What a Non-Partisan Plan for U.S. Entrepeneurship Would Look Like - Derek Thompson The Republican National Convention praised small businesses and the Democratic response will praise the administration's role in helping job creators. But what would a non-partisan plan for entrepreneurs look like? The theme of the first day of the Republican National Convention was "We Built It," a rallying-cry from entrepreneurs who insisted that they didn't need government to start their businesses. This week, we can expect the Democratic response to highlight the ways Obama's administration has empowered job creators. But what would an entrepreneur-first platform, stripped of party politics, really look like? Here are your ideas... It all starts with consumers... Address the housing/household debt crisis. How health care costs pushed an entrepreneur into government work Six years into my law enforcement career, I was hospitalized with a major illness. 'Universal single payer would cause an explosion of entrepreneurship' 'The "pay raise" goes to [health] benefits' 'Abolish the payroll tax'
The Left-Siders The world is a bell curve. Class room test scores, employee performance in a company or how many people really, really like you. No matter the population you're studying, they always fit neatly across the standard deviations of the famous bell curve. If we look at our population at large, we know that there are some that don't seem to fit well within the majority...in the middle of the curve. There are, in fact, two groups of society's misfits. The first group, from the right side of the curve, are the socially dysfunctional misfits. On the left side of the curve is another group of misfits. If you see things others can't and you're from the right side of the curve, they call you insane. The left-siders live among us, but they are not always easy to spot. This blog is for the left-siders out there. I have one word of advice for all of you - don't stop. The only way the left-siders change the world is when they band together to help each other. Download a PDF of this blog post
Een mooi machtsspel | AARDEWIJN In de film ‘Elizabeth’ uit 1998 van de regisseur Shekhar Kapur komt een scene voor waarin de jonge protestante vorstin Elizabeth, gespeeld door Cate Blanchett, ten overstaan van het parlement, haar overtuiging duidelijk maakt, dat het land dat in de 16e eeuw geteisterd wordt door de vernietigende strijd tussen katholieken en protestanten, gebaat is bij ‘a single church of England’. Met die overtuiging neemt Elizabeth een standpunt in, dat haaks staat op de opvattingen binnen het parlement en ze botst op een muur van verzet. Toch zet Elizabeth door. Ze is vastbesloten haar volk te bevrijden van de dood en verderf zaaiende tweespalt die haar land in de greep houdt. Ondanks de machtige weerstand tegen het onmogelijke voorstel, lukt het haar om tijdens die parlementaire zitting toch een meerderheid van de stemmen voor haar standpunt te behalen. Een interessante vraag is, hoe haar dit lukt? Deze scene geeft een bijna voyeuristisch inkijkje in een privéwereld. Het fragment:
10 talks on making schools great With just over a month to go before the 2012 presidential election in the US, eyes around the world are on the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The election may well come down to a few key issues. So what matters most to Americans? The TED Blog read this Gallup poll from late July on issues that citizens want the next president to prioritize. Conveniently, these are topics that speakers often address on the TED stage. So, every week until the election, we’ll bring you a playlist focusing on one of the top-rated issues. Among the most important questions in the upcoming election is, “How can we improve the nation’s public schools?” To get you thinking, talking and voting, here are 10 talks from speakers with some very big ideas about how to reshape our school environments. Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change Education challenges can be met with design solutions, says Emily Pilloton. Diana Laufenberg: How to learn?
SIMON SINEK - Being Present, Being You | Yoga Digest “Being Present is a selfless activity, you are not present until others say you are.” ~ Simon Sinek “I don’t care if I’m misunderstood as long as my intentions are pure. It’s okay to be different, for people to point fingers at you as long as your intentions are pure. A lot of people work very hard to stand out, to be Internet famous or what have you, but the question is, are their intentions pure or selfish and misdirected?” says Simon Sinek. With an acclaimed TED Talk that has accrued 29 million views, The New York Times best seller “Start With Why,” and recently published “Together is Better,” clearly the world is responding to Sinek’s message. Simply said, Sinek is unapologetically himself. KB: How did you get this way, meaning unapologetically you? SS: As a kid it was never a thing for me to try and fit in or to be a certain way. KB: Speaking your truth, saying what there is to say, how did you find your voice? SS: I don’t think this is something I chose. KB: Why “Together is Better”?
‘This Is Water’: Complete Audio of David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon Graduation Speech (2005) Last month, on the occasion of the author’s 50th birthday, we posted a large collection of free essays and stories by David Foster Wallace. But we missed a rare item: the complete audio recording of the commencement address Wallace gave at Kenyon College, in Ohio, on May 21, 2005–three years before he took his own life. The text of the speech has been published on the Internet and as a book called This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, but the complete audio version has been hard to find. In the speech, Wallace talks about the challenge of moving beyond the superficial kind of freedom that can be acquired through power and wealth, toward a truer liberation that arises only when we become more fully conscious of the world outside our “tiny skull-sized kingdoms.” You can listen to the first half of the speech above.
TED-Ed website launches in beta, lets teachers customize video lessons TED-Ed Launches Groundbreaking Website with New Tools for Customized Learning TED-Ed Platform Allows Teachers to "Flip" Video Content and Create Tailored Lesson Plans NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TED, the nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," today launches the second phase of its TED-Ed initiative: a groundbreaking website [ housed on TED.com that enables teachers to create unique lesson plans around TED-Ed video content. "Kohl's is committed to kids' education and we are thrilled to partner with TED to provide inspiring educational tools for teachers and students around the world" TED-Ed seeks to inspire curiosity by harnessing the talent of the world's best teachers and visualizers – and by providing educators with new tools that spark and facilitate learning. The TED-Ed site was built with a $1.25 million commitment from Kohl's Department Stores, and optimizes TED content for use in educational settings.