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Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom

Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom
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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 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.

Anki - friendly, intelligent flashcards USA Memory Championships competitors provide tips for remembering the stuff we always forget | Unplugged The event includes memorizing 99 names, a shuffled deck of cards, a poem, and a list of 500 words. We'll find our keys. Memory competitor Mike Mirski (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) We forget. These people can help. They are athletes of a sort. [Related: More Eric Adelson features] Here are some of the best: • Exercise: Seriously. "If you have a healthy body, you'd better have a healthy mind," says Memory Championships founder Tony Dottino. Top competitor Paul Mellor, 53, has run a marathon in all 50 states. • Wild Imagery: If there's something you're likely to forget, imagine an action you wouldn't normally do. Mellor does this when he goes shopping. • Turn Numbers Into Words: Dellis remembers the seven digits of a phone number by splitting it into three groups: the first three numbers, the second two numbers, which he turns into an action, and the last two numbers, which he makes an object. Take the number 207-4563. If that seems too complex, divide up digits into jersey numbers.

Campaign for Commons Literacy -- IndieGoGo Thanks to the contribution by 22 funders, which raised $1,304, we were able to bring James Quilligan, a renowned commons theorist/activist and policy analyst to London, where presented a key seminar on MANAGING the LOCAL and GLOBAL COMMONS, sharing his latest cutting-edge thinking. The full set of the slides can be found here. His seminar demonstrated how: • consumers become the producers of their own resources • commons trusts set a cap on the extraction and use of a resource to preserve it for future generations • governments can tax a percentage of these rents, funding a basic income for citizens and the restoration of depleted resources • the power of decision-making should return to the people, enabling them to participate in the decisions that affect them directly • the traditional property ownership model can be eclipsed by a commons trusteeship model of sustainability, quality of life and well-being One participant commented: I enjoyed the event very much. Building on it, we do.

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'

How does today impact tomorrow’s success? Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like – much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. Have you ever asked someone what he was doing and heard him respond, “Oh, I’m just killing time”? Have you ever really thought about that statement? A person might as well say, “I’m throwing away my life,” because, as Benjamin Franklin asserted, time is “the stuff life is made of.” Today is the only time we have within our grasp, yet many people let it slip through their fingers. If we want to do something with our lives, then we must focus on today. The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. It all comes down to what you do today. Make the decision once, then manage it daily. There are only a handful of important decisions that people need to make in their entire lifetimes. Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily.

A global discussion about the future of our species « emergent by design I came across The Human Projecton kickstarter recently, and am very eager to see how it develops. Their mission is to build a global discussion app to ask the really big questions about the future of our species and develop an integrated vision of what that looks like.It seems to be very aligned with my own thinking – that a fresh narrative needs to emerge and a more interconnected “thought architecture” about how we perceive ourselves in relation to each other and the planet. Might as well get that conversation started now. I see Us being in the Alignment Phase, and fast approaching the Coordination Phase. As our communication technologies get faster, cheaper, and smaller, more of humanity gets access to each other. We don’t know what the future holds, but our thoughts and actions now will determine it. The Human Project has a $50K funding goal in order to be able to build the app for iPad/iPhone/Android + HTML5 optimized versions for web, tablet and mobile.

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? 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. Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx Inveterate educator Stephen Ritz saw his students getting more unhealthy by the year, so sprang into action and created The Green Bronx Machine. Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover No problem worth solving comes in a simple formula, says math teacher Dan Meyer.

12 Tips For Becoming Charismatic & Unforgettable Charisma is a great and wonderful talent to possess. A lot of people feel that Charisma is something only a handful are born with. Well they are wrong. You can learn it! That is why we have decided to share with you ‘ 12 Tips For Becoming Charismatic & Unforgettable ‘. 1. Here are the four different styles: - Focus . - Visionary. - Kindness . - Authority. 2. Intentionally put yourself in uncomfortable situations so that you can deal with internal discomfort more effectively, this way you come across more experienced and as someone who deserves to be honored for his or her fearlessness. 3. You need to make time before the big event to warm up. It’s important not to leave your physical out of this to, even if this means you switch your iPod playlist from Jazz to Hard Rock or Clubbing music with some added in push ups or sprints to get you pumped before hand, this will get you warmed up and ready for the challenge. 4. Those who suffer from self-doubt, reek of it! 5. 6. A great & 7. 8. 9. 10.

It’s the end of the web as we know it « Adrian Short 25 September 2011 When you own a domain you’re a first class citizen of the web. A householder and landowner. What you can do on your own website is only very broadly constrained by law and convention. If you use a paid-for web service at someone else’s domain you’re a tenant. When you use a free web service you’re the underclass. The conclusion here should be obvious: if you really care about your site you need to run it on your own domain. But it’s no longer that simple. Anyone who’s ever run a website knows that building the site is one thing, getting people to use it is quite another. Traffic used to come from three places: the real world (print advertising, business cards, word of mouth, etc.), search engines and inbound links. Social networks have changed all that. Not so long ago you had to be on MySpace if you were an up-and-coming band. Many of the most valuable conversations around technology and many other fields happen on Twitter. This is where I draw the line.

‘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.

Eight Products the Facebook Generation Will Not Buy Consumer tastes are changing at a greater rate than ever before. Not surprisingly, the purchasing habits of the youngest generation present the most dramatic shifts — a reflection of what they find important. 24/7 Wall St. has identified eight popular products that the “Facebook generation” is not buying. Generation Y, generally defined as those born between 1980 and 1999, have lost interest in many of the services and products their parents found important. For example, younger Americans are less interested in cars. [More from 24/7 Wall St.: America’s Nine Most Damaged Brands] What young adults care about has shifted. However, many products that have declined in popularity among the youth are more a result of the changing tastes across all ages than a generational shift. 24/7 Wall St. has identified eight of the country’s most popular products that are losing favor, either solely among young adults or at a significantly higher rate among that group. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Confirmation Bias and Evolutionary Psychology « Grand Strategy: The View from Oregon Tuesday William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) If the Sun and Moon should doubt, They’d immediately Go out. William Blake, Auguries of Innocence I was thinking about confirmation bias today and what a perfect topic of study this would be for evolutionary psychology. As soon as I started to think about confirmation bias in the context of evolutionary psychology it immediately made sense and revealed connections to other things that I’ve thought about. What survival benefit could possibly derive from self-deception? Coming at this from a different perspective, however, one can easily image the survival value of believing in oneself. In the Afterword to my Political Economy of Globalization I attempted to investigate what I called the “naturalistic basis of hope.” I continue to believe that this is an important undertaking, but when I wrote this Afterword about the naturalistic basis of hope, I didn’t make any connection between hope and evolutionary psychology. Like this:

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