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Willingness to Be Wrong Changes a Culture

Willingness to Be Wrong Changes a Culture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most of the time it's the stories we tell and the attachments we have to being right that keeps us from creating what really matters to us in our lives and in our workplaces.

Via Anne Leong
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Sometimes stepping out on the edge is the place to be.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 30, 2013 9:17 PM

Most of the time it’s the stories we tell and the attachments we have to being right that keeps us from creating what really matters to us in our lives and in our workplaces.  The need to be right feeds the ego, but the willingness to be wrong changes a culture.

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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



Via Gust MEES
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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 3:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work

Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In one of my first jobs out of school, at a tender 25 years old, I found myself at a firm with no career ladder and a particularly demoralizing, tyrannical boss. Every morning that I walked from my house to that job, I was wretchedly miserable. My one glimmer of happiness was a smart, funny peer—let’s call her Sarah—who became my instant friend. We were in the same unhappy boat, at a similar level in the organization, and I seized on our lunch breaks as prime opportunities to vent my gloom and misfortune with someone who I knew would understand.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Complaining is problematic, but is it really what others think about the complainer that is important. Actually, it might be that the complainer ends up focusing on the negative and ends up in a morass of non-productivity. I used to just go back to my classroom and do what I felt was best. It did not make any difference whether the School manager agreed or not. Once I said my piece, I had better things to do.

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When you complain, you’re not endearing yourself to anyone.

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Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work

Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Despite the popularity of goal setting, there is compelling evidence that regardless of good intentions and effort, people and organizations consistently fall short of achieving their goals. More often than not, the fault is attributed to the goal setter. But the real problem may be in the efficacy of goal setting itself.

 


Via Patti Kinney, The Rice Process
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Is it possible we get locked into goals once we write them down? Do we commit ourselves in ways that are hard to break free?

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Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

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These principles should be in pedagogic practice in classrooms, online, and in hybrid settings. John Dewey proposed that learning was a social process.

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How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions

How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

With research findings widely available on websites and Twitter feeds, it's easier than ever to oversimplify the results—and risk bringing half-formed ideas into America's classrooms.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Most quantitative research boils things down to statistics and an average measure of something. That might be helpful the further away from the classroom a person is, but the mix of quantitative and qualitative is important in the classroom. The late Ted Aoki used the phrase that students become faceless in the face of statistics.

 

Whatever research we turn to has to answer some important questions. Does the research measure and report what it says it does? Is the research helpful in the teaching and learning that happens in the classroom?

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Breaks Are Good For Business

Breaks Are Good For Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leadership- you must talk the walk. There are big benefits to structured breaks. Employees refresh and recharge, they're more creative, focussed & engaged.

Via Susan Taylor, Bobby Dillard
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Breaks are healthy. It is actually on breaks from "real work" that many breakthroughs happen. Students benefit from these when done well.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, July 8, 9:07 PM

As a leader, what do you do to balance work and rest breaks, and how do you support your employees to do the same?


With all of the documentation out there about the benefits of downtime, many senior leaders don't change any of their practices.  We know that taking breaks is good for business; yet we still resist.  Why?


Peter McKelvie offers us this challenge:  "Take a risk and encourage some down time. See what happens. Take a bit for yourself while you’re at it".  Model to your team that taking breaks are not only acceptable; but desirable.

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What’s in the Way of Executives Engaging Their Human Capital?

What’s in the Way of Executives Engaging Their Human Capital? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2014 found that CEOs, presidents, and chairmen from more than 1,000 companies worldwide named “human capital” --- developing, engaging, managing, and …

Via Anne Leong, Robin Brothers
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The moment we think of human beings as being capital we monetize people. For that matter, thinking of anything as capital monetizes that phenomena. It abstracts and visualizes the phenomenon shredding its sense of being. We need to get back to thinking of the world as a phenomenal place we co-inhabit.

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A Pedagogy of Discovery: Reflections on Teaching Tech to Elementary Students

A Pedagogy of Discovery: Reflections on Teaching Tech to Elementary Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When I discovered a rather nondescript blurb on Craigslist about needing an immediate replacement for a “technology specialist,” I didn’t know exactly what I’d find. Much to my joy, however,...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I enjoy whenever someone uses John Dewey to support their thinking. Dewey was a profound thinker whose work resonates today. One key aspect is that discovery is not all newness. It mixes the new with the old discarding what is not necessary. It is reconstructing and not reorganizing.

