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MichaelMoore.com : Goodbye, GM ...by Michael Moore
"But you and I and the rest of America now own a car company! I know, I know -- who on earth wants to run a car company? Who among us wants $50 billion of our tax dollars thrown down the rat hole of still trying to save GM? Let's be clear about this: The only way to save GM is to kill GM. Saving our precious industrial infrastructure, though, is another matter and must be a top priority. If we allow the shutting down and tearing down of our auto plants, we will sorely wish we still had them when we realize that those factories could have built the alternative energy systems we now desperately need. And when we realize that the best way to transport ourselves is on light rail and bullet trains and cleaner buses, how will we do this if we've allowed our industrial capacity and its skilled workforce to disappear?"
gm  michaelmoore  detroit  economics  recession  bankruptcy  cleanenergy  retoolinggm  us  future  energy  oil  generalmotors  environment  transportation  trains  industry  transformation  gamechanging 
june 2009
How One Teacher Uses Twitter in the Classroom
"Twitter truly is a paradigm shaking technology platform, but Rankin's use of it at the University of Texas also illustrates some of its shortcomings. Most importantly, Twitter search and archiving are notoriously short-lived. The service was really intended for fleeting tweets about casual activities, and it seems to have been architected that way. Short lines of poetry, ruminating about the history of the world, penned by young scholars standing in the doorway to the rest of their intellectual lives? Not so much. These students will be lucky if they can retrieve their earliest Tweets at the end of the term."

[More: http://www.utdallas.edu/~mrankin/usweb/twitterconclusions.htm + http://twitter.com/mwesch/statuses/1991456730 ]
education  twitter  socialnetworking  edtech  technology  teaching 
june 2009
Kickstarter
"Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, bloggers, explorers..."
glvo  funding  fundraising  art  creativity  design  entrepreneurship  crowdsourcing  vc  socialsoftware  money  networking  community  music  projects  kickstarter 
june 2009
Bennington College: [Quantum Leap] Mentoring programs reconnect public school students to their education
"A Bennington College student's education has curiosity at its core. What are you passionate about? What do you want to know? How will you act on your ideas?
Ten years ago, two College faculty members—both professional mediators—began to think about the high school dropout rate in Vermont (at the time, twenty percent). They began to think about a different approach to truancy and dropout prevention. And they wondered what might happen if public school students were given the chance to connect with their education in the same way that Bennington College students do.

So began the experiment of Quantum Leap. ... The learning plan invites students to hone in on their interests in an academic way, making them active partners in their own education. Mentoring gives them one-on-one attention from someone who is passionate about education. Mediation bridges the gaps between students, schools, and families, while also giving them conflict resolution skills."
education  schools  interestdriven  studentdirected  projectbasedlearning  learning  change  reform  personallearning  tcsnmy  publicschools  mentoring  mentors  interdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  benniningtoncollege  pbl 
june 2009
Unbound Edition | School Daze Redux
"There is a rich vein in the American success narrative driven by dropouts...either reject the educational system or are rejected by it, then go on to make a huge impact on our nation...has [there] been something of a sea change. If no longer just the intellectual odd-balls, but mainstream students - some of our best and brightest, at a time we need them most – are actually voting with their feet. ... twentysomethings – all terribly smart – who have had it. Not with the American dream, but with the American educational system. These are the kids who can succeed, who have completed serious academic workloads, who should go on to become leaders in our system. Instead they opt out. Not because they’re burned out. Because, in part, they’re disillusioned with a last century educational approach that protects information, sells out to the highest bidder even while tuition mounts &...“are large organizations in the business of staying large instead of delivering value.”"
education  colleges  universities  dropouts  autodidacts  us  economics  learning  unschooling  deschooling  trends  change  reform  organizations 
june 2009
Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts education | Video on TED.com
"Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day."
colleges  universities  liberalarts  education  learning  interdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  politics  design  society  future  ethics  lizcoleman  reform  change  gamechanging  expertise  specialization  specialists  generalists  lcproject  tcsnmy  skepticism  overspecialization  knowledge  academia  policy  unschooling  deschooling  benningtoncollege  transdisciplinary 
june 2009
Buenos Aires Is a So-So Food City | Serious Eats [refers to: http://food.theatlantic.com/abroad/what-makes-a-great-food-city.php]
"According to Terrence Henry of The Atlantic Food Channel, Buenos Aires leaves much to be desired in terms of food and flavor. He notes that most restaurants use wood-fired grills, which he thinks blanket all foods with similar flavors. He also comments on the lack of variety in the street food available, saying that it is limited to empanadas."

[Counter-opinion here: http://mattbites.com/2009/05/31/buenos-aires-round-up/ See also: http://baexpats.org/newcomers-forum/4436-food-revolution-bypasses-buenos-aires.html ]
buenosaires  food  argentina  grilling 
june 2009
Antilibraries
"You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary."
kottke  nassimtaleb  umbertoeco  wisdom  knowledge  books  libraries  research  cv  stackofbookstoread  interested  curiosity  learning  habitsofmind  perspective  antilibraries  interestedness 
june 2009
Marginal Revolution: Yummy yum yum at Krispy Kreme doughnuts
"You know Krispy Kreme doughnuts are bad for your arteries. But the delectable sugar-bombs are apparently lousy for sewer pipes as well, according to Fairfax County.
infrastructure  fairfaxcounty  krispycream  infrastructureasindicator 
may 2009
Surrender! Foucault and Twitter ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes
"I want to endorse the argument presented by Ian Delaney in this post, with one caveat: it is descriptive of social media as it currently exists. He observes, "where is transgression in social media? It is simply not allowed to exist in many cases... Minority views are excluded by the machine - only the recommended and personalised is allowed through. The stuff that dulls and comforts the political imagination." If you don't believe this, go read Boing Boing, Gawker or Kottke for a while and report back. So - crucially - the liberal democracy model of social media is flawed. What we need, want and must have is something more like the community of communities model referenced the other day - a model where dark recesses of cabals and dissent can exist. And it also requires an attitude where people are encouraged to investigate and explore these recesses for themselves, rather than to sit passively like a television audience waiting for reality to be streamed into the home."

