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Ezra Klein and Media Companies as Cults of Personality

Ezra Klein and Media Companies as Cults of Personality | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
One of the biggest pet theories in media is that individual rock stars can create their own businesses out of sheer force of personality (and their own talent).The hypothesis will be put to the test
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little known fact: "In life sciences, for example, many of the best big-money medical breakthroughs are develop by upstarts who buy the intellectual property from big companies who can't use it or focus on it. The difference is, however, that the big companies in that sector will then partner, fund and happily acquire these companies - supporting the growth of innovation in that sector."

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Innovation Excellence | 2014 Top Trend Sites

Innovation Excellence | 2014 Top Trend Sites | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
As an innovator, you need to look ahead and prepare your organization for the future. Not an easy job, knowing the world is changing at an increasing pace. What’s going to happen? How will my market change?
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We've Built Driverless Cars. Can We Build Their Drivers?

We've Built Driverless Cars. Can We Build Their Drivers? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The most dangerous moment in a self-driving car involves no immediate or obvious peril.
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This article could be used for discussions about technology, especially for artificial intelligence, robots, and autonomous vehicles. Questions and challenges.

 

from the article: "Thrust back into control while going full-speed on the freeway, the driver might be unable to take stock of all the obstacles on the road, or she might still be expecting her computer to do something it can't. Her reaction speed might be slower than if she'd been driving all along, she might be distracted by the email she was writing or she might choose not to take over at all, leaving a confused car in command. There's also the worry that people's driving skills will rapidly deteriorate as they come to rely on their robo-chauffeurs."


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The Gamification of Reading | ALSC Blog

The Gamification of Reading | ALSC Blog | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

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Stacey Edmonds's curator insight, June 10, 2013 11:47 PM

We can be so creative and insprational now in how we provide learning to our children.  My son experiences the joys of Transmedia Storytelling when interacting with Ninjago, whether it be the cartoon, the games or his own world of Ninjago Lego.


It is hard as a parent to navigate between the whole 'Play Screen Time' v's 'Learning Screen Time' guidelines...especially when my son is also reading and writing words well above his offical 'grade' at school as he wants to create his own world in MineCraft, which means he needs to follow instructions and name his creations.


Actually, the insights in this article also takes me back to my early 20's when I was working with young men with learning difficulties and through the provision of computers they were motivated to read and write so they could search the 'world wide web' (what they were searching for was another matter!).


As Jennifer asks, If an app/game can inspire a child to read and become a lifelong reader, shouldn't we find ways to embrace the technology rather than condemn it?


See what you think!


Helen Teague's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:44 PM

Transmedia Storytelling

BookChook's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:57 PM

Interesting article with thought-provoking comments. I believe we need to be open to all sorts of media and opportunities with our kids, to help them find the reading that works for them. 

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5 Things That Really Smart People Do

5 Things That Really Smart People Do | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Don't get in the way of your own learning. Here are five ways to step aside and continue to increase your smarts.
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These are skills at learning from others. They are goals for conversations as well as in collaborations. They are the ways problems get solved in new ways (implications for innovation? for creativity? for developing a better imagination?)

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Stuff of Genius

Stuff of Genius | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in between. Viewers will learn the stories of unsun...
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Bringing the world to innovation - MIT News Office

Bringing the world to innovation - MIT News Office | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

 

"All of D-Lab’s classes assess the needs of people in less-privileged communities around the world, examining innovations in technology, education or communications that might address those needs. The classes then seek ways to spread word of these solutions — and in some cases, to spur the creation of organizations to help disseminate them. Specific projects have focused on improved wheelchairs and prosthetics; water and sanitation systems; and recycling waste to produce useful products, including charcoal fuel made from agricultural waste."

 

With up to $25 million in new USAID funding, MIT’s D-Lab will gain greater ability to help people in the developing world find their own solutions.

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Cognitive Biases in Times of Uncertainty--Telling Ourselves A New Story

Cognitive Biases in Times of Uncertainty--Telling Ourselves A New Story | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
We live in a world of increasing pressure and uncertainty, driven in large part by digital technology infrastructures.

 

Author John Hagel goes on to explain a vicious business mindset we face today that constricts our opportunities and keeps us either stuck, or trending downward.

 

There are several pieces contributing to this limiting cycle and the narrative we tell ourselves, and each other, is a HUGE part of the problem. 

 

Hagel documents the threat-based narrative we are surrounded by and its consequences for our businesses (and political life):

ProtectionismPolarizationShort term focusMagnified risk while sacrificing potential rewardsUrgent reactionismUniformity versus innovationMinimal trust

 

This is not what we want for 2012. As writer Salman Rushdie says, "Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts."

 

In other words, if you want different results, change the story you are telling yourself.