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What Is Differentiated Instruction?

What Is Differentiated Instruction? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
So, how would you define differentiated instruction? In her newly revised book, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition, Carol Ann Tomlinson discusses the meaning of differentiation and how teachers can modify their instruction to engage all students. The book highlights key principles of differentiation, including: An invitational learning environment that encourages and supports learning Quality curriculum Assessment that informs teaching and learning Instruction that responds to student variance Take a look at the infographic below that highlights some of the best and worst practices for differentiation in today’s classrooms. Post it in your office and share it with your colleagues as a reminder to refine your teaching strategies to meet the learning styles of all students. Want to read more? Pick up a copy in print or e-book format in the ASCD Online Store.

Via Srimayee Dam
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In the early stages, this is hard work. With time and, as students join in as partners, the work is shared. It goes with self-directed learning where students begin to see learning as their responsibility as opposed to being something teachers do to them.

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Srimayee Dam's curator insight, July 11, 10:46 AM

We need this!

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Disruptive Collaboration

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Disruptive Collaboration

Via Pedro Ramalho, juandoming
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Collaboration is an interesting word. It has a negative and dark side which is about collaborated with the enemy. When collaboration is disrupting, it is not collaborating with the enemy. We should always be aware of what we think is meant by words. My experience has been collaboration in School is being part of what the School management and their team want. It is not about the particular teaching and students involved in a particular classroom.

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The Study of the Phenomenon of Creativity in the Educational Environment

The Study of the Phenomenon of Creativity in the Educational Environment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The modern world has changed dramatically: now it is the world of increasing volatility, heterogeneity, diversity, and rapid changes. It has become a self-organizing system that goes out of a human...
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Creativity is vital in education. The pace of change and the diversity we experience is such that without creativity which is not stifled can we survive?

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Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits

Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most of us, when we think of creativity, think of art, music and writing, and encourage our children in those areas. But creativity is much more than that.

Via Sharrock
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Sir Ken Robinson has addressed the way creativity, in the form of divergent thinking, declines after kindergarten. This is especially true for gifted students who challenge and disrupt in stepping outside the box. One aspect of creativity that is not easily embraced in School is that it is disruptive.

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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.

Via L. García Aretio, juandoming
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Alfred North Whitehead wrote about the importance of perspective in learning and understanding the world. Even a subtle shift in position changes the way we engage in the world and relationships.

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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

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we do need to make sure that our students learn to look at things from various perspectives...  Information ,

literacy skills will be vital to the student who asks questions...

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10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language -- and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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This is an interesting article. The first point is the use of the word proof rather than correlation (quantitative). I find it interesting that there is a lot of educational research used to justify various ways of teaching. For example, there are those who say digital technologies are a god-send and others who say otherwise. Research is good, but has to be considered contextually.

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Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment

Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via kathyvsr, The Rice Process
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Notice that the teacher clearly told the students what was expected. We are focused on what the curricula wants and forgetting that curricula is a series of complex conversations which need to happen between students and teachers.

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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes:  Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

Via Beth Dichter, The Rice Process
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Note taking can become a distraction. Parker Palmer suggests that attendees at his events take notes based on the connections they make with material in their lives. It might be important to stop for a moment and let students catch up before carrying on. What seemed important in that last part of the activity?

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Learning how to take notes is a skill. Is there a better way to take notes? What do we know that works, and why does it work? This post explores many of these issues. It begins with a review of why we take notes and then takes a look at how much brain power is used.

The post then goes on to review the top five recognized note-taking methods.

* The Cornell Method - In this method you divide your paper into two columns. The right hand column is usually for note-taking and the left hand column for questions and key words. For maximum effectiveness the notes should be reviewed within 24 hours and one should answer the questions that were posed.

* Mapping is a more visual  method of taking notes. The key idea is often in the center, and facts radiate out from the center. However, if you add too many notes, your visual may become "more verbal" and therefore less effective.

* Outlines are another way to take notes. Concepts are organized into points and sub-points. Issues that may arise are when do you begin new sections, and how do you categorize points within sections.

* The Charting Method - This requires some knowledge of the topic to be covered. You create a chart with columns that provide the categories to be covered. Put your notes under the correct column and you are ready to go.

* The Sentence Method - This is a more free style method. "You simply write every new concept or topic on a separate line." After the lecture you go back and draw arrows, connectors, or images to help you connect knowledge together.

