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Alternative schooling moves across the pond

Alternative schooling moves across the pond

This great Economist blog piece on the new British “Free School” movement raises some interesting questions about education. Through the program, anyone dissatisfied with public education can set up his or her own school and receive government funding for each enrolled student. The curriculum, and even the length of the school day and year, are completely...
French education: All about finding the right question

French education: All about finding the right question

Being thrown into a new system of education teaches you a lot about the unique qualities that define the difference with your own. Not until my semester studying on exchange at Sciences Po Paris did I really start thinking about why we do things the way we do. That idea that an essay or presentation should...
Maria Popova on innovation and creativity

Maria Popova on innovation and creativity

  With so much fantastic online content produced every day, great curators are more important than ever. From SwissMiss to Brain Pickings to Cool Hunting, amazing minds are helping us distill all that information into a vision of whats just plain cool. Maria Popova, author of Brain Pickings and one of the best curators out...
Awesome HTML/CSS tips and tutorials

Awesome HTML/CSS tips and tutorials

  Sometimes I’m intimidated by editing code (I did in fact lock myself out of sharehauz the first time I tried to edit the code… woops!) This site has great explanations and tutorial vids for non-web designers. Even if you’re not interested in being an expert, just knowing the vocabulary and basic language is a...
45 Art Museums in 5 Months: What I learned about museum-ing

45 Art Museums in 5 Months: What I learned about museum-ing

From quasi warehouses of great art like the Louvre to boutique museums with exhibits of experimental work like David Hockney’s pop images on iPad, all museums tell a different story. The best ones, I think, share a vision that is cohesive, have a direct point of view, and propose an impression of a particular period,...
Infographics and Innovation

Infographics and Innovation

Our favorite magazines and blogs are masters at creating quirky and relatable infographics that condense complex information into visual form. We all appreciate these supplements to our reading and news consumption, but some are saying their role is much greater. The realestate search startup, Trulia, is taking a gamble (which seems like a smart one)...
Buying books now means giving back

Buying books now means giving back

This past week’s issue of TBD on Better World Books and the new campaign to donate a book every time you buy one. Check it out: TBD on Better World Books
Is Texas the new California?

Is Texas the new California?

We’re always looking for the next center of innovation, the next great supporter of business, and the next big boom town. The Economist argued in 2009 ( “California v Texas, America’s Future”) that Texas’ tax incentives, cheap land, and general support of free enterprise were making it the next great center for business – the next great...
Algorithms for Cities

Algorithms for Cities

If we raise the price of bus tickets, what will happen to high school graduation rates? How will changing carbon emissions levels affect obesity rates? IBM thinks it can quantify the impact of seemingly unrelated urban variables using algorithms and enough historical data. Is this the future of city planning or just another physicist’s answer to...
Gimme Bar, The Latest in Content Organization

Gimme Bar, The Latest in Content Organization

As someone who has the unfortunate habit of opening too many tabs at once (so many that each is reduced to a mere sliver (yikes)), I’m always looking for new ways to store and organize content. Gimme Bar is still in beta, but already hugely impressive. Unlike other bookmarking alternatives like instapaper or pinterest, this...