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Re-Imagining Educational Reform in the United States

  If the United States is to live up to its promise of a better life for all its citizens, improving school performance is a necessity . Education is understood to be society’s primary means of furthering individual and collective … Continue reading

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Asian Schools Top Global Rankings

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published the largest ever global school rankings and Asian school systems make up the top 5 places: 1. Singapore 2. Hong Kong 3. Korea 4. Japan 5. Taiwan 6. Finland 7. … Continue reading

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Pinellas “Failure Factories” Urged to Retool with Complexity to Boost Performance

“How many more years of your life do you want to spend making colored water when you can have an opportunity to change the world?” – Steve Jobs to John Scully who at the time was considering joining Apple or … Continue reading

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Pinellas County Schools Can Learn A Lot From Starbucks

I love coffee. I drink it all day long. From the time I get up in the morning almost until I go to bed at night, I’ve got my coffee. Almost all the people I know drink coffee, too. Maybe … Continue reading

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How Principles of Competition and Strategy Can Improve Pinellas Schools

“You can call any plan or program a strategy, and that’s how most people use the word. But a good strategy, one that will result in superior economic performance, is something else. More simply put, you have found a way … Continue reading

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How Silicon Valley Can Help Pinellas Schools

  The contest for Pinellas County School Board Member in District 6, incumbent Linda Lerner, 71, against challenger Maureen Ahern, 54, focuses on their differing viewpoints on various education related issues.  (The issues are highlighted in two articles, one in … Continue reading

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New St. Petersburg Business Incubators Not Enough

When up and running in a year or so, St. Petersburg’s leaders expect two new business incubators,  one slated to be located just south of downtown near the USF-St. Petersburg campus, in walking distance of All Children’s and Bay Front … Continue reading

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Using Complexity to Design Intelligent Social Systems

  ‘Complexity’ “Complexity thinkers define ‘intelligence’ in terms of exploring a range of possible actions and selecting ones that are well-suited to the immediate outcome…” – Davis and Sumara “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” – American … Continue reading

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Facilitating Socio-Economic Development – Institutions

“Jobs liked to tell the story- and he did so to his team that day- about how everything that he had done correctly had required a moment when he hit the rewind button. In each case he had to rework … Continue reading

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Developing St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Developing a Florida City’s Reputation St. Petersburg was recently named as one of the top 52 places in the world to visit in 2014 by The New York Times: “…St. Petersburg is anything but stationary. With a redeveloped … Continue reading

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