Wed.Apr 04, 2012

The complex motivations for self-harm

Mind Hacks

If you ask the average person in the street why some people cut themselves you’ll get the answer that they’re trying to ‘get attention’ which is a common but unhelpful stereotype. The reality is that motivations for self-harming are complex.

Shifting to Net Work

Harold Jarche

Tweet Our first Net Work Literacy session ends this week. There were several reasons why Jane Hart and I decided to offer this two-week online programe.

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The future of fMRI

Mind Hacks

Nature has an article looking at the future of fMRI brain scanning in light of its long-lasting hype and recently discovered problems.

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Social Learning, Strategically

Clark Quinn

Increasingly, as I look around, I see folks addressing learning technology tactics; they’ll make a mobile app, they’ll try out a simulation game, they’ll put in a portal. And there’s nothing wrong with doing each of these as a trial, a test run, some experience under the belt. However, in the longer term, you want to start doing so strategically. I’ll use social media as an example.

Culture of Hope

David Weinberger

Forum d’Avignon is an annual get-together in France to talk about culture, by which most of the attendees (and especially President Sarkozy who came to give a speech ) mean how they can squash the Internet and retain their stranglehold on culture. A little harsh? Maybe, but not entirely unfair.

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Next on Office Hours: Jonah Lehrer talks creativity

Dan Pink

Office Hours — our one-of-a-kind radio-ish program — continues its run of great guests on Friday when we host Jonah Lehrer, author of the just released Imagine: How Creativity Works.

V&S acquired by Havas: A pivotal moment for crowdsourcing in advertising

Ross Dawson

The purchase by Havas of a majority stake in crowdsourced ad agency Victors & Spoils is a sign of a major shift in the advertising industry. I have written several times before about crowdsourced advertising agency Victors & Spoils. V&S Founder and CEO John Winsor spoke at our Future of Crowdsourcing Summit , and I have since written about some of their lead work with Harley-Davidson and where they have taken that.

Robots are the Talk of the Nation Today

Andy McAfee

The cool news: I’m going to be on NPR’s Talk of the Nation today at 3 pm Boston Time talking about technology, the economy, and jobs. The not-so-cool news: it appears that Boston’s WBUR only carries the first hour of the show, from 2-3. So the hometown audience will have to stream it, find another station. or listen to it online later

Hazing Story from Dartmouth (Disclaimer: I'm in a fraternity)

Mark Oehlert

So I've had this story in my tabs for like a week now and I haven't known what to do with it. The story is about a student who went to Dartmouth and who subsequently reported on the hazing and alcohol abuse he saw there and that he participated in. . Fair warning - the story recounts some pretty horrific practices. There's lot of drinking. Vomiting. Physical violence. Sexual harassment. Sexual assault. And on it goes. Now like ti says in the title, I'm in a fraternity.

Health Care and The Supreme Court

Nine Shift

Do not despair over the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare. 100 years ago the Supreme Court ruled that the income tax was unconstitutional. Ten years later it became law. The Supreme Court can delay universal health care, but universal health care is such an obvious requirement for a prosperous society in this century, the huge support for universal health care among Gen Y means the Tea Party can delay change, but not prevent it