Posted by Eric Newton
Journalism is ripe for reinvention. The right journalism schools can become engines that drive innovation. Creative minds at forward-facing research universities can rise to the challenge of renewing the role of journalism in society.
Take those three statements, sprinkle on what I say below, and you’ll see why I ...
Aug. 13, 2014, 4:41 p.m., Posted by Bobby Fishkin
Digital media in use at immigration rally in Washington DC. Photo credit: SEIU on Flickr.
Debates about immigration policies today are often loud, noisy, rancorous, simplistic and ill-informed. These policies impact the tech community profoundly, often with consequences that were unintended by the policy’s framers. Misinformation and disinformation have undeserved influence; preventable and problematic unintended consequences go unchecked.
Reframe It is collaborating with TechCrunch and Silicon Valley Community Foundation to bring a currently underutilized resource to these debates: the intelligence, creativity and problem-solving mindset of the tech community. The goal is both to harness fresh ideas about assumptions, arguments and possible reforms, and to test whether the tech community would support these reforms if they understood them.
Media, think tanks and individual citizens often claim that one or another public policy proposal would have a particular result. But they base these expectations on assumptions, which can be “buggy.” If only a small group of people have the opportunity to debug our pending legislation and public policies, then any preventable bugs they don’t find are likely to cause real problems for our society. In “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” Eric Steven Raymond paraphrased “Linus’s Law”: “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” With support from Knight Foundation, Reframe It and its collaborators are working to bring the creative energy of the technology community to the debugging of public policy related to immigration reform.
Aug. 13, 2014, 3:53 p.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson
Above: Mario Cruz, right, at Startup Grind. Photo: Carolina Wilson.
Knight Foundation supports Startup Grind Miami, part of a global community, to expand South Florida’s network for entrepreneurs.
Mario Cruz, co-founder and CTO of Choose Digital, grew up wanting to be a lawyer—until he discovered he hated writing. Now an entrepreneur and technologist, he shared his startup story Tuesday night at Venture Hive thanks to host Startup Grind Miami.
Choose Digital, which Cruz founded with CEO Stephen Humphreys in 2011, is a digital marketplace that allows members to redeem points or miles for the latest music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks.
The Miami-based company has allowed companies such as SkyMall, Marriott and United Airlines to include digital content as part of their sales and marketing strategies.
Cruz said that his startup success could be attributed in part to a rule he coined when considering who to have on his team: “No heroes; no zeros.”
Aug. 13, 2014, 3:43 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad
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