The Intrapreneurship Conference: A Path to Subvert the Corporate Immune System?

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I recently attended the 2014 Intrapreneurship Conference, in Eindhoven, Holland.  The conference brought together a unique blend of change makers, some of them consultants who help firms find their way, and many of them either leading entrepreneurial efforts to create new products or services within existing businesses, others working to completely reinvent the businesses they work for. (more…)

What Did You Learn?

A new report produced by the Center for American Progress aims to divine the policy lessons that we’ve learned in the wake of the Great Recession.  The report offers three major lessons (the latter two of which I would have expected to have been obvious going in to the recession, but obviously were Read more…

Another One Bites the Dust

Rejoice charter school advocates!  There’s a bit more room for profit in the public school system as California school teachers saw their tenure rules declared unconstitutional today. Raj Chetty, Harvard economist and believer in economics as a hard science, testified against the tenure rules claiming that “California students who miss Read more…

The FT Digs in on Piketty

Given the responses of many respected sources, Chris Giles’ review of Piketty’s data has raised some relevant questions about methods and potential errors, but the consensus seems to be that the claims he made were well overstated. (I’m far from being an economist, so I’ll stay out of that fray.) Given the near consensus response to Giles’ article, I was surprised to see the FT double-down this morning.
Here’s a bit of that article wherein Martin Feldstein, Harvard economist and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research, expressed his concerns with Piketty’s work:

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10 Steps to Turn Social Media into a Self-Directed Center of Learning

I just read the latest post from Andrea Learned.  It got me to thinking about a post I have been meaning to write on how I believe that I’ve accelerated my learning via social media…

Social media is an openended, polyphonic stream of consciousness.  That stream can lead to an endless procession of cat pics, fiery discussions over a host of controversial topics, or just about anything in between.  The great thing about it is that the experience is largely dependent on you.  If you like, it can be a great echo chamber in which multitudes will line up to agree with your positions, , or it can be a home for great debate in which arguments can be honed, but we may learn that long held positions are unfounded.  (Caveat lector!)  It can also be an immense waste of time.

But sometimes, an immense waste of time can be highly productive… (more…)