July 22, 2009

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December 16, 2008

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  • About Worldchanging

    Worldchanging is a 501(c)3 media organization that comprises a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers covering the world's most intelligent solutions to today's problems. We inspire readers around the world with stories of the most important and innovative new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future. Our readers are ready to change the world, and Worldchanging links them to the first steps.

December 10, 2008

links for 2008-12-10

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  • We, the People, are the owners of the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and represent the “full faith and credit of the US Government.” Therefore, solutions to the financial crisis that use our money should benefit us, and reflect a risk-adjusted market rate of return for the capital used. The measure should be what a rational, arms-length investor would demand for scarce capital in a time of crisis, not what Treasury Secretary Paulson together with CEO of the bailed out institution deem appropriate
  • Many of us feel that the Web is ushering in a new era of global consciousness. But Howard Bloom thinks life has been a collective mind from the very beginning. He made the case in his book "Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From the Big Bang To the 21st Century." Host Jon Udell speaks with Bloom who reviews the themes of that book — group selectionism, complex adaptive systems, collective learning — and considers what has, and hasn't, changed since the book was published in 2000.
  • Rationale and original idea

    The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates. Glide your cursor over the map to see how changing the clocks affects different latitudes.

December 8, 2008

links for 2008-12-08

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December 7, 2008

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  • The Treasury Department has just executed one of the few maneuvers possible to make the housing problem worse than it is: a preannouncement of possible subsidized rates for new mortgages to take effect sometimes in the future. (story here in the Wall Street Journal which just reports the plan and doesn't predict the consequences). ….
  • But Vancouver isn't solely Chinese; a full 50 percent of the population speaks a language other than English as their childhood tongue. There's a huge Punjabi population (Anglo-Indian) that supports an immense section of Indian commerce, a large number of Somalis from Africa, a large number of Iraqis who were granted asylum here and a heavy contingent of other people of Muslim descent whose women stroll the streets in trendy, attractive, silk head scarves. Vancouver is the way it is because Canada welcomes the arrival of immigrants moving here for political reasons.

December 6, 2008

links for 2008-12-06

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December 4, 2008

links for 2008-12-04

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  • An experiment into connecting the Web with language.
    It Doesn’t Have to be This Way

    You’re writing an email to invite a friend to meet at a local San Francisco restaurant that neither of you has been to. You’d like to include a map. Today, this involves the disjointed tasks of message composition on a web-mail service, mapping the address on a map site, searching for reviews on the restaurant on a search engine, and finally copying all links into the message being composed. This familiar sequence is an awful lot of clicking, typing, searching, copying, and pasting in order to do a very simple task. And you haven’t even really sent a map or useful reviews—only links to them.

November 25, 2008

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November 20, 2008

links for 2008-11-20

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  • This is a long post, born out of years of frustration with ineffective institutional collaborations. If you only want the highlights, here they are: grow your network by sharing, not planning to share or deciding who to share with; the tech doesn’t determine the sharing – if you want to share, you will; weave your network by sharing what you can, and they will share what they can – people won’t share [without a lot of added incentives] stuff that’s not easy or compelling for them to share. Create virtuous cycles that amplify network effects. Given the right ’set,’ simple tech is all they need to get started
  • A report prepared for the UK Commission for Health Improvement. March 2003

    This report is an illustrated literature review drawing on studies in the fields of education, psychology, organisational learning, personal learning, and participatory approaches to explore understanding of good learning practice. It includes more than 15 case studies that illustrate methodologies and approaches used to share learning in the business, public, and voluntary sectors, paying particular attention to the types of processes that encourage engagement with diverse communities of interest or multiple stakeholders.

  • Evernote is a product that simulates a continuous feed of paper, much like a notebook. What makes Evernote GTD friendly is the ability to 'tag' documents within your tape, which gives you the ability, in my implementation, to see only one particular context at a time. Therefore, it's easy to set up a GTD structure with projects, next actions, and reference material; moving current projects to a completed status, and out of your view, simply by changing the tags around.
  • Growth, volatility, innovation and immaturity characterize the current state of the social software market. It is evolving in response to the demand for a coherent way to support information creation and sharing, team communication and coordination, and communities and informal social interaction
  • This wordpress plugin uses Bayesian learning to determine which post titles are the most \interesting" to your readers. Given a list of titles, it displays n \featured" titles. These are picked randomly, weighted by their current interest score. Given a display of some n items, the plugin collects data about the user's response: no clicks, item 1 and 3 clicked,
    all items clicked, etc. The algorithm uses this data to update the interestingness of each item.
  • This plugin for the popular blogging software WordPress displays the most "interesting" links in your blog's sidebar. Interestingness is determined automatically by a Bayesian learning algorithm.
  • Many of the urgent policy concerns identified here are critical and time sensitive and require prioritized federal action. They are issues that require a focus from the transition team and new administration because if they are not dealt with, they could have great implications for life, well being, or the confidence of citizens in government, or because they have key quickly approaching dates where a decision must be made or actions taken. Consequently, these issues are not necessarily the most important issues in the long term, but rather those that must be dealt with immediately.
  • "As president, Obama will support the development of this vital new platform to ensure that the United States' reliance on foreign space capabilities is limited to the minimum possible time period," the document stated. "The [Orion] CEV will be the backbone of future missions, and is being designed with technology that is already proven and available."

    But the first real measure of Obama's vision for NASA will be his decision on the Shuttle program. This is so critical that the General Accounting Office, a nonpartisan congressional agency that investigates government expenditures, included the conundrum of whether to retire the Space Shuttle on a list of the 13 most urgent issues for the next president beyond the economy and protecting the homeland. That's because the decision will have ramifications that go far beyond determining a retirement date for the Shuttle fleet.

  • Leader Technologies, an Ohio-based “intellectual capital company”, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook. The company claims that Facebook has infringed on one of their patents which relates generally “to a method and system for the management and storage of electronic information.” Sounds like a fairly broad patent which the company simply uses to obtain recurring revenue from large digital companies.
    (tags: patent)

November 19, 2008

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