One of the issues with all these methods is to determine "when you should write and when you should listen." This topic is also explored as is the current research on typed vs. written notes.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, Today, 6:19 AM

When do we start the habit of taking notes? Strategies to helpstudents...

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A Wonderful Poster on Failure

A Wonderful Poster on Failure | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Making mistakes is most often not fatal. An open mindset is important, but we live in a world where numbers drive learning and living.

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What a fantastic tool to help teach learners that failure is a healthy for learning and growing.

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Awesome Visual Featuring The 7 Signs of Professional Learning

Awesome Visual Featuring The 7 Signs of Professional Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
July11, 2014
Here is a useful visual from ASCD featuring 7 signs of professional learning. These are aggregated quips from some authoritative figures in the field of education. This visual is also...

Via YACOUBAHIEN
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Quite often, I began with where I thought students were and my understanding of these relationships. Meeting students where they are in their learning is at the heart of building the teaching relationships and the professional learning teachers undertake.

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Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List

Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If you were given a few years to live, how would your life change? More importantly, what would you stop doing? (What do you need to *stop* doing?

Via F. Thunus, David Hain, Jose Luis Anzizar, Bobby Dillard, Suvi Salo
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I prefer a to be list. Who am I becoming today? That seems like a very important question.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 1:58 AM

If we can't alter 24 hours in every day, we need to stop doing some stuff to make more time for important stuff!

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Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone?

Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
TEST Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone?
by Judy Willis & Terry Heick
We know that for most children kindergarten is something anticipated with awe and enthusiasm – especially when one or more older siblings are already in school.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Teaching helps here. I used to tell students I was going home and tell my wife I learned something new today. That always got there attention. It suggested learning was not a finite thing, but an ongoing process and cast me as a learner. One parent told me that her son loved Social Studies because of the enthusiasm I brought to it. Gert Biesta says that teaching involves relational language; whereas learning has become instrumental.

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How Embracing Risk Is Vital For Your Leadership

How Embracing Risk Is Vital For Your Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When it comes to business, no successful leader has made the big time by being overly hesitant and inhibited. Being bold and brash is not necessarily th...

Via Anne Leong
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Gert Biesta has  wonderful book about the beautiful risk involved in teaching. It is not about teachers pouring knowledge into students, but about building relationships and inviting students to take responsibility for their learning. Teaching, learning, and leading mingle as one.

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12 Characteristics Of A Horrible Boss (Infographic)

12 Characteristics Of A Horrible Boss (Infographic) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point, we’ve worked a job where the manager was absolutely dreadful. The type of boss that makes your job unbearable to a point where you feel like walking …

Via juandoming, Luciana Viter
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My experience with the control aspect was horrible bosses gave up control when the work was hard and contentious, but they still wanted the final say. Someone did the heavy lifting and they took the praise or doled out criticism.

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The Best Quote I’ve Ever Heard. (Ever.)

The Best Quote I’ve Ever Heard. (Ever.) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The quote I'm about to share is the single most encouraging string of words that has crossed my path.
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Gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can is an interesting opening line in the longer Alan Watts' quote. Mindfulness and being attentive in life linger and while, over what we are doing at a particular moment brings life to life. John Dewey in Art as Experience expressed the same ideas.

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3 Ways You Are Being Controlled By Your Mind

3 Ways You Are Being Controlled By Your Mind | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We live in the subconscious. Rather, 90% of our daily operations belong to the subconscious realm. That’s a huge chuck of us we are not in control of. It i

Via Anne Leong
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Doubling the use of our brain would mean an incredible leap in awareness. One would think that meditation would be an integral part of learning and teaching.

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What is Collaboration (part 1)

What is Collaboration (part 1) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
  As I wrote earlier , I had the very fortunate luck of attending  a mini-session at the Project Zero Summer Institute 2013:   “Effective Professional Learning Communities:  Supporting Learnin...

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Cooperation is at the heart of educative processes and living.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 10, 1:10 PM

True collaboration in schools, districts, learning communities is hard to create.  The benefits are huge!

Mel Braddock's curator insight, July 12, 12:15 AM

Collaboration

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@Ignatia Webs: Fabulous ideas: economics, innovation, #education

@Ignatia Webs: Fabulous ideas: economics, innovation, #education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via juandoming
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Control is an illusion, but a persistent one in the world replete with technocracy and bureaucracy. What is interesting is that digital technologies can be part of the larger solution or continue to be part of the problem.

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