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Why we misunderstand capitalism – The Physics of Finance – Medium
Capitalism’s great power in creating prosperity comes from the evolutionary way in which it encourages individuals to explore the almost infinite space of potential solutions to human problems, and then scale up and propagate ideas that work, and scale down or discard those that don’t. Understanding prosperity as solutions, and capitalism as an evolutionary problem-solving system, clarifies why it is the most effective social technology ever devised for creating rising standards of living.
pol.639  capitalism  social  creativity  logic  Power_materials  Economics  IPE  political_economy 
4 days ago by Jibarosoy
Why Cities Boom While Towns Struggle - WSJ
The emerging knowledge economy, Mr. Moretti argues, depends on constant innovation, which turns out to be a social process. To succeed, cities need a critical mass of highly educated workers engaged in the regular, often informal, exchange of ideas. Once this critical mass comes into being, it feeds on itself: Innovation hubs attract new innovators in a self-reinforcing process, while areas lacking this critical mass fall further behind.
ESB6  cities  innovation  creativity  socialprocesses 
4 days ago by jeromekatz
This Is How To Make A Team Brainstorming Session Effective
You can’t always pull creativity out of thin air, but you can design situations that foster creative ideas.
brainstorming  Creativity  Innovation  FastCompany 
5 days ago by jorgebarba
Overload: Will any shows from the Golden Age of TV endure?
“Milton, like Chaucer, Spenser, and Shakespeare before him, and like Wordsworth after him, simply overwhelmed the tradition and subsumed it. That is the strongest test for canonicity,” Bloom wrote. “The deepest truth about secular canon-formation is that it is performed by neither critics nor academies, let alone politicians. Writers, artists, composers themselves determine canons, by bridging between strong precursors and strong successors.”
society  canon  creativity  art  thinking  television  criticism  time  essentialism 
5 days ago by the_alt
The Thinking Eye

Tufte went on to describe in detail 6 characteristics of the Thinking Eye.

See verbs and interactions. Tim Berners-Lee’s original vision of the internet included statement about moving from a hierarchy of nouns to a flat landscape of verbs (links and hypertext).
See now, words later. See to learn, not just to confirm. See with “vacation eyes”, as if for the first time. For example, having a description of an art piece greatly colors its perception.
Focus and serenity. Serenity is a condition under which all brainpower is devoted to The Thinking Eye. In doing creative work, do not start you day with addictive time vampires such as the NYT, email, etc. Instead begin right away with your work.
A sense of the relevant. Define what is important in a pile of data or knowledge. Scan globally, focus locally. In learning about the world, you will rarely learn more by any method other than going out into the field and observing how the data are generated. Those numbers on the screen are often representation of representations. Go see the real interactions in the world, and lose the fog of data.
Recognizing excellence. Play in the big leagues and do things that have a long time horizon, if possible. The distribution of excellence is fiercely lognormal, skewed, long-tailed. Excellence provides standards. As an exercise, place any visualization next to Google Maps and cry. Google Maps has layers upon layers of information without becoming cluttered, and it is the most viewed visualization in the history of the mankind.
Understanding the relationship between information and conclusions, evidence and inference. “How do you know that?” The most cited article in the medical sciences in the past 10 years is “All published studies are false”. The study of human behavior isn’t rocket science – it’s harder than rocket science. You can have your own point of view, but not your own facts. If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.
art  science  creativity  math  visualThinking  learning 
6 days ago by loganyork
Sean Michael Morris on Twitter: "It’s not pragmatic now to think that on-campus and online college experiences can remain separate, in terms of quality but especially in terms of ideology. #digped"
"It’s not pragmatic now to think that on-campus and online college experiences can remain separate, in terms of quality but especially in terms of ideology. #digped

We have long framed online learning as inclined toward rudiments, toward direct instruction, toward autonomy, whereas campus learning is framed as intimate, nuanced, communal.

But if online learning is more rudimentary, less nuanced, personal, complex than campus learning, it betrays an implicit assumption that so are online students less.

In program after program, online classes are restricted to courses that rely more entirely on content than on invention and inquiry. The most interesting classes are kept on campus.

When we omit seminar classes or dialectical teaching and learning from online course offerings, we create an inequity. When we think of online learning as instrumental and not intrinsically valuable, we create an inequity.

Online students are students like on-campus students. Just as curious, just as hopeful, just as genius, just as troubled, just as excited and unsure. Do our online courses actually accommodate them?

Do online courses accommodate students at all? Or do they cater primarily to an ideology of efficiency, retention, “student success”, and numbers which institutions can report?

Increasingly, the importance of _who students are_ is coming into greater relief. Identity is at the center of education. It is the student’s mind, not the institution’s competitive aspirations, that needs attention.

Likewise, teaching must remain a work of self-actualization (a la @bellhooks). When we take our teaching online, do we feel as interested, as invested, as challenged, as engaged, as when we teach on campus?

Have we created an online learning which has self-actualization at its core? What is the goal of online learning? Inclusion? Access? Efficiency? Increased enrollment?

We must look straight at the online learning we’ve created and that we sustain and ask: is it education we are providing? Education with all its texture and nuance and abruptness and creativity.

If the current form of online learning, once we inspect it, doesn’t measure up as parallel in value to on-campus learning, we just take it upon ourselves to revise it, to refuse what is inequitable and imagine something different.

This, and more, is the work I hope to do at @umwdtlt with @Jessifer, that @amcollier and I were after at @Middlebury. It’s what @DigPedLab is for. But this work needs all the voices and collaborators possible. Are you in?"
seanmichaelmorris  digitalpedagogy  criticalpedagogy  education  highered  highereducation  online  college  universities  howweteach  bellhooks  accessibility  inclusion  inclusivity  efficiency  creativity  equity 
6 days ago by robertogreco
Rebecca Miller on the Mother of All Subjects: Her Father - The New York Times
“I think there was almost a mystical property to the creation of that play,” Ms. Miller agrees. “That remained a mystery to him for the rest of his life. How do you write that first act in one night? It’s almost a visitation. It was a raging fire that went through him." - Death of a Salesman
theater  plays  arthurmiller  creativity  writing  career  inspiration 
7 days ago by emmacarlson

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