing—for the Better - Andrew Simmons The Internet has ruined high-school writing. Write the line on the board five hundred times like Bart Simpson. Remember and internalize it. Intone it in an Andy Rooney-esque grumble. I've heard the line repeated by dozens of educators and laypeople. Thankfully it is untrue. As a high-school English teacher, I read well over a thousand student essays a year. However, while Facebook and Twitter have eroded writing conventions among my students, they have not killed the most important ingredients in personal writing: self-reflection and emotional honesty. High school is cruel to all genders, an equal-opportunity destroyer of spirit and self-esteem. When I was beginning high school in 1994 boys knew not to reveal weakness and insecurity. I have a Facebook page dedicated solely to my position as an educator. My observations have reaffirmed the widely held notion that the Internet is no refuge from the pains of adolescence. Individually these may seem like small-scale admissions.

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