Learned Last Week (30th of 2012)

Here are some of the ideas, observations, and insights that others shared last week, received via Twitter, Google+, RSS feed, or link round-up. Quotation implies engagement, but not necessarily endorsement.

@LaineDurr, “Hearing About Dozens of ‘Confirmed Kills’ During a Lap Dance Sticks with You.

“The things he had seen and the things he had done wracked him with guilt and remorse. Not entirely unfamiliar with the two emotions, we connected deeply.”

David Kelly (@LnDDave), “Reflections on #lrnchat: Exploring Data

“As much as it would be great to think that all the stories are there to empower people and help drive the organization forward for a greater good, the reality is often not so positive. Many people serve their own agendas. Too often, people will start with a preconceived conclusion and agenda, and then try to find data that supports that agenda rather than allowing the data itself to tell the story. These human motivations exist today, and there’s no reason to think that they won’t continue to be an issue with expanded data sets in the future.”

@AndreaKuszewski: +1000 RT @gzicherm: Is inbox zero still inbox zero if you just wait until everything becomes too old to bother with…and you archive it?

Terran Lane,On Leaving Academia.

“The economic pressures have also turned into intellectual pressures. When humans feel panicked, we tend to become more conservative and risk-averse — we go with the sure thing, rather than the gamble. The problem is that creativity is all about exploratory risk. The goal is to find new things — to go beyond state-of-the-art and to discover or create things that the world has never seen. It’s a contradiction to simultaneously forge into the unknown and to insist on a sure bet.”

Cathy O’Neill (mathbabe), “Is Open Data a Good Thing?

“In other words, open data is great for the people who have the tools to use it for their benefit, usually to exploit other people and opportunities. It’s not clearly great for people who don’t have those tools.”

Kristina L. Peterson (@kristinapet, WSJ), “Majority of Job Opening Filled by Workers Switching Industries

[Summary of a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco working paper: Bart Hobjin, “The Industry-Occupation Mix of U.S. Job Openings and Hires” (July 2012)]

@StrategyProfs, “Entrepreneurship: Exploring (or Building) Adjacencies

“In other words, most successful entrepreneurship is accomplished through exploring (or building) something adjacent to where you already are or have been.”


About David D. LaCroix

Learning and education strategist; Director of Operations at Versatile PhD. All opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent those of my clients, partners, or employers.
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