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    1. What's Hot in Learning Technologies Today?

      What's Hot in Learning Technologies Today?

      The hottest learning technologies are immersive, interactive and rich according the the 2017 E-learning User Study conducted by Elearning! Magazine.

      The top 5 hottest learning technologies are:

      1)     Artificial Intelligence. 31.8% of learning pros have leveraged AI for learning. But, 72.7% plan to purchase AI solutions over the next 12 months, a whopping 228% CAGR.

      2)     Augmented Reality.  31.3% of respondents deployed AR. Yet, 68.6% plan to purchase more AR in 2017, a 219% CAGR.

      3)     Fueling AR is Virtual Reality. Millions of VR gear units have been sold and learning is watching. 32.4% of learning pros have deployed VR for learning, with 67.6% planning to purchase solutions in 2017, a 208% CAGR.

      4)     A majority, 53.9% of learning pros deployed simulation and 3D to date. Yet, 46.2% of pros plan to purchase these solutions over the next 12 months, an 86% CAGR.

      5)     Content everywhere is driving the need for content aggregation tools. This means inside and outside the LMS. 57.8% of learning pros have a content aggregation solution currently. And, 47.4% are seeking a new solution, an 82% CAGR.

      Want to learn more? Join Elearning! Magazine’s E-learning Trends web seminar free on May 25th. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8431413983467210243

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    2. The Most Popular Online Courses in U.S.A.

      The Most Popular Online Courses in U.S.A.

      Americans looking to upskill online are focusing on hard skills they can use in the workplace. The list of the top 10 most popular free courses are dominated by Customer Service, IT, and workplace skills like time management.

       Top 10 most popular courses in the United States

      1.    Customer Service Training

      2.    HIV/AIDS – Awareness & Prevention

      3.    Working with Students with Special Education Needs

      4.    Basic IT – Computer Training Suite

      5.    Fundamentals of Human Resources

      6.    Touch Typing Training           

      7.    Fundamentals of Network Security

      8.    Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language

      9.    Introduction to Time Management

      10.  Fundamentals of Accounting

      The study is based upon 750 free online courses to almost 10 million learners worldwide, including more than one million users based in the US. 

      Source: Alison.com

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    3. Intel's Plan to Dominate the VR Market Continues with March Madness Final Four

      Intel's Plan to Dominate the VR Market Continues with March Madness Final Four

      Friday, March 31, 2017

      With the Final Four being televised in Arizona this weekend, you might score a way to put yourself into the middle of the action - without leaving your couch. All you need is a VR headset and $2 or $3.

      Turns out that Intel has been live-streaming games from the NCAA Basketball tournament on its TrueVR platform since the start of the Sweet 16 round. This is the first major undertaking in sports, as well as virtual reality for Intel.  NCAA, Turner Sports, and CBS Sports have all named Intel as the official VR provider of college sports.

      Intel will use seven VR camera arrays in the stadium this weekend for the Final Four games. Each array utilizes 12 cameras to broadcast a spherical view of the action. The images are synced up before the game starts, corrected for color consistency, and then stitched in real time using TrueVR’s processing software. The stream is pushed out through the March Madness Live VR app. You can watch the games using a Samsung Gear VR headset and any of the phones it works with.  

      The Intel calls this Project Allow.Intel isn’t going to sell the Project Alloy headset itself, but instead will team up with hardware partners to bring it to market. Developers will also be enlisted to make mixed-reality content for Alloy that shows off the headset’s unique features. The system will run pre-existing VR content, but it’s telling that Bhowmike refers to Alloy as a “VR-Plus” device.

      Whether or not this kind of content will sell is still uncertain, but TrueVR is betting pretty big on it.  Tickets to watch the games will be offered in two tiers. A gold ticket costs $3, and features VR-specific broadcasters, and gives you control over which camera location you’re watching from. A silver ticket costs $2, and it stations you at one courtside camera and pipes in commentary from the regular television broadcasters. This nominal charge will be a good test for others in the live VR sports business, such as NextVR, which doesn’t charge extra for VR experiences.

       

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    4. MasterClass Raises $35 Million for Aggregating The World's Best Instructors

      MasterClass Raises $35 Million for Aggregating The World's Best Instructors

      Friday, March 31, 2017

      The basic premise behind MasterClass is that if you really want to learn a subject, you need to learn it from the best.  Whether that's Serena Williams on tennis, or James Patterson on writing fiction, or cooking advice from Gordon Ramsay, or vocal training from Christina Aguilera, this new round of funding is set to bring even more renowned instructors to MasterClass, as well as expand its curricula beyond just the Arts.

      Currently, MasterClass offers online courses from leaders in their field, charging about $90 for the classes in each topic area. The students who sign up, also have access to the community taking the courses, as well as the instructor, through the posting of questions and then receiving answers from classmates and assistants to the writer.

      Venture capitalists see this as a very viable model for online classes going forward, and IVP is now leading a $35 million Series C round as part of the gamble.  Investors Sam Lessin and GSV Acceleration have also joined in this round, with NEA, Bloomberg Beta and others once again participating.

      Many investors see this as building a modern day "Library of Alexandria" and with today's video technology, we may be able to record these great athletes and intellects for generations to come.  One can only imagine if the technology had existed when the likes of Edison, Tesla and Einstein were around, how many other minds they could have impacted through the reach of online video learning and courseware.

