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We participate in the forming of the future by virtue of our capacity to conceive of and respond to new possibilities, to bring them out of imagination and try them in actuality. ~ Rollo May
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Talks at Google: Ethan Zuckerman, "Digital Cosmopolitans" - YouTube

Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, visited Google's Cambridge, MA office to discuss why the technological ability to communicat...
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I thought Zuckerman's talk contributed to the conversation about network literacy, especially in exploring the potential of our social technologies and how we are actually using them.

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How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students - InformED

How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students - InformED | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
"The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It's a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, November 2, 11:47 AM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Meg Swecker's curator insight, November 3, 9:41 AM

How empathy contributes to advanced learning. Very interesting!

Lisa Norris's curator insight, November 4, 12:50 PM

Modeling empathy even on our worst days is so important for kids in this day and age!

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Dr. Nate Hagens - Feeding the World in the 21st Century- A Wide Boundary Perspective - YouTube

Feeding the World in the 21st Century- A Wide Boundary Perspective - Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference,...
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WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can't Afford To Miss

WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can't Afford To Miss | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
The Economy. Everyone’s talking about it, but who can explain it? 20 award­-winning directors and 10 of our most respected economists add their voice to the chorus with a thought­-provoking short­-film series.
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Debate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Debate

Debate is contention in argument; dispute, controversy; discussion; especially the discussion of questions of public interest in Parliament or in any assembly. Debate is a method of interactive and representational argument.

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I think one of the most critical tools for digital literacy, in particular for critically evaluating information and sources we might encounter, is an understanding of the distinction between debate, deductive reasoning, factual argument and rhetoric...

"Debate is a broader form of argument than deductive reasoning, which only examines whether a conclusion is a consequence of premises, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn't the case, or rhetoric, which is a technique of persuasion."

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Salon Culture: Network of Ideas | Edge.org

Salon Culture: Network of Ideas | Edge.org | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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An interesting piece that considers contemporary networks as an evolution of 17th century, European salon culture. I suspect this "great desire to spend some hours with likeminded peers" is something fundamental in the human experience, and that we could probably find similar examples across a range of human societies.  

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Big housing crunch faces Baby Boomers

Big housing crunch faces Baby Boomers | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
America's Baby Boomers are facing a housing crunch, with many expected to struggle to afford their homes come retirement.
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Signs that a significant number of Baby Boomers may benefit from financial counseling as well in the years ahead.

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RACE - Are We So Different? :: A Project of the American Anthropological Association

RACE - Are We So Different? :: A Project of the American Anthropological Association | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Something to consider on the topic of culture, race, and finances...

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It Matters How Rich the Rich Are

John Aziz at The Week argues that it does not matter how rich the rich are. I believe he is wrong for a number of reasons.
The Impoverished Do Suffer Because the Rich Are Rich
Aziz opts for the E
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I think the author, Matt Bruenig, again offers some perspective and raises questions worth considering about how our real economy really works, in contrast to how it is thought to work on a theoretical, ideal, or conceptual level...

"But creating new wealth doesn't improve the plight of the poor. Only the poor receiving more wealth/income improves the plight of the poor. And if the last half century has taught us anything, it is that wealth and income growth does not, by itself, translate into the poor receiving any of it."

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Utopia series: how Capitalism should be reformed | Philosophers' Mail

Utopia series: how Capitalism should be reformed | Philosophers' Mail | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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This recent piece in The Philosopher's Mail offers a thoughtful exploration of the utopian notion of capitalism; considering what it could be, in contrast to what it is now...

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Freakonomics » Why You Should Bribe Your Kids: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Freakonomics » Why You Should Bribe Your Kids: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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This Freakonomics podcast explores some interesting terrain on the topic of incentives and how they may, or may not, influence learning and behavior change.

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How to thrive in a world where change is constant

How to thrive in a world where change is constant | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
As director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito is constantly thinking about what the future might hold. But, he says, an obsession with what's to come is unhealthy and unhelpful. Here, he shares 8 piece...
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Suspect this will resonate w/ many of my colleagues :)

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Workers Will Move Up As They Age. But That Doesn't Fix Poverty.

