Insider Higher Ed has an interesting piece on a post by an anthropology professor at Kansas State.
See the article here.
See the video here.
Worth your time.
Found the blog of a good high school friend…
She seems to have regressed to old english … but otherwise, she is dabbling with lots of Web 2.0 tools for her teaching.
Dr. Friedman mentioned how important it was for citizens in a democracy to possess a basic functional literacy about how their government worked, the principles upon which the government was founded, and how to gather information necessary to make sound decisions for themselves.
So, does it not then follow that government should make access to information a priority?
Computerworld has done analysis on future of jobs in IT. Here is a telling comment:
In 2010, there will be a whole lot more information floating around. Customers and regulators will expect IT to know what is known, protect what is private and generate bordering-on-clairvoyant levels of service. The whole issue of IT and the law is going to be very big in the future.
If you want to protect your job — you better pay attention to the sausage, I mean politicians – national and state, otherwise you will have the likes of Sen. Ted (my internet needs drano) Stephens saying AT&T owns, invented and is the Internet.
Time Magazine has a book review of , The Language of God by Francis Collins. The reviewer notes how Collins maps his arguments for a middle ground between atheists and neo-christian conservatives on the issue of evolution.
I think Collins’ approach is a way to reasonably engage in debate on the science and tech issues which neo-christians are attacking – the very issues which can decide who dominates economics and politics in the 21st century.
We are all going to be minute workers — some of us may be identified as such already. Wired has a piece entitled Crowdsourcing describing how this new market for labor will work. Another piece, entitled 5 rules for the new workforce describes the parameters within which this labor market functions. Wired then gives you a short list of who is using this market.
So, in order for you to find work — you gotta hang out on the cyber corner, waiting for someone to say they need some help. Course, RSS and other similar databus technologies will help you avoid spending lots of real time waiting on work — and will help you filter the opportunities.
Yes – I can tie all 4 together. Friedman's column today says the nation who gets to the green technologies first – wins rights to this century. A friend of mine who helps start-ups succeed told me yesterday that for every $1 in federal subsidies for corn grown to support ethanol production, there are $11 in federal subsidies supporting Big Oil. (There, I connected all 4 in one paragraph!)
Hence, the appropriateness of this quote from Friedman's column:
When you're talking oil, you can't just say, "Let the free market work," because there is no free market in oil: the producers have a cartel, and governments — like ours — subsidize oil, so we don't pay the full cost.
Brother Blankenhorn posts a piece on a South African Linuxe entrepreneur talking about Open Source and how the nature of that model supports creation of local jobs.
Amen. Get an education, find a nice place to raise a family, any where, plug in, and go to work. All you need besides broadband is the willingness to learn, the skill to manage, and the desire to innovate.
Leaming, Managing, Innovating – that is what this century requires.
Here, in a concise nutshell found in Tom Friedman's column today, is how the economy will work this century:
Mr. Raju said: "We told ourselves: if business process outsourcing can be done from cities in India to support cities in the developed world, why can't it be done by villages in India to support cities in India. … Things like processing employee records can be done from anywhere, so there is no reason it can't be done from a village." Satyam began with two villages a year ago and plans to scale up to 150.
There is enough bandwidth now, even reaching big Indian villages, to parcel out this work, and the villagers are very eager. "The attrition level is low, and the commitment levels high," Mr. Raju said. "It is a way of breathing economic life into villages." It gives educated villagers a chance to stay on the land, he said, and not have to migrate to the cities.
Any town, any place with bandwidth can play — but, you have got to have the knowledge workers to do it…
Of course, you also have to change the model for intellectualy property management. Dana Blankenhorn nails it in his column defining Open Source:
Think about it. You make more money sharing your knowledge than trying to control it. You deliver more value, you sell more equipment, you earn more money through support and infrastructure, if you end your obsession with "Intellectual Property".
Postscript : Friedman's column talks about Google Finance – (which I posted a couple a months ago) as an idea conceived and executed by Indians.
To compete in this new economy, you must continually learn by:
Just a note to myself as I ponder my navel this am