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Designing Our Communities - ISA14 Keynote. Mapping Experiences and Orchestrating Touchpoints. 45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators. Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a comprehensive learning environment seamlessly connects the classroom with the opportunities of the digital world for young students; and where system-level solutions help more students gain access to college.

45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators

Educators across the world have been using design thinking to create such a world. Design thinking consists of four key elements: Defining the Problem, Creating and Considering Multiple Options, Refining Selected Directions, and Executing the Best Plan of Action. Are we not plankton? Down The Rabbit Hole We Go! 300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries. I watch a lot of documentaries.

Down The Rabbit Hole We Go! 300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries

I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an interesting documentary is that it can open our minds to new possibilities and deepen our understanding of the world. On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Critical thinking is recommended. I’m not a big fan of conspiracy documentaries but I do like films that challenge consensus reality and provoke us to question the everyday ideas, opinions and practices we usually take for granted. Watching documentaries is one of my favorite methods of self-education.

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What? Your Organization Doesn't Have a Constitution?

Your Organization Doesn't Have a Constitution? Change. On International Human Rights Day, 562 authors, including 5 Nobel Prize laureates, from over 80 countries have joined together to launch an appeal in defense of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments. 5 Nobel Prize Winners have signed: Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass and Tomas Tranströmer. Also among the signatories are Umberto Eco, Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Daniel Kehlmann, Nawal El Saadawi, Arundhati Roy, Henning Mankell, Richard Ford, Javier Marias, Björk, David Grossman, Arnon Grünberg, Angeles Mastretta, Juan Goytisolo, Nuruddin Farah, João Ribeiro, Victor Erofeyev, Liao Yiwu and David Malouf. This global pledge was organized by an independent international group of authors - Juli Zeh, Ilija Trojanow, Eva Menasse, Janne Teller, Priya Basil, Isabel Cole, and Josef Haslinger. On Dec 10 it is published in 30 news papers all around the world: In recent months, the extent of mass surveillance has become common knowledge.

J. The Neuroscience of Social Innovation. By Mandy Wintink, Neuroscientist and Director of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience, and CSI Member As a neuroscientist, I can’t help but wonder what might be going on in the brains of my socially-innovative colleagues at CSI. As a result, I have compiled some ideas about what might actually be happening in your brain... First, let’s consider the ability to think innovatively. An approach taken by researchers on the topic was to study people during their “Aha!” Moments of insight. To break this down just a bit further, let’s consider two additional areas that were activated during the moment of insight: the left inferior frontal gyrus and the middle frontal gyrus (areas named for their relative locations in the brain).

Tapping the power of hidden influencers. Employee resistance is the most common reason executives cite for the failure of big organizational-change efforts.

Tapping the power of hidden influencers

Winning over skeptical employees and convincing them of the need to change just isn’t possible through mass e-mails, PowerPoint presentations, or impassioned CEO mandates. Rather, companies need to develop strong change leaders employees know and respect—in other words, people with informal influence. Why do People Participate in Idea Schemes? We think about and talk to business leaders all day, every day about why they should engage their workforce in innovation because, to be blunt, they’re the people who hire us and pay our bills.

Consequently we spend much less time thinking about WHY their staff will (or won’t) participate. We’d love to think that people share ideas out of altruism and some will, but it is naive to assume that this will fuel interest in ideas and innovation over the long term. It's Time For The Sharing Economy To Become The Sharing Society. In New York City today, you can rent a room on Airbnb, catch a ride with Uber, sell your old threads on Modabound, and leave your nine-month-old with a shared nanny.

It's Time For The Sharing Economy To Become The Sharing Society

The so-called “sharing economy” is revolutionizing the way Americans think about ownership and commerce. It’s also poised to make a handful of venture capitalists in Palo Alto and Tribeca very, very rich. Airbnb is estimated to be worth $2.5 billion. Uber’s valuation is rumored to be $3.5 billion. To be sure, these companies are valuable for a reason: They created highly innovative, transformational platforms. Of course, that ethos has evolved significantly over the past decade, as the traditional labor structure of a full-time job with benefits has deteriorated. Likewise, the sharing economy is no longer just a creative way for workers to supplement their sagging paychecks in a struggling labor market.

Addressing the Eroding Power of the Social Web. Emotion-detecting advertising: Regulators aren’t ready for it. Photo by VikaValter/iStock/Thinkstock One of the long-running complaints about the rise of digital intermediaries like Google and Facebook has been that, due to their unabashed enthusiasm for personalization, they lead to an ugly polarization of the public sphere. Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2013. Keep Calm and Mind the Innovation Gap. Most of us that have traveled on the undergrounds around the world and are well used to the announcement as a train pulls into the station of “mind the gap” between stepping off the train and the platform. The reminder is to make us aware there is a gap and we need to be ready for this. We need to be consciously aware. Innovation nearly always suffers some form of “mind gap” and we tend to ignore the obvious and stumble into these gaps or fail to recognize them completely.

Why is creativity the most important political concept of the 21st Century? TEDxBerkeley - Carl Bass - The New Rules of Innovation. Reclaim Your Creative Confidence. Introduction to Lean Startup & Lean User Ex. Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs. How to Do Business Model Innovation for the Established Firm.

This article provides a systematic framework for helping executives of large, established organizations identify opportunities for business model innovation and organize themselves to pursue these opportunities.

How to Do Business Model Innovation for the Established Firm

While also applicable to start-ups, this article focuses primarily on how to define, challenge, and revamp the business model of an existing business or organization. In nearly every industry tried and tested business models are coming under attack at an unprecedented rate:Pharmaceutical companies are searching for alternatives to the blockbuster model. Banks are looking for innovative ideas to make up for lost fees and revenues due to new regulations. A drop in advertising revenues and circulation pushes newspapers towards new sources of income.

Menno van Leeuwen (ABN AMRO): Radicale innovatie is nodig om relevant te blijven. Enterprise crowdfunding: How an IBM experiment improved innovation and morale. Innovate Your Business Model… or Die. InShare20.