Monthly Archives: September 2010

Internet = Democracy In China. Not Really According To Chatham House

Conventional wisdom suggests that as China grows richer it will also become more liberal, following essentially the same path of development as today’s advanced democracies. The Internet is supposed to accelerate this process by equipping …   Read more

Cool Open Source Web Tool For Probing Climate Data

After posting about the efforts of climate scientists to build a global climate databank for predicting extreme weather events, I got a note from Dave Jarvis who recently built a cool open source tool for exploring weather trends across Canada since 1900. Just choose a location in Canada and within seconds you can pull up historical trends ranging from minimum, mean and maximum temperatures to average daily rain and snowfalls   Read more

Educators To Crowdsource Solutions To Classroom Problems

For years I’ve argued that every institution needs to move from a “plan and push” mentality to a stance of “engage and co-create.” The new web enables all companies and other organizations to stop shoving …   Read more

Mass Collaboration To Improve Climate Data — A New Frontier In Citizen Science

Scientists meeting in the UK this week are crafting a revolutionary new project aimed at transforming their ability to predict meteorological disasters. The goal, as reported by the Guardian, “is to create an international databank that …   Read more

American Universities: The Detroit Of Higher Learning?

Are we seeing the end of university as we know it? On the surface the claim sounds ludicrous. After all, university enrolment is at an all-time high and the competition to get into the most …   Read more

Does The Green State Of Denmark Really Show The Way Forward?

Denmark is renown for wind power and its impressive accomplishments in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions at a time when those of most other countries are growing vociferously. Today, 20 per cent of the …   Read more

Can Wikinomics Help Rescue The IPCC?

The review committee set up to help revive the beleaguered IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) filed its report yesterday with proposals for wide-ranging changes to the way climate science is done.   Read more