Keeping the momentum on sustainability
Given the current financial crisis, there is no question that sustainability has taken a bit of a hit of late.
“A year ago, or even a year-and-a-half ago, we saw such a huge momentum building. The momentum is still there, but the financial crisis is clearly now taking precedence,” says Paul Kleindorfer, The Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development at INSEAD.
"Legal Defense and Human Rights in Russia"
A talk with Robert Amsterdam, founding partner, Amsterdam & Peroff, legal defense counsel for Mikhail Khodorkovsky. In practice since 1980, Mr. Amsterdam has extensive experience litigating and arbitrating corporate disputes in emerging markets, focusing on the areas of individual and corporate human rights. Mr. Amsterdam was retained by Mikhail Khodorkovsky in August
Changing Times at The Washington Post: Engaging Readers, Enhancing Content
At the Wharton-sponsored Future of Publishing conference held on April 30 in New York, one of the panels looked at the changing nature of content, specifically the increasing popularity of user-generated content spilling forth from an ever-growing variety of sources. The panel included Katharine Zaleski, executive producer and head of digital news products for The Washington Post and before that, senior editor in charge of special projects at The Huffington Post. Following her participation in t
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - Richard Dawkins #1 Bestseller Available Now
#1 Bestseller in Britain! #1 Bestseller in Australia! #1 Bestseller in Ireland! #1 Bestseller in Canada! Richard Dawkins gives an introduction to his new book "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution." He explains why this book was necessary, and what readers can expect from this highly-anticipated work. The book is available now in the UK, and will be released in the US on September 22nd! Read the first chapter of "The Greatest Show" at http://richarddawkins.net/thegreatests
"Her Dilemma" by Thomas Hardy (poetry reading)
Hardy did put his heroines in difficult situations and inflict cruel and unusual punishments on them. Fundamentalists have to face the moral dilemma of whether lying is ever justified. This wouldn't be a controversial topic now but it was in Hardy's day. His novel Jude the Obscure met such public outrage that he never wrote another book. After that he put his creative energy into poetry instead. Recently I saw a question put to those who say that lying is fundamentally wrong and never just
Amy Tan TED talk "Creative Process"
Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
PLATO Computer Learning System 50th Anniversary
[Recorded: June 2, 2010] Science fiction writer William Gibson once famously said, "The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed." Such was the case in the early 1970s, when the fourth generation of the PLATO system, evolving since 1960 at the University of Illinois, made its debut. Viewed from today, it is hard to believe that the PLATO IV system could have existed when it did: Terminals with touch-sensitive, gas-plasma flat-panel displays, random-access audio, built-in color mi
PLATO - A Culture of Innovation
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 1 was entitled "A Culture of Innovation: What Don Bitzer Wrought." Session 1 Description: The Computer-based Education Research Lab, where the PLATO system was invented, was a caldron of innovation. Out of that environment, new technologies grew and lives were changed. What was it about the environment that stimulated innovation? Bob Sutton, management guru and scholar of innovation,
PLATO - Innovations in Hardware
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 2 was entitled "Innovations in Hardware: Mission-based Developments Led Other Places." Session 2 Description: Early discussions at the University of Illinois on how to use emerging computer system technology for delivering quality education quickly led to the formation of a very exciting demonstration project called PLATO. This project was a highly "mission oriented" effort and used
PLATO Learning System Software
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 3 was entitled "PLATO Software: Driven by a Clear, Compelling Challenge." Session 3 Description: The software architecture of the PLATO Learning System permitted high interactivity with hundreds of users and a TUTOR programming language that enabled faculty (and gamers) to write their own interactive graphics programs. These capabilities required close management of scarce system res
PLATO - Online Education & Courseware
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 4 was entitled "Online Education & Courseware: Lessons Learned, Insights Gleaned." Session 4 Description: Thousands of hours of courseware in dozens of academic disciplines were developed on the PLATO system, and deployed to thousands of students at levels from K-20. The open environment and sophisticated authoring tools enabled any interested and creative instructor to develop cours
PLATO - An Early Community of Multiplayer Games
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 5 was entitled "PLATO Games: An Early, Robust Community of Multiplayer, Online Games." Session 5 Description: Social gaming is the fusion of computer games and digital communities. Some of the earliest instances of this occurred on the PLATO system, and were made possible by the PLATO system's technological innovations as well as a sufficiently open environment to allow the developme
PLATO - An Early Online Community
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 6 was entitled "An Early Online Community: People Plus Computing Grows Communities." Session 6 Description: The developers of PLATO didn't set out to build an online community. So how did it turn into one? In 1972 few suspected that a human community could grow and thrive within the electronic circuitry of a computer. But two years later the world's first online community was flouris
Beethoven (Part 1 of 18)
"The events in this movie are based on Beethoven's writings. Beethoven was a German Composer and pianist. His music fell in a transitional period between Classical and Romantic music. Beethven studies with Haydn. Even after his hearing began to deteriorate he still composed, conducted and even performed his music. (9:55)
The Revolutionary War and Its' Battles
This video depicts the Revolutionary War with animation and song. In this video, Paul Revere, The War of Independence, The British Redcoats and George Washington are discussed. This video also discusses how France and Spain helped the colonies defeat Britain and how Cornwallis surrendered.
Climate Change: Taking the temperature 50 years down the road
Even though the issue of climate change has been known for about decades, it has only been in the past five years or so that the topic has been seriously addressed. Governments and businesses have started to adapt their policies and practices, mostly due to pressure from the public.
A new era for innovations
Paul Saffo, a technology forecaster and advisor to private and government clients worldwide, says “if you’re really determined to find that next big idea and time it right to make a difference, it typically takes 20 years from discovery to take-off.”
Why women mean business
Business leaders ignore gender issues at their peril. That's the view of CEO of gender consultancy 20-First and INSEAD alumna Avivah Wittenberg-Cox. In a new book, 'Why Women Mean Business', Wittenberg-Cox and her co-author Alison Maitland say organisations that become savvy about 'womenomics' will win in the war for the best talent and leadership and the war for customers.
Above the Clouds: Telescopes on Mauna Kea
Astronomical research is dependent on technology that allows astronomers to see the universe. Telescopes act as giant eyes, capturing the light from celestial objects and processing it for astronomers to study. Generally, a space-based telescope will offer the clearest views of the universe. However, astronomers have found an ideal site for ground-based telescopes. In this video segment adapted from First Light, learn about recent telescope technologies and one of the best ground locations — M
The Chinese Gunpowder
Gunpowder was invented, documented and used in ancient China where the Chinese military forces used gunpowder based weapons technology. This video talks about how gunpowder was discovered and how they used it for firecrackers. (Professional video)Run time 06:17