Innovation Starts with Having Autonomy
July 14 - Brian Crosby
One of the most infuriating aspects of the discussion about education reform or change has been that there really hasn't been a discussion. Money and power have trumped experience for far too many years now with the media and the U.S. Department of Education rushing uncritically to get every quote and opinion from billionaires and politicians, while worse helping them label anyone with an opposing or experienced opinion as being for the "status quo" or not having the best interests of children in mind.
The New York Times - Opinion Pages
The Start-Up of You
July 12 - Thomas Friedman
The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is truth in both, but I do not believe they are the whole story. I think something else, something new - something that will require our kids not so much to find their next job as to invent their next job - is also influencing today's job market more than people realize.
Creating the Ideal Conditions for Tech Startups
July 13 - Alex Howard
When Thibauld Favre started talking about his startup at the reception following the first day of the eG8 Forum in Paris, he could have been any eager, bright young entrepreneur. He pitched the idea of a "Windows App Store" with great enthusiasm, noting that All My Apps already had more than 500,000 users, with a billion-plus potential Windows users to attract in the future. Favre said that the platform was in open beta and, with 15 employees, his startup was growing fast.
Geo-Immersion Makes Maps Come Alive
July 11 - Miles O' Brien and Jon Baime
When it comes to mapping the real world on computers, University of Southern California computer scientist Cyrus Shahabi takes his work to a whole new dimension.
The Washington Post - Innovations
University Lab Chiefs Confront Innovation Challenges
July 14 - Emi Kolawole
Leaders of some of the nation's largest university research institutions gathered in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the future of innovation at their laboratories in the wake of declining government funding. The Science Roundtable was organized by the Science Coalition and the Association of American Universities.