The book was first released in 2005, was later released as an "updated and expanded" edition in 2006, and yet again released with additional updates in 2007 as "further updated and expanded: Release 3.0."
Friedman and Nilekani were discussing massive investment into technology which created a platform “where intellectual work, intellectual capital, could be delivered from anywhere. It could be disaggregated, delivered, distributed, produced, and put back together again and this gave a whole new degree of freedom to the way we do work, especially work of an intellectual nature…” Nilekani mentioned that “the playing field is being leveled between countries” like India, and that America had better get ready for this. This conversation with Nilekani made Friedman to see clearly that the global competitive playing field was being leveled and inspired him to write a book,
Our parents were telling us: “Finish your dinner. There are children in China and India who are starving.” Now, we should be warning our children: “Finish your homework. There are students in China and India who want your job.”
Daniel H. Pink Pink's articles on business and technology have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired . Pink worked previously as Vice President Al Gore’s chief speechwriter from 1995-97. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller A Whole New Mind.
From Design to Meaning Read more at http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2006/08/from_design_to_.html Designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers —creative and empathetic right-brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.
Conceptual Age Agriculture Age (farmers) Industrial Age (factory workers) Information Age (knowledge workers) Conceptual Age (creators and empathizers) Source: Dan Pink, A Whole New Mind
Garry Kasparov playing against Deep Blue, the chess-playing computer built by IBM. In May 1997, an updated version of Deep Blue defeated Kasparov. In 1989, Kasparov boasted: No Computer can ever beat me. In 2003, he said: In few years, computers will win every match.
When our lives are brimming with information and data, its not enough to master an effective argument. It’s important to learn how to tell stories.
Good stories instantly connect with people on a heart level and last in both our conscious mind and our subconscious for far longer than pure facts and figures ever will. We think in stories, we live in stories, and we love stories.
Example: narrative medicine – all second year Columbia students take this course. Instead of computerlike diagnostic questions, they learn to ask: “Tell me where it hurts. Tell me about your life.”
Keep a Metaphor Log (write down metaphors you encounter throughout your day)
Create an Inspiration Board: “When you’re working on a project, empty your bulletin board and turn it into an inspiration board. Each time you see something that you find compelling… tack it to the board.”
Do something you can’t do and experience the beauty of making a mistake
Look for Negative Spaces (in logos, designs and all around you).
Empathy is necessary in this new “Conceptual Age” because people are looking for products and services that truly connect with them, and that means businesses must be able to experience life from the perspective of their customers (empathy) in order to provide the products and services those customers are looking for.
The Laughter Yoga method was created by Dr. Madan Kataria, a family physician from Mumbai, India who started the first laughter club in 1995. He has been the catalyst for the creation of over 5,000 Laughter Clubs in 40 countries, mostly free and public. www. laughteryoga.org Laughter Yoga International, 2007.
Play is more than a tool to be used to increase productivity. Instead, play itself is a primary industry. Games of all sorts are a major business, and the Army has turned to using video games as a recruitment tool – America’s Army .
Even more than all that, playfulness, humor, and joyfulness are the cornerstones of a creative life. To develop the skill of play in your own life, Pink recommends these things:
Join a Laughter Club — http://www.laughteryoga.com
Play the Cartoon Captions Game. Find a bunch of cartoons from publications like the New Yorker , remove the captions or punch lines, and then come up with some of your own. Preferably, do this with friends.
Viktor Frankl wrote his work, Man’s Search for Meaning after being released from a Nazi concentration camp where he saw people survive against incredible odds because they had a strong sense of meaning and purpose. Pink addresses the significance of having meaning in our lives, whether by religion or otherwise. More than that, he talks about how we need to look at life from the perspective of a higher meaning and how to do so enriches our lives including extending our actual lifespan.
When blogging tools first arrived in 1998, people asked “What’s a blog?” The word “blog” is a contraction of “Web log” and is used both as a noun as well as a verb. To blog is to write content to a blog . A blog is a Web-based personal diary with dated entries. The beauty of blogs and blogging software is that they enable a writer to concentrate on content by removing all the distracting details of publishing the content to a Web site. An author can simply write and publish in one easy step. No knowledge of HTML or FTP is needed.
Blogging tools are available as free or moderately priced services and as products you purchase and install on your own server. To start a blog, the author specifies a title and description. The author also specifies where the blog will be located and if a password will be needed to post or read messages.
Blogs can provide a convenient way for learners to document learning experiences, such as interesting readings, the Web addresses of good examples, and questions and answers they have. Blogging tools remove any barriers to publishing to a Web site by allowing authors and learners to concentrate on content instead of technical operations.
The term blogosphere was coined on Sept. 10, 1999 by Brad L. Graham as a joke. Blogosphere is the collective term encompassing all weblogs or blogs as a community or social network. Many weblogs are densely interconnected; bloggers read others' blogs, link to them, reference them in their own writing, and post comments on each others' blogs. Sites such as Technorati , Bloglines , Blogdex , Blogrunner , Blog Street , B logger , BlogsNow , and PubSub use the links made by bloggers to track the interconnections between bloggers. ( http://westwood.wikispaces.com/blogosphere )
Technorati currently states it is tracking over 112.8 million blogs, a number which obviously does not include all the 72.82 million Chinese blogs as counted by The China Internet Network Information Center .
The blogosphere is doubling about once every 6 and a half months. About 175,000 new weblogs are created each day. There are more than 2 blogs created each second of each day.
Blogs are different from traditional journals in several ways: 1. Blogs are public. Others are invited to look at the blogger's thoughts and opinions on a regular basis. 2. Blogs are hyperactive. This means that blogs can link to other Web sites. 3. Blogs are interactive. As the lesson plan is being developed readers are also allowed to make comments. The teacher/blogger may post a decision to introduce material using a small group activity. (Michael Stach, "Introduction to Blogs and Blogging." TechLearning )
The Conceptual Age is dawning and those who hope to survive must master the fundamental human attributes – Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning.
Blogs are valuable tools in e-learning. Although this tool is not designed specifically for e-learning, blogs can be used to empower students, establish connections and create exciting new learning environment.