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Redesign My Brain | TVO.org
Redesign My Brain
This three-part Australian series explores the science of neuroplasticity, which has found that with specific training anyone can become smarter, increase their memory capacity, and reverse mental aging. Over the course of three months, host Todd Sampson undertakes a scientifically endorsed training program to turn his ordinary brain into a super-brain. It's a makeover show like no other - one in which the design experts make over the human brain.

Look at fluid intelligence.
cognitive_skills  memorization  metacognition  TVO  smart_people  training_programs 
april 2017 by jerryking
Center for the Future of Museums: Painting in Blue
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Painting in Blue

Often, I must repeat what I do for a living. You teach police about art? Not exactly. I teach them to improve their observation and communication skills by learning to analyze works of art. Paintings, sculptures, and photographs have proven to be transformative tools in professional training programs for authorities in law enforcement, intelligence, and counterterrorism. Agencies from around the country and around the world are turning to museum collections to bolster their efforts to combat crime, terrorism, and unrest in our increasingly threatened and complex world....The US spends about $15B each year to train doctors, and over $100B per year to train and maintain police forces. Shouldn’t museums, drawing a direct line from their resources to improved outcomes for these and other critical social needs, be included in that support? ..... In 2001, as Head of Education at The Frick Collection, I instituted a program for medical students, The Art of Perception. Based on a model program at the Yale Center for British Art, the course took medical students from the clinical setting into an art museum to teach them to analyze works of art—big picture and small details—and articulate their observations. When they returned to the hospital, they would, we reasoned, be better observers of their patients. (You can find an assessment of the program in Bardes, Gillers, and Herman, “Learning to Look: Developing Clinical Observational Skills in an Art Museum, Medical Education, vol 35,no.12, pp.1157-1161.) Humanities in medical training has a strong historical precedent and this program underscored the value of critical thinking and visual analysis in the disciplines of both medicine and art history.
art  art_galleries  Communicating_&_Connecting  creativity  critical_thinking  empathy  historical_precedents  inferences  law_enforcement  museums  noticing  observations  pay_attention  perception  policing  the_big_picture  training_programs  visual_analysis  visual_cues 
december 2016 by jerryking
Progressives take page from Manning playbook - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, May. 14 2013

Progressives, their heads in yestergear, sat sphinx-like. As Rick Smith, the new head of the Broadbent Institute, was noting the other day, they didn’t see the need for something like a Manning Centre. They didn’t grasp the need for new fundraising networks, new get-out-the-vote methods, social media expertise, training programs for activists and the like.
Preston_Manning  political_infrastructure  NDP  Lawrence_Martin  playbooks  training_programs 
february 2014 by jerryking
P.R. Agency Begins a Push to Modernize - NYTimes.com
October 13, 2013 | NYT | By STUART ELLIOTT.

The initiative includes, in addition to the new slogan, beginning a series of meetings of thought leaders, under the rubric of the Burson-Marsteller Conversations; revamping the employee training program; forming a worldwide strategic leadership team; hiring additional senior managers; introducing a “reverse mentoring” program in which younger employees mentor their elders in digital and social media; retooling the Burson-Marsteller Web site; and redesigning brand identity materials like business cards. ...Burson-Marsteller joins a long list of public relations agencies reconsidering how they operate amid new forces like social media and real-time marketing. Others include DeVries Public Relations, which was renamed DeVries Global; FleishmanHillard, part of the Omnicom Group; and the Olson P.R. division of Olson, re-branded as Olson Engage.
public_relations  reinvention  Burson-Marsteller  WPP  Young_&_Rubicam  retooling  modernization  brand_identity  training_programs 
october 2013 by jerryking
True democracy starts with the municipal - The Globe and Mail
Preston Manning

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Aug. 15 2013

there are more than 25,000 elected municipal officials in Canada, not counting elected school boards and health boards in many jurisdictions, and some 75,000 to 100,000 Canadians likely gave serious thought to running for their municipal council over the past three years.

And while there are numerous think tanks, interest groups, party organizations and communications vehicles that provide intellectual capital and training opportunities for politicians at the federal and provincial levels, candidates for municipal office are not nearly as well served. This is a situation that needs to be remedied – not by bringing federal or provincial party politics to the municipal level, but by creating and supporting more think tanks, training programs, and communications vehicles dedicated to the provision of better ideas and training for those willing to run for municipal office.

Of course, political innovation of this type at the municipal level will run into the same criticism and opposition that invariably greets political innovation at any level in Canada.
Preston_Manning  municipalities  democracy  political_infrastructure  institutions  institution-building  politicians  political_innovation  think_tanks  training  training_programs 
august 2013 by jerryking
A Crash Course On Staying Wealthy - WSJ.com
March 23, 2005 | WSJ | By ROBERT FRANK
A Crash Course On Staying Wealthy
Financial Training Programs For Kids Are Proliferating; Cultivating Future Clients
children  youth  financial_literacy  wealth_management  training  Robert_Frank  high_net_worth  training_programs 
august 2012 by jerryking
The Drone Zone - NYTimes.com
By MARK MAZZETTI
Published: July 6, 2012

The Pentagon is increasing its fleet of drones by 30 % and military leaders estimate that, within a year or so, the number of Air Force pilots flying unmanned planes could be higher than the number who actually leave the ground, much about how and where the U.S. government operates drones remains a secret. Even the pilots we interviewed wore black tape over their nametags. The Air Force, citing concerns for the pilots’ safety, forbids them to reveal their last names.