      David Rogier, the co-founder and CEO says his company wants to add many more classes, beyond just the Arts.   “Imagine if Steve Jobs had a class,” said Rogier.  Rogier and his team work with the “masters” to produce the video and develop the program. They also have a revenue share model for these celebrity instructors.  What will be interesting to watch is if the business community will participate as planned, or whether the top people will produce these videos themselves.

      Rogier wouldn’t disclose the number of students who have taken these courses, but he did mention that they are distributed across all income levels, education levels and geographies.  Rogier says that for up to 80% of the MasterClass student population, this is their first online class.  And then he went on to say that, “We are trying to set a brand new bar of what online education is.”  

      Look for more great courses to come from MasterClass, and as one of their former students, I can say that I wasn't disappointed.  The James Patterson course gave me quite an insight into how his great books were written, and rewritten, and then rewritten yet one more time.  But the biggest "ahha's" were not what I expected.  It was how he did his book outlines and how he linked all of the chapters together to draw the reader in.  That changed how I plan to approach longer works in the future.  But the very best thing about that course was that it only cost $90. 

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    5. Gwyneth Paltrow: Why Am I So Effing Tired

      Gwyneth Paltrow: Why Am I So Effing Tired

      Thursday, March 30, 2017

      Gwyneth launches her newest product line after being named CEO of the company she founded in 2008.  The "Why Am I So Effing Tired" handle is really about a new pill that contains a mega dose of Vitamin B, to help people who are suffering from combat stress and fatigue get an energy boost.  But wait!  There are more!

      "The Mother Load" pack is loaded with nutrients to help get new moms back on their feet, and "Balls In The Air" is an antioxidant-rich regiment of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E that targets ailments like thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity, or digestive issues.  In the case of the latter packet of pills, it carries a tagline that says, "It plays defense so you can play offense."  But wait!  There's more!

      The "High School Genes" pill is for women who are in perimenopausal or postmenopausal states, and whose metabolism might need a boost.  But the genius behind all of these are the doctors who developed these drugs.  In the case of this particular pill, it was concocted by Sara Gottfried, a Harvard and MIT-educated physician, who also happens to be the best selling author of "Younger, The Hormone Reset Diet" and "The Hormone Cure."

      All of these concoctions are part of a new line of products called "goopwellness," her brainchild for the company Goop that she founded.  The fun part of all this for the movie buffs amongst us, is that these naming conventions are not too far off from a movie called "Crazy People." The plot was basically around an advertising executive who went "a little nuts," and then was committed to a mental hospital.  His problem?  He wanted to tell the truth in advertisements. The twist happens when the inmates start to come up with new truthful ad campaigns that just happen to work really well.  No one in the world of advertising could understand the underlying twist of "telling the truth," so they stuck with all of the slogans that the inmates came up with - most of the time.  It was hilarious.

      The similarities to Gwyneth Paltrow's new naming conventions, immediately took us back to that very politically-incorrect movie.  In fact, I would have posted this two days ago, except I keep going through all of the YouTube trailer clips from the movie.  So here's hoping that she's rediscovered the true essence of product branding with goopwellness.  Personally, the rest of the inmates at our magazine would like to suggest the following blockbusters titles for her new pills:

      • OMG, I really need to find a bathroom quick - an anti-diarrhetic;
      • Reducing hang time off the court - an anti-gas pill;
      • Please take this automatic weapon from me - a decaffeination pill when you've had too much coffee;
      • Slap me on the side of the head - a pill that's guaranteed to keep you awake in meetings; and
      • Hide me in your closet - a pill that targets paranoia.  

      Some of these may still require her special touch, but we 'get' this new line of miracle drugs.

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    6. Networking Trumps Applying In Getting Jobs | A Great Fast Company Article

      Networking Trumps Applying In Getting Jobs | A Great Fast Company Article

      Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

      This is a great story about a pretty smart individual who built a Bot to apply to thousands of jobs at once, and what he learned.  Although he's a self-proclaimed non-software engineer, he managed to hobble together a pretty cool contraption of crawlers, spreadsheets, and scripts to automate his job-application process.  His robot then aggregated hiring managers' contact information, then submitted customized emails with his resume and a personalized cover letter.  Pretty cool we thought.  

      However, what he learned is kind of surprising. Here's the shortlist:

      • Robots, better known as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) read every application;
      • He applied to 538 jobs - with very different content - without a hit, over a 3-month period;
      • He tested different cover letters, different subject lines in his emails, even different resumes to no avail;
      • The robots were looking for keywords and tech pedigrees before passing it on;
      • The big discovery came when friends said he should get his resume passed through to the hiring manager by someone that works at the company he wants to get hired at.  That worked.
      • The big Ah-ha is less applying and more networking.

      Read the article to get a much more detailed understanding of what he did, as well as a few laughs.  It's really good: https://www.fastcompany.com/3069166/career-evolution/i-built-a-bot-to-apply-to-thousands-of-jobs-at-once-heres-what-i-learned?partner=rss.  If this is the kind of information that you like to read, then subscribe for free at: http://www.2elearning.com/registration-step1

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    7. Lack of Education Leads To Increased Deaths in Middle-Age White Americans

      Lack of Education Leads To Increased Deaths in Middle-Age White Americans

      Tuesday, March 28, 2017

      According to Princeton economists Anne Case and Sir Angus Deaton, in a paper released last Thursday, the loss of middle-income jobs for those holding high school diplomas or less has triggered broad problems for middle-aged white Americans. The paper said that this group was more likely than their college-educated counterparts to be unemployed, unmarried or afflicted with poor health.

