Designing in a Complex World

Author: John Thackara

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262250375

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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We're filling up the world with technology and devices, but we've lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to answer. Our economic system is centered on technology, so it would be no small matter if "tech" ceased to be an end-in-itself in our daily lives. Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after. We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we're unleashing upon the world. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Who will look after it, and how?In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place now -- not in a remote science fiction future; it's not about, as he puts it, "the schlock of the new" but about radical innovation already emerging in daily life. We are regaining respect for what people can do that technology can't. In the Bubble describes services designed to help people carry out daily activities in new ways. Many of these services involve technology -- ranging from body implants to wide-bodied jets. But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. The design focus is on services, not things. And new principles -- above all, lightness -- inform the way these services are designed and used. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social and technical innovation.
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Life Inside the Bubble

Author: Kathy Passero,Beth Efran

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439103828

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Welcome to Paradise. Otherwise known as Laguna Beach. You've seen the backstabbing, betrayal, and small-town gossip set against the wealthy beachside paradise that is Laguna Beach, California. You've seen hook-ups, break-ups, screw-ups and make-ups -- and all just during two years of school. Now find out what life was like for the stars of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County before the hit MTV series. Think you know Kristin, Talan, Stephen, Taylor, LC, and their friends? Think again. You'll find out: • How and when Stephen and LC hooked up and the "drama" that followed • How Stephen and Kristin started dating • Why Trey got interested in activism and politics • How Lo learns that it's better to go to a party in Laguna Beach than to give one • Talan's life as a pre-teen football star • Taylor and Alex M.'s early fights over boys • What their lives were like growing up • What they all thought of each other when they first met, how their friendships formed, and more Packed with tons of exclusive material from embarrassing baby photos to first-kiss stories, here is everything you ever wanted to know about Laguna Beach's teen royalty.
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The US in the World Economy

Author: Robert Brenner

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859844830

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 331

View: 8494

Brenner demonstrates that the new economy was always a fragile phenomenon.
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A WorryWoo Tale

Author: Andi Green

Publisher: Monsters in My Head, LLC

ISBN: 9780979286025

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 67

View: 4844

Squeek, The Monster of Innocence is afraid to try new things. He hides in his cozy bubble dreaming of all he could do if he just stepped outside. But what happens if Squeek's Bubble takes the step for him? Join Squeek through his whimsical adventures in The Monster In The Bubble.
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How to Use Multiple-choice Tests to Improve Math Instruction, Grades 2-3

Author: Maryann Wickett,Eunice Hendrix-Martin

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571108173

Category: Education

Page: 278

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Multiple-choice testing is an educational reality. Rather than complain about the negative impact these tests may have on teaching and learning, why not use them to better understand your students' true mathematical knowledge and comprehension? Maryann Wickett and Eunice Hendrix-Martin show teachers how to move beyond the student's answer--right or wrong--to uncover understanding and/or misconceptions. By asking a few simple follow-up questions, teachers can learn a great deal about student understanding and make better, more informed instructional decisions. The Beyond the Bubble books (grades 2-3 and grades 4-5) are each divided into five strands--number, measurement, algebra, geometry, and probability--with six problems per strand. Each problem includes an overview of the objective of the test question, a sample question, typical of those found on standardized tests, strategies students employ to solve the problem, conversation starters, student work, student-teacher conversations, and instructional strategies to advance student learning. Teachers will also find suggestions for differentiation, reproducible of sample questions, and a comprehensive list of additional resources. With dozens of sample test questions and numerous student samples, Beyond the Bubble shows educators how to use multiple choice tests to provide more purposeful, focused mathematics instruction for all of their students.
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Recovering from the Bubble Economy

Author: Dean Baker

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1609944771

Category: Political Science

Page: 174

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Dean Baker, codirector of the Center for Economic and Policy Research recounts the strategies used by the country’s top economic policymakers to conceal their failure to recognize the housing bubble or take steps to rein it in before it grew to unprecedented levels, resulting in the loss of millions of jobs, homes, and the life savings of tens of millions of people. He quashes dire warnings of looming rampant inflation and spiraling debt with solid historic evidence to the contrary—evidence that supports more stimulus, not less. With a dose of optimism, Baker outlines a thoughtful progressive program for rebuilding the economy and reshaping the financial system, including new financial transaction taxes that will reduce or eliminate economic waste while providing stimulus and incentives where and when they are most needed.
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Author: Ann Shee

Publisher: All Time Summer Art Production

ISBN: 9671501338

Category:

