Young people can be incredibly creative and possess the ability to ‘think outside the box’. I remember reading about a group of adults and a group of children being asked to think of different ways to use a paperclip. The adults came up with a respectable number of suggestions, but the children’s list went on and on. The adults had imagined the traditional paperclip, but the children did more than that….
A paperclip 10 metres high, another made of chocolate, one that can record sound and so on. Nobody had said the paperclip had to be traditional and only the adults made that assumption.
It is that freedom of thought, that new way of looking at things that enables young people to come up with fresh and innovative ideas. Click on the image below to read about how one company is providing the connection between big business problems and young mind solutions.
When you go away on holiday what happens to your home? Does it simply remain empty that week? Have you ever considered renting it out?
And then there’s your car sitting outside unused… and your bike – perhaps someone could use these while you are away for a small fee.
The ‘share economy’ is a growth area and will face various teething problems, but many people are predicting this will be huge. I already know people using Airbnb as a way to find quality holiday accommodation around the world and the opportunities are everywhere.
Imagine just the alumni of all the OISE centres making their properties available to each other when they are on holiday – how many different countries could you visit and have somewhere to stay? Click on the image below to read more about this and consider if you could ever participate.
Thankfully, this is not a euphemism, but in fact two of the buzz words of 2012. It links back to a recent post about trendy phrases from 2012.
Those phrases seemed largely to be Americanisms and these words are being touted in a similar fashion. However, the difference this time, at least from my perspective, is that I have heard of most of them.
In fact, some of them seem very familiar and with origins going back further than just 2012. Could it be they are only new words in the New World, but here they have had a longer life?
Click on the image below to read more and let me know what you think. Did you use of any these words in 2011 or even earlier?
The way we learn and the way we teach is changing.
Current examples include Coursera and TED Ed, but there are a whole host of options emerging that will change the way future generations are educated.
I was taught in almost exactly the same way as my father and even my grandfather to a large degree, but with technology I think the changes will be far more frequent and far more radical.
Click on the image below to read an article about this and try to answer these questions -
How many views has Aaron Reedy’s TED-Ed video had on YouTube?
What does MOOC stand for?
What is the 2 Sigma Problem?
We are all individuals…
Brian: Please, please, please listen! I’ve got one or two things to say. The Crowd: Tell us! Tell us both of them! Brian: Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t NEED to follow ME, You don’t NEED to follow ANYBODY! You’ve got to think for your selves! You’re ALL individuals! The Crowd: Yes! We’re all individuals! Brian: You’re all different! The Crowd: Yes, we ARE all different! Man in crowd: I’m not… The Crowd: Shhhh!
Named after the Roman God, Janus, the God of beginnings, in Britain the birth flower for this month is the carnation based on the Victorian language of flowers. This is known as Floriography and allowed the sender of flowers to convey a meaning according to their choice. In an era where people could not openly discuss their feelings it provided a way to send coded messages. Yellow carnations seem a bit of an odd gift, don’t they?
Click on the image below to listen to ‘January’ from 1975. While you are listening, how many English words can you make using the letters in ‘January’? At least 5 would be good, 7 would be great and over 10 excellent.