 

Hagel brilliantly lays out the mindset problem and narrative we face today, and offers us an alternative.  The alternative starts with sharing a new narrative, and then supporting structures to make it real.

 

Read this article.  Shift the story. Add reinforcing structures to your business. You can do this in your own life and business -- you don't have to wait for some powers-t0-be to take action first. 

 

In this case, it is all about you!


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Meri Walker's comment, January 8, 2012 2:38 PM
Just back from 5 days with Byron Katie in Los Angeles and this is precisely what she teaches with The Work. What a great piece! Thanks for sharing it, Karen.
Karen Dietz's comment, January 8, 2012 5:02 PM
Glad you like it Meri! Byron Katie's work is fabulous. I've been talking a lot about this article a lot lately because I think it is so important for people to get. Have a great weekend!
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Innovation at Marvel Comics | Loyalty360.org

Innovation at Marvel Comics | Loyalty360.org | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Kristin Vincent, VP, Product at Marvel Entertainment, has been helping the 70-year old company re-define itself in the digital age.
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NASA spin-off technologies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

NASA spin-off technologies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

NASA spin-off technologies are spin-offs of technology that have been commercialized through NASA funding, research, licensing, facilities, or assistance. NASA also publishes an annual journal titled Spinoff which features products whose development can be linked to NASA, for example through NASA funding (such as SBIR or STTR awards), licensing (from NASA patents), facilities (such as product testing at NASA facilities), NASA assistance (such as former NASA scientists helping to design a product), or NASA research.

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so, more to NASA and space program than some people would have Americans believe. Technology advances are usually attributed to war and businesses.

 

NASA is/was a government agency.

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X Prize's Peter Diamandis: The Techno-Optimist

X Prize's Peter Diamandis: The Techno-Optimist | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Peter Diamandis founded the X Prize Foundation in 1995 to use competitions and cash prizes to jump-start innovation.
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from the interview: "If you can't measure something, you can't improve it. And I believe that this next decade will have fundamental breakthroughs in the ubiquity and capability of sensors. In the future everybody will be wired and we'll be dribbling bits—bits about blood chemistry, cardiovascular status, neural status—and those bits will be analyzed by AI and you'll be told if anything is in deviation. Your physician might be monitoring you. And the health world will become proactive versus reactive, which it is right now. And in the same way that we're creating sensors to measure the human body's status, we want to create sensors to understand the ocean's status—changes in acidity and how the ocean is being transformed. Having knowledge of what actually is going on allows you to make smart decisions. We have changed the atmospheric quality of the United States by having regulations that require catalytic converters, that require smokestack scrubbers. But regulatory change doesn't come until you have irrefutable data to prove there's a problem. And maybe the next X Prize will be where scientists figure out a mechanism for reversing acidification or regrowing reefs."


Read more: X Prize's Peter Diamandis: The Techno-Optimist - Popular Mechanics 
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4 Types of Innovation (and how to approach them)

4 Types of Innovation (and how to approach them) | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Innovation’s greatest challenge is to come up with a clear framework for defining innovation problems and approaches that are most likely to resolve them.
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This simply breaks down innovation into four kinds of innovation. It adds visual component. Innovation: breakthrough, sustaining, basic research, and disruptive. Maybe there are more, but at least it makes the discussion of "innovation" more inclusive.

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How Seemingly Irrelevant Ideas Lead to Breakthrough Innovation - Knowledge@Wharton

How Seemingly Irrelevant Ideas Lead to Breakthrough Innovation - Knowledge@Wharton | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
How Seemingly Irrelevant Ideas Lead to Breakthrough Innovation by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, February 1, 2013 1:33 PM

At Reebok, the cushioning in a best-selling basketball shoe reflects technology borrowed from intravenous fluid bags. Semiconductor firm Qualcomm's revolutionary color display technology is rooted in the microstructures of the Morpho butterfly's wings. And at IDEO, developers designed a leak-proof water bottle using the technology from a shampoo bottle top.

Vicki Butler's curator insight, February 1, 2013 1:33 PM

At Reebok, the cushioning in a best-selling basketball shoe reflects technology borrowed from intravenous fluid bags. Semiconductor firm Qualcomm's revolutionary color display technology is rooted in the microstructures of the Morpho butterfly's wings. And at IDEO, developers designed a leak-proof water bottle using the technology from a shampoo bottle top.

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How To Unlock Creativity

How To Unlock Creativity | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
There's no reason that insight and inventiveness should be defined by a job description. Creativity comes from combining ordinary things in extraordinary ways.
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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Graphicacy = Visual Literacy + Visual Thinking

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Graphicacy = Visual Literacy + Visual Thinking | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking.

Don't miss the presentation The 8 Hats of Data Visualisation by Andy Kirk.


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Fadhil's curator insight, September 4, 2013 1:00 PM

"Doing data visualitation is less a technology problem, more to a people problem."