The Dawn of Reality Education

The Dawn of Reality Education is the story of my experience at Creative Live in Seattle in late April 2015 as part of a 10 person live studio audience for a series of 30 HD web-based broadcasts, live and recorded. The course was on travel hacking, taught by Chris Guillebeau ad Stephanie Zito, two of the most traveled individuals in the world. The subject matter was amazing but Creative Live as a platform really got 

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The Salvage Supperclub - Williamsburg Brooklyn

Salvage Supperclub is an outgrowth of a thesis project on food waste by Josh Treuhaft a student who received his MFA last month in the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program at the School of Visual Arts where I taught entrepreneurship. Josh teamed with Chef Celia Lam of the Natural Gourmet Institute who prepared a menu that was out of this world all from ingredients donated from many food suppliers who otherwise would have thrown them away as unsalable items ("underused food") for their shelves.

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A Jeffersonian Dinner - Lots of Fun, Great Experience & New Friends

I was one of 13 individuals who were part of a Jeffersonian dinner last week. What is a Jeffersonian dinner you ask? It's an excellent question that I didn't know the answer to until I was invited to one. Suffice it to say it was lots of fun, a truly great experience and the basis of a number of very interesting new acquaintances in my fellow diners. The subject was education.

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Keith Teare on Facebook / Whatsapp and the future of social networks

Keith Teare writing in his blog Opinionated has written a very compelling piece about the Facebook acquisition of Whatsapp for $19 billion. It is well worth a read. If Teare is right Facebook has entered new territory - the mobile web - where Mark Zuckerberg will be forced to continue to play Whack-A-mole which is going to make it very hard to navigate.

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Goal: Job Creation - Which Form of Entrepreneurship Would Win?

Economic development is about jobs, jobs where people can earn enough to feed and shelter themselves and their families. Most economic development programs are betting on "scalable" startups as their job engine - trying to make sure the next Facebook, Google, etc. is built in their city, state or region. Is that the best way to do it? Should we put the bulk of economic development funds in scalable startups or invest more money in training as many people as can be accommodated in the basic principles of entrepreneurship as defined by the $100 Startup or other micro-entrepreneurship models. Let's be agile/lean and run some experiments to test our hypotheses. 

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Startup Valley of Death - Keith Teare via Opinionated - a new Newsletter

We have all heard of the Valley of Death but not explained by a guy with the experience base that Keith Teare has.  He currently has 13 portfolio companies being incubated or accelerated at Archimedes Labs but has just hit a major bump in the road with his personal baby, just.me, in spite of quickly amassing over 300,000 users for what is described as "the best of texting, email and social networking, all in one place, on a mobile app".

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Seth Godin meet David Byrne .... Art, Innovation, Creativity .... Genius

My art is teaching innovation and entrepreneurship. The ideas I am sharing with MFA students at the School of Visual Arts in NYC are about the "art of innovation and entrepreneurship". Why do I say "art"? I have immersed myself in Seth Godin's work lately having been drawn in by his focus on art and artists. Seth's definition of art is broad, "art is the unique work of a human being, work that touches another".  To Seth art and the artist are not on the fringe but in fact right at the center of the post-industrial economy -- "creating ideas that spread and connecting the disconnected are the two pillars of our new society, and both of them require the posture of an artist". It was running across a new book by musician David Byrne, adding it to the mix, that triggered this post.....

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An Entrepreneur Tackling an Important Issue re: Women's Health

Lovability, a company founded by one of my entrepreneurship students at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC, was profiled today by Denise Restauri who writes for Forbes covering "the emerging voices of girls and women". Her piece entitled The Entrepreneur Making Condoms Chic Enough For Women To Buy tells the story of Tiffany Gaines who is on a mission to empower women to take control of their sexual health.

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What's in a Name - Rebranding STEM

The NY Times Editorial Board ran a piece in last Sunday's Review section asking the question "who says math has to be boring?" The premise of the article was that American students are bored by math, science and engineering and even though they buy smartphones and tablets they don't pursue the skills necessary to build them. The high points of the article were that we need: 1. a more flexible curriculum; 2. earlier exposure to numbers; 3. better teacher preparation; 4. experience in the real world. All good thoughts. However, after I read all of it and reflected on it for a while, I finally shook my head and said to myself, "Really?"

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More serendipity thanks to @DigitalWoman

More self-made serendipity when I attended Nelly Yusupova's @DigitalWoman Build Your Social Media Footprint workshop at ThoughtWorks in NYC yesterday. As I told my fellow attendees on introducing myself, I was the definition of an outlier as the only male with 30+ women who are part of NYCWebGrrls. Luckily they didn't hold that against me.

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Creating serendipity ....

I spent Friday and Saturday this week at a truly amazing conference, the Work Revolution Summit (WRS) at the Center for Social Innovation in NYC.  Jessica Lawrence Executive Director of the NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), Julie Clow and Josh Dykstra of Work Revolution, with lots of help from Andy Saldana, organized the gathering. I am a big believer in creating one's own serendipity. WRS for me was true serendipity.

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