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Throw Your Life a Curve

by Whitney Johnson  |   9:03 AM September 3, 2012

Our view of the world is powered by personal algorithms: observing how all of the component pieces (and people) that make up our personal social system interact, and looking for patterns to predict what will happen next. When systems behave linearly and react immediately, we tend to be fairly accurate with our forecasts. This is why toddlers love discovering…

Prepare for the coming IT skills revolution

Tracy Mayor and Julia King in ComputerWorld write: “Everybody is a free agent, navigating the corporate chaos,” says Todd Weinman, president of The Weinman Group, an executive search firm headquartered in Oakland, Calif., that specializes in audit and corporate governance. In the IT job market, he says, “the people who are faring a little bit better are constantly cultivating their careers on a variety of fronts.”

Preview: Systems Science Core Course

This past week I have been working on the curriculum content for a summer course in general systems science. The course will be open to all students. I’m calling the course “Thinking Systemically: Tackling Global-Scale Problems”. I’ve elected to use the term problem rather than predicament because I’m reasonably sure the majority of studentsGeorge Mobus
Thinking Systemically, Part I
Thinking Systemically, Part II
What is School For?

Always thought provoking and insightful, bestselling author Seth Godin introduces his latest manifesto with — School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it’s not a goal we need to achieve any longer. — Every educator and student should get a copy now.

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The Hechinger Report

Free courses may shake universities’ monopoly on credit

January 23, 2012m By Jon Marcus

Just as the Internet has made news free and music cheap, it may be about to vastly lower the cost of one of the most expensive commodities…

CMS Wire

10 Components of Collaborative Intelligence

We all know about IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and even EI (emotional intelligence), but very few people seem to deal with CI or Collaborative Intelligence. Since I have been focused on collaboration… David Coleman (@dcoleman100)

Luke Williams by R Smith

Thinking, Linking, Doing

If you’ve been following Chris Anderson’s excellent blog about The Long Tail you know that he places a high level of importance on the idea of “filters”. Filters, as he defines them, are trusted aggregators, like Amazon and Google, which use smart software to help you find the good stuff, but can also be individual tastemakers, from celebrities to critics… Creative Generalist is an outpost for curious divergent thinkers who appreciate new ideas from a wide mix of sources. Completely random and updated kinda…

Where Good Ideas Come From

T shaped People

T-Shaped people are people who are deep or expert in one particular skill set and also have a number of complementary or tangential skills that they are shallower in. It is important to note that they do… Code Renaissance is about building great teams and great software. By exploring best practices, team interactions, design, testing and related skills Code Renaissance strives to help you create the team…

T-Shaped Stars

The Backbone of IDEO’s Collaborative Culture. IDEO is a world-leading design firm, with offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, London, Boston and Shanghai, among other places. Consistently ranked as one of the most innovative companies in the world, IDEO is famous for its method of innovation… ChiefExecutive.net features CEO briefing centers on various topics, including leadership, strategy, talent management, boards and directors, risk management, healthcare/benefits, technology, CEO liability, legal/compliance, shareholder relations, reputation/crisis management, and corporate…

T-Shaped BIM

Every now and then a simple, seemingly obvious concept comes around that transforms an entire industry… Randy Deutsch’s BIM + Integrated Design exists exclusively to tell and entertain readers in the AECO industry and design professions, helping to meet the forces that create an immunity to change.

The Evolving Structure of the American Economy and the Employment Challenge

Paper published March 2011 by the Council on Foreign Relations and written by Michael Spence, a Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Visiting Fellow Sandile Hlatshwayo, Researcher, Stern School of Business, New York University. Download the full text of Michael Spence’s paper. Read the Washington Post column entitled: Key to job growth, equality is boosting tradable sector of economy, about Michael Spence’s detailed examination of the changing shape of the American economy. The article, written by , and published: March 12, 2011 begins with: Here are four things you often hear asserted…

National Education Technology Plan

Curriculum for the Built World

This curricula describes the coursework, discussions and support for information-centric design, project delivery and management processes. Our goal is to focus on currently available and proven technologies and procedures that are moving the design, construction and asset management processes into an integrated and fact-based world. The built environment is changing. The changes are happening because building owners have realized that the traditional approach to planning, design and construction results in too many errors, too much uncertainty and is unsustainable. Owners are demanding earlier and better decision making information. They are demanding better design and construction.

Become a Linchpin-–Outlined from Linchpin by Seth Godin


  • “Years ago, when you were about four years old, the system set out to persuade you of something that isn’t true. Not just persuade, but drill, practice, reinforce, and yes, brainwash. The mission: to teach you that you’re average.
  • “That compliant work is the best way to a reliable living. That creating average stuff for average people, again and again, is a safe and easy way to get what you want.
  • “Step out of line and the system would nudge (or push) you back to the center. Show signs of real creativity, originality or even genius, and well-meaning parents, teachers and authority figures would eagerly line up to get you back in line.
  • “Our culture needed compliant workers, people who would contribute without complaint, and we set out to create as many of them as we could. And so generations of students turned into generations of cogs, factory workers in search of a sinecure.
  • “We were brainwashed into fitting in, and then discovered that the economy wanted people who stood out instead. When exactly were we brainwashed into believing that the best way to earn a living is to have a job?


  1. Connect with others.
  2. Be generous. Give of yourself and your art.
  3. Make art. We are all artists.
  4. Acknowledge the lizard. Beware internal hold backs.
  5. Ship. Good ideas alone are not valuable.
  6. Fail fast and move on
  7. Learn and explore new things and idea

People value in their work

  1. Challenge and responsibility
  2. Flexibility
  3. Stable work environment
  4. Money
  5. Opportunity for professional development
  6. Peer recognition
  7. Stimulating colleagues and bosses
  8. Exciting job content
  9. Organizational culture
  10. Location & community