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An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency
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An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency

Many risks of catastrophic failures of critical infrastructures can be significantly reduced by relatively simple measures to increase resiliency.

The Beginner's Creed
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The Beginner's Creed

We all need to learn to be expert beginners.

Why Our Theories of Innovation Fail U­s
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Why Our Theories of Innovation Fail U­s

Until we moderate our fascination with creating ideas, we will not achieve the rate of innovations we seek.

Automated Education and the Professional
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Automated Education and the Professional

Technology boffins argue the new technologies of intelligent personal learning environments will put universities out of business. Will the purported successor,...

Emergent Innovation
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Emergent Innovation

Fernando Flores, president of Chile's National Innovation Council for Competitiveness, discusses a new common sense about innovation.

A Technician Shortage
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A Technician Shortage

In our elation about rising CS enrollments, we are overlooking a growing shortage of computing technicians. Our education system is not responding to this need.

The Whole Professional
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The Whole Professional

A new book inspires a reflection on what it means to be a whole, competent, and effective professional — and may portend a wave of disruption in education.

Learning For the New Digital Age
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Learning For the New Digital Age

Digital machines are automating knowledge work at an accelerating pace. How shall we learn and stay relevant?

Avalanches Are Coming
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Avalanches Are Coming

Computing technology has generated conditions for radical transformations of jobs and professions — including education. How shall we cope?

'Surfing Toward the Future'
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'Surfing Toward the Future'

A new report from Chile about improving economic competitiveness advances a novel interpretation of innovation. Timing is everything.

Design Thinking
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Design Thinking

Design thinking is the newest fashion for finding better solutions to problems. Combining it with computational thinking offers some real possibilities for improving...

The Other Side of Language
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The Other Side of Language

The conversation for action gives a framework for completing professional actions effectively.

Thumb Numbers
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Thumb Numbers

Rules of thumb stated as numerical rules are enticing, but many are folk theorems that may not apply in your critical situation.

The Science in Computer Science
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The Science in Computer Science

Computer science is in a period of renaissance as it rediscovers its science roots.

Moods, Wicked Problems, and Learning
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Moods, Wicked Problems, and Learning

Wicked problems and learning environments present tough mood challenges for leaders and teachers. Telepresence and sensory gadgets are unlikely to replace physical...

Moods
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Moods

Recognizing and working with moods — your own, your team's, and your customers' — is essential to professional success.

Don't Feel Bad If You Can't Predict the Future
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Don't Feel Bad If You Can't Predict the Future

Wise experts and powerful machines are no match for chaotic events and human declarations. Beware of their predictions and be humble in your own.

The Myth of the Elevator Pitch
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The Myth of the Elevator Pitch

Instead of pitching, listen and offer.

The Idea Idea
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The Idea Idea

What if practices rather than ideas are the main source of innovation?

The Grounding Practice
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The Grounding Practice

The skill of making and recognizing grounded claims is essential for professional practice. Getting objective data to support your conclusions is not enough.
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