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    high paying jobs without paying tuition or collecting a college degree And in what some see as a threat to traditional institutions several of these courses now come with an informal credential though that in most cases will not be free Consider Stanford s experience Last fall 160 000 students in 190 countries enrolled in an Artificial Intelligence course taught by Mr Thrun and Peter Norvig a Google colleague An additional 200 registered for the course on campus but a few weeks into the semester attendance at Stanford dwindled to about 30 as those who had the option of seeing their professors in person decided they preferred the online videos with their simple views of a hand holding a pen working through the problems Mr Thrun was enraptured by the scale of the course and how it spawned its own culture including a Facebook group online discussions and an army of volunteer translators who made it available in 44 languages Having done this I can t teach at Stanford again he said at a digital conference in Germany in January I feel like there s a red pill and a blue pill and you can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture your 20 students But I ve taken the red pill and I ve seen Wonderland Besides the Artificial Intelligence course Stanford offered two other MOOCs last semester Machine Learning 104 000 registered and 13 000 completed the course and Introduction to Databases 92 000 registered 7 000 completed And this spring the university will have 13 courses open to the world including Anatomy Cryptography Game Theory and Natural Language Processing We re considering this still completely experimental and we re trying to figure out the right way to go down this road said

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    to both parties Consider the meeting that this paper reported on from last February between President Obama and the Apple co founder Steve Jobs who died in October The president understandably asked Jobs why almost all of the 70 million iPhones 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were made overseas Obama inquired couldn t that work come back home Those jobs aren t coming back Jobs replied Politicians see the world as blocs of voters living in specific geographies and they see their job as maximizing the economic benefits for the voters in their geography Many C E O s though increasingly see the world as a place where their products can be made anywhere through global supply chains often assembled with nonunion protected labor and sold everywhere These C E O s rarely talk about outsourcing these days Their world is now so integrated that there is no out and no in anymore In their businesses every product and many services now are imagined designed marketed and built through global supply chains that seek to access the best quality talent at the lowest cost wherever it exists They see more and more of their products today as Made in the World not Made in America Therein lies the tension So many of our companies actually see themselves now as citizens of the world But Obama is president of the United States Victor Fung the chairman of Li Fung one of Hong Kong s oldest textile manufacturers remarked to me last year that for many years his company operated on the rule You sourced in Asia and you sold in America and Europe Now said Fung the rule is Source everywhere manufacture everywhere sell everywhere The whole notion of an export is really disappearing Mike Splinter the C E O of Applied Materials has put it to me this way Outsourcing was 10 years ago where you d say Let s send some software generation overseas This is not the outsourcing we re doing today This is just where I am going to get something done Now you say Hey half my Ph D s in my R and D department would rather live in Singapore Taiwan or China because their hometown is there and they can go there and still work for my company This is the next evolution He has many more choices Added Michael Dell founder of Dell Inc I always remind people that 96 percent of our potential new customers today live outside of America That s the rest of the world And if companies like Dell want to sell to them he added it needs to design and manufacture some parts of its products in their countries This is the world we are living in It is not going away But America can thrive in this world explained Yossi Sheffi the M I T logistics expert if it empowers as many of our workers as possible to participate in

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    this technology in pockets and purses McPhail said We used to confiscate it Now we want them to use it As a result students are more attached to their e readers than in other districts which has helped boost academic performance at Riverside he said Some students told McPhail they had read their algebra text two or three times during the school year because they carried it with them always Addressing Road Blocks to Innovation In an interview with EdSource McPhail and his colleagues addressed five common misconceptions about challenges educators might face as they go down the digital road 1 It s too expensive to implement McPhail admits his district has received numerous grants including an Enhancing Education Through Technology federal grant of 500 000 this fall to create a student data dashboard which collects grades attendance test scores and such and provide 7 inch Android tablets at a cost of 165 each to every student at Ramona High School The district has also taken advantage of grants from private companies such as Verizon and Target Riverside also saves money by only providing e readers to students who don t already have them In lower income neighborhoods the district has found 60 percent of students have such devices when you include smart phones In higher income neighborhoods 90 percent do And electronic textbooks are much cheaper than paper textbooks so the district spends less after its initial investment Houghton Mifflin Harcourt s Fuse Algebra I textbook for the iPad costs 49 compared with the paper price of about 120 McPhail said 2 School districts would be unable to provide technical support Riverside found it didn t need to hire tech troubleshooters McPhail says because students can mostly do it themselves The district also supplied a paper textbook in each

