Singing Hearts from Intrepid Teacher

"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 →

Towards a new civic ecology by @henryjenkins

"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 →

Creative destruction

During several days of contemplation about creativity and transformation -- thank you #TEDxDirigo! -- I was drawn, again, to consider "creative destruction:" the perspective that successful new ideas expand upon, integrate, and destroy the form of the prior. "Just as the cassette tape replaced the 8-track, only to be replaced in turn by the compact... Continue Reading →

Snuggly the Security Bear /@MarkFiore

"Hi there, I'm Snuggly the Security Bear.... We're going to make the Internet wiretap friendly because we want you to be sunggly and safer... just like they do in Saudi Arabia and Dubai.... Besides, how do we know who to watch, unless we watch all of you?" "The right of the people to be secure... Continue Reading →

The movement for open government software

"Code for America was founded to help the brightest minds of the Web 2.0 generation transform city governments. Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. What if, instead of cutting services or raising taxes, cities could leverage the power of the web to become more efficient, transparent, and... Continue Reading →

Oppose proposed censorship law

"Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced S.3804 or the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA). Although this bill is in the first step in the legislative process, if signed into law, it would allow the attorney general and the Department of Justice to require domain registrars and registries, ISPs, DNS providers, and others to block... Continue Reading →

James Martin on the challenges of the 21st century

Excerpts from James Martin's 2007 book and documentary (preview | complete). Martin is founder of the Oxford Martin School (previously the 21st Century School). "At the start of the 21st century, humankind finds itself on a non-sustainable course – a course that, unless it is changed, will lead to catastrophes of awesome consequences. At... Continue Reading →

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