I’d Like to Buy My Staff a Coke: Getting Them to Sing in Perfect Harmony

Social media and Web 2.0 technologies have changed the way we collaborate and come together for collective action.  Additionally, they are enabling us to achieve feats of unprecedented size and scale.  They are helping us search for cures to cancer, they have allowed us to create a comprehensive world encyclopedia, and they have even toppled entire governments.  Key to understanding and harnessing collaboration and collective action, however, is that these efforts should be goal-driven, not tool-driven, and that they all need not look the same.  Understanding these two points can allow us… Read More

Education Radicals: An Evolution of Image

At left, Michelle Rhee’s Time Magazine cover from 2008 when she was Chancellor of the Washington, DC schools.  At right, two years later in 2010 after she resigned from office. Education and politics are littered with change sagas and heroes.  I find individuals who enact radical change, however, to be particularly interesting.  It always intrigues me how the image of these public figures evolves over time.  They often undergo the journey from being viewed as controversial autocrats to being hailed as trail-blazing visionaries (well, at least the “successful” ones, anyway).  When confronted… Read More