The Disruption of Getting Lost: When she looked back on it, she could see that even though society pushed hard to innovate and make progress and make life easier and more fulfilling through machines and computers, the unintended irony was that the more progress was made, the more a piece of our brains was going dark forever.....more
Walls SEPARATE Nations: The Berlin Wall went up in almost a single night in 1961 but would take nearly three decades to come down. Have we already forgotten that lesson that while walls may physically block people, the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate nations…more
Augmyntia: Last year I was privileged to interview Arnie Cochran, the eccentric, controversial founder and multibillionaire CEO of Augmyntia. What follows is the complete (unedited) transcript of the interview…..more
Reboot Illinois: Slowly but surely, the shit has hit the fan in Illinois with $130B in pension liabilities across five unfunded state pensions. The political gridlock and dysfunction is surreal and the entire state is in denial. At what point does the burning platform collapse? Can we save Illinois?.....more
A Star on the Boulevard: It was a very cold day and a little snowy as I started to climb the tree, branch by branch, very slowly and carefully until I got as high as I could go, swaying in the breeze and afraid I might snap the top of the tree trunk.....more
one marble in, two marbles out
think by scott pickard is a dynamic curation of content that is like a collection of marbles (content) in a full jar: to put one better marble in, two lesser ones must come out.
Think is designed to function in six ways:
Think is not a reference source but instead a jumping-off point for thinking, designing, creating, and exploring. Think uses the following questions to filter content:
Will this item still be relevant a year from now? Will it make you think about things? Will it challenge you? Is it excellent or praiseworthy? Does it address permanent and universal human concerns? Is it a big idea, game changer, disruptor, breakthrough? Will it influence other great works? Is it respected by experts? Is it cool and on the edge? Does it reflect the spirit of the times? Is it an important cog in the wheel that makes the world work?
think’s topic format has been designed for the wandering mind of the lifetime learner to enable easy browsing. It is composed of valuable content components: hierarchical position within a big picture context; in-a-nutshell quotes; Big Questions; Big Ideas; good books authors; > cross-references to related topics; and a last post within each topic.
The power, invincibility, joys, and tragedies of adolescence stay with us for life. sp
in general: bullying: The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves Mattson > Family | kids of the smartphone age: iGen Twenge | pack of (young) wolves: Bike Life | inner-city youth programs: Mignight Basketball | music: Schools Out for Summer Cooper, Quadrophenia Who | kids, teach your parents well: The Way, Way Back | A Separate Peace Knowles | Boyhood Linklater | Dazed and Confused | teachers: Dead Poet’s Society Kleinbaum | defiance: Ferris Bueller | Juno | guilt: Ordinary People Guest | Risky Business | Stand By Me | The Catcher in the Rye Salinger | The Perks of a Wallflower Chbosky
The right to alter or abolish government
is the ultimate expression of the people’s sovereignty.
in general: nothing last forever: Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold yeats | nazism: The Making of an American Nazi > Racism | terror within our borders: A Most American Terrorist Ghansah | seccession: The Country of California? | sniper: Tower | anti-radicalization: Defusing The Lure Of Militant Islam | black power: Black Panther Party | Al-Qaeda: Inspire 10 | Latin America: Che Guevera | change is coming: Long Time Gone | Arab Spring: Once Upon A Revolution Cambanis | dictators have weaknesses: From Dictatorship to Democracy Sharp | whistleblowers: CitizenFour Poitras | the pen is mightier than the sword: Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution Cassel | Fight Club Palahniuk | Les Miserables | The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories Hemingway | Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous! Hessel | idealism: You say you want a revolution, Well, you know, We all want to change the world Beatles
What's the biggest question facing artists today?
Artists are big risk takers. Entrepreneurs are celebrated for their risk-taking abilities while presumably creating something that consumers want. But the artist is inspired to create something entirely new in the world from the ether with no regard or guarantee for what others will think or buy. sp
cultures: about: prehistoric art | film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Herzog | Arts of the Western tradition: Janson's History of Art: Western Tradition | Ai Weiwei: artsy | documentary Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry | India: Kathputli Colony Delhi | Japan: The Kano School of Painting | Arts of the African peoples: African art | Arts of the Oceanic peoples: Oceanic art | Arts of the American Indian peoples: eiteljorg | China: toys: Temari balls
in general: funding: d.rip > Knowledge/Crowd | animated van gogh: Loving Vincent | marketplace for collectors: Paddle 8 | abstract: jazzberryblue | contemporary: culturehall | fairs: Art Miami | participatory: philinthecircle | art history texts: Getty Research Portal | curation: ArtStack, The Mirror Cube | education: Sotheby's | news: artfixdaily, Paris Review | stolen or missing: artloss | simplicity: Art Is | Art/Work Bhandari | Indivisible by Four Steinhardt | restitution: Woman in Gold | The Art Book Phaidon
The decline of the nuclear industry was that it downplayed the risks. If we do not tackle the uncertainties of the AI now and get to grips soon, we can only lose. Tallinn
How can we ensure that the growing power of AI will be matched by the growing wisdom with which we manage it? FLI Will AI become a likely cause of World War III? Can we build a super-AI that won't kill us?
in general: where are we heading: Life 3.0 Tegmark > Future | Asilomar AI Principles big ideas | enterprise: IBM Watson | benefit humanity: OpenAI | impact on humans/society: Future of Life Institute, Stanford’s AI100 One Hundred Year Study | rise of machines, decline of humans: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman | ethics: Machines of Loving Grace Markoff | shebot: Ex Machina | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world
and forfeit his soul?
do unto others < golden rule > others do unto you
wants < Government > needs
magnetic repulsion < MagLev > gravitational pulling
buy-america jobs < balance > lowest cost infrastructure
help the helpless < balance > spend within means
love < parenting > leadership
finite resources on earth < balance > growth to create jobs
internationalism < balance > isolationism
free trade < balance > climate policy
left trying to survive < balance > protecting wealth right
concentration of wealth < balance > redistribution of wealth
United States < Mutually-Assured Destruction > Russia
freedom of speech < democracy > civility of speech
work < balance > life
in general: balance in an age of extremes: Faces of Moderation Craiutu | digital saturation: Digital Detox | Balance, the fundamental verity Smith | Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity Siegel | Unintended Consequences Conard | Walden Thoreau | Working Terkel | just get it done: Perfect is the enemy of the good.
Driving around in your own personal automobile is not the way forward.
Is bicycling good for the brain?
in general: Make your bike electric in under 60 seconds. | foldable electric bike: Urbe-e > Simplicity | movies for cyclists: Breaking Away, The Flying Scotsman | electric assist: Pedego | connecting the city: Atlanta Beltline | virtual training: CycleOps | bike to work: Bike-to-Work Day | electric: GeoOrbital Wheel | spinning: Peloton | rides: Bike the Bay, ragbrai, Ride the Hiawatha, Tahoe-to-Pyramid | advocacy: National Bike Challenge | bike machines: bicimaquina | bike sharing: citibikenyc, divvybikes | body geometry: roll-online | buy/sell: bikepedia, bikesdirect | competitions: Tour de France | coolhunting: horsecycles | electric: electric, Karmic | film festival: bicyclefilmfestival | fixed-gear: purefixcycles, tokyobike | history: Wright Brothers | hybrids: bicycle-tricycle, Copenhagen Wheel | museums: Marin Museum of Bicycling | Bicycle Portraits Engelbrecht | Bicycling is healthy for people and the economy.
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Stages of Development
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in general: microalgae: solazyme | legislation: biosimilar substitution | biomarkers: rulesbasedmedicine | biomaterial storage: biostorage | certified refurbished instruments: biosurplus, cgenetool | entrepreneurial training: bioconsultants | high-performance computing: hpcbio.illinois | life science community: biospace | news: bioworld, genengnews | neutraceuticals: heliae | phylogenomics: plosgenetics | search: nextbio | tools: fluidigm | venture capital: burrillandco | waste(garbage)-to-fuel: enerkem, fulcrum-bioenergy | algae: sapphireenergy | biobutanol: gevo | biodiesel: endicottbiofuels | energy crops: ceres, nexsteppe, performanceplants | energy economics | ethanol: mascoma | general: coolplanetbiofuels, greenbiologics, virent | search: Knowledge Discovery Framework | yield optimization: targetedgrowth | research: gobalto | software: cytel, goBalto, y-prime | training: trifecta | gene editing: Rewriting the Code of Life Specter, CRISPR | catalog: 1000genomes.org | cloud-based: DNAnexus
What criteria/objectives are set to establish the makeup of the board?
