Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions
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Explores writing, applications of thought and theory, solutions, engineering, design, DIY, Interesting approaches to problems, examples of interdisciplinary explorations and solutions.
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Poverty Simulation Camps, How the Rich Learn What It's Like to Be Poor

Poverty Simulation Camps, How the Rich Learn What It's Like to Be Poor | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"many of these poverty simulation workshops have been going on for years, without controversy. Every year for the last 12 years, Refugee Norway has put some 5,000 Norwegian teenagers through a weekend of simulated refugee experiences, including sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and hunger.


"This year, some 500 participants at Davos went through what journalist Jay Yarow called a “terrifying” refugee simulation with bullying, explosions, and threatening people carrying guns. Rose Beaumont, group head of communications at MasterCard Europe was one of the attendees. She wrote a in blog post that she was a bit cynical in advance, but found that gaining sympathy and understanding for actually refugees came more easily than she thought as she “cowered from explosion, was crammed into basic tents with strangers and was stripped of my dignity and identity.”

Sharrock's insight:
Despite the initial cringes and chills, this is an important step towards understanding challenges of various social problems. It's not "the truth", but it increases awareness. It's a lot better than watching movies and talk shows. It is experiential. I wonder at its success. Some experiences might be lost on those who went through the simulations, of course. 
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The Hacker Economy

The Hacker Economy | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The new economy that’s emerging now is the hacker economy, where brands become platforms rather than products and ordinary people use open source technology to create their own products.
Sharrock's insight:

This is a valuable description of the progression of the major ways people produce wealth. It provides insights into the evolution of "work".

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Katie Gilbertson's curator insight, May 15, 2014 9:39 AM

What has work become?! I think it's insane that hacking is becoming such a big deal and a way that people "earn" money

Alyssa Serrano's comment, May 22, 2014 4:46 PM
I think that it's crazy how hacking is a way people can make money now
Alyssa Serrano's comment, May 22, 2014 4:46 PM
I think that it's crazy how hacking is a way people can make money now