How to Be Employable Forever

Olin College of EngineeringTOM VANDER ARK by Tom Vander Ark Contributor Education  I write about the future of learning, work and human development. “Learning things that matter; learning in context; learning in teams. Envisioning what has never been and doing whatever it takes to make it happen. Do that 20 times and you will be employable forever,” said Richard Miller, President of Olin College of Engineering. More than 20 years ago, Miller began thinking about this formula. The mechanical engineer was dean of engineering at the University of Iowa. About the same time, the trustees of the F. W. Olin Foundation began contemplating a … Continue reading How to Be Employable Forever

Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think

Two philosophers of science diagnose our age of fake news. BY BRIAN GALLAGHER & KEVIN BERGER Ican’t see them. Therefore they’re not real.” From which century was this quote drawn? Not a medieval one. The utterance emerged on Sunday from Fox & Friends presenter Pete Hegseth, who was referring to … germs. The former Princeton University undergraduate and Afghanistan counterinsurgency instructor said, to the mirth of his co-hosts, that he hadn’t washed his hands in a decade. Naturally this germ of misinformation went viral on social media. The next day, as serendipity would have it, the authors of The Misinformation Age: How False … Continue reading Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think

A SPECIES IN CRISIS

by Elva Thompson, Contributor Waking Times We live in the Information Age – a fast digital reality of gloss and glitter – a stage show with plot and purpose specifically designed to keep us in a constant state of physical stimulation – lots of things are on offer in this electrical paradigm from toothpicks to silicone sex dolls and everything imaginable in between. The wrong direction Locked up in our cities of concrete and glass we have become fast ‘everything’ junkies living our lives through facebook, twitter, phones and ipads. We have traded the natural world for a digital copy and given … Continue reading A SPECIES IN CRISIS

Economics as a moral tale

US President Bill Clinton standing in Red Square during a Moscow summit in January 1994.  Photo by Diana Walker/Time Life Pictures/Getty The development sector set out to summon the magic of capitalism from the ashes of communism. How is it going? John Rapley is a political economist at the University of Cambridge, as well as a journalist and co-creator of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute in Jamaica. His latest book is Twilight of the Money Gods: Economics as a Religion and How it all Went Wrong (2017). He lives in London. Edited by Sam Haselby Think of human development as a long journey. At … Continue reading Economics as a moral tale

This is the world’s biggest mental health problem – and you might not have heard of it

Image: REUTERS/Arko Datta Written by  Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content An estimated 275 million people suffer from anxiety disorders. The early years of the 21st century have witnessed a worldwide epidemic of poor mental health and related illnesses. But while depression is the condition most will associate with mental health issues, and the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is not the number one mental health concern people face. That unwanted accolade goes to anxiety. An estimated 275 million people suffer from anxiety disorders. That’s around 4% of the global population, with a spread of between 2.5% and 6.5% of population per … Continue reading This is the world’s biggest mental health problem – and you might not have heard of it

Is Virtual Reality Getting Too Real?

An attendee tries out a virtual reality program during a panel discussion in Boulder, Colorado. | Photo by Dana Ming As VR technology takes the world by storm, two Buddhist teachers and a cognitive neuroscientist debate its spiritual potential and shortcomings. A conversation with Andrew Holecek, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, and Jordan Quaglia, edited by Julia Hirsch Tech moguls and gamers aren’t the only ones plugging into artificial virtual worlds these days. VR programs have helped treat phobias and PTSD, NASA scientists to envision life on Mars, and elementary schoolers to engage with science and history lessons. VR has also taken up shop in contemplative … Continue reading Is Virtual Reality Getting Too Real?

TWITTER KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE

Posted by Soren Dreier Author: LH Does the entire world really need to see where you’re tweeting from? I usually don’t think about how much location data I’m sharing on Twitter, because I don’t think anybody cares about my 1) tweets and 2) where I tweet. However, a new report from Wired has made me rethink my approach. As it turns out, it’s not that difficult to pinpoint exactly where you live via your tweets. As Wired’s story goes, a researchers from the University of Illionis and Greece’s Foundation for Research and Technology created a tool called “LPAuditor,” or “Location Privacy … Continue reading TWITTER KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE