Category: Political

Twitter, Egypt and Strategy

Some people have an issue figuring out Twitter’s strategy. Perhaps today’s events in Egypt have helped them define that strategy: Our goal is to instantly connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them. In the context of this week’s events, this "goal" makes a lot of sense. If gives Twitter a meaningful purpose.

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The Strategy of Freedom in the Middle East

Scenarios help us use our imagination. I heard and read several commentators who said something along the lines of: “we would never have chosen Tunisia as the starting point for revolution.  No one could have seen this coming” That is because we are not looking. We must pay attention to the world around us in.

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Evidence-Based Management and Education – The Obama Dilemma

From: 7/24/2009 10:34:09 AM The US push toward improved education needs to be careful. As I read simultaneously about the $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund and the rise of evidence-based management, I see a discontinuity. The top bullet in the Department of Education’s release says: “Adopting internationally benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare.

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Pirates Pine for Alternative Internet

Here’s are a couple of paragraphs that didn’t make it into the final cut on Internet Evolution. You’ll get the gist …read the entire post here: Pirates Pine for Alternative Internet Rather than capture legitimate information from the Internet and employ it directly for nefarious gain, information pirates propose their version of Sherwood Forrest, complete.

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151,000 Jobs-but Not the Right Jobs

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 151,000 in October, reflecting job gains in mining and a number of service-providing industries according The Bureau of Labor statistics. Jobs are jobs these days, but these aren’t the jobs people really want for long term growth, and they aren’t the jobs America wants to drive innovation. (original BLS.

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Public Institutions, Planning and Budget Cuts

Planning for the future can seem like a waste of time when just keeping the lights on is a struggle. Budget cuts are hitting many public institutions, including schools, colleges and universities. The gut reaction is to put the future on hold and deal with the present. That approach some major drawbacks. First, if you.

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Science, Uncertainty and Being Right

The October 2010 Scientific American reports on an exclusive poll about trust in science. For the most part, people trust scientists, but not at the highest level, especially when it comes to things that non-scientists have personal experience with.  At the low end of the trust rung were food safety, vitamins and supplements, genetically modified.

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First Pass: What’s Wrong with the Grand Challenges for Engineering

At the risk of committing more overthinking of the Grand Challenges for Engineering, I want to take a first pass at discussing what I think is wrong with them in a very specific way, and honing the list into something more grand. Here is the current list: Make solar energy economical Provide energy from fusion.

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Abstraction is the Problem with US Lag In Science, Engineering and Math

I am listening to To the Point from Warren Olney. The discussion is on science, technology, engineering and math or STEM and why America is falling behind. I think the big issue is abstraction. We are suffering from a cult of knowledge. We talk about the knowledge economy. The knowledge economy may well be a.

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Strategic Measures: Toward New Measurement for a Sustainable, Knowledge Economy

New Measurement Sustainable Knowledge Economy As America grasps for innovative ways to exit the recession, we have forgotten a fundamental business reality: measurement determines behavior. Ask any salesperson if their bonus structure determines which products they lead with or not. The problem with America’s national investments is that they say green, but they shout industrial.

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