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India Calling, An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking is a recently released book by Anand Giridharadas (a columnist for the International Herald Tribune and New York Times online) which has been receiving overwhelming positive reviews from various media outlets (NY Times Article review here, NPR Interview here, an appearance on the Daily Show, which you can see here).   I haven’t read the book, but it’s now on the top of my to read list.   (more…)

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In my previous post, I mentioned the recommended book list from Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010.   Here’s a slide show version the book list on Foreign Policy’s site.   For a quick glance at Top 20 books, here’s the full list in one spot with the book description offered by Foreign Policy magazine.

  1. Fault Lines by Raghuram RajanRajan’s look at the fissures that brought about the global financial crisis — and which are still at work today.
  2. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross SorkinAs the Wall Street crisis went global, Sorkin updated his account of the crisis’s ground zero to include more recent events. (more…)

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fp_logo Foreign Policy magazine just published their list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 who most influenced the global marketplace.  A very worthwhile article that I would recommend reading— you can read the report here.

The report provides an overview for each person and their achievements and thinking that led to their inclusion.  Also, the results of a survey of intriguing global questions asked and responded to by the majority of the recipients is a must read.   Additionally,  a book list of the top 20 books recommended by the Top Thinkers is a great resource for all readers of the article (Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan is the # 1 recommended book). (more…)

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One of my first attempts at writing was a post titled the Power of the Head Wiggle after I returned from a trip to India in early 2009.  I first posted it as a note on Facebook and received favorable feedback from my friends and contacts.   After I started my blog, I soon re-posted the write-up on this blog.  It has by far been the most popular post I’ve made.  Most noticeably, it had been cited as a reference on Wikipedia under the term Head Bobble.   It has also been cited in other people’s blog post such as Mind Your Decisions.

This week, I shared my story of the Indian Head Wiggle on the Canadian Broadcast Center (the Canadian equivalent of NPR) program Definitely not the Opera (a program like NPR’s program This American Life).   (more…)

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In Sugata Mitra’s recent TED talk at TED Global 2010, he stated this unfortunate reality about education:

“There are places on Earth, in every country, where, for various reasons, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go…”

In my earlier post titled, Is this the Future of Learning in Large Urban Slums, I wrote about Mitra’s research and fascinating conclusions around how children, when exposed to computers without adult guidance, learned on their own.   Very important results, because as Mitra states in the quote above, all around the world there are places where children don’t have access to schools and teachers.  In this video below, Mitra delves more into his research around the world ranging from India to Italy—dramatic cases of children demonstrating quantifiable learning and improvement by simply having access to a computer.  Take a look at the 20 minute video. (more…)

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In the past two weeks, I came across two exciting and interesting news headlines, both dealing with technology and research developments in India.  The two headlines:

  1. Using Computers to teach Children with No Teachers
  2. India develops world’s cheapest “Laptop” at $35

Now, the real excitement is how fast these two developments can be combined!  Let me explain.

Using Computers to teach Children with No Teachers

This article discusses 10 years of research performed by Professor Sugata Mitra.  Mitra first introduced children in a Delhi slum to computers in 1999 by embedding a computer in a wall facing the slum. (more…)

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An informative discussion on investing in India in 2010.
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