Is the size of the board appropriately scaled to the size and scope of the company’s operations?
What is the director’s job description?
Do the board and management clearly understand and agree to those decisions and rights the board chooses to reserve to itself?
What are the board’s policies for director committee service?
What is the appropriate level of compensation for directors?
Do all directors meet the test for independence?
Does the board perform a self-evaluation on an annual basis?
in general: bookstores: My Bookstore Rice > Location | share: Goodreads | kids: The Kerlan Collection, First Book | first: Gutenberg Bible 1455 | classics: Great Books Program | awards: National Book Award | printing press: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change Eisenstein
my ten books sp: entrepreneurship: Atlas Shrugged Rand | destiny: Dune Herbert | life in the full: Islands in the Stream Hemingway | utopia out of reach: Lost Horizon Hilton | power of the human will: Man's Search for Meaning Frankl | vision: Seven Pillars of Wisdom Lawrence | protect what you love: Silent Spring Carson | sharing culture: The Circle Eggers big idea | on simplicity: Walden Thoreau | quality and meaning: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig
I want something that’s always pretty good and never awful.
What is reputation?
Is your brand culturally relevant?
What strategies are employed to lock-in brand loyalty?
What is required to persuade users of competitive products to switch?
in general: local SEO development: Podium > Social Media | ranking: world’s most valuable brands | branding through education: The School of The New York Times big idea | logos: logo cluster sp, logogarden, logoworks | political campaigns: Our Brand Is Crisis | BrandSimple Adamson | Buyology Lindstrom | Likeonomics Bhargava
Live within your means.
A budget is a moral document that reflects the priorities of a nation. > Politics
How can we make governments accountable for their budgets?
in general: property management: Buildium > Technology/Cloud | directory: openbuildings | passive energy management: Passive House Institute | benchmark, firstfuel, scienergy, seriousmaterials | urban (vertical) campus: The New Salesforce Tower big ideas | Emporis Skyscraper Awards, Porsche Design Tower | China: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort | getting away: Hide and Seek Architecture Borges | pre-manufactured: Arched Cabins, Lodges on Vashon | forums: Vision London | skyscrapers: Skyscrapers 2017 Dupré | Why Buildings Stand Up Salvadori
Capitalism | Cash Management | China since 1912 | Cities | Climate Change | Communication | Competition | Computer Science | Constitution | Construction | Core Competency | Corporate Governance | Co-Working Space | Creativity | Crime, Corruption, Power, Violence, Cronyism | Critical Infrastructures | Cyber
The free market doesn’t guarantee social outcomes, merely economic ones.
in general: a 400-year history: Americana Srinivasan > Growth | post-capitalism: Inventing the Future Srnicek | to serve stock price or not: The Shareholder Value Myth Stout big idea | collaborative economy: Peers Inc Chase | Atlas Shrugged Rand | The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman | individuality: Anthem Rand
Cash is king, as the old saying goes. It is the one resource a company cannot survive without for any length of time until the doors are closed, voluntarily or involuntarily, which is why the CEO must find or develop a method to reliably understand and predict the company’s current and future ability to generate the cash it needs to pay all of its bills. The Integrated Spreadsheet is a tool that will give any CEO the positive direct control they must have over the financial rudder of the business….more | prezi how-to sp
in general: shipping bankruptcy: Hanjin Shipping | cash flow statement: direct vs indirect | check fraud: anti-check fraud procedures | American Bankruptcy Institute: abiworld | appraisal of asset values: accuval | IR Internet Bankruptcy Library: bankrupt.com
sneezes, the whole world gets a cold.
Beijing is the billionaire capital of the world.
in general: chinese students come home: turtles > Globalization | doing business: The One Hour China Book Towson | the app for everything: WeChat | grand economic strategy: China's One Belt, One Road Initiative Lim big idea | news: Global Times | economic reform: 60-point plan | social credit: Sesame Credit | e-Commerce: alibaba | search: Baidu | propaganda: Propaganda Bernays | fragile: Red Capitalism Walter
Chief Resilience Officer: When cities build-in a more integrated critical infrastructure in advance of a disaster, they are more resilient and recover faster.
growth: city lights tell the story of the spread of humans across Earth
How will drones and self-driving cars change suburbia?
Are we ready for 75% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050?
Will we see the proliferation of dystopian mega-slums or the triumph of so-called smart cities?
If the megacity is a trend that will continue to grow, what specific changes will it bring about? What are the cultural and political implications of megacities?
Do the benefits of a new company outweigh the costs of attraction? Are administrators accountable for public funds used to lure relocations? Would it be better to invest in building skills and companies from within?
economic development: Every job can be traced back to an entrepreneur. sp | Site Selection > Location/Place | get the land you need: Eminent domain | grow from within: Economic Gardening | Pacific Rim: Trans-Pacific Partnership | financing social impact: Social Success Note | brain drain: stay, work, play | broadband development: gigabitsquared big idea | brainbelts: The Smartest Places on Earth Agtmael | angry birds does not an economy make
megacities: people movement: MULTI > Buildings big ideas | gaming: cities XL | forums: The Future of Urban Development Initiative | Masdar City | movies: Slumdog Millionaire | pop-ups: burning man | simulation: urbansim | technopolis | 360 degrees panoramas | urban laboratory: Arcosanti | Planning the Megacity: Jakarta in the Twentieth Century Silver | The Endless City Burdett | open space: The Human Scale Dalsgaard
in general: greeningunused spaces: Pocket Parks > Neighborhoods | tall buildings: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat | urban innovation: Sidewalk Labs | sustainable living: Worldchanging Steffen | historical layers: HyperCities | attacking blight with citizen-driven data: Loveland | farming rooftop: brooklyngrangefarm | vertical: AeroFarms, plantagon | short-term community projects: Tactical Urbanism Lydon | pro-cities: Triumph of the City Glaeser
Do most Americans believe climate change is real?
in general: united global initiatives: Paris Climate Agreement > Globalization | Al Gore: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power | what do you believe: This Spaceship Earth Houle | restart the conversation: Climate of Hope Bloomberg/Pope | documentary: Before the Flood | thinker: Vaclav Smil | data: Climate Action Tracker, data.gov.climate | extractive capitalism vs climate change: This Changes Everything Klein | individual impact: The single biggest impact an individual can make on climate change is to switch to a more fuel-efficient car.
content is king
digital content: digital magazines: newsstand, zinio | digital rights management: FileOpen, iManuscript > Technology/Cloud | distribution: Velocix, overdrive | end-to-end system: vantrix | enterprise platforms: acquia | photos: eye.fi | royalty tracking: royaltyshare
e-mail: marketing: Emma > Mobile | analytics: emaildatasource | Archival and Recovery: Symantec, sonian | campaign management: mailnetexpress | direct marketing and communications: clicktactics, constantcontact, echomail, icontact, powerinbox | Enterprise Rights Management (ERM): EMC | legal discovery and compliance: Symantec, proofpoint | live content: movableink | mobile: seven | Outlook plug-in: xobni | outsource outbound: sendgrid | restaurants: fishbowl | security-as-a-service: proofpoint
radio & podcast: inclusive kids: Circle Round | make love, not war: KPFA | humor: Prairie Home Companion | change in America: 1A | human rights: Radio Free Europe Brown big idea | rock-n-roll: Pirate Radio | human behavior: Invisibilia | interviews: Terry Gross | StoryCorps: app, history | science & technology: RadioLab, science360 | studio electronics: Broadcast Electronics | archives: radioarchives | debates: Intelligence Squared
TV: What’s your story? Fusion > Writing | What are top 10 greatest episodes of all-time? | Apple: Amazing Stories | fantasy: Game of Thrones | game shows: Jeopardy Online Test | american muslims: The Secret Life of Muslims Seftel | millenials: Search Party | children’s TV: Sesame Street | audience analytics: Nielsen | You are what you watch.
video: square is good: increased views/engagement | stock video elements: Rocketstock | web cam green screen: Personify | understanding through video: Epipheo | video-sharing sunglasses: Snap | teleportation: Personify | background music: Shutterstock, Premium Beat
in general: early days: Pony Express | digitized postal mail: earthclassmail, outboxmail | imagery: skyboximaging | The Medium is the Message McLuhan | relating to one another: If I Understood You Alda | messages/info | body language: Janine Driver | facial: the not face | signs: sign language for math and science | symbols: Patterns That Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art Schuster | censorship: What do we want in our symbolic landscape, and who decides that? | encyclopedia: symbols | flags: all nations | storytelling: orgs: Future of Storytelling | radio: The Moth
What are the barriers to entry to our market?
