Month: August 2010

The need for innovation in higher education.

If higher education had to wear a badge saying ‘What are we here for?’ There can only be one answer in this One Planet World, ‘We are here to liberate the creativity needed to continually reduce the Resource Intensity of Society at continually reducing Resource Intensity of Learning’.

Put more prosaically, ‘we are here to continually improve the ‘Quality of Life’ whilst continually improving the ‘Quality of Learning.


Waking The Sleeping Giant

Margaret Spellings, Forbes 08.11.10, 06:00 PM EDTThe need for innovation in higher education.


Remember Gulliver? He’s the big guy who landed on the island of Lilliputians and fell asleep. While he was asleep the little tiny Lilliputians surrounded him and tied him down completely. Gulliver couldn’t move–he was trapped, even though he was a giant and an accomplished explorer set out to discover new things and new ideas. When I think about higher education in America, I think of Gulliver.

Like Gulliver, higher education is a giant force. We Americans smugly brag that our system is the finest in the world while our international rankings of college attainment continue to fall. Higher education is now tied up by Lilliputians and, like poor Gulliver, it can’t or won’t get up…………..

………………..We must develop and enact policies that incentivize the delivery of quality offerings while controlling costs. And we must develop a new results-oriented model of quality assurance that provides consumers and policymakers more information and accountability for our individual and public sector investments. Our federal government must also become an advocate for innovation through changes in visa policies that embrace individuals who are educated here, by making investments in cutting edge research, and by fostering a regulatory environment that eliminates barriers–such as the inadequate accreditation system–to innovation and results……………..

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China’s car-straddling bus — and its technical creativity

China’s car-straddling bus — and its creativity in clean tech

By Deborah Gage | Aug 6, 2010

This picture from China News shows China’s latest scheme for handling both its traffic jams and its air pollution — a combination bus/train that would straddle the road so cars could drive underneath it.

The project was exhibited in May at the Beijing International High-Tech Expo by the Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co Ltd., according to the news service China Hush.

It runs on electricity or solar energy. Passengers would sit on the top level (the bus can accommodate 1200 to 1400 people) while cars drive beneath them.

Its creators claim the straddling bus could reduce traffic jams by 25 to 30 percent, partly by getting people out of their cars and partly because the bus would move along with the cars underneath it rather than being one more vehicle on the road.

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Sustain, Maintain, Retain? what does it all mean?

Sustain, Maintain, Retain? What Does It All Mean?

……………The 2005 World Summit also added the balance of demand to the definition of sustainability. The Summit asserts that sustainability is the reconciliation of environmental, social, and economic demands – the three are not mutually exclusive, but mutually enforcing. This definition suggests that a sustainable global society shares a respect for nature, universal rights, economic justice, culture, and politics. Demand management must be enforced, therefore, for all good and services so that consumption is reduced, renewable resources are put to use, and practices are implemented that minimize resource intensity, while maximizing resource productivity……………..

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