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Media as a channel of communication, media as social infrastructure, media as an environment, media as a actor for social change...
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12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines

12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines | Social Media for Change |

Via Antonio Figueiredo, Pierre Levy
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Search engines that most people don't know about/don't use. Very useful for any university of college student.

Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, February 2, 2013 7:42 PM

Twelve academic search engines to support your literature reviews.

Puleng Motshoane's curator insight, July 10, 2013 3:28 AM

I need to explore this 

Maria João Loureiro's curator insight, August 17, 2013 10:04 PM

Muito útil! Nos comentários são sugeridas mais duas - Sweet Search ( e DeepDyve ( Há que explorar quais as mais úteis para as diferentes áreas.

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25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have

25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have | Social Media for Change |
More than 5 billion people will live in cities by 2030. Here's what needs to be in place before then to make cities run smoothly and efficiently.

Via Xaos
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In an increasingly globalized environment, it is essential to utilize technology in order to produce positive change as the divisions between the global and the local become blurred. 

Xaos's curator insight, December 29, 2012 2:22 AM

You think cities are crowded now? By 2030, more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. But before we get to that kind of population density, we have to optimize our cities. We need to make them smarter and better; technology can help.

Cities all around the world work with developers and contractors to make city living better, whether it's improving the timing of traffic lights or creating a useful app, which becomes more powerful as smartphone penetration continues to increase. Apps and well-implemented technology can help cash-strapped governments save money and, be more efficient. We put together a list of the technology that we want to see in every major city. If we missed the item on your urban tech wish list, leave us a note in the comments.

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Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively

Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively | Social Media for Change |

Turns out that brainstorming--that go-to approach to generating new ideas since the 1940s--isn’t the golden ticket to innovation after all. Both Jonah Lehrer, in a recent article in The New Yorker, and Susan Cain, in her new book Quiet, have asserted as much. Science shows that brainstorms can activate a neurological fear of rejection and that groups are not necessarily more creative than individuals. Brainstorming can actually be detrimental to good ideas.

But the idea behind brainstorming is right. To innovate, we need environments that support imaginative thinking, where we can go through many crazy, tangential, and even bad ideas to come up with good ones. We need to work both collaboratively and individually. We also need a healthy amount of heated discussion, even arguing. We need places where someone can throw out a thought, have it critiqued, and not feel so judged that they become defensive and shut down. Yet this creative process is not necessarily supported by the traditional tenets of brainstorming: group collaboration, all ideas held equal, nothing judged.

So if not from brainstorming, where do good ideas come from?
"The creative process isn’t supported by the traditional tenets of brainstorming."

At Continuum, we use deliberative discourse--or what we fondly call “Argue. Discuss. Argue. Discuss.”

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Scooped by EmilieSoleil! | A global network of people using mobile technology for social impact.

EmilieSoleil's insight: is the leading network and resource on the use of mobile technology for social impact. It is essentially a social network for activists and organizations who wish to participate in public debate. In the description of their vision they state : “We provide data, information about software tools, and tactical how-to resources in a peer network of practitioners and technologists so that anyone who wants to use mobile tech to make the world a better place can indeed do so.” This social network seeks to provide its users with necessary tools to efficiently generate change. It is thus an example of knowledge transfer in regards to mobile literacy which is essential for engaging in public debate. This social network can be considered as a communication platform and is essentially using the mobile device as an environment and a tool for accessing, exchanging and creating knowledge. 

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