Who are the company's five top competitors?
What does a competitor comparative analysis show about the company?
Will the power of the crowd in cyberspace obsolete the concept of a monopoly?
If the company is dominant in its market, are there any potential antitrust problems?
Does the company use intellectual property as a club to coerce customers and rivals?
in general: A great rival is like a mirror. Agassi > Sports | dark side: Google | antitrust: Department of Justice Antitrust Division | annual reports: The Public Register Online | book: Competitive Strategy Porter | citing sources: noodletools | competitor intelligence: attaain, Compass Monitor, scip | corporate info: corporateinformation, hoovers | patent search: uspto | ratings: ambest, moodys, Standard & Poors | espionage: Trust but verify. Reagan
You create your own little universe, and then it does what you tell it to do. Cerf
What happened to women in computer science?
Does IT have the capability to simulate attacks on the network to locate and fix vulnerabilities?
security: automated auditing: Tripwire | book: Network Security Assessment McNab | Endpoint Compliance Enforcement (ECE) : lumension | enterprise monitoring: q1labs | organizations: issa, isaca, asisonline
supercomputing: research: National Center for Supercomputing Applications NCSA > Research | software development & optimization: allinea | An Introduction to Quantum Computing Kaye | The Fourth Paradigm Microsoft
I don’t agree with your opinion, but I would fight to the death for your right to express it.
Should burning the flag be a protected form of free speech?
Is refusing to stand for the National Anthem an appropriate protest?
Judicial Mandates: (a) Words and meaning of the law should be understood as they were understood by the people when the law was enacted. (b) Activist judges should not invent new law, but they should respect the constitutional prerogative of the people to pass laws through their representative legislatures.
Articles I - VII
Amendments I – XXVII
Amendment I: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition
in general: interpretation: Originalism > Social Change | conservative: Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship | amendments: Amendments 1-10 Bill of Rights, Amendments 11-27 | freedom of the press: Rosewater Stewart
What constitutes a core competency/technology? Are the company's strategies tightly coupled to these core competencies/technologies?
How visible is the core competency/technology outside the corporation? Can competitors easily replicate this core competency/technology? Can the company protect against this?
Has the company coasted too long in a technology comfort zone?
Antitrust | Articles of Incorporation | Associations | Audit Committee | Board Agenda | Board Audit Committee | Board Chairperson | Board Committees | Board Makeup | Board Nominating Committee | Board of Directors | Board Prerogatives | Board Tenure | Constituencies | Cumulative Voting | Enron | Executive Compensation | Growth | Key Indicators | Management and Best Practices | Methods of Business Organization | Philanthropy | Questions | Strategic Planning | Sustainability | What If? | Women on the Board
Do the current directors and executive officers own, in aggregate, a majority of the outstanding shares of the corporation?
Is the process of selecting new board members substantially driven by a major shareholder(s)? Is this in the best interests of the company?
The Co-Working Manifesto
inside the corporation,
i compete against you, you compete against me,
every person for themselves.
inside the co-working mashup,
you do not compete against me, I do not compete against you,
rather, it is the Cheers effect:
everybody knows your name,
you are happy to see me, I’m happy to see you,
you are interested in my ideas, I’m interested in yours,
you want to help me, I want to help you,
you learn from me, I learn from you,
together, we design and build cool things that make an impact on peoples’ lives.
in general: multidisciplinary mashups: Geekdom | pay-it-forward: gangplank | revenue: $50/sf/year | hackerspaces: biocurious, genspace | Case Western: thinkbox | hackerdojo | history: L0pht | how-to: mindbites, eHow, wonderhowto | makezine | 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Johnson | tinkering: about, Artisan & Fab Lab, tinkering school | incubators and accelerators: 1871 | China: innovation-works | corporations: When Big Companies Support Start-ups…
Corruption thrives within complexity and centralization of power.
Is adult time for adult crime a sensible long-term approach to juvenile punishment?
Was GM Too Big to Fail?: GM CEO Mary Barra took on the task of making a dent in the sprawling, dense and calcified GM cultural fabric which has deeply embedded within it the familiar dysfunctional qualities of a massive bureaucratic organization. In this regard, human nature repeats itself with disappointing consistency. In very large corporations, universities, government units, and the military, this is what we face and deal with every day.
It confirms to me that GM was probably not too big to fail. Failure could have been the disruptive event necessary to purge the dysfunction and clear a path for renewal -- a corporate reboot if you will. Bankruptcy would have provided the platform and mandate for sweeping away all the dead wood, political toxicity, cronyism, greed, and staleness that builds up over time inside society’s largest institutions.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all-in for capitalism with its many faults, but we all know the aggressive pursuit of profit in BIG BUSINESS (with power and greed lurking in the headquarters’ shadows) has its dark side. sp
What is your country’s Corruption Perception Index?
in general: deep throat: Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Felt > U.S. | gun violence: Run Hide Fight, The Trace | federal prosecutors: Licensed to Lie Powell | policing in America: Embedded | incompetence: A Simple Plan | insider trading: Black Edge Kolhatkar | mafioso: The Godfather Puzo | criminal gangs: MS-13 | monetizing cronyism: The Clintons Hanson | NRA: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA | sub-prime mortgages: The Big Short Lewis big idea | intimidation: The Intimidation Game Strassel | inside the mind: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky
Could a solar eclipse cause an energy blackout?
Prime Movers for Change sp : When things really start to change, certain prime movers are often involved: incentivization programs; corporations start transforming conservation (green) from an expensive nuisance to a profitable strategy; scientists are invited to assume advisory/policy positions in high government spots; star/brand power gets involved; something bad happens to our critical infrastructure…..more
Are we moving towards a 1984-style surveillance state?
Is the protector against a trojan horse attack (Kaspersky) a trojan horse itself?
How do we stop Russia’s and China’s cyber-meddling in our affairs? Should this be considered an act of war?
Should the NSA be broken up?
in general: NSA hacked: Shadow Brokers > Anarchy | internet subculture: 4chan | anti-surveillance: Electronic Frontier Foundation | russian cyber espionage: Fancy Bear | ransomware: WannaCry, KeRanger | conferences & training: blackhat | news & analysis: Schneier on Security | Cybersecurity and Cyberwar Singer | Cyber War Clarke
Is it conceivable to use big data in such a way that both people and their economy get healthier? big questions
If computers do all the deep thinking, what do we do?
Is the company ready for the deluge of unstructured data coming in from transactions, social media, sensors and machines (IoT)?
in general: truth & trust: The world is awash in bullshit. | machine learning in business: Evolution of Analytics | agriculture: Agrible | twitter stream: Dataminr | analytical skills: Insight IQ | automated data collection/monitoring: connotate | automated analysis: WolframAlpha Pro | behavioral analytics: ginger.io | customer analytics: nuevora | democratization: contextrelevant | drag-n-drop: rapidminer | earth: dataone | energy management: hara | hadoop: hortonworks, karmasphere | health care: Visiquate | industrial: MANA | marine and buoy data: Planet OS | market research: keltonglobal | NoSQL: mongoDB | oil & gas: drillinginfo | oncology: flatiron | tiny clues uncover huge trends: Small Data Lindstrom big idea | The Black Box Society Pasquale | data behind the issues: After the Fact > Issues | content optimization: ramp | data warehousing: infobright, kalido | forecasting large-scale human behavior | geointelligence: metacarta | open source tool for analyzing large data sets: cloudera | security: imperva, privatecore, McAfee | unstructured text analysis: clarabridge | who died: Social Security Death Master File | online database apps: Caspio | non-centralized database: blockchain | Bureau of Labor Statistics: bls
You are what you decide. sp
By the choices you make, you are curating your life. Sato
Can Trump be trusted? Does a president who calls an adversarial leader “little rocket man” deserve to have this much unilateral power? jpg
What is the hardest decision you’ve personally and/or professionally made?
in general: Truman: The Accidental President Baime > Nuclear Bomb | effective decision making: Principles: Life and Work Dalio | financial crisis: The Courage to Act Bernanke | parents and kid(s) accountability: The Dinner Koch | Star Trek: Theories of Decision Making | Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis Allison | How We Decide Lehrer | Thinking Fast and Slow Kahneman | human nature: When faced with risks that are hard to evaluate, we have a tendency to choose inaction.
We are the friends of liberty everywhere, custodians only of our own.
If you force people who are unwilling to do something, they will not do it very well, which is the encapsulation of human freedom. Arnn
Could approval voting give us a better election result than our current plurality voting?
The struggle for power and advantage is a constant of human society.
What is democracy for the internet era?
Is there a global attack on the freedom of expression?