      "This is a story of the collapse of the white working class," Sir Angus Deaton said in an interview with NPR. "The labor market has very much turned against them."

      Although these marketplace dynamics helped elect President Donald Trump, Deaton said President Trump's policies are unlikely to reverse these trends, particularly with the health care legislation that's now before the House. That bill would basically lead to higher premiums for older Americans, the Congressional Budget Office reported.

      "The policies that you see, seem almost perfectly designed to hurt the very people who voted for him," Sir Deaton pointed out in the interview.

      The Anne Case and Angus Deaton paper was issued by the Brookings Institution, and follows up on research they released in 2015 that first documented a sharp increase in mortality among middle-aged whites.

      In 2015 they pointed out that since 1999, white men and women ages 45 through 54 have endured a sharp increase in "deaths of despair."  These deaths of despair include suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol-related deaths such as liver failure.

      In the paper released last Thursday, Case and Deaton show a very clear relationship between rising death rates and changes in the job market since the 1970s. They find that men without college degrees are less likely to receive rising incomes over time, which they've identified as a trend "consistent with men moving to lower and lower skilled jobs."

       

      Other research has also found that Americans with only high school diplomas are less likely to get married or purchase a home, and more likely to get divorced if they do enter matrimony.

      If you would like to see more on this report in NPR, you can go to this URL: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/23/521083335/the-forces-driving-middle-aged-white-peoples-deaths-of-despair

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    8. We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.

      We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.

      Jeff Jones UberMonday, March 24, 2017

      Those were the words voiced when Uber announced last week that their president Jeff Jones was leaving the company after only 6 months.  In Jeff Jones' words, “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride-sharing business.” Jones' departure comes during a period of turmoil for Uber, including series of sexual harassment allegations, as well as being hit by a lawsuit from Waymo/Google.

      In a more lengthy comment to Recode, Jones went on to say, "I joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term. It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business.There are thousands of amazing people at the company, and I truly wish everyone well."

      In response, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent the following letter to Uber staff:

      Team,

      I wanted to let you know that Jeff Jones has decided to resign from Uber.

      Jeff joined Uber in October 2016 from being CMO at retailer Target. In 6 months, he made an important impact on the company—from his focus on being driver obsessed to delivering our first brand reputation study, which will help set our course in the coming months and year.

      After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber. It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send all of you an email before providing comment publicly.

      Rachel, Pierre and Mac will continue to lead the Global Ops teams, reporting to me until we have signed a COO. Troy Stevenson, who leads CommOps, and Shalin Amin who leads brand design will report to Rachel Holt. Ab Gupta will report to Andrew MacDonald.

      Thanks,

      Travis

       

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    9. Stephen Hawking, Given Two Years to Live in 1963, Is Going To Space Over 50 Years Later | Big Think

      Stephen Hawking, Given Two Years to Live in 1963, Is Going To Space Over 50 Years Later | Big Think

      Friday, March 24, 2017

      Stephen HawkingAccording to this Big Think article, Stephen Hawking confirmed that he'll be going to space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic spaceship.  

      Stephen Hawking gave an interview to Piers Morgan where he confirmed that he’ll be going to space on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship. Branson had offered him the trip back in 2015 for free, and Hawking says “since that day, I have never changed my mind.”

      The planned flight is still not set. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was previously slated to launch at the end of 2017, however no hard date has been announced yet.

      Hawking’s spaceflight will be an amazing feat for the 75-year-old scientist, known for his work in physics and cosmology.  It will add another chapter to an already remarkable life. When he was only 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and in spite of his being given only 2 years to live - back in 1963 - he's still setting new goals for himself, 54 years later. 

      To learn more, you can go to this article at Big Think: http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/stephen-hawking-given-two-years-to-live-in-1963-is-now-going-to-space, where a video excerpt from the interview with Piers Morgan is also available.

       

       

       

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    10. Must Read: How To Finally Stop Taking Useless Notes At Work | Fast Company

      Must Read: How To Finally Stop Taking Useless Notes At Work | Fast Company

      Thursday, March 23, 2017

      Which would you think is better: writing notes longhand or typing them?  How about underlining and highlighting?  Have you ever heard of a Bullet Journal?  Do you know how to draw your notes?

      All of these techniques were summarized in this article by Fast Company, and we recommend that you read it in it's entirety after we give you the Cliffs Notes version.  

      Let's start with what doesn't work well for retention - based on studies:

      • Highlighting books
      • Highlighting your own notes
      • Underlining important points
      • Rereading your notes to refresh your memory
      • Typing your notes on a laptop

      That was a big surprise.  It's a wonder any of us made it through college.  Turns out these are all passive techniques that aren't as good as active.

      So if those don't work, what does?  

      • Handwriting your notes in longhand
      • Shorthand - the old and newer versions
      • A Bullet Journal (We didn't know this one either, so here's a video: link)
      • Drawing your notes

      And believe it or not, researchers found that drawing your notes works best because it combines several skills: consideration of physical properties, visualization, and use of motor skills. If you want to see a good example, go to this link: Sketchnotes.  But if you want to read the entire article, which we recommend, go to this Fast Company LINK.  Great stuff, and now we all want a "do over" on college.

