Announcing Makers All 2.0

Finally, the new version of Makers All is up and running! Originally, the project was focused on how to respond to the impact AI and robots may have on jobs. What I eventually realized is that this scope was too broad. For example: I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in arguments over proposals like Universal Basic Income,…

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Citizenship Schools, Part 1: Roots

I've been reading a marvelous book by Katherine Mellen Charron called Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark. Described by Martin Luther King, Jr. as "the Mother of the Movement," Septima Clark was the architect and creator of one of the most remarkable inventions of the civil rights movement: Citizenship Schools. To block as many African Americans as possible from…

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What is User Experience (UX)?

Although there are many ways to describe user experience (UX) design, one of the simplest and best definitions comes from the Nielsen Norman Group, whose founders were pioneers in the UX movement: The first requirement for an exemplary user experience is to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother. Next comes simplicity and elegance that produce…

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1949 NY Ag Extension Services to Today’s Techies: Step Up Your Game

As part of learning more about the history of Agricultural Extension Services, I've been reading Ruby Green Smith's The People's Colleges: A History of the New York State Extension Service in Cornell University and the State, 1876-1948. Cornell University was a leader in Agricultural Extension Services. Although the national program wasn't created until 1914, Cornell University started doing extension work…

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