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Ikea’s Newly Designed Refugee Shelters Are a Game Changer Refugee camps across Iraq are about to get a Swedish touch. The United Nations’ refugee agency just ordered 10,000 shelters designed by Ikea, its largest corporate partner, set to be shipped out and built this summer. Produced by Better Shelter, a social enterprise started by the Ikea Foundation, the design marries form, function, and sustainability. What is global education? The heart of global education is enabling young people to participate in shaping a better, shared future for the world. Global education emphasises the unity and interdependence of human society, developing a sense of self and appreciation of cultural diversity, affirmation of social justice and human rights, as well as building peace and actions for a sustainable future in different times and places. Global education promotes positive values and assists students to take responsibility for their actions and to see themselves as global citizens who can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Australian global educators place particular emphasis on developing relationships with our neighbours in the Asia–Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

16 Startups Poised to Disrupt the Education Market How pricey is a traditional four-year education? So pricey that even the mayor of New York City, who lives rent-free, earns $225K per annum, and owns two Brooklyn homes, considers the cost of schooling his two children "a big challenge," according to a recent New York Times story. In a new book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, author Kevin Carey distills a brave new world in which a myriad of lower-cost solutions--most in their infancy--threaten to upend the four-year, high-tuition business model by which colleges and universities have traditionally thrived.

18 Social Networks for Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs are no strangers to going it alone. But that doesn’t mean they have to be alone. Social networks provide a way to collaborate and share ideas with peers, search for partners, locate service providers, get the necessary information to run a business, and join a community of fellow entrepreneurs. Here is a list of social networks for entrepreneurs. Some of the sites focus on building business relationships, while others are more of an ask-an-expert style. All of these networks are free, though some have fees for enhanced membership.

Big Data Needs Thick Data Tricia Wang Editor’s Note: Tricia provides an excellent segue between last month’s “Ethnomining” Special Edition and this month’s on “Talking to Companies about Ethnography.” She offers further thoughts building on our collective discussion (perhaps bordering on obsession?) with the big data trend.

Why Science Matters in International Aid Guidelines for humanitarian aid are still largely based on tradition rather than on a careful assessment of available evidence. As a result, the effectiveness of many commonly used interventions is often unproven or at least unclear. For instance, it’s now common for organizations to provide disaster survivors with psychosocial support after taking the traditional steps to guarantee their physical safety. But our recent research revealed that there is no experimental or observational scientific evidence for the effectiveness of current psychosocial interventions, and therefore no solid foundation on which to build best practices. In our own work at the Belgian Red Cross (BRC), we use scientific evidence to test most of our paramedical and humanitarian activities, and to tackle many aspects of our internal guidelines systematically.

Behind the News Weekdays: 20/02/2017 watch What's your question? Have you seen or heard something in the news you'd like explained? It's a section on our website where you can let us know what topics you want us to cover. Ask Innovate Salisbury: An Action Research Project Editor's note: In addition to Ross Cooper, Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten, the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Salisbury Township School District, contributed to this post. Creating Transformational Learning Experiences We begin with a prominent question for many school and district leaders: What conditions must we create in order to promote the scaling of identified classroom innovations? 40 Social Networks for Entrepreneurs,Small Businesses and Start Up Companies « Bardi Toto We all know of the huge social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. They’re great for large scale connections and discussion. But, as entrepreneurs and small business owners sometimes it’s nice to connect with other like minded individuals in a smaller, more focused setting. 40 Social Networks For Entrepreneurs,Small Businesses And Start Up Companies If that sounds like what you are looking for in a social network, the below list is for you.

Let’s See What We Can Do: Designing Agency Let’s See What We Can Do: Designing Agency How can we invert ‘design for behaviour change’ and apply it from below, enabling people to understand, act within, and change the behaviour of the systems of society and the environment? As our everyday lives are increasingly pushed and pulled by technology and the systems around us, from infrastructure to quantification to government to horrifying combinations of these, understanding these complex systems, and how to change them, is something we should be paying attention to. In ‘As we may understand’, last year, I looked — at excessive length — at the understanding bit, but not the change. Hopefully here I can address that, to some extent, though my thinking’s moved on a bit. Paralysis and regret

Big Data for Development Workshops: Learning by Doing While Global Pulse and our network of Pulse Labs serve as a safe space for innovation and experimentation with big data, part of our mission is to support adoption of big data innovations for sustainable development and humanitarian action. Often, this begins with awareness raising and sharing knowledge. Over the past several months, we have been very pleased to be working with colleagues from UNDP Europe & Central Asia and UNDP Arab States, and UNFPA Eastern Europe & Central Asia on a number of excellent capacity-building workshops, learning journeys and pilot projects on big data innovation.

Australia Australian History Trove Pictures of Australia Take a look at the Picture Australia site. This site will not be officially lauched for a while yet. I provides a single point of access to over 450,000 digitised images from pictorial collections of many leading cultural heritage institutions. It's a fantastic resource. Impro et Créativité Long before Amy Poehler became famous for her comic roles as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live,” and as indefatigable bureaucrat Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation,” she was a college freshman looking for something to do outside class. During her first week on campus, she auditioned for the school’s improvisational theater group, “My Mother’s Fleabag,” and discovered a passion. “Everyone was getting to act and be funny and write and direct and edit all at the same time,” she writes in her memoir, Yes, Please. “My college life sort of exploded in happiness,” she adds. What Poehler found liberating as a performer — the free-wheeling, creative and judgment-free nature of improv — is what makes it an appealing way to learn.

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