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Fareed Zakaria: ‘We are meant to be engaged with the big questions’ - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 17 2015

Q: How is your defence of a liberal-arts education more than nostalgia for a bygone era of higher learning, now out of sync with today’s hyper-competitive, skills-based economies?

...what’s happening in advanced manufacturing. In almost every industry, basic production is getting commoditized. It’s becoming routine and simple, and most everything we consume, to put it bluntly, can be made by a machine or a factory worker. You can manufacture a $30 sneaker anywhere in the world but, to sell it for $300, there has to be a story around it, there has to be beautiful design, there has to be interesting marketing; you have to understand social media....because product[s]stand out only if you understand how human beings use technology....Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook is more about psychology and sociology, two liberal arts, than technology...a liberal education provides you with a rounded education in every sense of the word. It teaches you how to write, which I think is the most important aspect, because you learn how to think. It teaches you how to learn. These are soft skills but they’re not lesser skills.
liberal_arts  humanities  Fareed_Zakaria  Rudyard_Griffiths  social_media  Mark_Zuckerberg  education  civics  psychology  sociology  soft_skills  thinking  design  product_design  Daniel_Pink  UX 
april 2015 by jerryking
An invitation to eat, think and be wary -
Sep. 07 2013 | The Globe and Mail | SIMON HOUPT
The Grano Speakers Series brought the world to Toronto. Launched in the fall of 2004 with a season of discussions about The American Empire – William Kristol was its opening speaker – it quickly became one of the hottest tickets in town....The idea was hatched in the summer of 2004. Rudyard Griffiths, then the executive director of the Dominion Institute, and Patrick Luciani, a former executive director of the Donner Canadian Foundation, were chatting with Roberto Martella, the proprietor of the North Toronto trattoria Grano, when they began commiserating over a shared frustration of modern life.

Rudyard Griffiths: All of us were tired of the hotel ballroom speech: the Cornish hen and the not-so-great wine, and 500 or 800 people packed into these horrible tables of 10. The idea the three of us came up with was, let’s really blow up that model and try to do something different that gets back to the insight of the salon in the 19th century, which was: good conversation, intimate group, intimate setting.
Simon_Houpt  restaurants  Toronto  Rudyard_Griffiths  speeches  salons  ideacity  TED  conversations  19th_century 
september 2013 by jerryking
Work & Career: Grey Nation
April 2009 | | by Rudyard Griffiths. Griffiths
is the co-founder of the Dominion Institute and the author of Who We
Are: A Citizen's Manifesto (Douglas & McIntyre, 2009), from which
this article is excerpted.
Rudyard_Griffiths  baby_boomers  retirement  Dominion_Institute 
april 2009 by jerryking First ‘postnational' state? Baloney!
March 13, 2009 | Globe and Mail Update | JENNIFER WELSH
reviews "Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto", by Rudyard Griffiths,
Douglas & McIntyre, 232 pages, $29.95. [ Agincourt District 971 GRI ]
The central myth that Who We Are sets out to challenge is the one that
describes Canada's essence as its diversity and lack of a single
"national" story. In Canada, national identity plays second fiddle to
ethnic and regional loyalties, and citizenship is a ticket to
entitlements, demanding very little in return. This at a time when
Canada, is confronting a host of challenges which will require a
collective will and purpose.
book_reviews  multiculturalism  Rudyard_Griffiths  immigrants 
march 2009 by jerryking

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