1. Congratulation’s to Brian Keane and everyone at his firm. Check out Smart Power’s Facebook page here.

    Congratulation’s to Brian Keane and everyone at his firm. Check out Smart Power’s Facebook page here.

     
  2. Perry and Jeremy introduce their new Stanford Innovation at Work program, which allows participants to work face-to-face with colleagues in live workshops without having to leave the office.

    This dynamic workshop offers your team a unique opportunity to master the art—and science—of design thinking and use it to address challenges specific to your work. In a series of short online videos, Stanford’s d.school’s Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley will lead your team through exercises and activities that get you out of your chairs and working together to apply d.thinking approaches in real time to real projects. [Stanford.edu]
     
  3. Michael Webber was recently profiled in the NY Times, as part of piece on how “Universities [are] Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses.” With about 5,000 students completing the course out of roughly 44,000 who signed up, the most popular massive online course at U.T.-Austin was “Energy 101,” which cost more than $400,000 to produce initially.
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Calling the class a success, Prof. Michael Webber is preparing to teach it again and to create another massive course on thermodynamics.

Less than a third of students who took his course were from the United States. At least 60 percent already had earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

Mr. Webber said the value of such courses had changed.

“I think the hype was that MOOCs are going to replace colleges, and then there was that fizzle because they weren’t there yet,” he said. “But they haven’t gone away, and they aren’t going to go away, because they do have the potential to replace textbooks.” [NYTimes.com]

    Michael Webber was recently profiled in the NY Times, as part of piece on how “Universities [are] Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses.”

    With about 5,000 students completing the course out of roughly 44,000 who signed up, the most popular massive online course at U.T.-Austin was “Energy 101,” which cost more than $400,000 to produce initially. Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Calling the class a success, Prof. Michael Webber is preparing to teach it again and to create another massive course on thermodynamics. Less than a third of students who took his course were from the United States. At least 60 percent already had earned at least a bachelor’s degree. Mr. Webber said the value of such courses had changed. “I think the hype was that MOOCs are going to replace colleges, and then there was that fizzle because they weren’t there yet,” he said. “But they haven’t gone away, and they aren’t going to go away, because they do have the potential to replace textbooks.” [NYTimes.com]
     
  4. Listen to Michael Webber here.

    Listen to Michael Webber here.

     
  5. Liza Mundy, author of The Richer Sex, has written a new essay for the Atlantic, “Cracking the Bamboo Ceiling.”

    By design, last year’s publication of Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, the famous and powerful COO of Facebook, launched a women’s movement: more than 20,000 Lean In Circles have since been formed, where members talk about getting ahead in a business culture dominated by men. Surely among the more unusual was the one started by Mark Feng about a year ago. For one thing, Feng, as his name implies, is a member of the sterner sex. For another, the six members of his circle—most of them men—were then second-year students at Harvard Business School. [TheAtlantic.com]
     
  6. Josh Ruxin was recently a guest on Bloomberg’s Taking Stock with Pimm Fox. Watch the interview here.

    Josh Ruxin was recently a guest on Bloomberg’s Taking Stock with Pimm Fox. Watch the interview here.

     
  7. Read Josh Ruxin’s essay on Ebola at Nicholas Kristof’s NY Times blog

    Josh Ruxin, author of A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and A Restaurant in Rwanda, writes “Step One to Fighting Ebola? Start with Corruption.”

    The story of the current Ebola pandemic appears still in its opening chapter. Will the virus be contained, or will it spread its horror across Africa and beyond? The question is being raised around many family tables, including ours, particularly as my wife and I and our three small children, New Yorkers, live in Rwanda where I work in public health and she operates a job training program and a gourmet restaurant. There is a bit of fear in the air here as everywhere, but it is tempered by what we know about Africa. [NYTimes.com]
     
  8. Chunka Mui’s latest at Forbes.

     
  9. Susannah Fox, speaking via Heath 2.0’s Unmentionables panel; read about her talk “Hacking home health care” here.

     
  10. Scott Belsky, VP of Products and Ecosystem at Adobe, was on hand the other day as the company unveiled new products and innovations. Watch various clips of the event here.

    Scott Belsky, VP of Products and Ecosystem at Adobe, was on hand the other day as the company unveiled new products and innovations. Watch various clips of the event here.

     
  11. From a recent 99u talk, Gretchen Rubin explains the “The 4 Ways to Successfully Adopt New Habits.” Gretchen’s new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, is due out March 2015.

     
  12. At the Wall Street Journal, Barry Schwartz explains “How You Make Decisions Says a Lot About How Happy You Are”

    Barry Schwartz and his work were recently profiled at the WSJ.

    “Maximizers are people who want the very best. Satisficers are people who want good enough,” says Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and author of “The Paradox of Choice.” Dr. Schwartz has developed a 13-level test to assess a person’s decision-making orientation. Each statement is scored on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). The higher your score, the more of a maximizer you are. [WSJ.com]
     
  13. Congratulations to Sam Harris on his latest  best seller, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion.
     
  14. Thomas Goetz’s startup Iodine is live in beta now. The site, which seeks to provide “better information about thousands of drugs, built from clinical research and real life experience from people like you” can be accessed here. It was also featured in yesterday’s NY Times.For years, Thomas Goetz had been a spirited armchair advocate of the use of digital technology and data to improve health care.

At Wired magazine, where he was executive editor, Mr. Goetz assigned and wrote articles on the subject. He organized conferences, lectured and wrote a book in 2010, “The Decision Tree,” which hailed a technology-led path toward personalized health care and better treatment decisions.

In early 2013, just as he was leaving Wired, Mr. Goetz met Matt Mohebbi, a Google engineer who shared his interest in technology and health. Their conversations continued for months, and prompted an epiphany.[NYTimes.com]

    Thomas Goetz’s startup Iodine is live in beta now. The site, which seeks to provide “better information about thousands of drugs, built from clinical research and real life experience from people like you” can be accessed here. It was also featured in yesterday’s NY Times.

    For years, Thomas Goetz had been a spirited armchair advocate of the use of digital technology and data to improve health care. At Wired magazine, where he was executive editor, Mr. Goetz assigned and wrote articles on the subject. He organized conferences, lectured and wrote a book in 2010, “The Decision Tree,” which hailed a technology-led path toward personalized health care and better treatment decisions. In early 2013, just as he was leaving Wired, Mr. Goetz met Matt Mohebbi, a Google engineer who shared his interest in technology and health. Their conversations continued for months, and prompted an epiphany.[NYTimes.com]
     
  15. The latest from best-selling author Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion, is available now.

    The latest from best-selling author Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion, is available now.