Wednesday, November 14, 2012

These guerrilla cartographers are mapping the edible world | Grist

These guerrilla cartographers are mapping the edible world | Grist:

What does the map of the edible world look like?

Hmmm...

This is a school and a Kickstarter project (crowd-sourcing) that led to some interesting results on how local is the food that is "locally grown" in Berkeley, CA.

Apparently a lot of the locally grows was very close, within 25 miles.

But California grows everything. Move this project to off season or out into the mountains and it could be very different.

But, a rather cool project just the same.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

2012 WISE Summit | WISE - World Innovation Summit for Education

2012 WISE Summit | WISE - World Innovation Summit for Education

This is a cool summit upcoming Nov 13 - 15 in Daho, Qatar.

The title of the summit itself sounds pretty clever and wise.

All sessions sound interesting but the one on sustainable education is on the 13th

Date: Tue November 13, 2012
Schedule: 10.45 - 12.15 (UTC+3h)
Moderated by: Dr. Don D. GUTTENPLAN
 
It appears that this session will be streamed live. Can't tell if a payment is required to view it though.
 
Twitter is all ajitter about it though:-) 
(#WISEenvironment on Twitter).

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Learn how to reinvent your career and find a new job - University of Phoenix

Learn how to reinvent your career and find a new job - University of Phoenix:

Thanks to UoP for this article of several hot jobs.

I would argue that some of these are hot jobs, but maybe not specific careers.

Still, it's better to be working and fully employed than to be underemployed or on the lamb.

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Education for Sustainable Development - Wikipedia

Education for Sustainable Development - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Education for Sustainable Development"

Speaking about education for Sustainability, or sustainability in education. Check out this page in our favorite online encyclopedia. Please update and add to this Wikipedia article, it needs a little work and improved content. It discusses:

Education for Sustainable Development


Note how much activity is going on Internationally and how little in the USA.

You may feel that very little is being done however, depending on how important this is.:-(

Reference
Education for Sustainable Development. (2012, October 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:26, October 28, 2012, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Education_for_Sustainable_Development&oldid=520006842

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For-profit colleges see drop in demand as time to refocus | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

For-profit colleges see drop in demand as time to refocus | Missing the target on education.

The level of people going to college is down a little from the peak. Way down in the $for-profit$.

There are lots of Wammys in the education world and here's just few of them.
1) The idea that everyone should go to a 4-year college degree is a broken concept. Some people are best suited for trades. Unfortunately, though, the trades are double hit by the recession so there's no jobs for those students that take the smart choice for the career that's best for them like construction or welding. The manufacturing and construction jobs are coming back slowly. Very slowly. And the older crowd, baby boomers and such, may have to work a lot longer; their forced early retirement will probably keep them in the workforce longer...
2) Colleges have been happily pumping out none relevant degrees as if nothing has changed in the economy over the last 20 years. See the Lessons in Recessions article by Hall (2010). In the meantime, there continue to be increasing jobs vacancies for which there are candidates do not have the required skills/education. Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) are the weak link from the education side.
3) As we look deeper into the STEM concept, it becomes clear that the education involved is interdisciplinary. See Jonathan Gerlach's take on this at NSTA for example.
4) Future degrees and degree programs are generally ignored. Education prefers to have degree programs for the jobs that currently exist (even if they are dying careers) than the jobs that will exist. Sustainability is, or will be, the focus of lots of jobs in the future. But it relies on STEM as the base but rapidly branch off into all other disciplines -- but with a twist. Business and accounting is just one example. Employees at many levels will have to have a good understanding of basic accounting in order to do the most basic work in sustainability such as carbon accounting and water accounting.

There are BIG Wammys in the world of education. Even though more education generally pays off for everyone.

Maybe the for-profits will be the perfect place to offer the cutting edge jobs. It certainly hasn't been working the public sector.

Reference

Hall, E. (2010). Lessons of recessions: Sustainability education and jobs may be the answer. Journal of Sustainability and Green Management. Jacksonville, FL: Academic and Business Research Institute. Retrieved from: http://www.aabri.com/OC2010Manuscripts/OC10079.pdf  


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Apollo Group Explores Education, Jobs and the American Dream - Yahoo! Finance

Apollo Group Explores Education, Jobs and the American Dream - Yahoo! Finance:

This is a very good discussion of the "skills gap" in education. How did we get here reviews the trends and the statistics associated with education. Some stats are based on a big McKinsey study.

Something happened.

Where have the 100 million years of missing education gone.

Go here to see a great video: Education, Jobs and the American Dream: How We Got Here is available at www.apollogrp.edu/workforce.

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But Hall (2010) argues that universities are often producing the same olde degrees as if nothing has happened. Training for the same olde jobs, when many of those jobs are never coming back... Or if the jobs do come back, many of them will never be in the high numbers as before the recession (think construction and banking). No changes since the Great Recession. Few major shifts in a globally competitive world where global and sustainability concepts have changed the economic and competitive landscape.

Related to the years of missing education is the years of lost labor do to unemployment (and under-employment). Every year that someone dose not work is a year of lost income and a man-year worth of productivity to the economy. Going back for more training might be a good use of the years of unemployment. It certainly will help fill the gap in the resume.

"Skills gap" is a good phrase. It is applicable at so many different levels.

Reference


Hall, E. (2010). Lessons of recessions: Sustainability education and jobs may be the answer. Journal of Sustainability and Green Management. Jacksonville, FL: Academic and Business Research Institute. Retrieved from: http://www.aabri.com/OC2010Manuscripts/OC10079.pdf  
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Monday, August 6, 2012

leadership development an integrated approach

leadership development an integrated approach:

Very cool overview of creating a learning culture (think Senge).

Leadership development

CLEAR collaborative problem solving.

Great summary.

Don't know anything about TSLearning, but seems interesting, especially for doing business/training in Africa.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Consumer Learner

The Consumer Learner:

I love it. The Consumer Learner... And the new "customer" in higher education.

Consumers simply have to become more educated and more informed. Especially in terms of education (and in terms of sustainability).

Universities have been churning out students with degrees, as if things have not changed... But economies have changed, and many of the degrees are either not relevant or less relevant than before the great recession.

Related to this book,  Dr. Lentz says, "This is a frank, encompassing work which has the capacity to ignite a national dialogue. We think the review will give voice to the significance of this evolving environment."

Education is changing, in a big way. This book provides insight into those changes!

The informed consumer will give strength and add voice to the learners of the future.

Visit also the RefractiveThinker.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Leadership Strategies. a CCL white paper.

This is a cool white paper on Leadership Strategies by the Center for Creative Leadership.

Great overview. Very practical application.

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