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Education in China: Textbooks come with obsolete cassettes

Parents often complain that it’s difficult to use the outdated tapes since many no longer have cassette players […]

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Watch Rory Sutherland’ “Sweat the small stuff” talk at TED

It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples. From unlikely beginnings as a classics teacher to his current job as Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Group, Rory Sutherland has created his own brand of the […]

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Brazil leads the way to a new generation of designers in China

Bruno Porto, Sarah Stutz, and I recently spoke to Claudia Trevisan from Estadão about the status of Design Education in China (in Portuguese). Check some of the highlights […]

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Economics Innovation Trend Watching

Watch Dave Eggers’ wish “Once Upon a School” at TED

Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open […]

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Watch Sam Richards’ “A radical experiment in empathy” at TED

By leading the Americans in his audience at TEDxPSU step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand — not approve of, but understand — the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?

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Design Information Technology Innovation Software

Watch “Mr. McCluskey’s Method” Autodesk Film Preview

In this short viral film that parodies Dead Poet’s Society and other films, join the students at Huntley Boarding School as they meet their new teacher, Mr. McCluskey, and enjoy his unorthodox teaching methods while delivering important Autodesk messages […]

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Design Innovation Trend Watching

Watch Michael Pawlyn’s “Using nature’s genius in architecture” talk at TED

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun […]

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China Economics Trend Watching

Education in China: Shanghai teenagers are world’s smartest?

Chinese parents and education experts have shrugged off a report from an international organization saying Shanghai students the best education in the world […]

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Autodesk Introduces Free Sustainability Resources for Engineering Students, Educators

Autodesk has unveiled Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, an online portal of educational content providing mechanical engineering students and teachers with the resources they need to practice sustainable design […]

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China Trend Watching

Education in China: Ghostwriting hits frightening levels at universities

Many university students under pressure are turning to the Internet for help – not for research, but to find someone to write their reports for them […]