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Flat-pack futures: the insufficiently weird, bland corporate view of tomorrow

Flat-pack futures: the insufficiently weird, bland corporate view of tomorrow | thought starters | Scoop.it
Scott Smith's presentation "Beware of Flat-Pack Futures" is a stinging critique of thoughtless corporate futurism, that he delivered at Media Future Week in Almere, Netherlands.
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This Mobile 'Think Tank' Will Give Science Experiments Street Cred | Push For Good on GOOD

This Mobile 'Think Tank' Will Give Science Experiments Street Cred | Push For Good on GOOD | thought starters | Scoop.it
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXSaOMLc1z4[/youtube] Before I tell you why you should fund a lab-on-wheels called The Think Tank, I want to tell you a tale of two mysteries. Mystery one: Why I didn’t become a scientist.
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idBrooklyn

idBrooklyn is a large-scale design project aimed at creating the graphic identity of Brooklyn through your participation.
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University of Ottawa Alumni Week - Science Rendezvous

University of Ottawa Alumni Week - Science Rendezvous | thought starters | Scoop.it

Science Rendezvous is a free day of activities that showcase science and engineering. Take advantage of these activities and participate in interactive demonstrations and exciting live shows. Get an inside look at cutting-edge discoveries taking place at uOttawa. And enjoy a free barbecue lunch.


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Scan These Smart Pajamas to Read Your Kids a Bedtime Story [VIDEO]

Scan These Smart Pajamas to Read Your Kids a Bedtime Story [VIDEO] | thought starters | Scoop.it
An Idaho company has developed smart pajamas for children that feature QR-code-like dot patterns, which unlock bedtime stories on your smartphone.
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Subway Creates A SimCity Competition To Run The Best Virtual Store - PSFK

Subway Creates A SimCity Competition To Run The Best Virtual Store - PSFK | thought starters | Scoop.it
The online contest challenges fans to build, operate and promote their own restaurant.
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'Quick Donate' Transformed Political Fundraising in 2012

'Quick Donate' Transformed Political Fundraising in 2012 | thought starters | Scoop.it
One of Barack Obama's most important tools in his digital utility belt for the 2012 election was Quick Donate. Here's why.
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Yammer: What is Yammer - The First and Most Powerful Enterprise Social Network

Yammer: What is Yammer - The First and Most Powerful Enterprise Social Network | thought starters | Scoop.it
Yammer brings the power of social networking to your company. Yammer is as easy to use as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but is designed for company collaboration, file sharing, knowledge exchange and team efficiency.
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What Is The Future Of Open Government? | The DOBT Blog

What Is The Future Of Open Government? | The DOBT Blog | thought starters | Scoop.it

A couple weeks ago, President Obama announced a new research initiative to map the human brain – making a significant investment of $100 Million Dollars to prevent, treat and cure brain injuries.

This is a website called Sam.gov. It launched late last year, and it’s the central hub responsible for all the databases behind government contracting. The GAO estimates that this website will cost the taxpayer $181 Million dollars.


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Collaborative consumption is dead, long live the real sharing economy

Collaborative consumption is dead, long live the real sharing economy | thought starters | Scoop.it

"So it’s not so much that collaborative consumption is dead, it’s more that it risks dying as it gets absorbed by the “Borg” and its mindless minions of capitalism. Nothing new or special here, of course. As a recent Atlantic Cities feature concluded, collaborative consumption is just more efficient, which isn’t all bad. In a recent Economist cover story, Tim O’Reilly says this loss of revolutionary potential is inevitable. He’s wrong, though. It’s only inevitable if a company takes VC money. It’s really just a decision.

This is where the real sharing economy comes in. It is more than just VC-backed Internet startups. It’s a tectonic shift in how the economy works. As society changes from a top-down factory model of organization to a peer-to-peer network model, how we produce, consume, and interact will be radically transformed. At its simplest, the sharing economy is the decentralization of economic power brought on by new technology, new and revived business models, and massive social change. It’s made up of thousands of innovations, some for profit, some nonprofit, and some that thrive in the commons.

If we can avert our collective gaze from our latest technology gadgets for a second, we might be able to see the real sharing economy, the one driven by values and tested by time.

Below are some of the most important and overlooked parts of it:"


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:21 PM

A thoughtful article, full of examples and links, about the dangers of monetizing collaborative consumption -- and how media attention on the technology and profit side of these social changes blinds us to the real potential of sharing economies.

ghbrett's curator insight, March 20, 2013 4:30 PM

Please have a look at Howard Rheingold's comments below. Thanks Howard for scooping this one.

Lia Goren's curator insight, March 21, 2013 1:16 PM

As society changes from a top-down factory model of organization to a peer-to-peer network model, how we produce, consume, and interact will be radically transformed.

