Emphasize Choice

Frank Jordan told us: “I tell people they have a choice, and at first they don’t believe me. But I say, ‘I’m like you; I grew up with one parent and not much to do, and I chose a life of service, and so can you.’” There are two aspects of his pitch that are…

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A Lost Generation

“In August 2010, the International Labor Organization (ILO) published its report on Global Employment Trends for Youth 2010. The report concludes that there are approximately 620 million economically active young people worldwide. At the end of 2009, 81 million of them were unemployed; the highest number ever, and almost 8 million more than in 2007.…

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“Companies often divide the workforce into two groups: the ‘creatives’ and the ‘suits’. You can normally tell who the creatives are because they don’t wear suits. They wear jeans and they come in late because they have been struggling with an idea.”
Robinson, Ken. “Out of Our Minds.

Specializations On Coursera

I was wondering today why Coursera hasn’t yet got the initiative to implement full programs, that consist of multiple courses, on specific domains. It will be, for instance, like specializing in particular topic in universities master programs. That thing is I was very delighted when I searched for it today and there you go! Here it is! Coursera has really done…

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The Story of “0”

“ZERO had a long history. The Babylonians invented the concept of zero; the ancient Greeks debated it in lofty terms (how could something be nothing?); the ancient Indian scholar Pingala paired zero with the numeral 1 to get double digits; and both the Mayans and the Romans made zero part of their numeral systems. But…

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The Story of “Free!” – Cont.

“Let me tell you a story that describes the real influence of FREE! on our behavior. A few years ago, Amazon.com started offering free shipping of orders over a certain amount. Someone who purchased a single book for $16.95 might pay an additional $3.95 for shipping, for instance. But if the customer bought another book,…

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