It is widely known that the United States has three different drone programs. The first is the publicly acknowledged program run by the Pentagon that has been operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other two are classified programs run separately by the C.I.A. and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, which maintain separate lists of people targeted for killing.

Over the years, details have trickled out about lethal drone operations in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen and elsewhere. But the drone war has been even more extensive. According to three current and former intelligence officials I spoke to, in 2006, a barrage of Hellfire missiles from a Predator hit a suspected militant camp in the jungles of the Philippines, in an attempt to kill the Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek. The strike, which was reported at the time as a “Philippine military operation,” missed Patek but killed others at the camp.

The increased use of drones in warfare has led the Air Force to re-engineer its training program for drone pilots. Trainees are now sent to Holloman just months after they join the military, instead of first undergoing traditional pilot training as they did in the past. The Air Force can now produce certified Predator and Reaper pilots in less than two years.

But the accelerated training has created its own problems.
USAF  drones  targeted_assassinations  training_programs 
july 2012 by jerryking
Wiring the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy - New York Times
By Matt Bai
Published: July 25, 2004 (look at Preston Manning links)

The presentation itself, a collection of about 40 slides titled ''The Conservative Message Machine's Money Matrix,'' essentially makes the case that a handful of families -- Scaife, Bradley, Olin, Coors and others -- laid the foundation for a $300 million network of policy centers, advocacy groups and media outlets that now wield great influence over the national agenda. The network, as Stein diagrams it, includes scores of powerful organizations -- most of them with bland names like the State Policy Network and the Leadership Institute -- that he says train young leaders and lawmakers and promote policy ideas on the national and local level. These groups are, in turn, linked to a massive message apparatus, into which Stein lumps everything from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal op-ed page to Pat Robertson's ''700 Club.'' And all of this, he contends, is underwritten by some 200 ''anchor donors.'' ''This is perhaps the most potent, independent institutionalized apparatus ever assembled in a democracy to promote one belief system,'' he said.
advocacy  belief_systems  conservatism  Democrats  discipline  donors  Fox_News  George_Soros  GOP  grass-roots  high_net_worth  ideas  ideologies  institutions  left-wing  Matt_Bai  messaging  moguls  political_infrastructure  politicians  right-wing  social_movements  think_tanks  training_programs 
may 2012 by jerryking
Because one day, Tories, you’ll be out of office too - The Globe and Mail
preston manning
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

Build and maintain your “democratic political infrastructure” – the intellectual capital generators for politicians, the training programs for political activists, and the political communications vehicles – when in opposition but continue to build and maintain it, outside of the civil service and through private donations, even after becoming the governing party.

To fail to do so is to court eventual political collapse and impotence from which it may take years, even decades, to recover – witness the current state of the federal Liberals.
Preston_Manning  contingency_planning  discipline  political_infrastructure  loyal_opposition  institutions  institution-building  politicians  training_programs 
january 2012 by jerryking
Preston Manning's next big conservative idea
Oct 20, 2004 | The Globe and Mailpg. A.25 ||Jeffrey Simpson.

Manning is working through a set of plans to spread the conservative movement. The plans are still in the formative stage, but they involve everything from grassroots organization to new conservative publications and websites to think-tanks and conferences for discussing and disseminating conservative ideas.

Mr. Manning likens a political party to a plane. The leader, like the pilot, keeps it aloft. But a plane also needs a competent crew, ground staff, mechanics, engineers -- just as a political party needs workers, ideas, organization and outlets for its message. Conservatives in Canada lack enough of all this.

Mr. Manning says he doesn't look to the United States for inspiration. But there, the conservative movement since Barry Goldwater's presidential defeat in 1964 has outorganized and outfinanced the liberals.

Conservatives, not liberals, frame the majority of political discourse in the United States. Conservatives have their own publications (such as the Washington-based Weekly Standard), think-tanks (Cato, Hoover, American Enterprise Institute), links to religious groups, training programs for campaign workers, and conferences.

That's the kind of network Mr. Manning wants to build beneath the Conservative Party. The idea needs money, and lots of it, from people Mr. Manning rather euphemistically describes as "political venture capitalists."

