Dr. Moira Gunn goes back in time to 16th century Italy and finds out why we don't use Roman numerals any more from The Man of Numbers: Fibonaccis Arithmetic Revolution author, Keith Devlin.
What can the for-profit market bring to K-12 education reform, and how can philanthropy help such efforts? In this audio interview with host Ashkon Jafari, Gisèle Huff, executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, discusses the foundation's investment strategy in this regard. She touches on lessons the organization has learned, and what the average citizen can do to raise American education standards.
Want to make sure American schoolchildren have enough pencils for a poetry writing unit, violins for a school recital, or microscope slides for a biology class? Go to DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy to support any classroom project request nationwide. In this audio interview with host Ashkon Jafari, CEO Charles Best talks about the organization's humble beginnings, its use of cross-sector collaboration, its current initiatives, and the impact it is having in America's classrooms.
Do we know how to design successful social environments? Is "social experience design" understood as well as "visual design" or "interaction design"? Not yet, says Xianhang Zhang. He believes social design is still in its pre-scientific era: inefficient, error-prone, and unpredictable. Hang calls for a formal theory of social experience design and describes his own theoretical framework. As a first exercise of his principles, he is creating a Design Guild as a way to foster better designers.
Consumer mapping on the web and traditional back-office geographic information systems (GIS) are becoming less distinct. Both are more accessible, standards-based, and flexible. Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, speaks about the creation of a publicly accessible GIS mapping system, ArcGIS.com, a web platform that works with maps from various authoritative sources and provides the public with useful tools to add and use their own crowdsourced, volunteered geographic information (VGI).
"People can learn from mobile phones," says Sara Chamberlain, Head of Interactive for BBC World Trust and developer. She launched BBC Janala to "raise the language skills of 25 million people in Bangladesh by 2017". She speaks with host Sheela Sethuraman about how 3 million people already started learning English with in some cases the most basic handsets. According to Chamberlain, making English accessible affordably could be "a ticket out of poverty" for the people of Bangladesh.
Dr. Moira Gunn talks with respected trends forecaster, Daniel Burrus about his new book, Flash Foresight, where he introduces the concept of harnessing ones sixth sense.
How do we get the brightest minds to become interested in social enterprise and philanthropy in order to solve the world's most intractable problems? In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Bill Gates, co-chair of his now famous foundation, calls on Stanford students to become part of the solution. He talks about his own path, pressing social challenges, and opportunities for addressing them.
Contrary to digital media, monographs are becoming financially nonviable to produce and maintain. Frances Pinter, Publisher at Bloomsbury Academic, argues that the only way to rescue monographs is to publish them under a Creative Commons license, provide open access, and charge customers for print-on-demand services. Will this be a sustainable business model? Pinter takes a critical position on several alternative strategies and plays devil's advocate on her own proposal.
In this Gov 2.0 presentation, Sonal Shah, head of Social Innovation and Civic Participation for the United States Government, discusses the role of technology in improving the country. From education to healthcare, Shah highlights opportunities for social innovation, and references current and future projects that both have, and will, improve communities across the nation.