Robin Good: Gruveo is a secure and free web app which allows you to easily start a video-conference session with anyone without needing to register, download, install or login anything. To start a video session you simply input a numeric code (of three or more digits) of your choice on the Gruveo home page and then communicate that code to anyone you want to video call. That's it. Your computer and... Read more
Robin Good: Blinkist offers non-fictions book summaries that allow you to get key insights from any book in less than 15 minutes. "Blinks are powerful bites of insight from outstanding nonfiction. You can read a blink in less than two minutes..." Each book summary is made up of about eight blinks. Theseare intended as a beginning of a self-driven path toward learning, rather than a replacement for reading full books. Blinks are... Read more
Robin Good: Jeremy Mitchell, an art director, web designer & filmmaker, is also the curator of a small network of website collections that showcase the best examples of *about pages*, *product web sites* and *agency sites*: The Best Network.Each site is a visual gallery of real-world examples of web pages fitting the site theme and organized across a number of relevant (though not always so coherent) categories.A great example of non-commercial content... Read more
Robin Good: Mazwai is an online video hub collecting high-quality HD video footage under a CC-license (or Public Domain) that can be immediately downloaded and re-used on any project you have, by simply crediting and linking the original author.All the video footage at Mazwai is available in HD under the public domain or the CC Attribution license (CC 3.0).To use it, simply browse and click on any video you are interested in using. Watch... Read more
Robin Good: If you are looking for an alternative free service to upload and share your PDF documents without requiring to register, login or pay fees, check out PDF.yt.The free, non-commercial web service (which is supported by your donations) allows you to upload as many PDF files as you wish, with a max file size of 100MB. You don't need to register or login to upload a PDF file, but... Read more
Robin Good: Really Good Emails offers a curated selection of the best email newsletter designs picked, organized and curated by Matthew Smith and his team.The site presents over 20 thematic sections, from Alerts to Survey and Welcome emails to Email Digest, Newsletter and Promotions. All sections showcase miniatures of the email collected which can be viewed in detail, both as a desktop and mobile screenshots, with just one click.A valuable... Read more
Robin Good: Justin Fowler, co-founder of AudioPress, offers valuable insight into what the future of search and curation may be, by providing a relevant and sound pattern to look at: music.He writes on TheNextWeb:"Context is key for music, and that is where services like Songza and Beats Music are picking up tips from FM radio. These services are essentially using algorithms to help people discover new playlists, instead of discovering... Read more
Robin Good: Startupery is a new online resource which organizes and curates best-practices, strategy advice, tips and methods for business startups.The present library currently comprises over 500 hundred resources organized under 372 topics by 12 selected "experts", which include, among others, Fred Wilson (Vevnture Capitalist), Eric Ries (The Lean Startup), Chris Dixon (Investor) and Brad Feld (Early Stage Investor / Entrepreneur). For each expert you will find a page outlining his... Read more
Robin Good: Martin Smith, Chief Revenue Officer at Noodle, has written an interesting article highlighting how the future of universities is about to be completely transformed, and how, similarly to what is happening in the music industry, curators, or those organization acting in such role, will play a dramatically important role in the future of higher education.Key factors that will make this a reality are:
Robin Good: Unmark is a web app which allows you to easily bookmark any web page you deem relevant, and to assign to it a to-do labels, a description and the option to permanently archive it.Unmark keeps track and displays all of your bookmarks in an elegant vertical timeline and can manage hashtags utilized in the note/description field allowing easy categorization.Existing bookmarks can be easily imported from your favorite web browser,... Read more
What are the key skills that, in an hypothetical situation where there were no schools as we know them today, I would deem essential for my son and daughters to learn in their youth?
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By posing myself this question over and over, and by questioning traditional curriculums and the real, practical usefulness of them in helping a human being survive and realize the dreams and ideas he conceives of, I have arrived at thirty-five key skills that I have listed in this multi-part guide.
In this new and unique learning curriculum there is very little of what schools normally provide.
Made exception for some basic math (though learned and understood with a completely different approach) and for dwelling deeper into truly understanding how to “read” something or knowing more about one’s own body and physiology, the thirty-five skills that I have explored in this guide share very little similarities, if any, with those that you can gain in the 13 years of basic traditional school education.
My key selection criteria in considering, evaluating and finally choosing anyone of the skills that I have here listed, has been a rather simple question: does the mastering of this skill significantly affect my probability to live a meaningful, constructive and rewarding life experience independently of the time, part of the world, social class, and group that one could be living in?
And when my answer has been positive I have included that skill.
Here the last five ones that I have selected:
31. How to Search
32. How To Navigate
33. How To Calculate with Numbers
34. How To Rest
35. How To Cure Oneself
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