Should Flag Burners Burn?: Should burning the flag be a protected form of free speech? Consider this:
• Was the flag burner trespassing?
• Did the flag burner hurt anyone?
• Did the flag burner catch anything else on fire?
• Did they burn a public flag that they did not own?
• Was it an act of treason, in and of itself?
If the answer is “no” for all five questions, then the flag burner is not a criminal. They were just someone that took their own flag onto public property where they are entitled to go, and they burned it (unfortunately they don’t have a flag anymore) but didn’t hurt anybody or anything in the process. If we’re going to send a person to jail for this, then we will have to reevaluate thousands of actions that people perform every day that should be equivalently considered obnoxious, disturbing, anti-patriotic, or criminal. There will be social accountability enough from family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues that the flag burner will have to face, and possibly realize that “I will never do that again!”
Come on, we’ve got to get a grip on ourselves, take a step back and get some perspective, and not be so mentally and spiritually brittle! This is America. We are tough, flexible, resilient, and open-minded, so we can absorb the actions of a flag burner. We can’t rule-make a person into being civil and/or patriotic – it’s either in their heart, or it’s not. sp
in general: rise & fall: Political Order and Political Decay Fukuyama > Politics | watchdog: Freedom House | dialogues: Democracy Dialogue | equality: Citizen Equality Act of 2017 | approval voting: Approval Voting Brams big idea | leadership: Profiles in Courage Kennedy | America: Democracy in America De Tocqueville | freedom of speech: The Tyranny of Silence Rose
If Iron Man’s Tony Stark were to build a design lab on a college campus, what would it look like?
How can design can be used to create positive social change?
in general: the master: Leonardo da Vinci Isaacson | interior desing: Houzz | education: Stanford D.School | studio-based education: Rhode Island School of Design | roadmap software: Aha! | bladeless-fans: Dyson | greeting cards: Lovepop | shoes: ROOY | packaging: The Penguin Launcher sp | active design: Center for Active Design | appliances: delonghi, Dieter Rams | carpet: land carpet | cars: Toyota | digital: thingiverse | events: A Better World by Design, Maison-Objet, pechakucha, Reasons to be Creative | firms: peoplepeople, porsche-design, think2build | foods: labstoreparis | glass blowing: esquedesign | hotels: bellaskycomwell, designhotels
In a perfect world,
all drugs would be legal but no one would use them.
Corruption in Plain Sight: Are drug companies being honest about the risks of opioids? big questions Absolutely not! Corruption at the very top is killing people in order to make billions. McKesson knows full well that the more opiods they distribute, the more people that get addicted and the more billions they make. McKesson is the corporatization of illegal drug dealing and our politicians and Department of Justice are complicit. We cannot allow McKesson to become too big to prosecute; but we must make sure McKesson is too evil to survive. Credit the government insider whistleblowers and Sixty Minutes for sounding the alarm. sp
What is so powerful about the 12-step program?
in general: addiction: Heroine(e), Flight > Health | what we’re taking: Top Drugs | thrill/agony: Trainspotting | Surgeon General’s Report: Facing Addiction | pharmacy: People’s Pharmacy | trafficking: The Cartel Winslow
Earth | Ecommerce | Edge | Education | Elements of Technology | Email | Emotion | Energy, States, & Transformation of Matter | Entertainment | Entrepreneurship | Europe 1789-1920 | Executive | Exploration | Extinction and De-Extinction
Properties, Structure, Composition | Envelope | Surface Features | History
CRITICAL ZONE: air > life > soil > water > rock
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. Muir
Are we protecting enough of earth’s terrestrial and marine areas to secure the long-term health and sustainability of our planet?
in general: citizen science: Eclipse Megamovie > Knowledge/Crowd | total eclipse 2017: Eclipse Across America | earth from space: A Beautiful Planet | organizations: Cloud Appreciation Society | pictures: Cloud Atlas | research: clouds | seeding: Charles Hatfield 1916 | rain: dust storms | smell: petrichor | cold: polar vortex | ocean temperatures: El Niño/La Niña | hurricanes: National Hurricane Center: nhc.noaa | perfect storm: book & film | Halloween Nor'easter of 1991 | Storm Sandy 2012 | superstorms: photos | supercell | advocacy: surfrider | local, regional, national info: Skye Explorer | weather becomes art | global warming: An Inconvenient Truth Gore | Boiling Point Gelbspan | Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes Emanuel | Quick-Change Planet: Do Global Climate Tipping Points Exist? Levitan | rainmaking: The Rainmaker 1956 | The Last Polar Bear Kazlowski | origin & development of earth: one-third the age of the universe | supercontinents: Pangaea | interpretation of geologic record: Paleontological interpretation | dinosaurs: about | digital recreation | fossils: African Fossils | Page Paleontology Science Center | eras & periods of geologic time: stratigraphy | asteropid impact: Chicxulub Shonting | scotese | time lapse imagery: Landsat Annual Timelapse 1984 - 2012 | Earth: Portrait of a Planet Marshak | Historical Geology Wicander | Paleoclimatology Bradley | The Man Who Found Time Repcheck | third planet from the Sun | Blue Planet | geographical concentration: ring of fire | injection-induced seismicity: hydraulic fracturing | monitoring: Earthquake Track | science-to-policy: Earthquakes Without Frontiers | earth’s crust: Project Mohole | building blocks | about | planet earth discovery | Earth Luhr | Earth's Dynamic Systems Hamblin | Foundations of Earth Science Tarbuck | waterfalls: Niagara Falls | A Sand County Almanac Leopold
amazon: amazon prime day = alibaba singles day | home delivery: Amazon Key | bezos: The Everything Store Stone | order pickup: Amazon Go | digital butler: Echo | reorder: Dash Button | art: Amazon Art |seed funding: Catalyst | bookstore: Seattle
in general: amazon, apple, facebook, google: The Four Galloway | small business platforms: Shopify | enterprise platforms: RevCascade, Orckestra, elasticpath, mozu | alibaba: Singles Day | sales tax automation: avalara | auctions: auctionzip, channeladvisor, dovebid, equipnet, truition | barter: listia
2017: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?
2016: What is the most recent/important scientific news?
2015: What do you think about machines that think?
2014: What scientific idea is ready for retirement?
2013: What should we be worried about?
2012: What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?
2011: What concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?
2010: How is the Internet changing the way you think?
2009: What will change everything?
2008: What have you changed your mind about? Why?
2007: What are you optimistic about?
2006: What is your dangerous idea?
2005: What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?
2004: What’s your law?
2003: What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world?
2002: What is your question? Why?
2001: What now?
2001: What questions have disappeared?
2000: What is today’s most important unreported story?
1999: What is the most important invention in the past 2,000 years?
1998: What questions are you asking yourself?
Authority over schools can best be exercised
by those who are closest to the students.
Are smartphones detrimental to the learning process?
