grooveshark decision – nyt
the grand distortion – keller nyt
bittman on organic farming
Thank you. Now read this
… (Jeremy) Grantham concludes that we are “about five years into a chronic global food crisis that is unlikely to fade for many decades.”
And who is Jeremy Grantham? He is a finance guy. An investment strategist. Is he right? I have no idea. But … he might be. And if he is, a lot of things will change in a relatively short time frame.
August 29th, 2012
The other day I had a chance to watch a TED videby Bunker Roy about the “barefoot university” in India. It is worth a look see for several reasons.
It is a fun story, but more important, I think that we have something to learn here about ourselves. Hmmmm … what could that be? Put simply, learning is about what we do, not what we are told to do. Bunker Roy takes this to an extreme when he says that no one with a higher degree was allowed to contaminate the teaching at the barefoot university. Meaning, the barefoot university is 100% geared to serve the learning needs of the poor — in turn meaning that the poor teach and learn themselves about what they need.
This flies in the face of conventional wisdom that learning is about gaining expertise. The danger from chasing after expertise is that we can get locked us into roles rather than learn what connects us to groups.
My earlier post on motivating people got me thinking about this.
August 28th, 2012
In a globalised economy, the winners will be those that have the best networks, relationships and channels, the ability to lure smart people from all points of the compass, and the ability to communicate in a way that’s familiar to as many constituents as possible.
Notice how much relies on connecting with people. But the Kernel left out the most important thing — accelerated learning capacity.