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    11. Ken Robinson's 10 Favorite TED Talks on Education

      Ken Robinson's 10 Favorite TED Talks on Education

      We all love Ken Robinson's TED talks, and many of his have TED Talks have reached and influenced millions of people in our space.  But have you ever wondered what Ken's favorite TED Talks on Education are?  Well here's his list:

      Playlist (10 talks): Ken Robinson: 10 talks on education

      • "Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
         

      • At the INK Conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves — while learning basic principles of science and design.
         
      • Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments, and learn more at ted.com/prize.
         
      • Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.
      • Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.
         
      • Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one — to create bold thinkers.
      • Educating the poor is more than just a numbers game, says Shukla Bose. She tells the story of her groundbreaking Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which brings hope to India's slums by looking past the daunting statistics and focusing on treating each child as an individual.
      • By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.
      • Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education — and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.
      • Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.
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    12. Fast Company's 2017 List of World Changing Ideas

      Fast Company's 2017 List of World Changing Ideas

      Tuesday, March 21, 2017

      25 judges combed through 1,000's of entries to determine this final list which named 12 winners and 192 finalists.  We've linked each of them to their programs, when available, but if you want to read more about each one, you can go to this Fast Company article: https://www.fastcompany.com/3068873/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2017-world-changing-ideas-awards 

      Winner: EDIBLE SIX PACK RINGS

      E6PR -  As the wording states, replacing the petroleum six pack rings with something edible.

      Winner: FAIR VALUE COMMUTING

      Joint Venture Silicon Valley - Solving the Bay Area anti-ridesharing mindset.

      Winner: DOLLAR STREET

      Gapminder - Photographs shown side by side illustrate the different possessions of people around the world living at different income levels: 

      Information for Action -  A new browser extension that connects your get-involved motivation with concrete outlets for it. 

      Winner: SONGS OF VIOLENCE

      FCB Brasil for Estadão Digital - Ending the thousands of songs broadcasting violence against women are pumped through the airwaves each day

      Winner: FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM

      Wholesome Wave - Curing the unhealthy diet for people on a budget.

      Winner: 3D PRINTER FOR REPLACEMENT TISSUES AND ORGANS

      Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine - Wake Forest is one of the pioneers in this effort to compensate for the shortage of donor organs.  Mass General Hospital appeared on TED a while ago as well.

      Winner: COOK COUNTY BOND COURT

      CannonDesign - An effort to keep defendants out of jail before trial, so that people don't lose their jobs when they sit in jail.

      mily members waiting in the corridor outside. The new courtroom set to open this spring.

      Winner: GRID OS

      Opus One  - Not the wine, but an Ontario-based energy start-up that hopes to manage the impact of clean energy on the grid.

       

      Winner: KIOKIT

      BRCK Education - "KioKit is a mobile and very robust kit packing everything you need to build a connected classroom. With the amazing BRCK—a powerful, ruggedized battery—40 tablets, and wireless charging facilities, the water-resistant, lockable case be taken far beyond the electric grid and internet network. The Kit was developed in Kenya by the same band of battle-hardened engineers behind open-source software company Ushahidi and iHub, a respected innovation and hacker space in Nairobi. With 57 million children not going to school on any given school day, there’s a powerful need for flexible education infrastructure and engaging content. The tablets come pre-programmed with “Learn” and “Play” sections, plus another focused on responsible citizenship (“Grow” section). With the KioKit, education isn’t limited to Africa’s cities or suburbs."

       

      Winner: FLOW HIVE

      Flow Hive -  Amazingly simple beehive that hopes to revolutionize the collection of honey without destroying the hive.  One of the most successful Indiegogo campaings.

       

      Winner: HOMES FOR HOPE

      USC School of Architecture and Madworkshop Homeless Studio - "To combat homelessness in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, Homes for Hope, a group of students from USC’s School of Architecture, designed modular houses that can be stacked and provide fast and simple housing to get people off the streets. Each 92-square-foot unit comes with a as a bed, dresser, and even a desk. In groups of 30, with a base unit that contains bathrooms, shared living and dining spaces, and courtyards, the houses are designed utilize the city’s large swaths of vacant land by creating easily assembled communities that work within the city’s zoning laws and serve as a bridge home to keep people sheltered before they move to more permanent housing."

      WORLD CHANGING IDEA FINALISTS

      Project Natick
      Microsoft
      Underwater data center

      DoctHERs
      DoctHERs
      Helping female doctors in Pakistan

      “This Is Our Future”
      The Nature Conservancy in California
      Harnessing AI to safeguard our global seafood supply

      The Great Elephant Census
      Vulcan
      Using data to fight poaching

      Coral Vita 
      Coral Vita
      Restoring reefs with resilient farmed coral

      AMP Recycler
      AMP Robotics
      Automated recycling sorting

      World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
      World Food Programme
      Supporting entrepreneurs who reduce hunger

      Economic Security for the Gig Economy report
      Etsy
      Rethinking how we support the gig economy

      The Toilet Accelerator
      Toilet Board Coalition
      Supporting innovation in sanitation

      Global Impact Visa
      Edmund Hillary Fellowship
      Bringing social entrepreneurs to New Zealand

