Wisconsin Recall Cam

Over 1 million signatures were collected in the recall effort of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  Now we wait as the Government Accountability Board verifies all of the signatures in a secret, undisclosed location.

There’s a live stream of these folks doing their work.  And a Twitter hashtag #recallcam for folks to play along.  @recallcam has led the way as the community has assigned names and stories to the workers, etc.

In an “art imitates life imitates art” moment, I caught the Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” while watching #recallcam yesterday.

My house is out of the ordinary
That’s right, don’t want to hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house
No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin’ yet
Everything’s stuck together
I don’t know what you expect starting into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire

I’ve listened to this 30 seconds on loop a few hundred times out of utter amazement how well it fits to our situation in Wisconsin over the past year.  Try for yourself.

The Smartest Person in the Room

As knowledge becomes networked, the smartest person in the room isn’t the person standing at the front lecturing us, and isn’t the collective wisdom of those in the room. The smartest person in the room is the room itself: the network that joins the people and ideas in the room, and connects to those outside of it.

— Something Off My Kindle

Lambeau 2012

Spied this guy on our walk to Lambeau Field for the Packers vs. Giants playoff game.  Note the two beers in his back pockets.  He’s happy.

Todd Sanders challenged me to get the flyover.

And then the game happened.  The other team won. Huge thanks to Tim, Elissa, and Tim’s parents for the invite to the game.  Lambeau Field is truly a remarkable experience.

An $8 Billion A Year Industry Ripe for Digital Destruction

Most of the dinner conversation was about education. Murdoch had just hired Joel Klein, the former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, to start a digital curriculum division. Murdoch recalled that Jobs was somewhat dismissive of the idea that technology could transform education. But Jobs agreed with Murdoch that the paper textbook business would be blown away by digital learning materials.
In fact Jobs had his sights set on textbooks as the next business he wanted to transform. He believed it was an $8 billion a year industry ripe for digital destruction. He was also struck by the fact that many schools, for security reasons, don’t have lockers, so kids have to lug a heavy backpack around. “The iPad would solve that,” he said. His idea was to hire great textbook writers to create digital versions, and make them a feature of the iPad. In addition, he held meetings with the major publishers, such as Pearson Education, about partnering with Apple. “The process by which states certify textbooks is corrupt,” he said. “But if we can make the textbooks free, and they come with the iPad, then they don’t have to be certified. The crappy economy at the state level will last for a decade, and we can give them an opportunity to circumvent that whole process and save money.”

— Steve Jobs’ Biography

Here’s something that caught my eye yesterday.

Apple ‘Education Event’ set for January 19th in NYC

21st Century Communities and Bandwidth

The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic business community and the fastest broadband connections on earth. These will be the job factories of the future. The countries that thrive will be those that build more of these towns that make possible “high-performance knowledge exchange and generation,” explains Blair Levin, who runs the Aspen Institute’s Gig.U project, a consortium of 37 university communities working to promote private investment in next-generation ecosystems.

Historians have noted that economic clusters always required access to abundant strategic inputs for success, says Levin. In the 1800s, it was access to abundant flowing water and raw materials. In the 1900s, it was access to abundant electricity and transportation. In the 2000s, he said, “it will be access to abundant bandwidth and abundant human intellectual capital,” — places like Silicon Valley, Austin, Boulder, Cambridge and Ann Arbor.

— Thomas Friedman