Two from Seth Godin
I don't know about you, but when I hire someone, or go to the doctor or the
architect or an engineer, I could care less about how good they are at
memorizing or looking up facts. I want them to be great at synthesizing ideas,
the faster and more insightfully, the better.
Please don't tell me that Wikipedia isn't a real encyclopedia or one that
can't be trusted. Perhaps it can't be trusted if you're prepping for a
Presidential debate, but it is sure good enough to help me learn what I need to
learn--which is how to quickly take a bunch of facts and turn them into a new
and useful idea.
Here's what just about every exam ought to be: "Use Firefox to find the
information you need to answer this question:" And as the internet gets smarter,
the questions are going to have to get harder. Which is a good thing.
Until teachers get unstuck, our kids are going to be stuck and so will we.
This is a story about tools and bravery and marketing.
The tools: when you give a kid a net connection, access to wikipedia and to
the rest of the world, things change fast. Things you wouldn't necessarily
predict. Like a ten year old who can diagnose his dad's illness. Or a farmer
that can ask his daughter to find out where to get a new part for the tractor.
The marketing: Everything, even laptops for kids, works its way through the
innovation diffusion curve. That means that most countries, most organizations
and most communities aren't going to adopt this tool for a few years. It doesn't
matter if it's perfect... these things take time. Smart marketing embraces the
curve and doesn't insist that it must change for this project, right now.
One kid (or five kids) at a time. It's enough. It'll happen.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Cosmologists propose a groundbreaking model of the universe using string theory.
- A new paper uses string theory to propose a new model of the universe.
- The researchers think our universe may be riding a bubble expanded by dark energy.
- All matter in the universe may exist in strings that reach into another dimension.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and things that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way.".
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