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Above: Seattle Public Library, by Rem Koolhaas. Photo by Moody75 via Wikimedia Commons.
Today, Knight Foundation is announcing 14 winners of the 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries. Each winner will receive a share of $1.6 million to ...
Feb. 18, 2015, 9:21 p.m., Posted by Fernando González
Living in South Florida means crossing invisible borders every day, many times a day. Almost inevitably, at one time or another, we are all visitors in someone else’s traditions, have to learn a different code, be it in business or our personal lives, or find a common language.
It is both enriching and a challenge.
It has also inspired Ranjana Warier, who was born in India, to become a facilitator.
A senior security systems engineer for Miami-Dade County by day, Warier is also an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and teacher — with a passion for “demystifying” such rich tradition for new audiences unfamiliar with its history and aesthetics.
Feb. 18, 2015, 3:59 p.m., Posted by Fernando González
The two-day Media Party Miami, celebrated Feb.13-14 in South Florida, was part showcase, part new technologies crash course. It gathered journalists, hackers, academics and students for a day of panels and presentations and a day of hands-on learning, addressing time-honored journalistic values while reframing them with innovation and the new tools to pursue them.
It was a fascinating exercise.
It’s not often that in the span of a day, participants at a conference are regaled with references to soccer star Diego Maradona’s historic 1986 World Cup goal (used as an example and metaphor for drawing a straight line to one’s objectives) but also a demonstration of visualization tools for reporting on the often unholy connections between money and politics (Poderopedia, a Knight News Challenge winner). Or that there might be a team presentation in costumes, as cartoons come to life, offering at one point a powerful interactive piece on street harassment of women in Mexico; or a talk about an ingenious hacker-created Water Quality Sensor for reporting on Amazonian water.
Feb. 18, 2015, 3 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta
Each week, it seems someone publishes yet another list of essentials for city success. In fact, at Knight, we have our own list of these essentials: talent, opportunity and engagement. But Charles Leadbeater, a leading authority on innovation and creativity, believes empathy should be right at the top of these lists.
Based in London, Charles advises companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy. Among the books he has authored on the topic is “We-Think: The Power of Mass Creativity,” which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation.
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