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17 years ago
Odyssey, a program on Chicago Public Radio, may be an interesting source to bring into our conversation about the edLab Seminar. The host of the show (supported by her team of PhDs) interviews leading academics every week. Torey Malatia, the president and general manager of Chicago Public Radio describes the show in the following way: "Talk radio has a reputation for being either inflammatory or pretentious. Odyssey moves this format in a new direction by providing a forum for the best minds in fields as diverse as politics, science, culture, philosophy, law, and the arts to engage in insightf...
17 years ago
My copy of The Art of Innovation has finally arrived, and I have begun reading it. I will be blogging as I finish each chapter. I will add the notes on the latest chapter to this original posting and change the title to indicate how many chapters are included...
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17 years ago
"Be fair. Your ad didn't mention the duck." Other ideas? All entries are due this Sunday night. I promise. We'll split the prize.
17 years ago
A must read...
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17 years ago
Here is an audio clip from the NPR show On the Media. It is LBJ, in 1967, predicting the evolution of the Internet. Of interest to me is the way he focuses on ideas that are driving the Social Schlolar initiative here at EdLab.
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17 years ago
Here are a few papers on innovation that seem particularly relevant to our ongoing discussion: What Innovation Is: How Companies Develop Operating Systems for Innovation - This is a solid overview of some contemporary approaches to institutionalizing innovation. It includes a discussion fo IDEO and a more formal method called TRIZ that is worth learning more about as we move forward. The Science of Invention - This is a popula...
17 years ago
This link is to the Institute of Museum and Library Services website and, in particular, a description of the grant opportunities I think might be particularly appropriate for us. http://www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_nlgl.asp These are the briefest of the description versions. You can download the pdf (bottom of the page) for much fuller accounts. I looked at what was funded last year. The projects were not especially innovative or imaginitive -- not in ways the opportunities would seem to invite. I'd welcome thoughts about this. The earliest deadline is not until Feb.1, but a suc...
17 years ago
The product development process that I have the most experience with is a software engineering process developed at IBM called RUP (Rational Unified Process). This process is the backbone of the business outsourcing movement. It isn't a general design process, but rather the process one would start when creating a piece of software. Since I think we are ultimately talking about software development as the outcome of our design meetings, I think it is worthwhile to mention. The benefit of RUP is that it is iterative, meaning that you don't have to fully spec-out a system ahead of time (wh...
17 years ago
Has anyone had time to review any literature on what makes a group effective if the task requires new solutions? I think of it as deriving from the field of social psychology and I know it is vast and, to me, fascinating. The most recent thing I have read on the subject is _The Wisdom of Crowds_. It's a book that argues that the many are smarter than the few, but only under certain conditions. The purest form of group smarts is when a very heterogenous group makes independent judgments about a very concrete question -- the weight of a bull at a county fair -- so one of the conditions of a work...
17 years ago
It is now clear that Scott Adams is somehow monitoring our edLab meetings. See for yourself.