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April 18, 2014

UPDATED: The New York Times' David Brooks took to the pages today to defend Common Core, reminding readers that: "school standards are not curricula. They do not determine what students read or how teachers should teach. They are the goals for what students should know at the end of each grade."

This was a state-led effort, supported by employers and financed by private foundations. This was not a federal effort, though the Obama administration did encourage states to embrace the new standards.

April 17, 2014

In our ongoing series exploring the links between connectivity and innovation, we spoke with Mitch Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs & Sustainability for FedEx. Jackson spearheaded the implementation of FedEx hybrid-electric vehicles, among the first in the commercial marketplace.

How would you describe the relationship between increased global connectivity and innovation?

April 17, 2014

 

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently released a video about the Common Core State Standards which presents the facts about how the standards were written, adopted, and are being implemented by 44 states. As states begin implementing the Common Core in classrooms across the country, there is a broad coalition of supporters for the higher standards. 

April 16, 2014

Google Now is the future of data. The company’s already catalogued the world and placed it in our hands. It's now giving us the information we want, when we want it. Google Now is so ubiquitous that we almost miss just how impactful the technology is—and how much it tells us about where our world is heading.

Google Now aims to give users the right information at the right time. It does this by pulling on threads of data, scattered in a messy web across our digital lives, and weaving them into a collage of relevant information. Google Now just needs to answer three questions: who, where, and when. Smartphones use their speedy wireless links and location data to leverage Now’s answers into something more useful.

Combining different datasets and delivering them in a timely fashion is important, but that’s not really what sets Google Now apart. Rather, it’s that you are provided with what you need to know before you even know to ask for it. And then it constantly learns what will be most relevant to you, based on context and past behavior. It essentially reduces life’s friction.

April 16, 2014

In recent years, Fortune 500 businesses have utilized a variety of approaches and positions to encourage an innovative culture within their organizations, with varying degrees of success. Now that growth is once again a corporate priority (after years of cost cutting efforts) and the understanding of how to create innovative cultures improves, there has been increasing focus on this issue from executive leadership. 

Many of these corporations have built sophisticated innovation programs, often drawing on the skills and knowledge of employee “crowds”. These crowdsourcing efforts identify, select, and develop ideas at various stages of maturity. The goal is to drive competitiveness and financial impact. However, in the majority of organizations it seems that the focus has tended to be on the “front-end” of innovation: identifying and selecting top-quality ideas. 

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