Now that 2016 has come to a close I thought I would share a few of my favorite articles and
videos from the past year. I am sure that I have left things off that moved me, but here are the ones that rose to the top as I reflected on this past year.
The Puzzle of Motivation: Daniel Pink’s Ted Talk on redefining motivation is seven years old, but is still quite relevant in thinking about what motivates people. The extension that I find particularly interesting in how this may be extrapolated to what we do in schools and the monetary incentive parallels in education.
The Power of Introverts: Susan Cain gives an impassioned talk about the struggles over introverts in today’s social world and the extraordinary talents and perspectives they bring to world.
Enabling Our Future: Cam’s 3D Printed Journey: Read about a family’s struggle to get a prosthetic for their child and how that was solved with 3D printing. The end result lead to a worldwide network of 3D printed prosthetics that are at a fraction the price to produce. While they may not be permanent replacements to other prosthetics it has freed thousands of people to get a prosthetic at a fraction of the price, built community, and is a shining example of social entrepreneurship.
Why Understanding These Four Mistakes Can Help Us Learn: Not all mistakes are creating equal. This article discusses the values of different mistakes and what they offer teachers and learners.
Design Thinking/Human Centered Design
Design Thinking or Human Centered Design was a large focus of mine this year. Here are a couple of my go to resources:
Stanford d.School Virtual Crash Course: Experience everything that is Human Centered Design through this 90 minute crash course.
The Field Guide to Human Centered Design: A step by step guide that will introduce you to the process and purpose.
60 Minutes Visits IDEO: Hear from found of design firm IDEO on how they solve the world’s engineering and human problems.
Acumen+ Design Thinking Online Courses: Take one of these multi-week free online courses and you will enter the world of problem solving in a new way. These courses can both be a learning experience for you, as well as a way to make an immediate change to an organizational issue.