WP: Enrichment classes don’t offer credit, but they can change lives
"“self-enrichment education teacher” is one of the 30 fastest-growing occupations, with employment projected to rise from about 254,000 in 2008 to almost 335,000 in 2018, a 32 percent increase."

“We’re at a time in history and culture where people crave community, and the existing education system is not very satisfying,” Burnett says. “I think that to have an opportunity for education to be voluntary and joyful and free is pretty profound. ... In a moment where the economy is so grim, it’s really meaningful to have community, because what will sustain you if not community?”
passion  community  education  socialentrepreneurship 
september 2012
Her Idea: An Illustrated Allegory about Procrastination and the Creative Process | Brain Pickings
Love this illustrated allegory of procrastination and the disconnect between idea and execution in the creative process
creativity  ideas  procrastination 
september 2012
HBR: Why We Can't See What's Right in Front of Us - Tony McCaffrey
Compare to objective description of hand holds in climbing - objectifying makes seeing things easier.

"After studying creativity for many years, I've come up with a way to help break through functional fixedness, with what I call the generic parts technique. Break each object into its parts and ask two questions: Can it broken down further? Does your description imply a use? If so, describe it more generically. Calling something an iceberg generally implies hitting and sinking ships. Describing it more generically as a floating surface 200-400 feet long does not. This technique systematically strips away the layers of preconceived uses from the object and all its parts. My data show that along the way, alternative uses more easily emerge."
innovation  psychology  ideas  barriers 
september 2012
TED: Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?
This isn't just about how we heal medicine. The lessons apply to how we build our organizations, economy, government - our systems - to handle complexity of modern times. It means individuals in these systems must embrace humility, discipline, and teamwork.
ted  video  complexity  systems  medicine  checklists 
september 2012
HuffPo: A new metaphor for your career
"look for opportunities, look for growth, look for impact, look for
mission. Move sideways, move down, move on, move off. Build your skills,
not your resume."
career  inspiration  interview  skills  metaphor 
september 2012
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