Undergoing Remodeling

When the report comes out in the next few weeks, Makers All is going to change its focus. So, we're in the middle of redesigning the site; please pardon the mess! To give you a feel for where Makers All is headed, here's the draft title of the report: Makers All: How to Help Communities Transform Emerging Tech So They…

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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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National Jobs Guarantee, Volunteer Bucks, and the Future of Work

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's amazing victory in the 14th congressional district Democratic primary this week got a lot of people talking about the progressive ideas she ran on, one of which is a Federal Job Guarantee. According to her website: Alexandria endorses a Federal Jobs Guarantee, because anyone who is willing and able to work shouldn’t struggle to find employment. A Federal…

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