[regarding: http://twopointouch.com/2009/05/27/surrender-foucault-and-twitter/ ]
stephendownes  socialmedia  minorityviews  kottke  gawker  boingboing  darkrecesses 
may 2009
Hacking Education | MetaFilter
Some comments: "What is it about a certain kind of American mindset that feels everything can be solved by the profit motives of the private sector? It seemed like a naive mentality ten years ago, but given the implosion of the economy over the past two years it's feeling downright pathological" ... "Capitalism is to education as a pipe wrench is to watercolors."
education  economics  hackingeducation  fredwilson  learning  schools  us  freemarkets  markets  reform  change  progress  profit  motives  motivation  unschooling  deschooling  homeschool  publicschools  metafilter 
may 2009
Systemic Flaws In the Reported World View - Chris Anderson
"In fact, most meta-level reporting of trends show a world that is getting better. We live longer, in cleaner environments, are healthier, and have access to goods and experiences that kings of old could never have dreamed of. If that doesn't make us happier, we really have no one to blame except ourselves. Oh, and the media lackeys who continue to feed us the litany of woes that we subconsciously crave."
chrisanderson  optimism  politics  history  analysis  future  culture  news  stateoftheworld  violence  philosophy  ideas  progress  edge  media  world  pessimism 
may 2009
Rossignol » Thrilling Wonder Stories
"The rocketship wonder of earlier decades is gone, and our children write dystopias by default: a fascinating, terrifying realisation. He seemed rather earthy and upbeat, and talked of how problems mean invention, and creativity, but I couldn’t help think about a generation of kids for whom there is no bright imagined future: only Bladerunner, eco-death, the Drowned World, apocalypse. MacLeod talked about the problems for idealistic sci-fi now, and I wonder if there was something about the hip nihilism of modern fantasy, combined with relentless terror-cancer newsmedia shit, that really will stop future generations bothering to climb out of their doomed shrug." ... "The whole thing was stamped, perhaps imperceptibly to everyone else, with a motto I come back to - paraphrasing Richard Rorty - which is: “anything can be redescribed”. Sometimes, a new description is all you need."
design  archigram  architecture  fiction  simulation  speculation  jgballard  pessimism  sciencefiction  scifi  optimism  narrative  representation  writing  futurism  future  tcsnmy  dystopia  utopia  jimrossignol  wonder  children  simulations 
may 2009
Annals of Medicine: The Cost Conundrum: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"Somewhere in the United States at this moment, a patient with chest pain, or a tumor, or a cough is seeing a doctor. And the damning question we have to ask is whether the doctor is set up to meet the needs of the patient, first and foremost, or to maximize revenue.
us  economics  health  healthcare  healthinsurance  insurance  incentives  medicine  business  policy  reform  government  finance  accountability  costs  politics  society  atulgawande 
may 2009
:: SURREAL, Películas de la Realidad ::
"En sus siete años de vida, Surreal ha tenido como objetivo fundamental la creación de un espacio de talentos asociados en cada uno de sus proyectos.
chile  tv  television  documentary  reality  cristiánleighton 
may 2009
below the phreatic level - mammoth // building nothing out of something
"In 1998, Mexican architect Alberto Kalach and his colleague Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon published La Ciudad y sus Lagos, a bold proposal that examined the potential resurrection of Lake Texcoco, the largest of the lakes which Mexico City’s predecessor Tenochtitilan was founded on. The revitalization of the lake would serve to both benefit Mexico City ecologically and to invigorate the practice of urbanism in Mexico."
future  urban  landscape  mexico  water  lagotexcoco  df  albertokalach  mexicodf  mexicocity 
may 2009
Snarkmarket: The New Socialism is the New Humanism
"But I think there’s a rare misstep (or rather, misnaming) in his [Kevin Kelly's] new Wired essay, “The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online.” It’s right there in the title. That S-word. Socialism. ... Ultimately, the new digital humanism is more important than the new scientific humanism, because it really is a humanism. It actually more thoroughly rejects the naïve, universalizing humanism than the brains-and-genes crowd. It’s MORE compatible with what we’re finding out about how the brain works, how it processes information, and the complex interactions between language, culture, our bodies, and our DNA. And it more richly describes what is happening NOW than armchair postmodernism, evolutionism, or millenarianism. It positively gives us somewhere to go. The New Socialism is the New Humanism."