      Edible six-pack rings
      E6PR
      Packaging that breaks down in water

      Food-truck voting
      Ada County, Idaho, elections office
      Mobile voting booths

      A diverse tech-talent pipeline as a service
      General Assembly
      For diversity in coding

      Fifty Years
      Fifty Years
      Venture capital for social impact

      Democracy Earth
      Democracy Earth Foundation
      Voting on the blockchain

      Beyond Burger
      Beyond Meat
      Plant-based burger sold in the meat section

      Cook County Central Bond Court
      CannonDesign
      A redesign for fairness

      Impossible Burger
      Impossible Foods
      Meatless burger that “bleeds” (and is sold in restaurants)

      Inclusive Design
      Microsoft
      Designing with people with disabilities in mind

      SaTo sanitary toilet products
      Lixil
      Low-cost sanitation for developing countries

      Heijmans One
      Heijmans
      Tiny, sustainable houses for vacant lots

      Otto
      Otto
      Self-driving commercial trucks

      Hyperloop One
      Hyperloop One
      Revolutionary high-speed transit

      Fairphone 2
      Seymourpowell
      Repairable, ethicallymade smartphone

      TRANSPORTATION FINALISTS

      Project Interzone
      Project Interzone
      Traffic? Divide a city into three time zones

      Civil Maps
      Civil Maps
      3D maps that make self-driving cars safer

      Smart City Challenge
      Vulcan
      Incentivizes eco-friendly solutions

      Otto
      Otto
      Self-driving commercial trucks

      AeroLiner3000
      Andreas Vogler Studio
      A high-speed commuter train for Britain

      On-the-Go H2O
      Ford Motor Co.
      Transforms condensation from cars into clean drinking water

      Connecting Cities and Citizens
      MasterCard
      Smart access to public transit

      Hyperloop One
      Hyperloop One
      Revolutionary high-speed transit

      Cobi
      Cobi
      A smartphone-powered navigation system for bikes

      Supersonic airline
      Boom
      Cuts flight time in half

      Fair Value Commuting
      Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network
      Reduces Bay Area commuting fares by 25%

      RideCell
      RideCell
      Aggregates transit options in one platform

      Parkarr
      Parkarr
      Connects drivers looking for parking with those leaving spots

      The Smiling Car
      Semcon
      Self-driving cars acknowledge pedestrians

      The Green Engine
      United Technologies
      A more eco-friendly way to power planes

      BQXL: Brooklyn-Queens Crossline
      Gensler
      Using existing infrastructure to connect two boroughs

      The Proterra Catalyst E2 Series
      Proterra
      Battery-powered buses reduce CO2 emissions

      PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUALIZATION FINALISTS

      The Future
      AAlicia Eggert and Safwat ...

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    13. Great FastCompany Article: The 10 Most Innovative Companies in AI & Machine Learning

      Monday, March 20, 2017

      This is a great list published by FastCompany, which is part of their coverage of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.

      Click on a company name to learn more about why it made the list.

      01. GOOGLE
      For developing a photographic memory

      02. IBM
      For embedding Watson where it’s needed most

      03. BAIDU
      For accelerating mobile search with artificial intelligence

      04. SOUNDHOUND
      For giving digital services the power of human speech

      05. ZEBRA MEDICAL VISION
      For using deep learning to predict and prevent disease

      06. PRISMA
      For making masterpieces out of snapshots

      07. IRIS AI
      For speeding up scientific research by surfacing relevant data

      08. PINTEREST
      For serving up a universe of relevant pins to each and every user

      09. TRADEMARKVISION
      For helping startups make their mark without any legal confusion

      10. DESCARTES LABS
      For preventing food shortages by predicting crop yields

      Here is the link to their original article: https://www.fastcompany.com/3069025/most-innovative-companies/the-10-most-innovative-companies-in-ai-machine-learning-2017

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    14. Must Watch: Simon Sinek on How Great Leaders Inspire Action

      Thursday, March 16, 2017

      "How do you explain when things don't go as we assume? Or better, how do you explain when others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all of the assumptions? For example: Why is Apple so innovative? Year after year, after year, they're more innovative than all their competition. And yet, they're just a computer company. They're just like everyone else. They have the same access to the same talent,the same agencies, the same consultants, the same media. Then why is it that they seem to have something different? Why is it that Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement? He wasn't the only man who suffered in pre-civil rights America, and he certainly wasn't the only great orator of the day. Why him? And why is it that the Wright brothers were able to figure out controlled, powered man flight when there were certainly other teams who were better qualified, better funded — and they didn't achieve powered man flight, and the Wright brothers beat them to it. There's something else at play here."

      These are the questions that led Simon Sinek to an important discovery that we can all benefit from.  We highly recommend that you watch this video and share it with the rest of your team.  it has the potential to change how your team performs.  Go to this link to see their entire TEDx talk: TEDx Puget Sound.

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    15. How To Host a TEDx Event

      How To Host a TEDx Event

      Thursday, March 16, 2017

      Think you could create a multidisciplinary event, focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world?  TEDx now allows you to do just that.  Here's how to do it:

      How to Apply for a TEDx license

      Choose the type of TEDx event you would like to organize by clicking one of the links in the list below. (You'll then be directed over to the main application form.) Note that each event type in this list is subject to a separate set of rules, guidelines and applicable dates.

