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I’ve been to India 8 times in first 40+ years of life and 8 times in last 3 years now that I have a job that requires frequent travel to India.      In all of those trips and now reinforced more than ever, it is the sound of India which is most embedded in my mind whether the 1980’s in Mumbai or 2016 in Hyderabad (picture from below – December 2016).

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I’ve been fascinated by Sugata Mitra’s self-direct learning methods, which I wrote about here http://bit.ly/OuXgcd and here http://bit.ly/1ddR9Pu. Now, he’s opened his first learning lab in India. More below

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Kids at the Korakati School in the Cloud investigate the questions that matter to them online, with the assistance of a teacher via the Granny Cloud. Students at the School in the Cloud in Korakati, India, investigate the questions that matter to them online, with the assistance of a teacher via the Granny Cloud.

By Natasha Scripture

“Early one morning last February, a man turned up on my doorstep who had travelled through the night to get there,” said Sugata Mitra, the education reformer who received the 2013 TED Prize. “This schoolteacher wanted to do something positive for his village, which had no electricity, health care or primary education … It was just the kind of place I was looking for.”

Korakati is a remote village in one of the poorest parts of India, in the middle of a mangrove swamp. It’s hardly the place that most people would seek out to try to build a high-tech learning lab. But then again, Sugata Mitra is not most people. [ted_talkteaser id=1678]At TED2013, Mitra shared his long-standing…

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One of the most popular posts I’ve written for this blog was about my experience with the Indian Head Wiggle, (or Shake, or Bobble- many names for that most Indian of Indian gestures)  inspired by an analysis of the wiggle in the fantastic book Shantaram.  That post for many years was a cited reference in Wikipedia for the Indian Head Wiggle.   I even was interviewed on Canadian radio for my so called expert perspective on the Indian Head Wiggle.    Needless, to say, this gesture and topic has become important to me and something that I’ll pay attention to as I hear about in the media. (more…)

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The other night, I was walking in downtown San Francisco after a work event near two other pedestrians, two men probably in their mid twenty’s.   I could overhear parts of their conversation when one of them said, “I hate technology.  I forwarded the email to her, and then she posted it on …….”.   It seemed to be a discussion about singles, dating, and technology and the first thing I thought about was, of course, Aziz Ansari!

On September 7, 2013, I attended a comedy show of acclaimed comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari at the Victoria Theater in Dayton, Ohio.   The evening started out with a funny bit where Ansari allows the audience to take a picture of him on stage, a practice that had just previously been announced as prohibited.   Ansari wondered why fans were so eager for a picture that would inevitably be blurry and sure enough here’s my requisite blurred photo. (more…)

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As we hit the summer of 2013, it dawned on me this is the 20th anniversary of a national conference I helped organize in the summer of 1993.  The National Asian Indian Sammelan in Dayton, Ohio was a conference for young Asian Indian American adults, mostly age 18-34, exploring professional, personal, and life issues that this coming of age group was beginning to face.   Generally, the audience of this conference was second generation Americans, whose parents had immigrated to the US in the 1960’s and 1970’s.   This group was often the first set of young Asian Indian Americans who had been born and raised in the US, were recent high school or college graduates, and were beginning to face critical decisions such as career choice and marriage options. (more…)

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One of the most celebrated new developments in education technology is the Khan Academy.    Founded by Salman Khan, the Khan Academy offers instructional videos around a variety of topics but is most noted for its math related content.   Key features include powerful dashboards and analytics which let instructors and users monitor performance and identify and reinforce needed focus areas.  Khan’s site has about 2 million visitors a month and in total has offered around 54 million individual lessons.  Khan is now drawing attention from many prominent people in the education, technology, non-profit, and social entrepreneurship sections.  Bill Gates said about Salman Khan “I see Sal Khan as a pioneer in an overall movement to use technology to let more and more people learn things,” says Gates. “It’s the start of a revolution.”  (more…)

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In 2004, Franklin Foer penned a book titled How Soccer Explains the World, An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.   When I earlier wrote about my favorite books of the past decade, it earned honorable mention in the globalization category, so certainly a work I hold with high regard.

Foer spent six months traveling to the world’s soccer capitals trying to assess if the growing  internationalization of the game could help explain the rapid globalization of the world’s economy and lifestyle.   (more…)

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