One of the conservative lines on how to fix poverty is that you get workers into really bad poverty-wage jobs and then over time they can get promoted until their jobs are only moderately bad non-pove
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Debating the Sharing Economy by Juliet Schor

Debating the Sharing Economy by Juliet Schor | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it

"The “sharing economy” has attracted a great deal of attention in recent months. Platforms such as Airbnb and Uber are experiencing explosive growth, which, in turn, has led to regulatory and political battles. Boosters claim the new technologies will yield utopian outcomes—empowerment of ordinary people, efficiency, and even lower carbon footprints. Critics denounce them for being about economic self-interest rather than sharing, and for being predatory and exploitative. Not surprisingly, the reality is more complex." - See more at: http://greattransition.org/publication/debating-the-sharing-economy#sthash.N686T0lY.dpuf

Jerry Buchko's insight:

I thought this recent piece, by Juliet Schor of Boston College, does a great job of exploring the broader social and economic impact that these peer-to-peer enabling technologies are having, as well as the potential impact they may have going forward as we increasingly engage with one another within these sharing ecosystems, using these technologies.

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RSA - How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

What is the good life and how can we achieve it? Economist Russ Roberts reveals how Adam Smith’s 250-year-old insights into human nature and happiness still apply to life today.
Jerry Buchko's insight:

Russ Roberts talks about a facet of Adam Smith and his work that I've rarely seen or heard discussed. Roberts has a similar conversation on his own podcast, EconTalk < http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/10/russ_roberts_an.html>, where he also offers a rich set of additional resources for further study.

I found it worthwhile listening to both talks to get a clearer sense of Roberts' perspective on Smith. And I'm left curious about whether he and Michael Sandel are as far apart in what they each espouse as he seems to suggest...  Good stuff! :)

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The Aspen Institute - VIDEO - Learner at the Center of a Networked World

The Aspen Institute - VIDEO - Learner at the Center of a Networked World | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Watch this Aspen Task Force video and meet the learners of Southfield Schools, a true model for learning in a networked world: bit.ly/1uAtzob
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Issues relevant to adult education and retraining as well.

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LATITUDES OF ACCEPTANCE | Edge.org

LATITUDES OF ACCEPTANCE | Edge.org | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Interesting tidbits for thought in here, a broader conversation than indicated :)

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Adverts know what we really want: they just refuse to sell it to us. - YouTube

Let's move to create an economy that actually delivers what we long for. SUBSCRIBE to our channel for new films every week: http://tinyurl.com/o28mut7 Brough...
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Perspective; things we can learn about ourselves from advertisers... :)

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RSA Replay: Inequality and the 1% - YouTube

Leading social geographer Danny Dorling unpacks the latest research into how the lives and ideas of the 1 percent impact the remaining 99%.
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Perspective

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16 Worker Coops Redefining the Cooperative Movement

16 Worker Coops Redefining the Cooperative Movement | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
The worker cooperative movement has hit a new stride. Re-emerging in the 1960s, cooperatives tend to elicit thoughts of natural food stores and specialty bookshops but the movement has grown to include tech companies, coworking spaces, international businesses, large factories and much more.
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Some great ideas and examples here. :)

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The Danger of Financial Jargon

The Danger of Financial Jargon | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
John Lanchester decodes the language of the finance industry: When it comes to discussing money, “incomprehension is a form of consent.”
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Another way to think about the importance and value of financial literacy... :)

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Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate
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A bit more directive and "shouldsy" than I typically prefer, but the author raises some critical questions to consider.

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Scientists: Rich People, Poor People May Have Shared Common Ancestor

Scientists: Rich People, Poor People May Have Shared Common Ancestor | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
ITHACA, NY—According to a study released this week by geneticists at Cornell University, substantial evidence indicates that rich people and poor people—disparate populations long thought to be entirely unrelated—may have once shared a s...
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A bit of satire from The Onion that I thought hit it's mark, questioning social attitudes... ;)
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Patients tell more secrets to virtual humans - Futurity

Patients tell more secrets to virtual humans - Futurity | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Patients are more willing to disclose personal information to virtual humans, likely because they don't have the capacity to judge.
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Some very interesting implications to consider...

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Writing In The 21st Century | Edge.org

Writing In The 21st Century | Edge.org | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Approaching writing via a scientific understanding of the psychology of the mind... Good stuff! :)

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