How to want to change your mind

So often in discussion, we get caught up in presenting our perspective rather than really exploring an issue and then wonder why it ends up feeling like people aren’t really listening. This presentation is a nice way to stretch how we approach dialogue.

Rethinking capitalism

Michael E. Porter, Harvard University professor, explains why business leaders must focus on shared value–creating products and services that benefit not only the company but also society.[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYKZ0AMC%5D

Data Visualizations – 50 Great Examples

Effective visual presentations are key tools in our data-rich lives.

Check out these great examples.

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/06/50-great-examples-of-data-visualization/

Open Cities

President Obama has been using Drupal’s open source application for his recovery.gov platform.

I think there’s real potential for Tasmania and Hobart in particular to position itself as an open city to build participation and model Web 2.0 and 3.0 – like Washington has done with their ‘Open Democracy

New York City has started a Cultural Innovation Fund which awards two-year grants, ranging from $50,000 to $250,000, funded by the Rockerfeller Foundation for groundbreaking initiatives that enrich the City’s cultural life and help to ensure the continued economic strength and diversity of the City’s creative sector. The focus is on creative expression and innovation, and the impact and influence creativity has towards social progress. There’s some really nice examples of the cross over between science, art, innovation and new technology here.

Collaborative knowledge sharing & social networking

The objective here is to inter-connect people with each other and their collective knowledge in meaningful ways. There is also the opportunity to visualise these relationships.

The semantic web was envisaged by Tim Berners-Lee in 1999 “I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The ‘intelligent agents’ people have touted for ages will finally materialize.

Find out why semantic web is important

Examples of open source semantic web applications:

Cynapse offers some really nice features in its free community version.

OntoWiki

Bring on the Learning Revolution

TED has released Sir Ken Robinson’s Bring on the Learning Revolution! “makes the case for a radical shift from standardised schools to personalised learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.”

Virtual Water

http://virtualwater.eu/

This communication campaign on global water use uses clear, elegant graphics deployed equally well across a range of diverse media: Including Print, iPhone, Website, e newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.

“The design became popular world-wide and has been published by newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs around the globe”.

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