“When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear.
How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there’s plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized.”
dy/dan » Blog Archive » If Math Is The Aspirin, Then How Do You Create The Headache? “Think of yourself as someone who sells aspirin. And realize that the best customer for your aspirin is someone who is in pain. Not a lot of pain. Not a migraine. Just a little. Piaget called that pain “disequilibrium.” Neo-Piagetians call it “cognitive conflict.” Guershon Harel calls it “intellectual need.” I’m calling it a headache. I’m obviously not originating this idea but I’d like to advance it some more. One of the worst things you can do is force people who don’t feel pain to take your aspirin. They may oblige you if you have some particular kind of authority in their lives but that aspirin will feel pointless. It’ll undermine their respect for medicine in general.” tags: weekly itch headache urge math dydan meyer question force Lessons from the principal of a Kentucky school that went from one of the worst to one of the best under Common Core – The Hechinger Report Like the SBG stuff from Shawn Cornally (think, thank, thunk). Be nice to see more of this in higher ed. “Probably the biggest gains came after we let students start developing learning objectives based on the standards. We would actually give the students the standards and ask them, ‘What […]
And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings : NPR “Experts say poorly run meetings grind away at employee engagement and make companies less reactive by bogging decisions down in human red tape. Some companies, including Mattel, try to create limits around the size, duration or frequency of meetings. But meetings often last longer than they need to, Rogelberg says, because managers don’t understand Parkinson’s Law. This is the idea, backed up by research, that tasks take as long as the time allotted. If you budget two hours, it takes two hours.” h/t D’Arcy Norman tags: meetings time weekly Off the 3-D Printer, Practice Parts for the Surgeon – NYTimes.com “Before he operated on Violet, Dr. Meara wanted a more precise understanding of her bone structure than he could get from an image on a screen. So he asked his colleague Dr. Peter Weinstock to print him a three-dimensional model of Violet’s skull, based on magnetic resonance imaging pictures.” tags: medical weekly 3d printing A cleric in the world’s most populous Muslim nation has declared selfies a sin – Quartz More fodder for the selfie class I will never teach. tags: selfie religion muslim sin weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
The New Aesthetic — A new question for the jury: Did my brain implant… “So. You have a condition for which everyday treatment is ineffective or causes side-effects worse than the condition itself. Your doctor suggests a brain implant to offer deep brain stimulation (DBS). You are unfortunately, one of those for whom DBS creates behavioral reactions and you do something illegal. Are you responsible? Or is it your brain implant? […]” tags: weekly brain technology The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies | Serious Eats: Sweets “For the past few months, I’ve had chocolate chip cookies on the brain. I wake up in the middle of the night with a fresh idea, a new test to run, only to discover that my 10 pound flour bin has been emptied for the third time. Did I really use it all up that fast? I’d put on my coat and walk out in the cold New York winter night, my sandals leaving tracks in the snow as I wander the neighborhood, an addict searching for a convenience store that will sell me flour at 3 in the morning. “ tags: process obsession weekly trial error How Language Seems To Shape One’s View Of The World : Shots – Health News : NPR I had a Spanish teacher […]