Page: 168

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"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, to give you a future and a hope." "Life is just like a bubble. It bursts or grows? I don't know so let's ask God!" - from the author. -A Drama A revised version of the originally casual work of the bubble dream. It derives from annshee89.blogspot.com. The pre-stage of All Time Summer's Collection. A moment where your imagination and facts came together. The title is named because of the similarity we all share.When you dream about bubbles at night, it might be interpreted as a wish of unrealistic thing. To the author, she never comes across this but she saw it. It might be just a childhood ambition. It was remembered about the bathroom time. Bubbles appeared while you brushed your teeth. During that moment, you just stared at it. It was beautiful to see it flutter. Just that, it never lasts. This is a metaphor she is trying to ask; `Is bubble meant to pop?' ​​​A fun fact to read this play. It would be more dimensional if this list of music is played while you read. 1. Taylor Swift - Never grow up 2 Taylor Swift - Should have said no 3 John Lennon - Sorry seems to be the hardest word 4 Taylor Swift - The lucky one 5 Taylor Swift - Teardrops on my guitar 6 Taylor Swift - Ours 7 Taylor Swift - I knew you were trouble 8 Taylor Swift - You belong with me 9 Taylor Swift - State of grace 10 Boys like girls featured Taylor Swift - Two is better than one 11 Taylor Swift and Gary Lightbody - The last time 12 Taylor Swift - The white horse 13 Taylor Swift - Tell me why 14 Taylor Swift - I almost do 15 Taylor Swift - All too well 16 Miley Cyrus - Butterfly fly away
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US Stock Market Performance Since 1982

Author: Lawrance Lee Evans

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781781957264

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 237

View: 5132

Providing a comprehensive look at the most dramatic run-up in equity values in US history, this volume takes the reader from theory to empirics, illustrating why we need to go beyond the efficient markets hypothesis and the theory of domestic irrational exuberance to fully unpack the unprecedented phenomenon, why the market was destined for a major decline and why the fallout will be severe and protracted.
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The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy

Author: Dean Baker

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459626303

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

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Plunder and Blunder chronicles the growth and collapse of the stock and housing bubbles, explains how policy changes since 1980 laid the groundwork for catastrophic - but completely predictable - market meltdowns, and offers prescriptions for avoiding these disasters in the future. Dean Baker argues not only that competent economists should have recognized the developing housing bubble, but also that policy makers and the media cheerfully neglected those economists who did predict danger. Baker doesn't engage in 20 - 20 hindsight, but thoroughly documents how fundamental policy shifts destabilized the economy and eroded the broad prosperity of the post - war period. His expert analysis explains the outcomes clearly so we can prevent similar financial disasters. ''Dean Baker warned us what was coming. Now we can read why Dean got it right when so many experts were blind. The story is intriguing - and deeply disturbing.'' - William Greider, national affairs correspondent, The Nation, and author of Come Home, America
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The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff

Author: Jeffrey Head

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 161689024X

Category: Architecture

Page: 168

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Imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. This may sound like the latest development in prefab housing or green architecture, but the design dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff (1895 1982) developed Airform construction as a solution to the global housing crisis. Best known for his elegant Spanish Colonial revival estates in Southern California, Neff had a private passion for his dome-shaped "bubble houses" made of reinforced concrete cast in position over an inflatable balloon. No Nails, No Lumber shows the beauty and versatility of Neff 's design in new and vintage photography, previously unpublished illustrations, and archival material and ephemera.
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Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger's

Author: Julie Clark

Publisher: Future Horizons

ISBN: 1935274104

Category: Medical

Page: 273

View: 7141

Provides advice for parents, educators, and children dealing with Asperger's syndrome, including diagnosis, school challenges, and the day-to-day issues at home.
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The Bubble Blowing Fish

Author: Sharon Velez

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467040649

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 44

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Bubbles looks different from all of the other fish in his school. He doesn't think that there is anything special about him. But, after a short journey and help from some new friends Bubbles realizes that he is special after all!Bubbles' school encounters a swarm of hungry sharks and with Bubbles' quick thinking and courageous actions everyone will learn just how special he is too!Find out more about Bubbles and his journey and you just may learn what's special about you!
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Towards a Framework of Enlightened Needs and Fair Development

Author: Min Ding

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3319009214

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 63

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​The term sustainable development (SD) has now become a ubiquitous idea, philosophy, and guiding principle in our society. Governments, business, NGOs and individuals have embraced the mindset, and even the education institutions talk about graduating young people with sustainability in their DNA. Despite its noble origin, however, sustainable development is a concept that embodies compromise. This compromise has led to a term that is devoid of scientific foundation and actionable guidelines. In this volume, Min Ding offers an alternative to SD, introducing a framework, which he calls the Bubble Theory, built on three layers: the symbiotic duo (subconscious desires at the self and species levels); enlightened needs (manifested desires of the self and species beyond basic survival and procreation), and human development principles (with fair development as the ideal principle for the present). These fundamental concepts of enlightened needs (EN) and fair development (FD) have profound implications for both the theory and application of new practices in business and policymaking.
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Is Sustainable Growth Possible?

Author: Robert U. Ayres

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262027437

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 370

View: 1388

Why the global economy has become increasingly unstable, and how financial "de-carbonization" could break the pattern of bubble-driven wealth destruction.
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Author: Shih-i Pai

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322863484

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 360

View: 518

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