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Sandy Gabrielli in Honolulu is doing 28 things including…

Design a curriculum for a course called "Future"

8 cheers


Sandy Gabrielli has written 16 entries about this goal

Free online courses

Found this great list of online courses. The list has a link to a course at Stanford that addresses liberal arts education.

I never took these classes in college. It might be nice to do it online.

Considering jobs

Just listened to Noland Bushnel talk at the Maker Faire about how to hire and manage the next Steve Jobs. It was very nice to hear about how important it is to allow creative people to be themselves. Need to find a place like that to do what I like.

Who Owns the Future? - Jaron Lanier

Went to a book reading by Jaron Lanier this week about his new book. Some really important issues about how we are losing the middle class AND we are giving away our data while those with the biggest computers have the most money. Will read the book and write more later. Cspan was taping it.

School in the cloud TED talk

Putting this here so I can watch it later.

That new Al Gore book

I have a technology bias. Been hearing the book promotion interviews with Al Gore and I realized that besides technolog, there will be changes to our political and journalism in the future. Not sure if he coined the term “information age” but its important to think about.

Robotic assistants

Had a great time watching “Robot and Me” last night. What made it so funny is that some of the actions by the robot are things that are in the technology I work on. We were just laughing and laughing, more than other people in the theater. Its a bittersweet and somewhat funny movie if you have any sense of humor about dementia.

foods in the future

New book about what foods we’ll be eating in the future just came out. Heres a blog and some photos about it. And the book website.

“The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food”

I certainly agree that we could be getting lots more locally grown tilapia. I think the first insect eating will involve powders that are added into our smoothies. I might consider that.

I wish I knew more about local weeds I could eat. They are so much easier to grow.

Why think about it and what it really means

“Education is meant to take us into a future that we can’t grasp”- Sir Ken Robinson

I was listening to an interesting TED talk today about how our education system isn’t designed for creativity. Its designed to make us better workers. It is also designed so that those who think the way college professors think will filter through to advancing levels of education. What filters out are people with other forms of talent and intelligence.

I’ve always thought that there are core tools that are required for people to accomplish their creative efforts. They must learn the skills to aquire and learn information. They must learn to express ideas and communicate them. Its important to be able to solve problems. Finally, we should understand our immediate environment, our body, and our world. So those seem to have some standard tools, math, reading and writing. All the others tools are are technology dependent nd subject to change.

And there may even be a textbook!

Found a link to a book on the World Future Society website
“Futuring: The Exploration of the Future

by Edward Cornish. WFS. 2004. 313 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-61-0.

This comprehensive guide to the study of the future will give you a detailed look at the techniques futurists use, what we can know about the future and what we can’t, and the role that forward-looking people can play in creating a better tomorrow. Used as a textbook for dozens of college courses! More information about Futuring.”

AND there is even a workbook! Sometimes you think you have an original idea and well, you don’t.


Found an interesting online course delivery system called Searched for future and found a couple of classes. Free – Steve Balmer talking about stuff related to entreprenueship, startups, tech Thomas Frey talking the mobile apps, $10 from Davinchi Institute “Night With A Futurist”

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