Thu.Sep 15, 2011

Duplication theory of educational value

George Siemens

Higher education faces a value crisis. Value is a fuzzy concept. In theory, I can purchase a $3 steak that isn’t a good value. Or a $20 hamburger that is a great value. Similarly, I could purchase a house for $500k that was a great value pre-2008 and is suddenly a terrible value in 2011.

Why reputation, influence, and attention are becoming central to economies but are not currencies

Ross Dawson

This morning I gave the opening keynote for an internal future strategy session at a large insurance company. A group of 40 executives from across the organization, as part of a six month program, are spending two days immersing themselves in thinking about how the structure of the economy could change in the years and decades ahead, and the implications for their business.

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Social Business: e-business 2.0. and Beyond

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM executive Sandy Carter has just published a new book - Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business. I know Sandy well, having worked with her at IBM for over a decade in various initiatives. She is now Vice President of Sales for Social Business and Collaboration Solutions, as well as one of IBM's key Social Business evangelists and strategists. IBM announced its Social Business initiative in the Fall of 2010.

Call for Papers: Open Online Courses

George Siemens

This call for chapters for a text on open online courses (.doc), doc), edited Rita Kop, Stephen Downes, George Siemens, might be of interest to readers. The two-page abstract of prospective chapters is due Oct 31, 2011

Shifting between the worlds of Carl Jung

Mind Hacks

The New Atlantis has a wonderful article giving an in-depth biography of Carl Jung , perhaps one of the most interesting, infuriating and brilliant thinkers in the history of psychology.

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This is gonna get me in trouble but.have you ever thought about underground homes?

Mark Oehlert

So I heard this story on NPR this morning about how Joplin was dealing with the horrific toll from the tornado that destroyed 1/3 of the town and killed 162 people. I can't imagine what that must be like. The closest I get is 9/11. Horrible. Tragic.

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Stories from stories

David Weinberger

My sister-in-law’s new book is out: Re-visions: Stories from Stories, by Meredith Sue Willis. She re-tells classic stories from a different point of view. You can read a sample here , or buy it here. I haven’t read it yet — I just ordered it — but I’m willing to bet it’s excellent. Sue (as we call her) has the fiction writer’s gift of bringing people and places to life. How does she do that

NineShift Goes to Randolph: Part III

Nine Shift

Then we go to the high school and meet with the 15 or so high school teachers. This is advertised by the principal and superintendent as the tough crowd. But even, or especially, here they are working hard on these issues. And yes, there is push-back on our prediction and recommendation that teachers not grade based on behavior. But the math teacher is questioning the value of homework, and has statistics on grades with and without homework.

Iain Tait: the Old Spice man

David Weinberger

I’m at a conference in Helsinki. The speaker before me is href=&# [link] >Iain Tait , creative director of Weiden + Kennedy, the agency behind the genius of the Old Spice man commercials. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned , people.