in general: tuition free online public schools: K12 | ratings: GreatSchools | adaptive learning: knewton | learning theories: diagram | critical thinking: thinkCERCA | Asia & Africa: Room to Read | adaptive learing: Smart Sparrow | blended learning: edelements | advocacy: centerforcsri, projectappleseed | films: waitingforsuperman | snow days: e-learing days | best practices: edutopia
automation: folding clothes: FoldiMate | customer contact: soundbite | machine-to-machine (MSM): Connected World | manufacturing automation: automationmag, International Society of Automation | personal: ifttt | shopping: jeans store | test automation: spirent | workflow automation: skelta | silent genius: Hugo
electronics: managing all Apple devices as an ecosystem: jamf | optimized self: Augmented King big idea | expo: E3 2016 |design: Amazon Lab126 | flexible: displays: plasticlogic, microprocessors | learning kits: sparklelabs | trade shows: Consumer Electronics Show | gadgets: Startup Gift Guide > Optimized-Self| drawing: pencil
wind energy: Could ocean wind farms diffuse hurricanes before landfall? | Does proximity to wind power (turbines) have an impact on residential property values? | two-bladed: Seawind big idea | airborne: makanipower, windlift | Department of Energy | direct drive: boulderwindpower | power plant: vestas
in general: steel: Modumetal, nanosteelco | coatings: nanomech, hzo.me | micromachining: picodrill | self-assembly: Self-Assembly Lab Tibbits | environmental impact: DamNation, Hetch Hetchy, Sensor Fish | heat energy: stove biolitestove | thermovoltaics gmzenergy | multipurpose: leatherman | table saws: sawstop
conserve, recover, susbstitute
energy management: portable power off the grid: HANS > Poverty | performance-based energy efficiency: National Association of Energy Service Companies | waste heat recovery: alphabetenergy | advocacy: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy | climate-neutral and net-zero: definitions | conferences: worldfutureenergysummit| conservation | demand response services: enernoc, poweritsolutions | Department of Energy: energy.gov | electricity marketplace: ChooseEnergy | energy flow: graphic | energy storage: ice-energy, PowerThru, terrajoule | high ceilings: zoofans | lighting management: lumenergi | network: joulex | smart windows: ravenbrick | state profiles: eia.gov | turnkey solutions: nexamp | wind energy: windenergy | wireless sensors: synapsense | batteries: bi-polar: atraverda | lithium-ion: enviasystems, sakti3 | fuel cells: bloomenergy big ideas
waves: sounds of life/nature: Soundscapes | wave energy: 5 types, nsf, www.orecon.com, pelamiswave sea snake | fans: uekus, verdantpower | pumps: aquamarinepower | tidal: scotrenewables | man-made: Kelly Slater Wave Company
travel: U.K.: Lonon Eye > Perspective | indoor tropical island: Tropical Islands | armchair travel for kids: Little Passports | luggage & gear: Away, Swiss Gear | corporate: Flightfox | bundling: Upside | off the beaten path: Atlas Obscura | journeys: National Geographic Journeys | social impact: Fathom Impact Travel | france barge tour: Boutique Barge Company | utah canyons: The Mighty Five | bed-n-breakfast: www.bedandbreakfast.com | 7 joys: The Joys of Travel Swick
in general: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony: EGOT | cruise ships: Quantum of the Seas | horse racing: Kentucky Derby | nightlife: sociéteperrier | parties: getspeakeasy | performing arts: shenyunperformingarts | racing: The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing | tours: getyourguide | with friends: weotta | cash prizes: draftday, DraftKings, FanDuel | predictive analytics: numberFire | restaurants & dining: Alinea | Chez Panisse | cliff diving: Casa Bonita |dinner parties: Le Diner en Blanc, Superb | on-table tablets: elacarte
failure is inevitably a part of discovery: Deadpool
in general: startup 101: Kauffman FastTrac > Startups | small scale: gig economy | bootcamp: nxlevel | CEOs: Business Rock Stars | credit card: founderscard | education: deshpandefoundation, edcorner.stanford.edu | handmade: etsy | kids: lemonadeday | microloans to entrepreneurs: kiva | MIT Forum: enterpriseforum.mit | social impact: Models of Impact
scott pickard sp :
Risk and Entrepreneurial Resiliency: The best thing to do to stay calm and deal with the risk of starting a business is to think of the worst thing(s) that can happen to you (bankruptcy, being sued, going broke, getting divorced, havng a nervous breakdown….) and then figure out a plan to deal and recover from the worst-case scenario by breaking apart each problem and figuring out a solution. Once you go through this thought process and convince yourself that you can survive this adversity, then you can move forward with resolve and not constantly fret over the risk. This is entrepreneurial resiliency.
Elevator Pitch: You’ve only got 3 minutes, so instead of doing a business plan brain dump that will leave an investor reeling, pitch a story as if it really happened, the way they do in the movie business. You can start the story like this: “In 201?, I finally left my job and started my own business. I was terrified but exhilarated at the same time. As it turned out, it was the greatest decision I ever made because my dream is now a reality and people love our product.” And go from there.
Are the directors sufficiently independent for purposes of serving on a compensation committee?
Is it clear who (e.g. management and/or advisors) is recommending and/or supporting the reasonableness of the compensation recommendation?
Are there appropriate rules and guidelines in place with respect to share ownership and share related transactions?
in general: benchmark executive salaries: rileyguide | enterprise management systems: workscape | online wizard: salary | say on pay | Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERP): planaserp | education: International Coach Federation: coachfederation | midwest: thecoachinghouse | on-demand: candogo | peer-to-peer: vistage | universities: Chicago Booth, Harvard | emotional intelligence: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Bradberry > Human Behavior/intelligence
We shall not cease from exploration
At the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Why do we (you) explore?
in general: early 20th-century discoveries in the Amazon: The Lost City of Z > Unequivocals/Extreme | surface: mobile robots | antarctica southern ocean: Polar Pod | TV: The Wonder List, National Geographic Explorer | funding: waittinstitute | Hubbard Medal | vagabond: aroundtheworldin80jobs | discovery: State of Wonder Patchett | why: No Dream Is Too High Aldrin | race for the moon: Moon Shot big idea
Why do we crave the road trip? Hitting the open road is really the impulse to explore that is hard-wired into our being from the first day we crawl from the living room to the kitchen; or run down to the creek in the woods; or bike across town without our parents knowing about it; and we never stop. It is on-demand exploration for all of us and the impulse is so strong that we return to satisfy that drive year after year. So the question within the question is, why do we explore? sp
extinction = de-extinction: Can and/or should we try to balance this equation? sp What are the unintended consequences?
What ethics and aesthetics should guide those decisions?
human: Centre for the Study of Existential Risk | priority: keystone species | archive: Photo Ark | advocacy: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species | species: bees
Why would we want to do this?
Does the prospect of de-extinction change how we think about extinction?
Does the extinction of a species leave a gap in nature that can only be filled by returning the species to life and to the wild?
If it is too difficult and expensive to revive every extinct species, what are the criteria for deciding which ones to work on?
How long do you keep your friends?
Is a life in which God plays a part a happier and more comforting life?
What is your religion’s position on the origin of the universe?
Prayer is instinctive.
Before I knew who or what Jesus was, I was filled with happiness and a positive attitude. sp
Over the long haul, religious faith has proven itself the most powerful and enduring force in human history. Reno
in general: christianity in a nutshell: Jesus Loves Me > Bible | reason & faith: Magis Center | sacred grounds vs science: Giant Telescope | god: The Children of Abraham Peters | fanatics: The True Believer Hoffer
Faith is a double-edged sword: Faith gives a person a certain power and confidence; a comfortable and secure belonging to a group that one trusts, and the fellowship that arises from that association.
But the sharper edge of the sword is that faith can also drive a person down a narrow path that does not respect other points of view, with a purpose that is unshakable. In many contexts this kind of determination can manifest as a good thing and it will deliver successful, sometimes incredible results.
But in some cases this “blind faith” can drive people to seriously harm others (even kill them) all in the name of their “faith practice,” to both non-believers outside their circle and members inside for purposes of enforcement.
The disastrous irony of blind faith is that it motivates people to do harmful things that they believe are good, right, just, and necessary by the principles of the faith they follow. What can you say to a person like this to convince them otherwise?
I ask you, is there a more powerful and sharper double-edged sword in our world than blind faith? sp
Old man, look at my life, I'm a lot like you were.
in general: learn together: Wow in the World | fathers: Dadland | relatives: Let’em in | on death bed: Love begins and ends with family | save your memories forever: Chronicle of Life | final days & wishes: Checklist for My Family Hurmefather | A River Runs Through It Maclean | resilience: A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me Schmidt | end of life: Rocket Gibraltar | weddings: 112 Weddings | If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything. Ali
by scott pickard sp: my dad: obituary, eulogy | Grandpa’s Saturday Video Surprise: i can fly, danger in the trees, hide-n-seek, goose island, bicycle stories | TV: No TV for 40 days and 40 nights | friendships: Friends for Life |short story: brushstroke’s song | traditions: Turkey Bowl 1976
Love Has Many Colors: Love over a lifetime has many colors. In the beginning, love is hot red and pink and black and white. Over the decades, love turns to green and brown and blue like a majestic tree with roots sunk deep and reaching for the sky. sp
in general: epic: heroic deeds/events | saga: ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history | romantic love | short story: 3-minute fiction > Writing | fable, parable, allegory: hidden meaning | ballad, lay, idyll: narrative poem with a plot, short or long
capital expenditures: capital assets and depreciation: toolkit | depreciation calculator: bassets | people and asset tracking: airclic, inilex, sensorlogic | real-time location system (RTLS): awarepoint | remote monitoring: airsis | Balanced debt/equity capitalization | Physical Asset Management Handbook Mitchell | The Capital Structure Decision Bierman
in general: a philosophical outlook: The Wisdom of Finance Desai > Values | junk bonds: Fed rate increase | Big Charts: http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com | CBS Marketwatch: www.marketwatch.com | interactive charts: ycharts | Money Central: http://moneycentral.msn.com | private markets | Quicken http://quicken.intuit.com | The Motley Fool | commodities charts: www.cbot.com | bankrate | consumer platforms: Yodlee | federalreserve| mobile: myfoundry | personal: personal finance | book: Bond Markets, Analysis and Strategies Fabozzi
no pain, no gain
Where are major fitness brands making startup bets?