      Before applying please make sure to:

      1. Read the TEDx Rules
      2. Pick your event type
      3. Read about naming your event

      Things to remember

      • Spirit/purpose: Your event must maintain the spirit of TED itself: multidisciplinary, focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. TEDx events are not agenda or single-topic driven.
      • Co-branding: We do not allow co-branding -- either connecting the TEDx logo/identity/name to the name of another organization, non-profit, corporation or other, or presenting your TEDx event as being organized by such entities.
      • Location: TED allocates one location-based license series per applicant; you must live in the city for which you are applying for a license. Your TEDx event must happen in the city for which you received the license. TEDx events do not travel -- a TEDx license is valid for one city, and for one event.
      • Co-events: TEDx events are stand-alone events -- they may not be combined with or integrated into any pre-existing conference or event.

      Before you continue, please make sure to review how to apply for a TEDx license.



      TEDxLive is a license for TEDx events centered around the live webcast of an official TED event. Learn more about hosting a TEDx live event here.


      A TEDx event for youth and/or kids or school communities. Learn more about hosting a youth event.


      ED events are TEDx events where educators, students, administrators and others gather to discuss the future of education. Learn more about hosting an ed event.


      A small, weekly or monthly event that keeps your community engaged between larger events. Learn more about hosting a salon event.


      A private, internal, employees-only TEDx event organized by a for-profit organization. Learn more about hosting a business event.


      A private, internal, employees-only TEDx event organized by a nonprofit, government organization or hospital. Learn more about hosting an internal event.




      Not sure which event type to choose? Read more about all the different event types.

       

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    16. Elearning! ®Magazine Honored for Publishing Excellence

      Elearning! ®Magazine Honored for Publishing Excellence

       

      Maggie Award Recognition Marks 24th Award for Elearning! Media Group

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      Maricopa, AZ, March 13, 2017Elearning! ® Media Group, the exclusive U.S.  trade magazine serving the e-learning market, announced Elearning! Magazine has been recognized for excellence by the Western Publications Association (WPA.)  Elearning! ® Magazine has been named a finalist for Best Trade Magazine, Business for the 2016 Learning! 100 Awards issue published in September/October.   This honor, combined with twenty-three previous awards earned by Elearning! ®Magazine and the Elearning! ®Media Group.

       

      Best Trade Magazine

      "This recognition from our publishing peers is a great honor,” says Catherine Upton, Group Publisher and CEO.  “Elearning! ®Magazine represents a dynamic creative industry that is part content creator, technologist and business leader. It is with the support of our industry, which is constantly pushing the technology boundaries, that we are able to produce such compelling content. Thank you to our many partners who make this magazine a reality,” concludes Upton.

      By earning this distinction, Elearning! ® Magazine matches up with some very tough competition. Previous category competitors included Exhibitor, Finance & Insurance, and Comstock’s magazines.  

      Elearning! ® Magazine addresses learning and workplace technologies across the enterprise at the executive level. Each issue features real-world case studies, techniques and strategies, plus the market trends and analysis against which to benchmark.  “The cover story featured Sales Enablement Superstars from Amazon Web Services, Ingersoll-Rand and Sapient.Publicis; All of whom reinvented sales enablement across multiple divisions globally while driving record profits.  Our mission is to help our audience build smarter companies and adapt to a fast-changing business environment and these thought leaders shared how to do it,” adds Jerry Roche, Executive Editor, Elearning! ® and Government Elearning! ®magazines.  

      Elearning! ® Magazine is part of the family of twelve media products serving the $243 billion learning and workplace technology market:  eMagazines, 2elearning.com, e-mail newsletters, Elearning! ® Web Seminar Series, and Enterprise Learning! Conference.  In combination, these brands reach over 2 million executives, practitioners and professionals all evaluating, deploying or implementing learning and workplace technology solutions across their organizations each year.

       

       

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    17. Rob Lowe to Show Innovative Children Educational Apps on "Informed"

      Rob Lowe to Show Innovative Children Educational Apps on "Informed"

      Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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      Rob Lowe has been the voice of many popular television shows over the years, on a wide variety of topics. Now, he is the host of the popular public television series "Informed."  In prior episodes, the show highlighted important information for the benefit of viewers everywhere. This episode will draw attention to mobile learning apps for children, an industry that has grown exponentially in recent years.

      In years past, parents would educate their children by reading bedtime stories to them or purchasing toys that doubled as educational tools. Now, even toddlers can learn how to use a laptop or other mobile devices, so many parents are downloading apps that are used to teach their kids basic concepts. Children using these apps can learn how to match shapes, count to ten, and learn the alphabet. This has created a revolution in the education of children everywhere because these apps can double as learning tools, as well as entertainment devices. This frees up parents to multitask while their kids learn basic concepts. These apps are discussed in great detail on this episode of "Informed" with Rob Lowe.

      "Informed" with Rob Lowe is carefully proofread by professionals to ensure it meets quality standards prior to being distributed to national partners for broadcast to a wider audience. The show has received a wide variety of awards in recognition of its work.

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    18. FastCompany: The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education 2017

      FastCompany: The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education 2017

      Monday, March 13, 2017

      FastCompany just named the 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education in 2017.  Read the entire article here: FastCompany.  You can click on each of the companies below to see why they've been selected.  Elearning! Magazine also asks it's readers to nominate and vote for the Best of Elearning! companies that they've dealt with.  You can see those results here: 99 Best of Elearning! Award Winners.

