What scientific idea is ready for retirement? [theguardian.com & edge.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
Each year a forum for the world\’s most brilliant minds asks one question. This year\’s drew responses from such names as Richard Dawkins, Ian McEwan and Alan Alda. Here, edge.org founder John Brockman explains how the question came into being a…
Grass-roots activists increasingly use online petitions to promote local causes [washingtonpost.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Since the Internet’s early days, optimists have predicted that the technology would be a huge plus for democracy by dramatically expanding opportunities for direct engagement with the public. Now, part of that dream is being fulfilled. Grass-ro…
Why leadership-development programs fail [mckinsey.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
For years, organizations have lavished time and money on improving the capabilities of managers and on nurturing new leaders. US companies alone spend almost $14 billion annually on leadership development.1 Colleges and universities offer hundre…
If Crowds Are Wise, Why Isn’t Congress? [truth-out.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
We’ve all heard of the “wisdom of crowds” especially after James Surowiecki’s 2004 best-selling book by that name and Scott Page’s 2007 “The Difference.” A recent entry into the English dictionary, dating from around 2006, is indeed “crowdsource….
Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness? [@emmagkeller for theguardian.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Lisa Bonchek Adams is dying. She has Stage IV breast cancer and now it\’s metastasized to her bones, joints, hips, spine, liver and lungs. She\’s in terrible pain. She knows there is no cure, and she wants you to know all about what she is going…
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