Is your fitness program well-rounded? (1) cardiovascular; (2) stamina; (3) strength; (4) flexibility; (5) power; (6) speed; (7) coordination; (8) agility; (9) balance; (10) accuracy
in general: force weighted shirt system: Titin > Optimized Self | intensity: The One-Minute Workout Gibala | bodyweight exercise: TRX | drinks: beet juice, chocolate milk | bands: halfhourpower | dance: zumba | entertainment platform: netpulse | extreme: beachbody, crossfit, Mad Skills Encyclopedia Mushholt | franchise: Crunch | machines: surgept | monitoring and tracking: fitbit | Born to Run McDougall
The table offers sanctuary and a place to come together for unity and understanding.
Is the global ecological impact of meat production sustainable? Is it feasible that we can eventually take animals out of the food chain? What might be the unintended consequence(s)?
Is the spread of fast food to the rest of the calorie-poor world accelerating global obesity?
What is the impact of biofuels production on the world’s food supply?
in general: largest assortment of seafood in the world: Fulton Fish Market | order online: Graze snacks, EatStreet | roadmap: Feeding the Future Heintzman | Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: CAFO Imhoff | apples: The Perfect Fruit | tacos: 365 days of tacos |DIY: Blue Apron | cheese & sausage: Hickory Farms | plant-based meats: Impossible Foods | non-refrigerated, all-natural: Moringa, lookwhatwefound | delivered: HappyFresh, dinewise, foodpanda, HelloFresh | calorie-free: zevia | chefs: The Professional Chef | donuts: cronut | hot sauce: sriracha | ice cream: Smitten Ice Cream | waste: Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook Gunders | Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization Brown | supply/demand: The End of Plenty Bourne
The Death of Football? This will be a major social change if indeed it happens. But what's next? Extreme Sports in general?
We are on a path to remove risk in our lives wherever we find it. If I'm a parent, it's not a bad thing to protect my kid; except, kids that don't risk become adults that don't risk which is not good for a society that needs explorers and entrepreneurs. We need to find the right balance to keep healthy (reasonable) risk in our lives.
One way is to defer contact. Think about it: kids don't race cars and yet many adults do when the time comes when they can take full accountability for their decisions (parents don’t decide). Football may go through a similar transition with kids starting out playing non-contact flag football and don't start having contact until they are of an age to decide whether or not they want to take the risk. There will always be a large pool of young athletes wanting to play the game despite the risk. sp
in general: family: Thanksgiving Football sp | concussions: Concussion, NFL Settlement, BrainSentry, League of Denial | greatest catch: Odell Beckham | superbowl: dadvertising, Super Bowl XLIX (49) | tailgating: Tailgater Concierge | college: Billion-Dollar Ball Gaul | films: NFL Films | high school: Friday Night Lights Bissinger
Careers will turn into jobs….. jobs will turn into tasks.
What if we had a Secretary of the Future?
Has technology given us the opportunity to flourish or to self-destruct?
Why can’t we remember the future?
in general: preview the future: Hello Tomorrow > Innovation | upsides/downsides: WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us O'Reilly | monetizing personal information sharing: Who Owns the Future? Lanier big ideas | futurists: David Houle, Syd Mead | aircraft/car | digital archive of you: lifenaut | education: Houston Foresight, thefutureschannel | energy: The Future of Energy | food: The Future of Food NG | gamification: gaming the future | future-driven strategic planning: Futurist |extremism: Challenging Extremism, quilliamfoundation | www.aspeninstitute.org, bakas | classic: Future Shock Toffler | forecasting: Global Trends 2030, Superforecasting Tetlock | Future Science Brockman | The Competition of Ideas Weidenbaum | Humans are built to be futurists.
It was his victory, not theirs, and a hollow one at that, a cheat; why did they act as if he had won with honor?
Gamification takes the characteristics we like about games and adds them to everyday actions in order to make them more interesting. big idea
in general: MMOBA: King of Glory > Mobile | monetizing star players: Twitch | rise of the gamer culture: Kill Screen | video arcade: Galloping Ghost | brick & mortar gallery: VGA Gallery | rent over 8,000 games & movies: Gamefly | students: National Association of Collegiate eSports | multiplayer online battle arena video game: League of Legends | team-based multiplayer first-person shooter: Overwatch | go hunting: Pokemon Go | eSports: ESPN | gesture recognition: Rithmio, omekinteractive | Ender’s Game Card
Is the World Trade Organization (WTO) doing a fair, equitable, and trustworthy (uncorrupt) job as supreme court for the world?
Is NATO obsolete?
in general: Apple is the poster child for using globalization to avoid taxes. | liberal international order: Geostrategic Collaboration > Peace | anti-globalization in the Dystrumpian era: Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited Stiglitz | resist empire: TomDispatch | attract & persuade: Soft Power Nye | mental health: WHO | prosperity & social progress: Index of Economic Freedom, Legatum Prosperity Index, Social Progress Index | global citizens: The Cosmopolites Abrahamian | Life in a Day Wild | The World Is Flat Friedman | World Order Kissinger
When will you shoot your age?
Three Kings at the Masters: I was 14 years old in 1963 when I followed them walking down the middle of the fairway (no ropes in those days): Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus. I really did not understand the significance of who and what I was watching and that these three men were the reigning kings of golf on our planet….more sp
Golf is a declining sport, but why? It would make sense to me that there are more golf course failures in climates where you don’t have sunny weather year-round, versus the warmer climates in the west, south, and southeast. But the bigger driver of this trend is that the younger generation is not adopting golf the way it was with my generation. From their perspective it takes too much time; it’s too difficult a game to master; it costs too much; it is not a good match to their attention span; it’s low on the “adrenaline meter” (think Grand Theft Auto and extreme sports); and, it’s simply what “they (parents)” did, not what “we (millenials)” do. That being the case, this trend will impact all regions eventually. sp
in general: faqther/son: Final Rounds Dodson | what clubs to buy: Golf Life Navigators > Optimized | golf as a metaphor for life: The Legend of Bagger Vance Pressfield | simplest range finder: GolfBuddy | kids: Drive, Chip and Putt | GPS: watches | stadium golf: Scottsdale TPC #16 | ship it: Ship Sticks | analytics: Swingbyte, Zepp, SkyPro, arccos | speedgolf: Speedgolf International | handicap: formula | rules & etiquette: USGA | Ryder Cup: The Ryder Cup Callow
follow the money:
Do people have a right to be forgotten on Google and Social Media in general? big questions
in general: the view inside: How Google Works Schmidt | big ideas: Google X big ideas > Future | news: Google News | race to the moon: Lunar Prize | lunar prizewhat’s hot: Google Trends | topic curation: Knowledge Graph | 3D motion & depth sensing: Project Tango | appliance: Google Search Appliance | analysis: Think with Google | change: Alphabet | adwords | alerts | apps for business | area calculator | art project | artificial intelligence: DeepMind | blog search | blogger | body browser | books | chrome | chromebook | Classroom | code | customize: home page, search | data sharing online: public data explorer | desktop | doodle 4 google | earth
What does it mean that we can never be lost, or hide?
How do we know where we are?
in general: cybersecurity: interference testing > Critical Infrastructure | radio-location: locatacorp | tracking: www.blacklinegps.com, www.contigo.com, TrackR | wireless-driven: www.skyhookwireless.com | analytics: placed | build your own game: scvngr | data: momentfeed, placeIQ | geographic intelligence : www.metacarta.com | happening near you: spindle | mobile networks: Gokivo | changing our brains: Pinpoint Milner
Is growth the problem, or the solution? When it comes to the conflict between growth’s relentless extractive attack on the biosphere vs. the imperative to feed and provide jobs for 9 billion people, are we truly caught between a rock and a hard spot? sp big questions
in general: growth’s catch-22: Survivng Progress > Technology | tougher times to come: The Rise and Fall of American Growth Gordon | growth vs prosperity: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus Rushkoff | franchising: Grinding It Out Kroc | reprioritization: zero-based budgeting | Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC): bricsonbrics | hypergrowth: Inside the Tornado Moore| small house: The Small House Book Shafer
laughter is the best medicine
Why is healthcare so expensive?