      FastCompany's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education in 2017:

        1. MICROSOFT - For building new worlds in the classroom

        2. DUOLINGO - For letting friends compare notes as they learn a new language.

        3. GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - For becoming the nation’s largest computer science master’s program, while charging a fraction of the typical cost.

        4. ICIVICS - For using digital games to teach kids their rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens.

        5. ADMITHUB - For using chatbots to improve college outcomes.

        6. NEWSELA - For helping kids make sense of the news—at their own reading level.

        7. PLURALSIGHT - For recognizing that on-the-job learning needs to be on-demand.

        8. OSMO - For designing educational games that magically integrate physical and digital.

        9. PANOPTO - For making lectures more interactive

      10. 2U - For proving that students are willing to pay top dollar for online learning.

      This article is part of FastCompany's coverage of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.  If you like seeing more articles and announcements like this, you can subscribe for free to our magazine at this link: SUBSCRIBE.

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    19. Must Read: How Not to Run Meetings with People from Other Cultures - FastCompany

      Must Read: How Not to Run Meetings with People from Other Cultures - FastCompany

      Interacting with people from other cultures can at best be confusing.  Personally, I remember a cultural lesson that I learned when my son and I went to Italy.  Having been there before with my daughter, I was well aware that their food service was quite different from what we were use to in the States.  So I cautioned my son, "So you know, the waiters here are pretty bad.  They hardly ever come to your table.  I don't know if they hate Americans, or they're just plain being rude."

      An English woman who was sitting nearby, overheard my conversation with my son and exclaimed, "Oh no!  You don't understand the Italians!"  Hmmm.  The last time I checked I was Italian.  Anyway, she went on, "The waiters will never come to the table unless you wave them over."  I turned and looked at my son, who shrugged his shoulders.  She continued, "The Italians think it's rude to come over to the table and interrupt your conversation!"

      Holy cow!  Did I get that wrong!  Here I was thinking that they were being rude to us because we were Americans, but in fact, they were just being polite.

      So with that experience shaping my "worldly knowledge," when I saw this article in FastCompany I had to read it.  More and more often, I'm finding myself in international meetings.  Some seem to go well - the ones with our English partners, but others have gone pretty badly, especially when we're dealing with our Asia-Pac counterparts.  This article seems to nail it for me, so I thought I'd pass it on.

      Here's a teaser from the article:

      "I was supposed to be coaching a French automotive executive and his wife for their upcoming move to Wuhan, China. The Chinese country expert assisting me, a 36-year-old Paris-based journalist from Wuhan, was articulate, extroverted, and very knowledgeable. Bo Chen’s job was to prepare two or three concrete business examples to illustrate each cultural issue I’d be covering.

      I began the session by outlining the cultural issues that the Bernards needed to grasp about doing business in China, while keeping an eye on Chen so I could weave in his input. But Chen didn’t seem to have any input. After I presented the first main point, I glanced over at him for his examples, but he didn’t speak up. He didn’t open his mouth, lean forward, or raise his hand. Apparently, he had no example to provide. Not wanting to embarrass Chen, I simply continued to my next point.

      To my growing dismay, Chen remained silent and nearly motionless as I went through the rest of my presentation. He nodded politely while I was speaking, but that was all; he used no other body language to indicate any reactions, positive or negative. I gave every example I could think of. I spoke, shared, and consulted with the Bernards, still with no input from Chen.

      As I neared the end, I turned toward Chen with rising panic; I needed his contribution. So I decided to take a chance. “Bo,” I asked, “did you have any examples you would like to share?” Chen sat up straight in his chair, smiled confidently at the clients, and opened up his notebook, which was filled with many pages of typed notes. “Thank you, Erin,” he replied. “I do.” Chen then began to explain one clear, pertinent, fascinating example after another."

      What had happened, is yet one more fascinating journey into our cultural differences.  To find out more, click on this story link: FastCompany.

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    20. Must Read: Five Career Killing Habits - From FastCompany

      Must Read: Five Career Killing Habits - From FastCompany

      Monday, March 6, 2017

      Here's a great article that appeared in FastCompany.  We think this is a must read, and below is a quick excerpt.

      "Your blind spots for your own bad habits could be keeping you from raises and promotions. In a recent study for VitalSmarts, Maxfield interviewed managers who identified the top five career killers:

      1. Being disorganized and unreliable. This person doesn’t spend the necessary amount of time planning, organizing, communicating, and coordinating with others. They fail to follow through on commitments and are difficult to rely upon.

      2. Doing too little too late. This person procrastinates, misses deadlines, and cuts corners rather than going the extra mile to produce great work.

      3. Deflecting blame. This is the person who says, “It’s not my job.” They don’t take responsibility, cling to their job description, and are unwilling to sacrifice personal interests for a larger goal.

      4.Being unwilling to change. This person is stuck in the past, complaining about the future, and repeating the same mistakes. They expect others to accept them as they are, dragging their feet in taking on new approaches.

      5.Having a bad attitude. This person suffers from cynicism and negativity. They are often the contrarian, finding fault before looking for benefits."

      Check out the entire article here: LINK.

