insight labs new site

(kool beans update on site renewal above)

can’t wait to dive deeper – but right away loving this page:

piece on family (attachment via public ed no?)…

insight labs let family

from site link above:

So I guess the first thing that I would say to a time traveler or alien is that our species survives through attachment, and in particular the early attachment between parents and their offspring. It isn’t just a nice strategy or a moral strategy — it’s in our genetics.

piece on school..insight labs site

via site link above:

But what if the highest and best purpose of school were in fact something else? And if it were, how would we even advocate for it in a world where everyone knows what school is “supposed” to do?

but we may be wrong

Inspired by the challenge, we launched an experiment. We posted an anonymous manifesto challenging the prevailing idea of school. Then we asked the world for comment. We were not naive enough to think that our document would launch some new school reform movement – weren’t even sure it was right. Instead, we intended to study the debate generated by the manifesto and distill what it had to teach us about the way our society talks about school.

school is not school



15mInsight LabsInsight Labs ‏@insightlabs
“The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination.”@alan_watts via @21CMonk
1hInsight LabsInsight Labs ‏@insightlabs
Doing the right thing is hard when you’re worn out – writes Dan Ariely  @thenewarchitect

Eventually, when we’ve said “no” to enough yummy food, drinks, potential purchases, and forced ourselves to do enough unwanted chores, we find ourselves in a state called ego-depletion, where we don’t have any more energy to make good decisions.

Enter Baba Shiv (a professor at Stanford University) and Sasha Fedorikhin (a professor at Indiana University) who examined the idea that people yield to temptation more readily when the part of the brain responsible for deliberative thinking has its figurative hands full.
Depletion doesn’t only affect our ability to make good decisions, it also makes it harder for us to make honest ones.
What this means is that when we become depleted, we’re not only more apt to make bad and/or dishonest choices, we’re also more likely to allow ourselves to be tempted to make them in the first place. Talk about double jeopardy.
The key here is planning the indulgence rather than waiting until you have absolutely nothing left in the tank.
1hInsight LabsInsight Labs ‏@insightlabs
Let’s establish empathy-driven, human-scale solutions in our digital designs so that every innovation makes us better
I want to do a lab that drills down into the meme #endofempire. Ideas?@thenewarchitect @benedictnelson
11 AugUX Saves the WorldUX Saves the World ‏@ux4good
@billder: “If you start to fix the problem as if it’s one big lump,you’ll never get there.” See how he DID get there:
Retweeted by Insight Labs
11 AugInsight LabsInsight Labs ‏@insightlabs
Ahh…THAT”S why there’s more talk about innovation than actual innovation. Got it.
So what stops their development? Excessive government regulation and high taxes, stifling animal spirits among innovators and entrepreneurs, are commonly blamed. I see it differently. Invention and development of genuinely new, beneficial products are being stifled, as in the pharmaceutical industry, by big, established companies, not government. Just as drug companies tweak existing products, and deploy large marketing budgets to present them as new, so do other companies tweak and sometimes incrementally improve technologies that were familiar to our grandparents.
Innovation always entails risk. But the bar is set higher because those who innovate or support innovation must overcome the entrenched interests of monopolistic rent-seekers, who usually have the ear of governments and regulators. Knowing this, many scientists and mathematicians put their innovatory talents at the well-rewarded service of financial companies rather than struggle in research labs. Light and Lexchin argue for better regulation of the drugs industry. We need better regulation of rent-seekers across the board if the British and US economies are to be steered towards creating genuinely new, marketable technologies that are both job-creating and socially beneficial.

insight labs

“It’s like the love child of a think tank and a flash mob for good.”

christian long and david bill – dang


huge via

What do we actually want people to do together here?