Tuesday, January 29, 2013
When life puts you in a situation that makes you feel like a Dog chasing Cars on the road but you'd rather be a Dog that chases Cats, here are some of the things you could do to bark off the blues (in no particular order).
Chase Cats when life is not looking *chuckle*
Look for Cars with Cats inside them *wink*
Hang out with a community of Dogs that tells you how nice it is to chase cars *make sure you put on a sober expression all the time*
Study, analyze, dissect and write a report on Cars and the differences between chasing a Honda vs Toyota vs Benz vs Ferrari etc *distribute it as a PDF*
Discuss the ethical issues related to the chasing of Cats, with philosophical Dogs *make notes*
(Screech. Stop. Run)
If you are creative, highly obsessed with ideas, prefer drowning in solitude with your unconventional dreams and have less than average social intelligence and are clumsy with your relationships (highly correlated in my opinion) then be prepared to fail, be misunderstood, be neglected, be harassed, fight crazy battles, justify and explain, suffer, and, generally speaking, pay the price for being a misfit. Ironically, a small section of the society is likely to refer to you as a genius when you are alive and - posthumously - everyone may refer to you as a genius. :-/
Tag: Famous and infamous personalities
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
From frivolous efforts at charity and CSR, to more serious all-round investment in support of social issues/challenges. Not always successful but fragmented and continuous focus on going green, customer delight and employee engagement.
Jargons like diversity, no discrimination and ombudsman, commercially motivated but inclusive ideas like intrapreneurship and crowd sourcing, to independent and near altruistic operations for enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Some organizations seem to have come a full moral circle but we still have text books that claim companies exist in order to make a profit.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Thanks to Ferina Santos - @ferinasantos - for sharing this excellent article on trends in Education. I think it is a wonderful overview of what the future of education is going to be like. No prizes for guessing that the emphasis is on collective and collaborative learning techniques and mechanisms!
Read the full article here: The author is: Miriam Clifford - on Twitter
Here are some excerpts that appealed to my mind:
The quality of discussions is a predictor of the achievement of the group. Instructors should provide a model of how a successful group functions. Shared leadership is best. Students should work together on the of a group. Roles are important in group development. Task functions include:
- Initiating Discussions
- Clarifying points
- Challenging assumptions/devil’s advocate
- Providing or researching information
- Reaching a consensus.
Maintenance involves the harmony and emotional well-being of a group. Maintenance includes roles such as:
- Sensing group feelings
- Compromising and encouraging
- Relieving tension
- Bringing people into discussion
I am passionate about how we can reinvent education and learning methods so children are more engaged, excited and enthusiastic to be life-long learners. Of course, the other dimension is that they must be able to apply what they learn in their lives and, furthermore, use it to determine what their lives must be like (find their passion and gift and share it with the world.) I hope we are on the verge of a revolution! :-)