Club of Amsterdam - Shaping Your Future in the Knowledge Society Our event will take inspiration and use elements of the THNK Forum format which is designed to deepen dialogue and elevate discussion by asking questions and re-framing issues to lead to surprising insights. Beyond the lecture model The traditional way to impart knowledge has been the lecture and question-and-answer session. The message is usually completely fixed before it is communicated.
Survey suggests politicians overstate public's desire for vocational view of higher ed
by Maria Popova “The greatest pleasure in science comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in a surprising way.” Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and Edge editor John Brockman has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question “What scientific concept will improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” were released in This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking, one of the year’s best psychology and philosophy books. This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works
Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours - Industry Tap By: David Russell Schilling | April 19th, 2013 Knowledge Doubling Curve Buckminster Fuller created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve”; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth.
Peter Thiel’s Graph of the Year Time has its "Person of the Year." Amazon has its books of the year. Pretty Much Amazing has its mixtapes of the year. Buzzfeed has its insane-stories-from-Florida of the year. And Wonkblog, of course, has its graphs of the year.
by Maria Popova Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher.
Big Ideas Black Mountain SOLE A SOLE-created initiative: Metamaps.cc is an online platform for unlocking the collective intelligence of communities. By Luba Vangelova When helicopter search-and-rescue specialist David Dobias decided to switch careers, he read up on entrepreneurship and found a mentor, then an internship at a venture capital firm. What happened next surprised him. Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education
Blended Learning: A Look Inside the School of the Future | Big Think TV How is it that the U.S. has a higher education system that is the envy of the world and yet our K-12 system trails most other industrialized nations when it comes to teaching students the skills and knowledge necessary for success in today's world? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's College Ready Education program approaches this problem with an understanding of the larger context of education in our society. "A number of things make a huge difference as to whether kids are successful," points out Vicki Phillips, who heads the foundation's program, "from the poverty that students live in to their health to nutrition." The Gates Foundation can't tackle every issue in education, Phillips points out, so it looks to co-invest with partners in the same locations "and try to really bolster and leverage each other’s work."
Being Strategic in Education: Can the Le... | Læring for framtiden
What is the purpose of education? To educate, to enable and to empower. It is to prepare its recipient for the world around and time ahead. The time ahead is one, where the world will be a constantly changing place, highly evolved yet highly challenging, where humanity will have to overcome unprecedented obstacles to continue its survival, continuity and progress. The next chapter of the human story is about mitigating the harm that the species has done to its world. The chapter is about how humanity reverses the impacts of its actions or alters its own habits or methods of self-preservation, to keep human life going. India Future Society | The Future as a Case for Global Transformation of Education
‘An Industry of Mediocrity’
Is Music the Key to Success? Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields? The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians.
The Recruiter's Tale - On Hiring In a recent column, I asked the question, “Who is driving the online locomotive?”—in other words, who exactly is pushing the idea of offering more and more (not to mention bigger and bigger) online classes? Because that’s certainly where higher education seems to be headed. I concluded that the people who hire college graduates are not among the culprits, citing a recent Chronicle survey in which prospective employers reported positive impressions of all types of higher-education institutions—except for online colleges.
In 1936 Graham Wallas, co-founder of the London School of Economics, published The Art of Thought, outlining the four stages of the creative process. This pre-dates, by at least a decade, James Webb’s A Technique for Producing Ideas. Wallas’s model “is still the most common explanation of how insight works. If you do any exploration into the field of insight, you can’t go far without bumping into Wallas, who is the epitome of a British freethinking intellectual,” writes Gary Klein in Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights. The Creativity Question, published in 1976, preserves Wallas’s “Stages of Control” and presents his model of insight: (1) preparation; (2) incubation; (3) illumination; and (4) verification. In Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, Klein summarizes: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights
As the times accelerate and we face ever more kaleidoscopic careers, a crucial meta-skill is the ability to learn new skills extremely rapidly, extremely well. That practice has no better exemplar and proponent than Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid-Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. Not surprisingly, he has made himself adept at compelling presentations, this one prepared especially for the Long Now audience. Timothy Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times
This Database Lets You 3D Print and Explore Thousands of Fossils
The United States, Falling Behind
8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025 | Co.Exist | ideas + impact New technology will eradicate some jobs, change others, and create whole new categories of employment. Innovation causes a churn in the job market, and this time around the churn is particularly large--from cheap sensors (creating "an Internet of things") to 3-D printing (enabling more distributed manufacturing). Sparks & Honey, a New York trend-spotting firm, has a wall in its office where staff can post imaginative next-generation jobs. Below are eight of them, with narration from CEO Terry Young (who previously appeared here talking about health care). "Life-logging" will be a way of life, affecting how we record and remember what we do.
Virginia’s religious exemption for school attendance is too broad HERE IS what is required of parents who receive a religious exemption in Virginia to keep their children out of public school: nothing. Unlike parents who home-school their children as an educational alternative, families who opt out of public schools for religious reasons don’t have to provide any evidence that they are qualified to give instruction. They don’t have to report what subjects they will teach or,significantly, demonstrate that their children are learning.
At first glance, "Feminism and Technology" sounds like another massive open online open course. The course will involve video components, and will be available online to anyone, with no charge. There are paths to credit, and it's fine for students to take the course without seeking credit. An international student body is expected. Feminist professors create an alternative to MOOCs
How I got my A-levels at a virtual school - video | Education
John Hunter | Author, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements
False memories generated in lab mice - life - 22 March 2012
Oxford Questions seek to pull back the curtain on the foundations of quantum physics
[1307.1310] The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum physics
A Test to Measure How Rational You Really Are
American Educational History Timeline
Timeline of US Education
Neuroscience and the Emerging Mind: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama
8 Punctuation Marks that we desperately need
Transcript: Lawrence Lessig on “Aaron’s Laws – Law and Justice in a Digital Age”: Section I
Power of Art: Can music help treat children with attention disorders?
Writing Rules: Jack Kerouac’s Rules for Spontaneous Prose | Lit Drift: Storytelling in the 21st Century
The Amygdala Made Me Do It
Competitive intelligence and strategic surprises: Why monitoring weak signals is not the right approach « Silberzahn & Jones
Wendell E. Berry Lecture | National Endowment for the Humanities
Wendell Berry Quotes (Author of Jayber Crow)
World Happiness Report: Success can’t just be measured in dollars and cents
Mash-up aids translation of obscure languages - tech - 28 March 2012
A Picture of Language
Culturomics Looks at the Birth and Death of Words