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    21. Saba Software Announces Agreement to Acquire Halogen Software

      Saba Software Announces Agreement to Acquire Halogen Software

      Saturday, March 4, 2017

      In a press release from Saba Software, Inc., it was announced that they would acquire Halogen Software, Inc (TSX:HGN), a leading provider of cloud-based performance management solutions.  According to the announcement, the principles of the deal included Saba, Vector Capital and its affiliates, and Michael Slaunwhite, Halogen's co-founder, Executive Chairman and largest shareholder.  The expected close date of the transaction is planned for the second quarter of 2017.

      The deal itself is intended to strengthen Saba's position as a leading provider of end-to-end SaaS Talent Management solutions, and their combined customer base will total more than 4,000 customers globally. The other outcome sought in the merger is that together, they could increase value to their customers by using their size and scale to deliver rapid innovations in the talent management space.

      Within the press release statement, Saba CEO Pervez Qureshi made the following summary of the acquisition.  "Saba has a clear vision for the future of talent development and understands the powerful role learning and engagement experiences play in driving individual and business performance," said Pervez Qureshi, CEO of Saba. "Combining Saba's unrivaled learning and engagement capabilities with the proven innovation Halogen brings to performance management, we expect to accelerate delivery against this vision and rapidly create new value for our joint customers. This strong foundation for growth and innovation and our combined expertise will enable Saba to meet the ever-changing workplace needs of people and help organizations more effectively adapt, perform and thrive."

      Les Rechan, President and CEO of Halogen also commented that, "As part of Saba, Halogen's next generation performance vision is expected to accelerate by pairing our deep expertise in performance with the pioneers in continuous learning, collaboration, and engagement. Both Halogen and Saba's cultures share an unwavering focus on customer success. Together, we believe we can deliver on the future of people-centric, team-optimized performance, development, and engagement, and deliver it on a global scale, and with the unrivaled customer experience Halogen is known for."

      "We have built Halogen into a market leader in performance management by investing in the talented and innovative team that began here in Ottawa more than 20 years ago," said Michael Slaunwhite, Executive Chairman of Halogen Software. "I look forward to joining forces with Vector Capital and Saba. Together, we have the opportunity to scale faster and lead the way in performance, learning, and engagement and expand our global impact."

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    22. Must Read: Why This Tech Company Hires People With No Experience - From FastCompany

      Must Read: Why This Tech Company Hires People With No Experience - From FastCompany

      Thursday, March 2, 2017

      Every once in awhile, an article about a company that "thinks differently" stops you cold in your tracks.  JumpCrew is one of those stories.  Initially, they followed the traditional path of recruiting sales people with as much experience as possible.  As they were expensive, they paired them with people with no sales experience, but had an innate ability for storytelling.  They didn't even have to know the company's technology.

      Well that seemed like it was a great idea, because the senior people could show the other people how to "do it." Right?  Well then a very strange thing happened.  The people with no experience were outperforming those with those expensive sales pedigrees.  Hah!  Now that required more of an intense look-see into what could be causing such a paradoxical outcome.

      Although the company never discusses the 'why' around this performance upheaval, it makes you wonder about what the causal fact might have been.  One company that many of us know - T-Mobile - prides themselves on being the "Un-Carrier."  Internally, they found that they could achieve even more, if they began to "un-learn" some of the sales processes that have been ingrained over the years.  Another bold movement into these unchartered waters, and another success story will soon unfold there as well.

      This is one of those areas where I think we could have a great back and forth about why this might be happening.  But first you need to read this great article from FastCompany.  And when you're done, please come back and share your thoughts about this phenomena, as well as how we might begin to rethink our own recruiting practices.  Here's the link to the story: FastCompany Article.

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    23. Must Read: How To Master Your Brain To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

      Must Read: How To Master Your Brain To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

      Wednesday, March 1, 2017

      Imagine if an inner voice was constantly telling you that you are a professional fraud. It's not as uncommon as you would think, and it robs even the highest-achieving individuals of their true potential.  In this Fast Company article, you'll see stories of some people who are plagued by this syndrome, and how it has impacted their careers - and health.  

      This is one of the hardest syndromes for a manager to spot, but if you can spot it, you can literally change a person's life.  Tara Swart is quoted throughout the article, as it's her research and practice that helps a lot of leaders overcome these problems.  She's also the co-author of an award-winning book called: Neuroscience for Leadership: Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage.  

      This article is a "must read" from both a personal and professional level: https://www.fastcompany.com/3068415/hit-the-ground-running/how-to-master-your-brain-to-overcome-impostor-syndrome .  If you enjoy articles and content like this, please consider becoming a subscriber to Elearning! Magazine.  

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    24. Millennials in the Workplace - Simon Sinek.

      Millennials in the Workplace - Simon Sinek.

      Tuesday, February 28, 2017

      One of my favorite interviews of all time on the subject of millennials in the workplace was this one that appeared on IQ - Inside Quest.  Simon Sinek is absolutely brilliant in his set-up of the (undeserved) reputation of the millennials. Roughly paraphrased, his comments were something like this: Millennials as a generation are a group of people who were born approximately 1984 and after.  They are tough to manage and they're accused of being entitled and narcissistic and self-interested, unfocused, and lazy.  But entitled is the big one.  And he then goes on to say that because millennials are so confounding to leaders, the leaders are asking them what they want.  The list comes back in many forms:

      • We want to work in a place with purpose;
      • We want to make a difference;
      • We want free food and bean bags;

      And yet with all that they're still unhappy.  Watch as Simon tells us all about the millennials in the workplace:

       

        

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