This means encouraging very rich people or companies to contribute millions of dollars.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Preston_Manning  ideas  ProQuest  ideologies  conservatism  think_tanks  institution-building  networks  institutions  political_infrastructure  training_programs 
october 2011 by jerryking
As boomer bureaucrats retire, savvy entrepreneurs rejoice - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 16, 2010 | Globe and Mail | MARY GOODERHAM. The exodus
within Canada’s public service, with more than a quarter of civil
servants retiring or preparing to leave jobs within the next few
years... is creating big opportunity for entrepreneurs...those who make
up Canada’s 8.5 per cent unemployment rate can’t easily replace retirees
leaving senior positions, especially within the public sector, as many
are young males who once worked in the manufacturing and construction
sectors....As a result, executive training programs are becoming
increasingly popular.
exodus  human_resources  baby_boomers  retirement  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  training  public_sector  civil_service  civil_servants  bureaucrats  Octothorpe_Software  Ottawa  training_programs 
december 2010 by jerryking
Capitalize on immigrants' promise
Sep 15, 2004 | G & M pg. A.19|Dominic D'Alessandro. Not
recognizing newcomers' learning & credentials costs our economy as
much as $5B annually. Canada needs to do a better job integrating
skilled immigrants into the work force. Here are 6 recommendations: (1)
Revise Canada's settlement policy to include programs that help
immigrants enter the labour mkt. at an appropriate level.(2) Work with
immigrants overseas so they can better prepare themselves & hit the
ground running on arrival in Canada.(3) Update & expand language
training programs in order to meet the needs of industry & the new
profile of skilled immigrants.(4) Expand successful labour-mkt.
integration programs, e.g. internships & mentoring, by working with
employers & other partners;(5) Recognize the special role of
Canada's largest metro areas as key partners in immigrant settlement.(6)
Develop regional strategies, in collaboration with provincial, regional
& municipal govts. to expedite the labour-mkt. integration.
ProQuest  immigrants  accreditation  recommendations  social_integration  Dominic_D'Alessandro  TRIEC  internships  training_programs 
october 2010 by jerryking
Retailers Emphasize Top-Line Growth - WSJ.com
APRIL 19, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By RACHEL DODES And
DANA MATTIOLI. "In a bid to boost sales as consumers cautiously reopen
their wallets, some retailers are putting more emphasis on top-line
growth in employees' incentive pay and training programs."
incentives  J.C._Penney  Macy's  Home_Depot  home-improvement  training_programs 
may 2010 by jerryking
Your Secret Weapon - Developing a Training Program - Entrepreneur.com
Bill Bartmann: Bailout Billionaire
Training: Your Secret Weapon
This is one competitive advantage you can hide in plain sight.
By Bill Bartmann | October 01, 2009
employment_training  corporate_universities  Freshbooks  training_programs 
november 2009 by jerryking
Making workers lifelong students
Jan 1999 | HRMagazine Vol. 44, Iss. 1; pg. 109, 2 pgs |
Jennifer C Patterson. Corporate Universities: Lessons in Building a
World-Class Workforce, by Jeanne C. Meister, is reviewed.However, one of
the book's weaknesses is the failure to adequately address the
transition process. The companies targeted by Meister as candidates for
corporate universities are clearly large enough to include some sort of
training department, yet she makes little mention of how to incorporate
existing training professionals into the new program and what types of
existing training programs might best be eliminated.

Additionally, little attention is paid to ways in which small companies
or new businesses might make use of the corporate university model.
Meister makes a compelling argument that corporate universities are a
trend of the future. Surely there is a way that a small business can
have, if not a full-fledged university, at least a one room schoolhouse.
book_reviews  corporate_universities  Jeanne_Meister  life_long_learning  training_programs 
november 2009 by jerryking
Developing an In-House Training Program
Oct. 1978 | The CPA Journal Vol. 48, Iss. 10; pg. 81 | Gayton,
Robert J. There are keys to development of a successful in-house
training program: 1. The proper environment must be established within
the firm. 2. Firm executives must be committed to development of the
program. 3. A program director must be appointed. 4. The director must
be relieved of some other duties to allow devotion of adequate time and
energies to the development program. 5. Programs should provide for an
integration of both classroom and on the job training; both are
essential. 6. Programs should be challenging to retain staff interest,
and good instructors should be chosen, preferably from within the firm.
7. A system of performance evaluation and career counseling must be
established. It is most practical to begin by establishing a limited
training program for new recruits and later expanding it to cover the
entire staff.
corporate_universities  Freshbooks  ksfs  employment_training  training_programs 
october 2009 by jerryking
School of hire learning: Skills shortage? An in-house training program can help
February 2007 | PROFIT magazine | By Eleanor Beaton. "To find
new skilled workers for his company, Halliday opened a free, in-house
training program — essentially, a mini-school — housed in his Calgary
headquarters. Sound like a resources-draining, administrative nightmare?
For Spindle, Stairs & Railings, it has proved the perfect solution
to a potentially business-killing problem. "
Freshbooks  training  corporate_universities  training_programs 
september 2009 by jerryking
Out of the office and into the kitchen
Thursday, December 21, 2006 FINANCIAL TIMES article by By
Krishna Guha, Ben White,Alim Remtulla, Rebecca Knight and, Eoin Callan.
Profiles Mary Starkey who runs Starkey International in Denver. Starkey
is a residential training program for personal service staff.
Second_Acts  high_net_worth  services  family_office  personal_service  Starkey  Inspirica  tutoring  filetype:pdf  media:document  training_programs 
march 2009 by jerryking

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