Tech Literacy: It’s more than just “teach kids to code”

Like media literacy or general critical thinking skills, we should provide this information as a necessary part of teaching students to understand the systems that run the world around them. It’s essential that concerns like ethics and systemic biases be incorporated into any education about technology systems.

http://anildash.com/2016/09/its-more-than-just-teach-kids-to-code.html

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Is social enterprise a palliative?

In the following interview with the late Pamela Hartigan,  we may hear her question the effectiveness of social enterprise which requires it to be beholding to a sponsor.

Twice she uses the term palliative to describe how disruptors are rendered accountable to their contracter and risk being coopted:  

As most will know , the Skoll Centre at Oxford which Pamela headed, is sponsored by billionaire Jeff Skoll, co-founder of Ebay 

More than a decade ago, it was a Black Women’s group leader, Ruthie Gilmore of Incite! who drew our attention to the nonprofit industrial complex and how neoliberalims drives it. They had been unable to find a way to seed  and propagate change that was autonomous. Hence – “The Revolution Will Not Be Funded”

“Noeliberalism is not new nice guys, it’s new mean guys”

it was on the Skoll Social Edge forum a decade ago, that advocates and practitioners for autonomous social innovation shared views on Profit for a Purpose

it came at a time when we’d completed our proposal for a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Ukraine, which included this quote from General George Marshall in 1947

“Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist. Such assistance, I am convinced, must not be on a piecemeal basis as various crises develop. Any assistance that this Government may render in the future should provide a cure rather than a mere palliative. Any government that is willing to assist in the task of recovery will find full co-operation I am sure, on the part of the United States Government. Any government which maneuvers to block the recovery of other countries cannot expect help from us. Furthermore, governments, political parties, or groups which seek to perpetuate human misery in order to profit therefrom politically or otherwise will encounter the opposition of the United States.”

As our late founder would point out in this paper. simply resolving the most urgent problems was not a permanent solution. we needed to think about how capitalism could be redirected for permanent change.

Rather than becoming a McKinsey consultant, I simply shared what we’d bewen doing for their Long Term Capitalism initiative, where Re-imaginging Capitalism – The New Bottom Line became one of the most popular contributions:

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WordPress Olympians

Many of the world’s finest athletes — from Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to American tennis player Serena Williams — publish with WordPress. With the Rio 2016 games upon us, we turn to Olympians, Olympic hopefuls, and elite athletes who have blogged over the past year about the joys and challenges of competition at the highest level and the long road to Rio.

Fascinating round-up of some of the trials and tribulations making it to the Olympics.

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While the ego would argue that there’s a different kind of love for different kinds of relationship, the spiritual basics of relationship are the same no matter what form a relationship takes

Whether you’re my business acquaintance or a family member, the issue is this: Am I meeting you on the level of my personality, or am I extending to you the gift of my love? Am I here to judge you, or to forgive you? The answers will determine what happens next.

Relationship Assignments

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Arguments for + against Proprietary Publishing Platforms

Via Ma.tt: 🙂

Here are just few other considerations for any proprietary platform:

Can your content be easily exported from the platform if you decide to stop using it, or if they decide to pivot?
Can you collect email subscribers, and can they be easily exported from the platform should you decide to move?
Can you syndicate your content, in full, via feeds like RSS?
Can you dictate the terms of when your followers see your content, or are you subject to the whims of algorithmic surfacing?
When a visitor comes to your site, is your name or brand the hero? Or is it the platform’s brand?
Do you have control over the comments section and who gets a voice in your world?

What to Consider When the Platforms Show Up with Money

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Experiencing People, Shared / Mutual / Compassionate Experiences + Work Relationships

research shows you are most likely to look trustworthy to others and be liked if you first exhibit warmth and then competence, not the reverse.

http://www.sayitbetter.com/2016/07/pull-others-closer-bring-out-their-better-side/

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We talk about – Why do happy couples…

We talk about:
– Why do happy couples cheat?
– The language of infidelity
– How modern marriage is evolving
– My definition of an affair

https://www.estherperel.com/aspen-ideas-festival-infidelity-and-the-future-of-relationships/

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Will the Labour new economy be people-centred?

“Traditional capitalism is an insufficient economic model allowing monetary outcomes as the bottom line with little regard to social needs. Bottom line must be taken one step further by at least some companies, past profit, to people. How profits are used is equally as important as creation of profits. Where profits can be brought to bear by willing individuals and companies to social benefit, so much the better. Moreover, this activity must be recognized and supported at government policy level as a badly needed, essential, and entirely legitimate enterprise activity.”

The statement above came in 2004, from a business plan shared with the social enterprise community and several branches of goverment.  It came with a warning about social unrest:

“The opportunity for poverty relief was identified not only as a moral imperative, but also as an increasingly pressing strategic imperative. People left to suffer and languish in poverty get one message very clearly: they are not important and do not matter. They are in effect told that they are disposable, expendable. Being left to suffer and die is, for the victim, little different than being done away with by more direct means. Poverty, especially where its harsher forms exist, puts people in self-defence mode, at which point the boundaries of civilization are crossed and we are back to the law of the jungle: kill or be killed. While the vast majority of people in poverty suffer quietly and with little protest, it is not safe to assume that everyone will react the same way. When in defence of family and friends, it is completely predictable that it should be only a matter of time until uprisings become sufficient to imperil an entire nation or region of the world. People with nothing have nothing to lose. Poverty was therefore deemed not only a moral catastrophe but also a time bomb waiting to explode.”