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Community of scholars: lifelong learning needs lifetime readers' tickets

Community of scholars: lifelong learning needs lifetime readers' tickets | thought starters | Scoop.it
Offering library access to alumni and independent researchers helps to keep a university at the heart of its community, says Susan Gibbons
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Start Mapping Your Career With LinkedIn Alumni

Start Mapping Your Career With LinkedIn Alumni | thought starters | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a current college student, a prospective student, or a recent graduate, you know that your educational choices – where you go to school and what you study – have a big impact on your future career.

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Harvard Asks Alumni to Donate Time to Free Online Course

Harvard Asks Alumni to Donate Time to Free Online Course | thought starters | Scoop.it
In an e-mail, the university asked alumni who had taken a course on Greek heroes to volunteer as online mentors and discussion group managers.

 

Alumni of elite colleges are accustomed to getting requests for money from their alma mater, but the appeal that Harvard sent to thousands of graduates on Monday was something new: a plea to donate their time and intellects to the rapidly expanding field of online education.

For the first time, Harvard has opened a humanities course, The Ancient Greek Hero, as a free online class. In an e-mail sent Monday, it asked alumni who had taken the course at the university to volunteer as online mentors and discussion group managers.

The new online course is based on Professor Gregory Nagy’s Concepts of the Ancient Greek Hero, a popular offering since the late 1970s that has been taken by some 10,000 students.

The online version, which began last week and will run through late June, has 27,000 students enrolled. Its syllabus includes Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” dialogues by Plato, poetry by Sappho and other works.

“I’m 70, and frankly, at my age, to reach more students in one course than I have in decades is astonishing, and I love it,” Dr. Nagy said.

One of the challenges of “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, is managing their sheer size, and encouraging thousands of students to engage each other, since they cannot all converse with the professor. Tapping into a deep pool of alumni offers at least a partial way around that problem, one that a few schools have discussed trying.

Claudia Filos, editor of content and social media for the course, said that in some MOOCs, discussions “tend to run off the rails.” The hope for the Greek heroes class is to have enough people monitoring — asking pointed questions, highlighting smart comments — to prevent that from happening.

About 10 of Dr. Nagy’s former teaching fellows in the class will direct discussions, with help from a larger, still-undetermined number of former students. Both groups will work unpaid; the e-mail to alumni said the work would require three to five hours a week.

About a dozen recent former students were recruited before Monday’s e-mail was sent, Ms. Filos said. Those who express interest will be screened, “and they have to be brought up to speed on the material,” she said.

In addition, Dr. Nagy said that about a dozen people, including Ms. Filos, were involved in creating the course, and that about 10 academics from Harvard and elsewhere will help review and rate some of the students’ work. Most of the assessments will be done by fellow students, an approach taken in many other MOOCs.

It has been just a year and a half since a Stanford professor offered the first MOOC, showing that the audience for such a class could be in the tens or hundreds of thousands. Since then, the field has expanded at a brisk pace.

Last year, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded edX, one of a handful of ventures offering online courses from prestigious universities. The University of California, Berkeley, joined edX a few months later, and several more colleges, including the University of Texas system and Georgetown, have said they will offer classes through it.

Most Harvard MOOCs have been in technical and scientific fields, with some in the social sciences. Starting with the Greek heroes course, the university will also offer an array of humanities classes.

EdX courses, like most MOOCs, are free and do not offer credit, but students can earn a certificate of completion.


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Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute | thought starters | Scoop.it
Google Cultural Institute présente dans un musée virtuel plusieurs millions d'objets provenant de diverses organisations partenaires, avec les histoires qui les accompagnent.
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Mobile Commons | Reach everyone, everywhere.

Mobile Commons | Reach everyone, everywhere. | thought starters | Scoop.it
Mobile Commons is the technology behind today’s most effective mobile messaging campaigns.
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NationBuilder

NationBuilder | thought starters | Scoop.it
NationBuilder is the world's first Community Organizing System: an accessible, affordable, complete software platform that helps leaders grow and organize.
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Social networks changing civic engagement - Deseret News

Social networks changing civic engagement - Deseret News | thought starters | Scoop.it
Deseret News Social networks changing civic engagement Deseret News Hurst's experience illustrates several findings of "Civic Engagement in the Digital Age," a new study the Pew Research Center study released Wednesday that revealed 39 percent of...
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Using Social Media to Increase Productivity in the Enterprise

Using Social Media to Increase Productivity in the Enterprise | thought starters | Scoop.it
What is the business value of social media? That’s the big question. There’s a land rush for control of the Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) space, with promises being made to improve end user engagement and overall collaboration.

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