Will a poor person will remain impoverished without healthcare? Or, will they remain impoverished trying to pay for healthcare?
autism: say hello to Milo: Robots4Autism big ideas | asperger, iPad apps, rethinkautism | autism: Temple Grandin | The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Haddon | What I've learned from my autistic brothers Jegede
wellness: roadmap to alcohol recovery: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Gray, Alcohol Treatment Navigator > Families | blood pressure: Chart | happiness: World Happiness Report, The Blue Zones of Happiness Buettner | mini-CPAP: Transcend | aging: The Telomere Effect Blackburn | smoke-free: public housing | filtering: Novaerus | high-vegetable: diseaseproof | hunter-gatherer: The Paleo Diet | cocoa flavanols: CocoaVia | probiotics: Evolve Biosystems | posture: Gokhale Method | beds: Helix Sleep, Casper | blind: non-24 | digital saturation: Digital Detox | get outside: The Nature Principle Louv | a walk through the forest replenishes the soul
in general: ayurveda: Pseudoscience | news: Stat | transplant ethics: Transplant Ethics | brain: Boosting The Brain | exosomes: Codiak | anesthesia: universal anesthesia machine | blood sampling: 7sbio | bioresorbable: amaranthmedical | clinical trials: trialreach | molecular cytology: veracyte | non-invasive: miraculins, neurosky | donate blood for research: sanguinebio | eye tracking: tobii | artificial: SynCardia, heart-powered pacemaker | implants: medisse | prosthetics: bionic leg, BiOM, AlterG | regenerative medicine: Histogenics | transplantation: transmedics | overview: mind & body | stress: stress in the city | microbiota: I Contain Multitudes Yong | stress: The Upside of Stress McGonigal | big business: An American Sickness Rosenthal | nature: Imagine a therapy that had no known side effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost. NG
History informs the present, and inspires the future.
Ancient Asia, Africa, Europe: SW Asia, Egypt, the Aegean, and North Africa: essential-humanities | Ancient Europe & Mediterranean to AD 395: allempires | World Heritage List | Cartographies of Time Grafton | The History of the Ancient World Bauer
Medieval Europe, Africa, Asia
East, Central, South, SE Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa to 1885
Pre-Columbian America (1540)
Modern World to 1920
China: The Beautiful Country & Middle Kingdom Pomfret
France: post-French Revolution: Les Miserables Hugo
Russia: Revolution: Dr. Zhivago Pasternak
in general: 13.8B years online: Big History
What happened to the dining room?
The TV is now the fireplace.
Is home ownership still part of the American dream?
in general: insurance: Lemonade > Pricing | find a contractor: BuildZoom | simple door/window insulator: Draft Guard | smartphone to smarthome: Level Up | can i help you? HomePod, Echo | buy/sell local: Offerup | market value: Homesnap | community resources: Community Associations Institute | smartphone energy app: Insight App | search/appraisal: reply, trulia, zillow
Why do we lie?
dreams: Your dream is the most valuable thing you’ll ever own. | analysis: Carl Jung | gallery: DreamBank | lucid dreaming: lucid dreaming | improving performance | organizations: lucidity | fantasy: Alice in Wonderland > Magic | believing: McFarland USA, Safety Not Guaranteed
emotion: brain: How Emotions Are Made Barrett > Science/Brain | hate: Age of Anger Mishra | happiness: Resisting Happiness Kelly | love: Love is the Answer Rundgren | ambition: The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald | anger: Enemies of the Heart Stanley | awe (wonder): Feeling Awe | appreciation: You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. | empathy: Empathetics | fear: Why are we afraid of each other? | music: Happy Williams, September Earth, Wind & Fire | anti-extremism: Institute for Strategic Dialogue | loneliness: Lost in Translation | love: There's more room in a broken heart Simon | revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas, The Revenant Punke | Stumbling on Happiness Gilbert | kids: Inside Out
learning & thinking: How important is cursive (handwriting) to study and learning? | Does puzzle play improve math skills? | cognitive test: Alzheimer's | games: .x-cube | toys: paperpunk, skallops | legos: Kinetic Sisyphus, home, sculpture
in general: the depths of depravity: Heart of Darkness Conrad > Utopia/Dystopia | decisions: Nudge Thaler | the dark side: The North Water McGuire | nature vs nuture: The Other Wes Moore Moore | need: Maslow's hierarchy of needs | positive thinking: The Power of Positive Thinking Peale | redemption: Prisoner in the Kitchen Bonham | prisons: The Stanford Prison Experiment | resilience: The Poisonwood Bible Kingsolver | alzheimers: Still Alice | The Blank Slate Pinker
scott pickard sp :
boredom: Boredom arises when you don’t have a plan.
maps: The Beachmap Game
Good vs Evil jpg : The priesthood, police force, and military force are massive, global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so massive, they also attract a small percentage of imposters with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly wreak havoc. Like parasites, they hide inside their host. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in a environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults they are sworn to serve and protect. This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. So some priests will molest boys, some cops will occasionally kill people on the street, and soldiers will sometime rape women of their enemies. Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant and never give up on the ideal of giving every kid a chance grow up in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, and without trauma, so that we stop replanting over and over the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again. sp
in general: about | heros: Time Person of the Year | movies: Contagion | measles: about | vaccination: pro-con |zika: containment: genetically-modified mosquitoes | Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy | aging: research: Human Longevity | cryotherapy: csamedical | cancer: collabrx | visualization: tumor paint | colon: check-cap | glaucoma: Aerie Pharmaceuticals | myopia: go outside | presbyopia: KAMRA inlay | correction: adjustable: Adlens big idea | pandemic: Children of Men > Utopia/Dystopia | mind-over-body (placebo): Cure Marchant
There never was and there never will be anything noble to celebrate or memorialize about (Civil War) slavery. sp
Break the Chain: Is the United States (CIA) guilty of a massive violation of human rights by exploiting torture interrogation techniques (in the name of national security) at its black site (secret) prisons? big question If we rationalize torture in the name of war and saving American lives, then WE become the barbarians and in so doing we write a blank check to our enemies to reflect the same barbaric behavior. Much like child abuse which propagates from generation to generation, this vicious cycle of abuse and violence will only stop when someone has the courage and leadership to break the chain of torture, and that should be us. sp
in general: concentration camps: One Long Night Pitzer > War | understanding through art: Alphawood Gallery | League of Nations: The Guardians Pedersen big ideas| oppression & struggle: Human Acts Kang | United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | dictatorships: Kim Jong-un | migrant workers: Cesar Chavez | Geneva Conventions | Human Rights Watch: hrw | modern trafficking: Human Trafficking Shelley
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
What never gets less funny?
in general: improv: Improv Nation Wasson > Creativity, Don’t Think Twice | standup genius: Eddie Izzard | king of the insult: Don Rickles | history: The History of Comedy | positive power of humor: The Humor Project | ventriloquism: I’m No Dummy | lip reading: BadLipReading | newspaper: The Onion | parody: Trevor Noah, This is Spinal Tap, weird al yankovic | political satire: Charlie Hebdo, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Mort Sahl | puppets: Triumph the Insult Dog | sketch comedy: Capital Steps, Carnac the Magnificent, Jonathan Winters, Monty Python, saturday night live, secondcity | Dave Barry | The 2000 Year Old Man Reiner & Brooks | Sick in the Head Apatow
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
Will water wars drive a (permanent) wedge between the haves and the have-nots? big question
Will a lack of water threaten energy production?
Access to water has the power to break the cycle of poverty.
water, air, sanitation: toilets: World Toilet Day | air quality: Smog Free Project big ideas | water from air: Source | water grab: Great Lakes Compact | desalination: Monterey Bay Regional Water Project | showers: Nebia | catastrophes: Flint MI, West Virginia | organizations: Circle of Blue, water | scarcity: The End of Abundance Zetland | scarcity: Blue Gold | safety: Water Infrastructure Protection Spellman | corruption: Chinatown | When the well runs dry, we shall know the value of water. Franklin
in general: oceans are the lungs of our planet, salinity of about 3.5% | research: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries | National Great Rivers Research and Education Center | museums: Chicago Maritime Museum | groundwater: depletion monitoring
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Does handwriting need to be saved?
