Daily Archives: September 30, 2011

Comparing Effectiveness of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Strategies

Read This research compares the performance of bottom-up, self-motivated behavioral interventions with top-down interventions targeted at controlling an ‘‘Influenza-like-illness’’. Both types of interventions use a variant of the ring strategy. In the first case, when the fraction of a person’s … Continue reading

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Quantifying the role of complexity in a system’s performance

Read In this work we studied the relationship between a system’s complexity and its performances in solving a given task. Although complexity is generally assumed to play a key role in an agent’s performance, its influence has not been deeply … Continue reading

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Open Online Courses: PLN Environments and Networks

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A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change

The twenty-first century is a world in constant change. In A New Culture of Learning, Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown pursue an understanding of how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, inspire … Continue reading

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The Best Among Us

Read There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in … Continue reading

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A filosofia por trás do movimento ‘Ocupar Wall Street’

Ler Sem luta contra o capital financeiro, ordenar “austeridade” é ato de crueldade; e ordenar estímulos é ilusão. O FMI e os políticos norteamericanos não querem desafiar a classe financeira. Lá, em Wall Street, Manhattan, norteamericanos comuns decidiram enfrentar, de … Continue reading

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Inequality in America

Read The gap between America’s rich and poor is growing wider, and a new IMF study shows why that inequality is hurting our economy. Nowhere is the divide in America between the haves and have-nots a stark as it is … Continue reading

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“American Teacher”: New Film Rebuts Vilification of Underpaid, Dedicated Public School Teachers

Read Opening today, the new documentary “American Teacher” follows the lives of four teachers who struggle to remain in a profession they love, despite the heavy toll exacted on their lives by the grueling hours and low-salaries. The documentary is … Continue reading

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Ten Simple Rules for Getting Help from Online Scientific Communities

Read The increasing complexity of research requires scientists to work at the intersection of multiple fields and to face problems for which their formal education has not prepared them. For example, biologists with no or little background in programming are … Continue reading

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Three core practices for creative leadership

From an interview with my dear friend Peggy Holman on enhancing creative leadership: Q: What is one practice that people could start applying today to bring more creativity into their work or their business organization? Holman: If I were to … Continue reading

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