Learned Last Week (Week 36 of 2012)

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

Yvonne Abraham (@GlobeAbraham), “Program Helps Families Create their Own Solutions.”
“The central idea behind the initiative is that poor people have the resourcefulness to solve their own problems. That with the support – and the watchful eyes – of a small community of peers, they can transform their lives.”

@KateClancy,Miscarriage: When a Beginning is not a Beginning.
“Trying to give it a different name, or restricting women’s intake or movements, these are just ways to try and establish control in something largely uncontrollable.”

Martin Davidson (@levdifference), “HBR Case Study: How Hard Should You Push Diversity?
“Here was their opening to really shake things up. But would he be turning GlobeBank into exactly the kind of company his son wouldn’t want to work for?”

@EricGarland, “Author scandals and the overdue collapse of the authority-media complex.”
“It is my hope that the next figures to rise will be representative of the needs of the future, not the past. These people could express what we will need to carry us forward – discipline, humility, authenticity, and perspective, among other values suited to a world full of shades of gray.”

@StevenGray, “Can The Black Middle Class Survive?”
“Like so many relatively affluent black kids who grew up in the 1980s watching “The Cosby Show,” I’d never defined myself in strictly racial terms. So I cringed at some of the attention my departure from Time drew. I knew that, as a black man, it’s statistically likely that I’d be unemployed for 10 months, or longer.”

Shane Greenstein (@digitopoly), “Calm Economics.”
“There is no need to guess at the difference between the good and the pretender. It is possible to be systematic.”

Ashutosh Jogalekar, “Theories, models and the future of science
“The fact is that the kinds of phenomena that science has been dealing with recently have been multifactorial, complex and emergent. The kind of mechanical, reductionist approaches that worked so well for atomic physics and molecular biology may turn out to be too impoverished for taking these phenomena apart.”

@ScienceDaily, “Scientists cast doubt on Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle
One researcher, quoted here, said “”The quantum world is still full of uncertainty, but at least our attempts to look at it don’t have to add as much uncertainty as we used to think!””

Avis Thomas-Lester, “Frederick Douglass and Booker T, Washington Descendant Finds His Ancestral Calling.”
“He started to do his own research and was deeply disturbed by what he found. Human beings were being bought and sold all over the world… Like Frederick Douglass, he would work to abolish slavery. Like Booker T. Washington, he would use education to forge a solution to a problem.”


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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