Are you in the channel (flow)?
creativity: spontaneous humor: Improv Nation Wasson > Humor | learn a creative skill online: Skillshare | NYC’s High Line: web site, book |walking > thinking > writing: Why Walking Helps Us Think | perfectionists: the 8 percent | manic-depression and creativity: Touched with Fire Jamison | kickstarter: Impact on the Creative Economy | humor: improv | festivals: SXSW | paper: How Life Unfolds | courses: MasterClass, crash course | pencil: documentary | gaia: Biophilia Wilson | inventiveness: The Art of Rube Goldberg George | creativity tools: Building Your Creativity Gast
in general: persuasion: Don't raise your voice, improve your argument. | leading edge: Aspen Ideas Festival | dangerous ideas: To the Best of Our Knowledge | videos: Big Think | big thinkers, forums, conferences, portals: chicagoideas, dld-conference, DO Lectures, www.edge.org, www.flowidealism.org, gelconference, 99u, The Mind Unleashed, www.ted.com, theUPexperience, whatmattersnow | dream big: HBR’s Audacious List | fast failures: lightning talks |funding: kickstarter, The Awesome Foundation | notebooks: electronic: pen recorders, evernote, livescribe, omnigroup, OneNote 2013 | communicating: The Storyteller's Secret Gallo | Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Gladwell | Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius Michalko | Doodles Gomi | Imagination First Liu | Leonardo's Notebooks da Vinci | How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place Lomborg | Zero to One Thiel | What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Brockman
Should we ask, “What country are you from?”; or, “What can you do for our country?”
Is climate change a key driver of refugees and immigrants?
in general: time for change?: The New Case Against Immigration Krikorian > Sustainability | global refugee crisis: Human Flow Weiwei | teaching kids our immigrant legacy: Her Right Foot Eggers | refugee boat: Law of the Journey Weiwei | deferred action: What Happens Now?, DREAM Act | largest refugee camp: Dadaab | america: In Jackson Heights | Of Mice and Men Steinbeck | Sin Nombre | Welcome to Shelbyville Snyder
Walls SEPARATE Nations: Walls (physically) block people, but the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate nations. To spend billions of dollars to try and keep out a few bad actors but at the cost of separating us from an entire nation is a terrible trade-off and a fool's calculus. The bad actors have already climbed the wall. sp
In time, we will all be melting pots of each other: Go to an airport someday and look around. Watch everyone that boards your plane. Clearly America is no longer a land of white Anglo-Saxons. We are from every location, every race, every color, every creed, and as the internet and jet travel and migration continue to bring us together, people will increasingly cross racial and color lines to join and build lifelong relationships.
We’ll need to embrace this fact and face the challenge of making our country work for everybody. It won’t be easy and there will be big problems along the way, but it is the inevitable evolution of every country that they can no longer remain homogeneous in race, but will all be melting pots of each other. The longer we fight against this, the more problems we will cause and the harder it will be to achieve a lasting peace inside and outside our countries and populations.
However, Americans need to accept the competing tensions between two issues: our openness and respect for all immigrant populations; and, the fact that dysfunctional immigration processes do cause problems for all of us (illegal drugs, terrorism, crime, overloaded social systems). The goal should be as it is in so many cases, to reach a reasonable, fair, and equitable balance between these two issues.
We can do this. sp
Are stock options for executive management contingent on performance standards pegged to stock price?
Has the board made full use of Restricted Stock Option (RSO), Incentive Stock Option (ISO), and Non-Qualified Stock Option (NSO) plans to incentivize performance by the CEO?
Do the plans require executives to make an appropriate personal investment?
Are the vesting periods and terms carefully structured to achieve the dersired performance?
Does the board fully understand the tax consequences of each plan?
Does stack ranking squelch internal innovation?
in general: festival of lights: Diwali > Particular Religions/Hindu | Bangalore: www.asklaila.com | economic development: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UdFkkROYV0 | gold: weddings | social net: gupshup | travel planner: http://us.makemytrip.com | poverty: Slumdog Millionaire | Midnight’s Children Mehta | more
What impact has inflation had when restating inventory costs to current prices?
What impact has inflation had in terms of restating book value of property, plant, equipment, and leases to replacement value?
Have price increases in the company's products been enough to offset increases in production costs?
In international markets with high-inflationary economies, how does the company protect its assets and earnings?
in general: incentivize lending: negative interest rates | cost disease | data: www.inflationdata.com | global price tracking: premise | organizations: www.federalreserve.gov | world economic ooutlook: International Monetary Fund > Globalization
Is the enterprise ready for continuous cyber attacks?
enterprise systems: Enterprise Content Management (ECM): On Base > Communication | HR software: Ultimate Software | security: organizational docking, proofpoint, tripwire | ERP (enterprise resource planning): workday, compiere, kenandy, openbravo | botnet protection: damballa | compliance: hiperos | Enterprise Data Lifecycle Management: utopiainc | indexing: virtualworks
in general: audit & compliance: coalfiresystems | book: Inside the Minds: Leading Chief Technology Officers Schroth | cost estimates: costxpert | equipment lifecycle management: elasalle
Every innovation begins with a question: What if?
Blockbustered: Disruption (like bankruptcy) builds slowly and unnoticed (in denial) until it demolishes a company (industry) in an internet minute. sp
What has been the long-term impact of Star Trek on innovation?
Is innovation predictable?
collaboration: unified: Chime > Project Management | most big achievements are achievements of a team | free screen sharing: join me | the perfect team: Project Aristotle | teams: Slack, Atlassian | secure messaging: Symphony | whiteboards: groupboard, SMART kapp | academic: academicroom | art+science: Art at the Interface, CERN | cloud: centraldesktop, cx | conference calls: speek | enterprise: huddle | live discussions: crowdoptic | online real-time editor: five tools | physicians: sermo | portals: co.create
in general: finding innovation outside silicon valley: The Innovation Blind Spot Baird | outsourced: Xinova | remote power: Power Ball | radio show: Innovation Nation | measuring innovation: Berkeley Innovation Index | enterprise platforms: Sopheon | www.ninesigma.com | digital literacy | conferences: innovation.economist | commercialization: copycats | corporate sponsorship: Shell’s GameChanger | crowd-sourced: openIDEO | xprize.org | blackberry: Losing the Signal McNish | The Innovator's Dilemma Christensen
Should genes be patentable?
How could competitors benefit from a weak IP protection strategy? Is it possible for competitors to copy aspects of the company's products?
How to get help with a patent if you’re a first-time inventor: The first thing I would do is identify all the local startup business incubators and/or co-working facilities in your community, especially the ones that seem to be the best fit to your idea. Usually these places have an open-door policy that allows people to come in with new ideas that have the potential to later on develop into new products and businesses. They’ve got their finger on the pulse of all the local attorneys who provide patent services, and in some cases you can get a sit-down session with one of these attorneys at no cost. See how far you can get without having to spend any money.
Another thing you should do is attend an entrepreneur’s mixer(s) at these incubators and do some social networking with the entrepreneurs and staff because they’ve been down this path before and they will know who to contact. sp
in general: enterprise platform: Anaqua > Strategic Plan | Association of University Technology Managers | buy/sell/auction: fusionIP, oceantomo, yet2 | copyrights: creative commons licenses, permission to reuse | enterprise IP management software: anaqua, pirate party, SGA2 | licensing and royalty accounting: rightsflow | plagiarism monitoring: turnitin | valuation: valuationresearch | twitter: Innovators Patent Agreement big idea
How will Brexit impact the business?
How does the company mitigate the impact of volatility?
How long will it take realize positive benefits from entering new markets?
Is compliance to regulations in international markets cost prohibitive?
How will the end of net neutrality change the internet?
Has the Internet killed more jobs than it has created?
What would happen in today's world if the Internet suddenly went down?
in general: search engines: bing, duckduckgo, google, wolframalpha, yahoo | the price for connectivity: Solitude Harris | history: Lo and Behold Herzog | dashboard of key indicators: Internet Monitor Dashboard | transcontinental fiber: Hibernia Networks | open, equal access: internetsociety | free exchange: The Idealist Peters
A network becomes as valuable as the square of the number of its nodes. Metcalfe
No Turning Back: I fear there is an inevitable march towards the dystopian visions we have had as long as we’ve known Science Fiction. The Internet of Things (IoT) will grow at an accelerating pace that we cannot understand and it will covertly saturate our lives without us fully realizing the unintended consequences of these changes. We will adapt and acquiesce to this world in marginal steps that seem relatively harmless to us (look at what has happened with privacy in the Facebook era) and in fact we may accept this as the inevitable advancement and trade-off of our technological society. IoT will bring more of everything to us but at a cost that we will not fully realize in terms of privacy, surveillance, critical thinking, and most importantly self-determination. We will be so reliant on IoT and its machines that there will be no turning back. sp
Should the government regulate the IoT?
Do IoT’s benefits exceed the risks?
Will animals become part of the IoT? What does that mean?
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sculpture + sound = sonambient sculpture barn
Disney + Dali = Architects of the Imagination
music + technology = How We Listen Now Harding
politics + celebrity = Trump
science + technology + politics = sean gourley
art + design + technology = Apple Steve Jobs
art + science = IGB Images
big data + Internet of Things (IoT) = Utopia/Surveillance