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December 18, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

My Manifestos for Innovation and Social Change

Here are my mini-manifestos for service and organizational innovation. Most of them center around the university and technology. Please provide insight, recommendations, feedback (including questions), encouragement, and criticism as you see fit:

Fixing Information Consumption & User Experience Online

Google search is broken and how to fix it (How to really personalize search)
Google Scholar search is broken and how to fix it
Fixing the online content chaos with content aggregation (not a manifesto or particularly ground breaking, but a passion of mine none-the-less)
Journalism 2.0:How e-learning and e-commerce will save the newspapers (far before micro-payments. One more article upcoming on this issue of newspaper business models)

Fixing the University Curriculum for the 21st and 22nd Century

The University is broken and how to fix it
Public Speaking 101 is broken and how to fix it (Reforming the communications curriculum, which I’ve created a interactive web syllabus for)
University publication is broken and how to fix it
Fixing technology education in higher ed (there should at least be a class in SaS & web 2.0 productivity, social networking which bridges offline and online, and online content)
Career services is broken and how to fix it (needs editing–I’ve written other pieces about this under the topic of “university” education)
The business curriculum is broken and how to fix it (social enterprise + incubation experience + experiential learning)

Fixing International Development Assistance & Nonprofits with Social Enterprise

Foreign aid is broken and how to fix it (Paul Polack and Jacqueline Novogratz)
Fixing social enterprise business models: 12 revenue models (here is a helpful addendum to my list as are these posts on social business ideas for emerging markets & the BOP and mapping the space of social business operational models)

These manifestos are kinda raw (so they’re not quite ready for prime time, but pretty decent ideas none the less based on existing pain points and cultural trends). Also, a couple are just recommendations without the reason the institution is broken (hopefully thats apparent from the notes I’ve written beside various proposals) Enjoy reading.

Tell me what you like…what you don’t like….what inspires you…..and what society most needs. As always……you rock!!!!!


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jan 19 2011 3:03 am

    Here is a short bibliography of how college education should change:

  2. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 15 2011 7:19 pm

    This project is of interest to the topic of “the university is broken”

    This is a 10 minute video–which **might** be of interest:
    Re-inventing the Lecture (Or, Why Online Lectures Don’t Work, and What We Can Do About It)

    He suggests
    1) Vlogging vs. long distance shot of lecture
    2) increase energy level (jumpcuts, emote, go a little faster)–if you’ve watched vlogs–you might want to watch this part of the video as he alludes to particular Vlogs visually.
    3) Breakdown content into discrete units

    Objections: info vs. theatrical. Its about sensitivity to needs & context.

    Units also create a better learning experience.
    Also the advantage of screen capture

    If you are for the democratic project of education via open classrooms (more open source).

    I would point out that many of the videos at Stanfords e-corner are an example of this. The 18 minute videos at TED are somewhere in between–but certainly point to the need to break down the content.

  3. compassioninpolitics / May 27 2011 1:04 pm

    Here is a quick run down of 25 knowledge management skills–which is critical in a world where both information, creativity, team, and persuasion are such assets:


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