That same year, founder Terry Hallman was interviewed by a leader of the Crimean Tatar diaspora about his recent efforts to stimulate local economy conditions. He described the success of  a community microfinance bank in a project he’d sourced in Tomsk Russia:     

“Essentially, P-CED challenges conventional capitalism as an insufficient economic paradigm, as evidenced by billions of people in the world living in poverty in capitalist countries and otherwise. Under the conventional scheme, capitalism – enterprise for profit – has certainly transformed much of the world and created a new breed of people in capitalist societies, the middle class. That is a good thing. But, capitalism seems to have developed as far as it can to produce this new class of fairly comfortable people between rich and poor, at least in the West where it has flourished for quite some time.

The problem is that profit and money still tend to accumulate in the hands of comparatively few people. Money, symbolically representing wealth and ownership of material assets, is not an infinite resource. When it accumulates in enormous quantities in the hands of a few people, that means other people are going to be denied. If everyone in the world has enough to live a decent life and not in poverty, then there is no great problem with some people having far more than they need. But, that’s not the case, and there are no rules in the previous capitalist system to fix that. Profit and numbers have no conscience, and anything done in their name has been accepted as an unavoidable aspect of capitalism.”

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In Memoriam: Chuck Mullenweg

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My father, Chuck Mullenweg, passed one week ago today. After over a month in ICU he had just been transferred to long-term acute care in a different hospital and we were looking forward to a tough but steady road to being back home when he took an unexpected and sudden turn. I’ve started and stopped writing this dozens of times since then and words continue to fail me.

Here’s the rememberance that ran in the paper a few days ago:

IMG_6024.JPGIt is impossible to overstate the influence my father has had on every part of my life: Why did I play saxophone? Dad did. Computers and programming? Dad did. Travel? He was frequently stationed overseas and even when we didn’t visit he would always bring back a cool gift for myself and my sister. He drove me to the HAL-PC office (local non-profit) every weekend where I’d learn so much fixing people’s broken computers and being exposed to open source for the first time. His O’Reilly “camel book” on Perl was the first scripting I learned, and he pointed me toward Mastering Regular Expressions which became the basis of my first contribution to b2, texturize.

We were in a father / son bowling league. I remember admiring his work ethic so much: he’d get up before dawn every morning and put on a suit, grab his briefcase, and go to work. He often went in on weekends and I loved to go with him because they had “fast” internet at the office and I could read Dilbert and about Babylon 5. He was a voracious reader and learner, and loved tinkering whether it was cars or networking. In the other room I can hear a bitcoin mining rig he set up a few years ago. He was independent minded and unafraid to question the status quo.

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There’s a photo somewhere of my dad mowing the lawn and me following behind him with a toy lawnmower, which is a perfect metaphor for how I’ve always followed in his footsteps.

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I’m at a loss.

Parents are there literally the day you’re born, and it’s hard to imagine a life without them. Most people reading this will outlive their parents, and deal with their mortality and often difficult and painful final days as those who brought us into this world exit it. I’ve been reading and reading all the writing I can find on this topic, but nothing really prepares you for it, and nothing makes it better to go through. It’s terrible.

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He wasn’t someone to tell you what the right way to live was, in fact he was incredibly open minded. He didn’t tell you, he showed you how he lived his life from a place of integrity and trust, how he was in his relationship with my mom, how he was in business. He wasn’t flashy and seldom talked about his accomplishments or all the people he had helped out along the way. Many of the stories of appreciation coming in I’m hearing for the first time. In getting his books and taxes together this past week I was humbled by how simply he lived this season of his life, not into material things but cherishing relationships and his quiet life in the suburbs with my mother.

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My biggest blessing has been my family. Every one is the most supportive you can imagine. So inspiring… much of what I’ve done in the world was in the context of making my parents proud, and their relationship to each other and the amazing man my dad was has set a bar I hope to approach in my lifetime. The last few years he got much better about showing his pride in my sister and I, and even more importantly saying “I love you,” the three words that are among the best gift we can give each other. Don’t forget to use them, even if it feels cheesy or embarrassing, and for those of you with parents still around please give them some extra time and a hug for me. This was unexpected, we really believed he was on an upward trajectory. You never know when the words you share with someone might be the last.

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I made a page you can see his official obituary, information about his memorial service in Katy, and leave any memories you have of him at ma.tt/chuck.

 

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Remember

Remember.org is one of the most successful educational sites on the Internet reaching many people each year from every corner of the planet.

As you can see, Remember.org is about hope. A hope for a better future. A hope to end the hatred and begin growing through knowledge.

We need your help to help them more. Our goal is to keep Remember.org growing, to provide more oral histories, more photos, and hire several student interns to keep this site thriving.

Remember.org reaches millions of teachers, students, and people worldwide each year. This site is part of the curriculum of many institutions, accessed by grade schools, high schools, undergraduate, and graduate programs. It has always been free to everyone.

This site is dedicated to the memories of the survivors, and to the hope of prevention of all genocide by remembering life and survival.

One of the special projects created with donations is the Virtual Tour of Auschwitz, done with and at the Auschwitz Museum, a unique project utilizing 360º, moving photos of the main camp at Auschwitz.

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