[See also Larry Lessig's response to the same article: http://www.lessig.org/blog/2009/05/et_tu_kk_aka_no_kevin_this_is.html ]
kevinkelly  economics  web  internet  opensource  wikipedia  larrylessig  humanism 
may 2009
GM Car Dealerships Closing - 4 Ways to Use Old Car Dealerships - thedailygreen.com
"From new town centers to public art projects -- there is potential in the demise of 1,100 GM dealerships and nearly 800 Chrysler dealerships."
urban  reuse  future  urbanism  industry  green  food  autoindustry  dealerships  adaptive 
may 2009
How To Tune Up Your Bike - Bicycle Tutor
"Today we’ll learn how to tune up your bike, which I’d recommend doing at least once a year, or even every few months if you ride every day. Since I can’t demonstrate every step of the procedure while keeping this video short, I’ll give a general overview and cover each step further in separate tutorials. You’ll notice below that I’ve written out all of the steps and included links to related tutorials. I’ll be adding new links as future videos are uploaded."
bikes  maintenance  howto  tutorial  diy  tuneup  repair  repairing 
may 2009
The Mission and Guiding Principles of The Earth School
"To recognize the wonder and importance of the world and its inhabitants, to enrich our lives, to make wise decisions, we are guided by the following questions:

**For Knowing and Learning:
How do I find out about this? Come to know this?
What did I discover?
Why is this important?
Where does this fit in?
Is there another way of looking at this?
Do I have enough information?

**For Being with Others:
How can I help?
How do my actions affect others, myself, the environment?
Who is here? Who is not here?
Am I being respectful to myself and others?
How is this like me? …different from me?

**For Living on the Planet:
Am I being respectful toward the planet and its resources?
Do I really need this?
Where does this come from? Where will it go?
Am I leaving this (place, situation) better than I found it?"
missionstatements  schools  nyc  environment  green  teaching  learning  guidingquestions  children  tcsnmy  progressive 
may 2009
Unboxed - When Academia Puts Profit Ahead of Wonder - NYTimes.com
"Perhaps the most troublesome aspect of campus commercialization is that research decisions are now being based on possible profits, not on the inherent value of knowledge. “Blue sky” research — the kind of basic experimentation that leads to a greater understanding of how the world works — has largely been set aside in favor of projects considered to have more immediate market potential.
universities  academia  research  profit  motives  motivation  learning  discovery  priorities  education  science  business  incentives  competition 
may 2009
Vodafone | receiver » Blog Archive » Tinkering to the future
"Tinkering offers a way of engaging with today's needs while also keeping an eye on the future consequences of our choices...Today we tinker with things; tomorrow, we will tinker with the world...tinkering might look at first like traditional engineering, but it is very different. Both are about designing & making things; but engineering tends to be top-down, linear, structured, abstract and rules-based...meant [for]...large organizations. Tinkering, in contrast, is bottom-up, iterative, experimental, practical and improvisational: informal and disorganized, accessible to anyone who is willing to learn (and fail) and it doesn't follow any plan too closely...But tinkering also taps into human psychology...is an amazingly powerful way to learn...not about mastering dry, arcane bodies of knowledge...about learning how to use your hands, materials & tools, scrounging stuff & ideas, learning from others & your own mistakes. Educational theorists call this active learning & they love it."
tinkering  diy  alexsoojung-kimpang  learning  future  tcsnmy  make  innovation  hacks  engineering  stewartbrand  wholeearthcatalog  problemsolving  autodidacts  experience 
may 2009
Sisyphus Office Exhibition, Houston 2009. on the Behance Network
"The artists involved in the project are collaborating with businesses and offices in and around Houston in order to highlight art as an integral and necessary distraction in our day to day life. The artists and offices involved in Sisyphus Office are working physically and conceptually with the notions of existentialism, capitalism, artistic romanticism and deadpan slapstickism as a means to examine the artifice that keeps us clinging to reality and distracted from the void. Sisyphus Office is about punching the clock, and then punching it again…but harder the second time. It’s about transcending the mundane through the beauty and absurdity of distraction. It’s about recognizing the comedy in the tragedy of the day to day… and then waking up again to do the same thing all over again the next morning."
art  work  humor  houston  drawing  typography  installation  office  design  via:migurski  2009  handdrawn  illustration  culture  collage 
may 2009
Next American City » Daily Report » Should We Abandon the “Uncreative Class”?
"Not everyone can afford to move and the poorest are left behind amidst urban blight and neglect. What do we do about the immobile? What do we do with cities that are net losers of the “creative class”? For this so-called creative brand of capitalism, the uncreative are someone else’s problem. As Florida says, “We need to be clear that ultimately, we can’t stop the decline of some places, and that we would be foolish to try.” I would say that this is not at all clear. There is an inherent inhumanity in leaving people and their cities in the dust. Besides, the cost of finding ways to get so-called obsolete classes of workers gainfully employed where they live is looking preferable to the social costs of managing huge ghost cities and permanent spatial inequality."
via:cityofsound  creativeclass  richardflorida  humanity  decline  decay  mobility  urbanism  creativity  urbanplanning  employment  architecture  class  us 
may 2009
Hulu - Labs: Hulu Desktop
"Hulu Desktop is a lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer. It features a sleek new look that's optimized for use with standard Windows Media Center remote controls or Apple remote controls, allowing you to navigate Hulu's entire library with just six buttons. For users without remotes, the application is keyboard and mouse-enabled. Hulu Desktop is a downloadable application and will work on PCs and Macs. It will initially launch as a beta product during which we plan to gather and incorporate user feedback to improve the service."
hulu  software  mac  osx  windows  streaming  entertainment  applications  freeware  desktop  video  television  tv  frontrow 
may 2009
Teaching Copyright
"EFF's Teaching Copyright curriculum was created to help teachers present the laws surrounding digital rights in a balanced way.
eff  education  learning  creativecommons  teaching  curriculum  legal  ict  fairuse  medialiteracy  copyright  lessonplans 
may 2009
apophenia: when teachers and students connect outside school
"We used to live in a world where space dictated context. This is no longer the case. Digital technologies collapse social contexts all the time. The key to figuring out boundaries in a digital era is not to try to revert to space. The key is to focus on people, roles, relationships, and expectations. A teacher's role in relation to a student should not end at the classroom door. ... many teachers are motivated to help students beyond the classroom and many students need that help. To prevent them from doing so, to say that they shouldn't respond when a student asks for their help simply because of the technology, is to do damage to students and society more broadly. Teachers certainly don't enter the profession for the money; they typically enter it for the service and the potential to help. I am worried about mandates that prevent teachers from doing what they can to help youth"
danahboyd  teaching  students  schools  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  interaction  facebook  privacy  education  youth  teens  tcsnmy  online  internet  relationships  society 
may 2009
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Bouncing Off the Walls: Playing with Teen Identity
"As a teen, I used many resources to play with new identities. Fashion ads served as inspiration. My walls were a place to exhibit them. I did also, on occasion, leave my room where I had other experiences that helped shape the woman I am today. But having a space of my own to play & then reflect was very important to my process of identity formation. What seemed like goofing off at the time was actually a process of exploring who I thought I was at the time, as well as who I thought I should be. My experience ... is one of countless examples of how teens use their available resources to explore potential identities through play. This kind of play can happen in private, but often young people use media to capture their experiments & share them with others. In this way, they can gauge reactions & refine their performances. I used my walls to reach a limited audience, but today teens can easily reach millions of people online & receive feedback instantly on how they represent themselves"
teens  identity  socialnetworks  play  youth  henryjenkins  via:preoccupations  tcsnmy 
may 2009
Why Our Current Education System Is Failing
"Sub-par grades + no awards + poor attendance = the end of my life Right? I beg to differ...For most of my life (along with millions of others) I have been taught to believe that the secret to a successful life is to get outstanding grades. Slowly...I have discovered this premise to be completely false...Many of my current classmates, each of whom could literally change the world, are paralyzed by fear, and are instead choosing the path of security: That is get good grades. Get a job. Be happy. Unfortunately that’s rarely how it unfolds...I’m not suggesting that ancient texts such as Shakespeare don’t have any value, however what the students read should be up to them...Our current education system is putting too much effort into things that don’t matter. Busy work. Perfect grammar. Memorization. All of which does nothing for us 10 years down the road...Education is meant to help us find our passion, our purpose in life. Unfortunately, our current education system fails miserably."
education  learning  schooling  schooliness  teaching  schools  unschooling  deschooling  society  success  reading  literacy  highschool  perspective  reform  change  gamechanging  passion  lcproject  tcsnmy  via:cburell  grading  grades  assessment  pedagogy  students 
may 2009
dy/dan » The Jazz Singer
"Darren: My favourite bit came at the very end when the teacher turned and spoke to the camera: “That was gooood!” That comment encompassed so much; about him, his students, and how they all feel for each other." = "A milligram of sober deconstruction ("why do I like this?") is worth, for my money, a kilogram of exuberant, big-picture futurism ("how does this change everything?!"). It would do this old curmudgeon's heart some good to see some balanced restored to our discussions of ancient arts."
teaching  arts  technology  futurism  danmeyer  video  storytelling  schools  edubloggers  music 
may 2009
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Hi-tech aims to improve lifestyle
"The three-year project will see how people react when data is fed back to them about their energy use and activity levels.
behavior  feedback  technology  well-being  competition  lifestyle  energy  consumption  health 
may 2009
TheHill.com - Why Washington doesn’t get new media

