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Popular TED conference begins a new initiative focused on education

12/16/2011

293502-tedIn trying to revolutionize education, amazing strides have been made in the last few years, but so many of them don't spread beyond the local level. Real movements for change need a critical mass of interest and a force to help drive them.

TED, the conference series that highlights groundbreaking ideas and people across every discipline you can think of, has in many ways become an informal voice for the "change education" movement. This week TED made it offical by announcing a new initiative called TED-ED.

The TED-ED Brain Trust is a private forum created to shape and accelerate TED's push into the realm of Education. The aim of this community is to assemble a new archive of remarkable TED-ED videos, each designed to catalyze learning around the globe. Unlike TEDTalks, TED-ED videos are less than ten minutes long and may assume a variety of different formats.

At present, the non-profit association has an open call for interest. "We're seeking the expertise of visionary educators, students, organizations, filmmakers & other creative professionals to guide, galvanize & ultimately lead this exciting new initiative," TED posted on a TED-ED Brain Trust interest form. The Brain Trust will pool together these formative ideas to help shape TED-ED, which will later showcase videos, too.

According to a report from The Chronicle of Higher Education, TED-ED will also maintain a list of existing TED talks that relate to educational issues and will re-categorize them in a way that makes sense to educators and learners. Currently, TED tags its talk with terms like "jaw-dropping" and "courageous," which encourages exploration, certainly, but is less useful to educators and administrators looking for ideas and motivation in specific fields or business issues.

Part of this post taken from PCMag.com

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Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 Presented Talk on Integrating Psychotherapy and Qigong

12/15/2011
Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 Recently Presented a Talk on a Free Online Telesummit on The Mystery of Embodiment His talk was titled, Integrating Psychotherapy and Qigong: A Pathway to Psychospiritual Embodiment.

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Alumna and Saybrook Faculty Member, Linda Riebel, PhD '81, Invites Alumni to Attend and Share about their Dissertation Process at RC Writing Workshop

12/15/2011
The Authentic Voice: Balancing Person and Content 2-hour writing workshop, Linda Riebel Probably to be held at the January RC, Tuesday January 17, afternoon (to be confirmed). How does a scholar master a body of knowledge, apply research methods that others have devised, and make interpretations in a rigorous manner - while maintaining his or her own voice? How does one build on the...

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Alumna Thelma Freedman, Ph.D. '97, M.A. '87 Recently Passed

12/15/2011
Thelma B. Freedman (1930-2011) From her obituary: Thelma B. Freedman, PhD., 81, of Beach Road, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011....Born in Oswego, on Jan. 28, 1930, she was the daughter of Dr. Howard and Thelma Hord Beach and was raised in Oneida in her youth. Thelma graduated from Drew Academy, received her bachelors degree from State University at New Paltz , and her masters and doctorate...

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Harnessing technology for transformation

12/15/2011

By Matt Bannick, crossposted from McKinsey & Company

With a 9 percent annual growth rate, India is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But corruption remains a serious problem; in 2010, Transparency International ranked the country 87th out of 178 countries in its annual corruption perception index. Indian citizens are regularly forced to pay bribes for everything from birth certificates to driver’s licenses—with little recourse for changing the situation. Individuals who blow the whistle on rent-seeking officials face the threat of retribution, a risk to both themselves and their families.

2007 - Spring - India (79)Technology has the potential to rapidly change this state of affairs. In August 2010, Indian civic leaders launched a website called IPaidaBribe.com allowing citizens to document incidents in which they were forced to fork over money illegally to government employees. The website has gained traction with impressive speed. In little over a year, citizens from 400 cities have reported incidents of bribery more than 16,000 times, and the site has had over 600,000 visitors. Requests to replicate the site have come in from more than 18 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, the Gambia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and Sri Lanka, as well as several countries in the Balkans.

When we hear about the role of technology in spurring social change, our minds may immediately turn to well-worn images—such as activists using Twitter and Facebook to organize uprisings this past spring in the Arab world. Hidden from the headlines, however, is an equally inspiring story. Technology is not just being used to organize protests; it is empowering citizens to intervene on a wide variety of difficult, risk-laden social issues. It is also providing a platform to rapidly scale these interventions —so that millions of lives can be touched in a relatively short period of time. It is time for the social sector to firmly commit to increasing our investments in these kinds of innovations.

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Alumna Dana Klisanin, Ph.D. '03, M.A. '00 Requests Your Help in Humanizing the Internet

12/14/2011
Anyone interested in humanizing the Internet? Please check out my recent article & send me any examples of digital altruism you find so I can include them in future work. Thanks! Abstract Dana Klisanin, Ph.D. '03, M.A. '00 DanaKlisanin@aol.com Millions of individuals are using the Internet to act on behalf of the needs of other people, animals, and the environment; however research in...

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Organizational Systems Invites All Saybrook Alumni to Participate in its New Blog Rethinking Complexity

12/14/2011
OS Students, Alumni, and Faculty Rethinking Complexity By: Aimee C. Juarez The Organizational Systems program invites all Saybrook alumni to check out its new blog, Rethinking Complexity at www.rethinkingcomplexity.com. OS is also asking for its graduates to consider contributing a post or two that talks about the issues they’re facing as systems practitioners. “The systems...

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Please Sign Up for the Alumni - Student Mentoring Program Recently Initiated at Saybrook's College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

12/14/2011
A Saybrook PHS Alumni-Student Mentoring Program that was proposed by the PHS Student Association and the PHS Alumni Association has been approved by the College's Dean and Associate Dean, Drs. Robert Schmitt and Dan Hocoy. To sign up for the program as a student, contact Student Association leader, Pearlette Ramos pearlramos@aol.com To sign up as an alumni mentor contact the Director of...

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Alumnus Andrew Bonnici, PhD '78 Releases New Edition of His Newsletter

12/13/2011
Aloha to you and your family and friends, In this newsletter I would like to wish you a blessed and joyful holiday season filled with laughter, gratitude, integrity, honesty, and love. My teaching for the month of December is below. May it encourage and inspire you to live from the silent wisdoming and still compassion of your core Self in this Only Moment Body. Merry Christmas, Happy...

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Postdoc and Student/Predoc Positions Open at the New England Complex Systems Institute

12/13/2011
Postdoc and Student/Predoc Positions The New England Complex Systems Institute has funding for postdoctoral and predoctoral research stipends and scholarships starting immediately. Candidates should be interested in contributing to new research topics in our understanding of: Socio-economic systems relevant to: The economic crisis, Conflicts and ethnic violence, Social networks and media...

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