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Learning in a Modern Age
Marsha Dunn
Friday, December 1, 2017
David Small is a master at designing user-led experiences that communicate complex ideas. His company Small Design Firm develops self-guided installations that harness beauty, playfulness, and emotion to create lasting impressions of vital ideas. I had the opportunity to talk to David about his design work, and in particular, about the fine art of letting the material—rather than the designer—lead the way, a lesson he learned as a student at the MIT Media Lab.
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Matt Saiia
Monday, November 13, 2017
Think Piece
Can a group of Tamil-speaking 12 year-olds in a south Indian village teach themselves the biotechnology of DNA replication in English? According to Sugata Mitra’s research, the answer is a resounding YES! Several years ago, Mitra was awarded the TED Prize for his vision of “building a school in the cloud.” Having installed unmanned computers in locations ranging from a slum wall in Delhi to a tree in remote India, Mitra documented children teaching themselves computer, language, and advanced science skills. Mitra’s conclusion: we can level the learning playing field by providing any group of children a computer and internet access plus three ingredients: encouragement, space to self-organize, and a wondrous question—how did the world begin? how will it end? what happens to the air we breat

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Katherine Gorman and Geoff Amidei
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
This year's TEDxBoston speakers gave us a wonderful vantage point into how the reality of machine learning and artificial intelligence is changing the world around us in ways that we see and ways that we don’t see. As in previous years, Collective Next provided speaker and event sponsorship in the form of speaker coaching and script writing, in-depth design/production of talk visuals, overall content curation, and graphic facilitation at the event.