"And let’s be clear: What is newfangled in Government 2.0 is not the technology; it is the approach to communications — the idea that, suddenly, the public expects to talk back to its government.
government  newmedia  communication  dialogue  missingthepoint  policy  politics  dialog 
may 2009
Paul Twomey: don't underestimate the formational impact a globally ubiquitous internet will have on the post-recession world
"I see "suits" in Manhattan, shop owners in Hyderabad, tour guides in Luxor, students in Santiago del Chile, Aboriginal artists in Alice Springs, fisherman in Hoi An; all glued to their handsets & the net. This empowerment of individuals, especially in the developing world, is transforming social, economic, & political relationships. ... it is ... vital that we avoid fragmentation & maintain a single interoperable internet. ... network expansion must continue in order to spread the benefits more widely, & the internet's tradition of coordination of technical evolution among multiple stakeholders needs to be maintained. Corporate or governmental attempts to control will stifle innovation & entrepreneurialism & risk fragmentation. ... [the net] will provide a mechanism for the development of new business models, previously unknown ways connecting people & communities, new possibilities for the delivery of services, & a feedback loop for the population"
via:preoccupations  mobile  internet  change  ubicomp  progress  empowerment  innovation  entrepreneurship  economics  society  global  international  politics  policy 
may 2009
nrc.nl - International - Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals
"The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty."
prisons  netherlands  belgium  crime 
may 2009
Young Americans Losing Their Religion - ABC News
"Putnam says that in the past two decades, many young people began to view organized religion as a source of "intolerance and rigidity and doctrinaire political views," and therefore stopped going to church.
religion  us  culture  society  demographics  change  politics 
may 2009
The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity
"What we have discovered over the past nine months are growing diseconomies of scale. Bigger firms are harder to run on cash flow alone, so they need more debt (oops!). Bigger companies have to place bigger bets but have less and less control over distribution and competition in an increasingly diverse marketplace. Those bets get riskier and the payoffs lower. And as Wall Street firms are learning, bigger companies are going to get more regulated, limiting their flexibility. The stars of finance are fleeing for smaller firms; it's the only place they can imagine getting anything interesting done.
chrisanderson  internet  future  economics  entrepreneurship  business  startups  innovation  flexibility  small  hierarchy  gamechanging  google  autoindustry 
may 2009
The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online
"On the face of it, one might expect a lot of political posturing from folks who are constructing an alternative to capitalism and corporatism. But the coders, hackers, and programmers who design sharing tools don't think of themselves as revolutionaries. No new political party is being organized in conference rooms—at least, not in the US. (In Sweden, the Pirate Party formed on a platform of file-sharing. It won a paltry 0.63 percent of votes in the 2006 national election.)

