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The missing piece?

Would the global publishing industry exist in major languages if there were little revenue and few paying jobs?  No. Yet this is precisely the case in thousands of minority indigenous languages. So why can’t we figure out why sustainable education and  development — invigorated by thousands of local micro-publishing entrepreneurs — have never taken off [...]

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How cognitive surplus will change the world

In this 2010 TED Talk, Clay Shirkey calls cognitive surplus “a trillion hours a year of participatory value up for grabs.”  This could have enormous implications for the design of an equitable learning environment for the ‘3 billion at the bottom‘. Shirkey concludes with this: What’s going to make the difference here is what Dean Kamen, [...]

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The Localization Alliance

We’re in the Opportunity Discovery phase of  the Technology Entrepreneurship course I’m taking at Stanford Online, and some exceptionally gifted people have joined the Localization Alliance ‘team’ I started this past week.  The value they could add is significant, to say the least.  See the team vision-description statement below. If you’ve been involved in any [...]

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Spark a Child’s Digital Future

Great News! After years of  careful preparation, planning, development, training and pilots — with great results — World Vision’s efforts to localize teaching & learning materials across all program areas  should finally begin bearing fruit this summer. With the help of donors — and 2x matching grants from Microsoft, Intel and the British Council  — [...]

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The Cocreative Learning Network

Please see: cocreativelearning.net.

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Are entrepreneurs heroic figures or system builders?

It’s a tough call on who wins this one: Marc Ventresca in his  TEDx talk Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems, or Ted McCracken in his critique Who and What Is an Entrepreneur?  on the HBR Blog Network.  Elements of both ring true in my experience. Where Ventresca sees entrepreneurs as system builders “marshaling, mobilizing, [...]

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Getting localization right

World Vision is doing a great job with Shellbooks in East Africa. This excellent video shows the process in the context of a resource localization workshop in the Maasai community of Siyiapei in Kenya. Here are a few sample quotes from the narration and participant interviews: Shellbooks are simple story-based teaching and learning resources — [...]

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The Shellbook Publishing System

The Localization Alliance is seeking public and private partners – local community or community-focused organizations, schools, government and private education, development aid & relief agencies, universities, companies, start-ups, and/or individual programmers, subject matter experts, curriculum designers, researchers, and others — with the interest & ability to do any of the following: create & publish teaching & learning resources [...]

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