"The internet has caused an economic shift every bit as important as the Industrial or Agricultural Revolutions. Thousands of bottom-up solutions are leveraging mobile and social media, open-source values, collective intelligence and other emerging patterns. These crowd-driven innovations are combining – symbiotically — into a truly novel way of living and doing business."
From Jacob Nielsen: "Students don't like to learn new user interface styles. They prefer websites that employ well-known interaction patterns. If a site doesn't work in the expected manner, most students lose patience and leave."
Our global society faces the challenge of moving from an industrial-growth society to a life-sustaining society. This shift is often referred to as 'The Great Turning.'
From Open Culture: "Ryan Woodward has worked on the art direction of many big name Hollywood films, but he had an idea for a short animated film, a love story expressed through dance, and it led to a fruitful collaboration with dance choreographer Kori Wakamatsu."
"Campaign video by Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy, about the Robin Hood Tax, a tiny tax on bank transactions that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and to tackle poverty and climate change at home and around the world. Add your own voice to the campaign http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYtNwmXKIvM Excerpts from YouTube
"I want to denounce the notion that Social Networks are a Petri dish of perversion, danger, and now as paths to suicide. Yes it is true that there are perverted and dangerous elements on the web, but this is because there are elements of danger and perversion within the human psyche. We are what is... Continue Reading →
"A few days ago I started reading The Last Child in the Woods. It sparked in me a sense of panic and guilt about the amount of time my daughter spends outdoors connecting to nature, getting fresh air, and exploring. I decided I wanted us to begin exploring our surroundings together. Even if our immediate... Continue Reading →
"As China’s only indigenous religion, Taoism’s influence is found in everything from calligraphy and politics to medicine and poetry."
If you haven't watched the Channel 4 series, Skins, through to the second season finale, you're missing over a dozen hours of powerful filmmaking and vividly-written characters navigating the challenges of teen life. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix, and season 3 is now online.) Watch the Wild World from the Skins series... Continue Reading →
"The contemporary communications system is at once struggling with the threat that many major news outlets which have been the backbone of civic information over the past century are crumbling in the face of competition from new media. We may not be able to count on the traditional newspaper, news magazine or network newscast to... Continue Reading →