Indeed, the leaders of the new socialism are extremely pragmatic. A survey of 2,784 open source developers explored their motivations. The most common was "to learn and develop new skills." That's practical. One academic put it this way (paraphrasing): The major reason for working on free stuff is to improve my own damn software. Basically, overt politics is not practical enough."
kevinkelly  collectivism  cooperation  sharing  collaboration  socialism  socialmedia  policy  change  internet  social  society 
may 2009
Vodafone | receiver » Blog Archive » The lamp posts on Brick Lane
"This is the irony: that in a thoroughly wired world, many of us end up feeling lonely and disconnected. ... Overdosing on mobile communication can also mess up the relationship we have with ourselves. Human beings need moments of silence and solitude: to rest and recharge, to think deeply and creatively, to look inside and confront the big questions, ΄Who am I? How do I fit into the world? What is the meaning of life?΄... Whenever a new technology comes along, it takes time to work out the cultural rules and protocols to get the most from it. Mobile communication is no exception: it is neither good nor bad, what matters is how we use it. ... [mention of several trends and initiatives] ... What all of these moves have in common is a desire to build a more measured relationship with communication technologies: to seize the moment, to make the most of now, by choosing when to log on and when to log off."
carlhonoré  slow  distraction  attention  relationships  continuouspartialattention  life  families  work  balance  slowmovement  mobilephones  technology  facebook  myspace  society  internet 
may 2009
Artichoke: Crack learning, the achievement gap and Sisyphean struggle.
"This made me think of “crack learning” and how we might understand learning based on actions of removal rather than by constantly adding new layers and materials to our schools, classrooms and students. I wanted to ask .. What would happen to learning if we removed "the din"? ... What would happen to learning if we removed the expectation that "progress" requires unrelenting change and innovation ... What would happen to learning if we removed "the rush", if we slowed down, learned how to see and took time to realise that all things connect? ... Reading Gladwell made me fret that all our MoE sanctioned interventions to reduce our achievement gap are perhaps a Sisyphean struggle – made me think that perhaps we are doomed to always struggle because in targeting schools we are targeting the wrong intervention. ... Should our focus on reducing disparity look at the effect on learning of time spent outside of school rather than what happens within school?"
slowlearning  slowpedagogy  geethanarayanan  teaching  schools  schooling  achievementgap  learning  education  unschooling  deschooling  slow  progress  artichokeblog  pamhook 
may 2009
Texting May Be Taking a Toll on Teenagers - NYTimes.com
"American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Company — almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier. ... “Among the jobs of adolescence are to separate from your parents, and to find the peace and quiet to become the person you decide you want to be,” she said. “Texting hits directly at both those jobs.”
teens  parenting  sherryturkle  adolescence  youth  children  texting  mobile  phone  communication  technology 
may 2009
The Case for Working With Your Hands - NYTimes.com
"If the goal is to earn a living, then, maybe it isn’t really true that 18-year-olds need to be imparted with a sense of panic about getting into college. Some people are hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, when they would rather be learning to build things or fix things." ... "Those who work on the lower rungs of the information-age office hierarchy face their own kinds of unreality, as I learned some time ago." ... "A good job requires a field of action where you can put your best capacities to work and see an effect in the world. Academic credentials do not guarantee this." ... "The visceral experience of failure seems to have been edited out of the career trajectories of gifted students. It stands to reason, then, that those who end up making big decisions that affect all of us don’t seem to have much sense of their own fallibility, and of how badly things can go wrong even with the best of intentions"

[so much here to quote, see also: http://www.slate.com/id/2218650/pagenum/all/ ]
education  learning  well-being  life  cv  making  doing  crisis  highereducation  colleges  universities  middlemanagement  matthewcrawford  alternative  careers  unschooling  deschooling  careerism  society  class  failure  moralhazard  credentials  gradschool  degrees  meaning  happiness  fulfillment  economics  mechanics  macroeconomics  philosophy 
may 2009
One Tweet Over the Line - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com
Clay Shirky: "Increasingly ... privacy will have to be enforced by us grownups simply choosing not to look, since it’s none of our business. ... People my age tut-tut at kids, telling them that we wouldn’t have put those photos up when we were young, but we’re lying. We’d have done it in a heartbeat, but no one ever offered us the chance. Now that kids have these capabilities, it falls to us to keep our prurient interest in their personal lives in check. Just as Bill Clinton destroyed the idea that marijuana use was a disqualifier to serious work, the increasing volume of personal life online will come to mean that, even though there’s a picture from when your head was on fire that one time, you can still get a job."
via:preoccupations  privacy  youth  clayshirky  forgetting  memory  digitalfootprint  facebook  behavior  mistakes 
may 2009
FT.com / Weekend / Reportage - Argentina: The superpower that never was
"A short century ago the US and Argentina were rivals. Both were riding the first wave of globalisation at the turn of the 20th century. Both were young, dynamic nations with fertile farmlands and confident exporters. Both brought the beef of the New World to the tables of their European colonial forebears. Before the Great Depression of the 1930s, Argentina was among the 10 richest economies in the world. The millions of emigrant ­Italians and Irish fleeing poverty at the end of the 19th century were torn between the two: Buenos Aires or New York? The pampas or the prairie?"
argentina  us  economics  policy  politics  history 
may 2009
Why the Arduino Matters - Ideas For Dozens
"Today, the world of physical computing closely resembles the personal computer industry circa 1975...Recently, our Altair arrived...the Arduino...If [it] is the Altair of physical computing then what will be its VisiCalc? What will be the killer app that makes the physical computer of the future a necessity for business...what will physical [it's] Mac look like?...In the next few years, physical computing has as much of a shot at changing the world as technologies ever get...this is the time to get involved. Unlike the web, personal computer & green energy industries, physical computing is a space where 2 guys in a garage can come along & invent something that will touch billions of people around the world w/out anyone else's permission. That's because what's needed in physical computing is not advanced research, massive infrastructure investment, or huge production facilities. What's needed is close attention to applying the existing technology to solving human-scale problems."
via:preoccupations  arduino  physicalcomputing  future  history  altair  computing  diy  make  hardware  technology  hacking  tcsnmy 
may 2009
Conceptual Trends and Current Topics - Digital Socialism
"How close to a noncapitalistic, open source, peer-production society can this movement take us? Every time that question has been asked, the answer has been: closer than we thought. ... At nearly every turn, the power of sharing, cooperation, collaboration, openness, free pricing, and transparency has proven to be more practical than we capitalists thought possible. Each time we try it, we find that the power of the new socialism is bigger than we imagined. We underestimate the power of our tools to reshape our minds. Did we really believe we could collaboratively build and inhabit virtual worlds all day, every day, and not have it affect our perspective? The force of online socialism is growing. Its dynamic is spreading beyond electrons—perhaps into elections."

