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This growing desire among designers to bring their user focus, strategic vision, iterative methodologies, and propositional thinking to the still-geeky, tech/engineering-centric world of startups promises to be transformative and explosive.

Architecture schools should be retooled to meet this demand.

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Where Is the Next Generation of Innovators?

Everyone from business leaders to President Obama is calling for more young leaders in the areas of science, math, engineering, and technology. But many young people say they aren’t even considering careers in these fields. Why not? A recent survey asked them to explain their hesitance.

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experimentsinmotion:

Mark Wigley on how rethinking motion might lead to new connections between mobility and architecture. Experiments in Motion is a partnership between Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Audi that will explore the future of motion, mobility and design.

fastcompany:

Is Foursquare becoming a better recommendation engine than Yelp?

Foursquare Solves A Basic UI Problem That Eludes Google Maps And Yelp

It’s not hard to imagine how the less confident students, despite moving in a forum that promised connections galore, might grow more isolated, revving the cycle all over again.

I find these results oddly heartbreaking. It seems an irony typical of the Internet that the people who feel safest expressing themselves online actually damage their social standing when they do so. Not because they’re somehow opting out of the real world, as Facebook critics like to insist, but because they are lulled into relaxing their facades. Cheery icons and a shiny, sanitized format make it easy to project the friendliness of a diary onto the Facebook community. Yet the site doesn’t “change” your audience so much as disguise it. Those with low self-esteem may treasure Facebook because it eliminates situations in which social feedback is inevitable (whereas you can’t help seeing your friend’s aggrieved expression when you slip up in person). But you need live feedback to teach you to navigate relationships with grace.

We’ve heard how Internet anonymity—or the illusion of it—can give people license to act like boors. Yet it seems we’re less attuned to the dangers of seeing other Internet users as anonymous or unreal. Social networking sites, with their endlessly personalized apps, can sometimes feel less like meeting places than giant mirrors (Facebook for me has always had the echoey effect of a mansion that a crowd of partiers has just vacated.) Amanda Forest’s study should remind us that when we’re online, for better or for worse, we’re not alone.

From Slate’s If You Think Your Facebook “Friends” Don’t Like You, They Probably Don’t”

“But you need live feedback to teach you to navigate relationships with grace.” I don’t think I could like this sentence more if I tried. Real time social dynamics, especially negative ones, can be incredibly powerful catalysts for individual growth. But more importantly, having opinions, even ones that are perceived as unsavory, are what make you interesting and worthwhile as a person. That being said, someone who is constantly negative in their FB updates may be perceived as trying to gain attention or deliberately trying to be provocative which, in turn, can incite more people to dislike them. There is a fine line between being opinionated and being a whiny jerk. 

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journo-geekery:

Instapaper Founder Marco Arment On The App Economy : Planet Money : NPR

Pretty cool to run into ex-Tumblr Marco, Instapaper, app-store economics and PlanetMoney all at the same time. How squarely am I their demographic, anyway?

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The office of the future will undoubtedly be a giant living room.

nycdigital:

Others have tried and failed to make a coworking space grow in Williamsburg…But ‘real estate professionals’ and born-and-raised Brooklynites Morris Levy and Richard Beyda may have the home-court advantage. The duo opened The Yard, a 14,000 square foot coworking space, in November and are already at 65 percent capacity.”

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Source: Betabeat

Something to think about.

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On November 3, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2930, a crowdfunding bill that will allow startups to offer and sell securities online. The Senate will likely vote on the bill in early 2012.

After eight decades of arguably the most restrictive rules for raising capital in the world, we are standing on the precipice of a new era for funding: crowdfunding. Here are 23 unusual ways in which the crowdfunding revolution could redefine the business to investor relationship.

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