[full article here: http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/nep_newsocialism?currentPage=all ]
technology  tools  capitalism  socialism  kevinkelly  digital  open  opensource  peer-production  society  sociology  collaboration  openness  free  sharing  transparency  government  change  gamechanging  onlinesocialism  elections 
may 2009
pensamientos genericos - Washington University Summer Studio in Tijuana Lecture Series 2009
"The studio will reconvene, for the duration of the studio, in San Diego and work from Woodbury School of Architecture’s new building in the Hispanic district of Barrio Logan. Reference to local topics and contemporary theory on urbanism will be offered by an accompanying lecture series involving experts from Tijuana, San Diego and Los Angeles. Our lecture series is open to the public. See poster for dates and times. Heriberto Yepez May 30 1pm Marcos Ramirez Erre June 3 4pm Kyong Park June 16 6 pm Josh Kun June 20 2 pm Lucia Sanroman June 24 1pm @sdmca Teddy Cruz June 26 1 pm"
sandiego  tijuana  events  lectures  borders  architecture  design  2009  teddycruz  heribertoyepez 
may 2009
the arbour lake sghool
"The Sghool’s mandate is to provide a stage for the creation and display of artistic or critical projects in a way which explores and engages our suburban setting. Activities under this mandate excite, entertain, and often serve as comic interlude in the not-so-secret game of suburban one-upmanship. A loose association of artists, athletes, musicians, trades-people and students form the core group of project participants. Membership in the group is not determined by any specific criteria other than a desire and willingness to collaborate in a diverse and open-minded atmosphere."
art  architecture  community  collaboration  suburbs  suburban  public  performance  us  artists  collective 
may 2009
Our soon-to-be outdated beliefs
"From Reddit, a question that yielded a number of thought provoking answers:
kottke  food  change  prejudice  drugs  belief  future  history  society 
may 2009
Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school? - Yahoo! Answers
"I go to a private school that is rather strict. Recently, the principal and school teacher council released a (very long) list of books we're not allowed to read. I was absolutely appalled, because a large number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of my personal favorites, The Catcher in the Rye, was on the list, so I decided to bring it to school to see if I would really get in trouble. Well... I did but not too much. Then (surprise!) a boy in my English class asked if he could borrow the book, because he heard it was very good AND it was banned! This happened a lot and my locker got to overflowing with the banned books, so I decided to put the unoccupied locker next to me to a good use. I now have 62 books in that locker, about half of what was on the list. I took care only to bring the books with literary quality. Some of these books are:"

[via: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/24/kid-keeping-a-lendin.html ]
censorship  students  schools  books  libraries  activism  initiative  resistance  schooling  autoritarianism  rules  youth  teens  teenheroes  literature 
may 2009
gewgaw » Moving On
"This makes career planning a bit difficult. If I were soully focused on climbing the ladder - I’d hop from short project to short project, asking for title bumps and raises. It’s a common strategy for managers and (it seems) fairly successful within larger companies. But because I care more about ideals (good game, good team, player/creativity focus) than ends - I often have a hard time articulating exactly where I want to be in the next 3 years - let alone 5."
via:blackbeltjones  careers  management  administration  ideals  projects  cv  goals  work  organizations 
may 2009
Transforming TIjuana - Homes - Dwell
"In August of 2004, a weekend-long party took place at a new house in the Hacienda Agua Caliente neighborhood of Tijuana, Mexico. The house was raw and unfinished, with bare concrete floors and exposed nail heads, but the art that adorned the walls and the music that rocked into the wee hours was a culmination of years of pondering the urban state of this exploding city just south of San Diego, California."
tijuana  sandiego  borders  homes  architecture  design  mexico 
may 2009
John Holt
"He had oddnesses, and I don't admire him so much as a human. He wasn't married. He didn't have kids. What he learned he learned from other people's kids in classrooms and when visiting in their homes, and he was SO interested in kids that their lives were different just for his being there, so what he saw often was how a child is in the presence of a really interested and interesting adult. That's the part I want to emulate."
education  homeschool  unschooling  books  children  teaching  learning  deschooling  society  johnholt  sandradodd 
may 2009
Salon.com Life | Stop worrying about your children!
"In her new book, "Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry," Skenazy suggests that many American parents are in the grips of a national hysteria about child safety, which is fed by sensationalistic media coverage of child abductions, safety tips from alarmist parenting mags, and companies marketing products that promise to protect tykes from every possible danger. She by no means recommends that mom and dad chuck the car seats, but says that trying to fend off every possible risk, however remote, holds its own unfortunate, unintended consequences."
children  parenting  safety  fear  freedom  danger  independence 
may 2009
Alumni Try to Rewrite History on College-Newspaper Web Sites - Chronicle.com
"As the papers have begun digitizing their back issues, their Web sites have become the latest front in the battle over online identities. Youthful activities that once would have disappeared into the recesses of a campus library are now preserved on the public record, to be viewed with skeptical eyes by an adult world of colleagues and potential employers. Alumni now in that world are contacting newspapers with requests for redaction. For unlike Facebook profiles — that other notable source of young-adult embarrassment — the ability to remove or edit questionable content in these cases is out of the author's hands." via: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/24/school-newspaper-arc.html
digitalfootprint  education  privacy  newspapers  digitization  consequences  lifeonline  online  internet  web  uncoveredpasts 
may 2009
colourschool
"colourschool is a school within a school dedicated to the speculative research and exploration of five colours: black, white, brown, yellow, and red. Providing a free and open space for critical investigations of colour, identity, artmaking, and knowledge production, colourschool attempts to develop a collaborative colour consciousness through a variety of events including reading groups, film screenings, listening labs, interviews, roundtable discussions, brown bag lunches, performances, and installations among other activities. Inspired by the history of experimental education, colourschool draws from the pedagogical precedents of Black Mountain College and Joseph Beuys’ Free International University as well as the Colour Research project undertaken by Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov."
education  design  art  community  collaboration  free  alternative  vancouver  color  pedagogy  artists  conceptualart 
may 2009
universidad experimental [ux]
"espacio de autoformación, coinvestigación e innovación teórica de la ciudad de rosario, argentina"
argentina  rosario  learning  education  alternative  deschooling  unschooling  lcproject 
may 2009
An exploration of seminal novelist Italo Calvino, through his writing - Times Online
"There is a fear now, voiced by neuroscientists such as Susan Greenfield and Norman Doidge, that by training the brain on the concrete - vocational education, the simple reward system of video games and mass entertainment, the simplification of language towards information and away from metaphor - that we are breeding dull, mechanical people who cannot manage abstract or conceptual thought and who are baffled by imagination. “Reality” is becoming seriously unreal.

Calvino, of course, predicted this in his 1974 essay A Utopia of Fine Dust. Reading his inventions is becoming something of a reality check in itself."
italocalvino  reality  literature  metaphor  invention  science  sciencefiction  scifi  writing  ideas 
may 2009
Video: Mockingbirds can recognise individual people | Science | guardian.co.uk
"Scientists at the University of Florida have found that mockingbirds identify and dive-bomb people who have threatened their nests in the past"
animals  memory  nature  birds  mockingbirds  behavior 
may 2009
Snarkmarket: What I Have Learned About Teaching By Being A Parent, Vol. 1
"Axiom: You can’t teach anyone anything without intentionally or accidentally modeling humanity for them. It isn’t enough to adequately convey information to students or take care of the mechanics of teaching - this is just feeding and changing diapers. You have to choose or (more properly) cultivate the form of humanity you want to perform/become/become through performing/perform through becoming."
teaching  parenting  tcsnmy  schools  education  learning  students 
may 2009
Basque-Icelandic pidgin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Basque-Icelandic pidgin was a pidgin spoken in Iceland in the 17th century. It developed due to the contact that Basque traders had with the Icelandic locals, probably in Vestfirðir. The vocabulary was heavily based upon the Labourdin Basque language, but also in an Atlantic pidgin with Romance and English influences."
iceland  basque  languages  pigdin  history 
may 2009
Matthew Crawford's Shop Class as Soul Craft. - By Michael Agger - Slate Magazine
[see also: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/magazine/24labor-t.html?pagewanted=all ]

"When Matthew Crawford finished his doctorate in political philosophy at the University of Chicago, he took a job at a Washington think tank. "I was always tired," he writes, "and honestly could not see the rationale for my being paid at all." He quit after five months and started doing motorcycle repair in a decaying factory in Richmond, Va. This journey from philosopher manqué to philosopher-mechanic is the arc of his new book, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work. ... maybe, five years from now, when they [graduates] can't understand why their high-paying jobs at Micron Consulting seem pointless and enervating, Crawford's writing will show them a way forward"
books  work  careers  well-being  cubicles  economics  mechanics  philosophy  meaning  education  skills  life  happiness  cv  learning  macroeconomics  matthewcrawford 
may 2009
Love’s Labors and Costs § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
""Spent" looks at why, when scientific research shows that more stuff doesn’t lead to more happiness, humans are driven to endlessly acquire."
books  consumerism  evolution  happiness  materialism  wealth 
may 2009
Null And Void - "Adults, in their dealing with children, are insane. And children know it, too"
"Adults, in their dealing with children, are insane. And children know it, too. Adults lay down rules they would not think of following, speak truths they do not believe. And yet they expect children to obey the rules, believe the truths, and admire and respect their parents for this nonsense. Children must be very wise and secret to tolerate adults at all. And the greatest nonsense of all that adults expect children to believe is that people learn by experience. No greater lie was ever revered. And its falseness is immediately discerned by children since their parents obviously have not learned anything by experience. Far from learning, adults simply become set in a maze of prejudices and dreams and sets of rules whose origins they do not know and would not dare inspect for fear the whole structure might topple over on them. I think children instinctively know this. Intelligent children learn to conceal their knowledge and keep free of this howling mania."
johnsteinbeck  quotes  children  childhood  adults  rules  hypocrisy  teaching  learning  society  dreams  culture  unschooling  deschooling  trust  authority  hierarchy  myths  obedience  wisdom  prejudice  change  mania  sickness  knowledge 
may 2009
Biscuit Tin iPhone - Random is good.
"Simply give it a shake and rediscover things you'd forgotten about from long ago. Things that made you smile, laugh or maybe even cry. With Biscuit Tin in your pocket you can fall in love with photos all over again.

* Loads random photos from your entire Flickr photo stream.
* Playful interface - just shake and watch a random photo drop into your tin.
* Fun memory jogger - relive forgotten stories and adventures with just a simple shake!
* Reminds you of biscuits - and that is always a good thing."
iphone  applications  flickr  memory  photography  csiap  ios 
may 2009
Asus Eee PCs in USA Schools: A First-Hand Report - OLPC News
"Laptops make a good school better, but they don't make a bad school good.
schools  education  computers  laptops  technology  1to1  writing  learning  tcsnmy  1:1 
may 2009
Revealing the Link
"Ida is the most complete early primate fossil ever found, and scientists believe that she could be one of our earliest
science  evolution  ida  multimedia  archaeology  paleontology  prehistoric  missinglink 
may 2009
Paleontologist as rock star: How one tiny fossil sparked a media circus | csmonitor.com
"But almost as dazzling as the find itself was the way in which it was unveiled. The announcement was made with great fanfare at the Museum of Natural History in New York, and coincided with a peer-reviewed article about the discovery. And like any good reality television star, Hurum was thinking “cross-platform”: his team has a sleek website, an exclusive interview arrangement with ABC News, a book aimed at mainstream audiences, a deal with the History Channel, and a full-length movie about little “Ida.”"
ida  evolution  science  fanfare  media  archaeology  paleontology  prehistoric  missinglink 
may 2009
Raph’s Website » The perfect geek age?
"Was being born in 1971 the perfect time to be born a geek? ... [long list of examples here] ... Looking back on it, it makes me feel a bit sorry for those born ten years later. And I can’t judge ten years earlier, but so much of that seemed to hit at the right age. Looking back at history, it seems like the last big waves of popular invention like this were decades ago. Teens with hot rods? Engineering in the 20s? I see my kids now, and they are so clearly getting the finished products of so much, not the products in the process of invention… Am I wrong?"
1971  cv  history  childhood  transformation  videogames  dungeonsanddragons  libraries  internet  web  online  wikipedia  computers  programming  geek  via:blackbeltjones  raphkoster  mac  education  learning  culture  popculture  gamechanging  flux  google  sciencefiction  futureshock  starwars  comics 
may 2009
Spotlight on DML | ‘Rise of Nations’: A Model for Assessment?
"I see no reason why 21st century assessment should not work the same way, and I am not talking about teaching with games. In any real learning: • don’t leave the learning space to assess; • marry learning and assessment closely; • use a trajectory of variables across time in the assessment; • allow learners to “theorize” their learning and develop better strategies; • use the same assessment for formative and evaluative purposes; • track what learners have done over time and how they have used facts or information as tools; • don’t bother assessing people if they haven’t played the game with deep engagement for some time—because you darn well know that people who won’t play Rise of Nations for a sustained time haven’t learned much. (That’s how humans are built—see Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. For humans, learning is a practice effect, so we should worry more about how to get the practice done and less about “grading” people when they haven’t practiced much or aren’t engaged.)"
jamespaulgee  riseofnations  games  seriousgames  gaming  learning  assessment  evaluation 
may 2009
unconsumption
"Consumption = word used to describe acts of acquisition...of things, in exchange for money. Unconsumption is a word used to describe everything that happens after an act of acquisition...an invisible badge...accomplishment of properly recycling your old cellphone, rather than the guilt of letting it sit in a drawer...thrill of finding a new use for something you were about to throw away...pleasure of using a service like Freecycle to find a new home for the functioning VCR you just replaced, rather than throwing it in garbage...enjoying things you own to the fullest – not just at moment of acquisition...pleasure of using a pair of sneakers until they are truly worn out – as opposed to nagging feeling of defeat when they simply go out of style...feeling good about simple act of turning off lights when you leave room...not about rejection or demonization of things...not a bunch of rules...an idea, set of behaviors, way of thinking about consumption itself from a new perspective...free."

[wiki here: http://unconsumption.pbworks.com/ ]
unconsumption  sustainability  consumption  consumerism  design  culture  trends  green  recycling  simplicity  luxury  value  unproduct  upcycling  beausage  plannedlongevity  thriftiness  thrifting  thrift  glvo  diy  make  dowithout  wabi-sabi 
may 2009
Lowtech Sensors and Actuators
"This report describes the results of a collaborative research project to develop a suite of low-tech sensors and actuators that might be useful for artists and architects working with interactive environments. With this project we hoped to consolidate a number of different approaches we had found ourselves taking in our own work and develop both a "kit-of-parts" and a more conceptual framework for producing such works."
edg  make  art  howto  diy  electronics  toys  hardware  tutorial  robotics  sensors  hacking  arduino  physicalcomputing  computing  hacks  technology  opensource  programming  interface  lowtech  usmanhaque  low-tech 
may 2009
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