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    two decades ago A half dozen others will soon join the megacity list Urban experts say the risk is now rising that some of these cities could face the same fate as Mumbai and Calcutta which became synonymous with poverty and decay in the 1970s and 1980s Although city planners have tried to learn from Calcutta and Mumbai s untamed sprawl they haven t been able to manage the growth in Lucknow which suffers from over crowding and weak infrastructure read full article Don t Waste Time Cutting Emissions Saturday April 25 2009 We are often told that tackling global warming should be the defining task of our age that we must cut emissions immediately and drastically But people are not buying the idea that unless we act the planet is doomed Fortunately there is a better option to make low carbon alternatives like solar and wind energy competitive with old carbon sources This requires much more spending on research and development of low carbon energy technology read full article Europe s Way of Encouraging Solar Power Arrives in the U S Friday March 13 2009 Solar cells adorn the roofs of many homes and warehouses across Germany while the bright white blades of wind turbines are a frequent sight against the sky in Spain If one day these machines become as common on the plains and rooftops of the United States as they are abroad it may be because the financing technique that gave Europe an early lead in renewable energy is starting to cross the Atlantic Put simply the idea is to pay homeowners and businesses top dollar for producing green energy In Germany for example a homeowner with a rooftop solar system may be paid four times more to produce electricity than the rate paid to a

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    Inclusion Innovation Knowledge Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library Sustainability Sustainability The New Intelligent Community Indicator Published Friday July 10 2015 ICF s 2016 Awards will be based in part on environmental sustainability We piloted a sustainability criteria last year and the results convinced us it was time to bring environmental issues into our evaluation of Intelligent Communities Improving current living standards while maintaining the ability of future generations to do

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    Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future Cities Books White Papers About ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Broadband Culture of Use Digital Inclusion Innovation Knowledge Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library Sustainability The New Urban Agenda will be Decided in Quito Published Friday December 19 2014 The United Nations General Assembly welcomed today the offer by the Government of

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    conceive or implement a clean technology initiative Among the first projects were plans to execute a green retrofit of some of New York s least energy efficient residential buildings proposals for the next generation of smart grid software and a green overhaul of NYU Poly s Brooklyn campus transforming the area into a clean energy zone The partners founded CleantechExecs to fuel the growth of clean technology businesses in New York City by preparing accomplished executives professionals and entrepreneurs to lead local green startups and oversee implementation of clean technology and practices in existing enterprises Most inaugural CleantechExecs participants hailed from New York s core industries including finance IT telecom real estate advertising and media The pilot taught us how hungry the New York business community is for a fast track rigorous professional education that prepares executives to reap the economic opportunities of clean technology said Mel Horwitch professor at NYU Poly s Department of Technology Management who headed the curriculum design and ran the program The high level of business acumen among our first executive education participants produced an aggressive learning curve and strong action learning applied projects It also perfectly exemplified NYU Poly s overall strategic priority of instilling a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among its students and within the NYC community at large By fostering intellectual growth and inventiveness CleantechExecs is producing leaders who will make New York a more sustainable city and a leading urban hub for green innovation In its first year the CleantechExecs program attracted the best and the brightest to bring green practices to urban areas and this year we expect even greater results said Francis J Murray Jr president and CEO of NYSERDA NYSERDA is proud to be a partner in an important initiative to focus business leaders on energy innovations

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    dating to the 1700s and 1800s when it was ruled by a group of extravagant Persian noblemen known as nawabs They built giant pleasure gardens and baroque monuments some of which remain and they left a legacy of courtly manners poetry and fine cuisine The city has changed dramatically in recent years As the capital of Uttar Pradesh India s most populous state Lucknow has attracted hundreds of thousands of migrants from rural areas swelling the city s population Yet the city hasn t completed any major new sewage infrastructure since before the country won independence in 1947 As much as 70 of residents don t have sewage service leaving much of the waste to flow directly into the main river the Gomti which has become a stinking cesspool Traffic has overwhelmed downtown streets and trash collection is inadequate Much of Lucknow s rubbish is left to rot in piles or strewn about in residential neighborhoods I just see the city crumbling every year says Mr Joshi the Mumbai economist It used to be a beautiful city The number of slums in Lucknow has quintupled since the early 1970s according to the Vigyan Foundation a social advocacy group in Lucknow As many as one million people are living without proper sanitation water supplies or other services according to social activists Many of the slums are located along railway beds or in flood plains exposing residents to floods and other dangers In one of the slums a community called Azad Nagar nearly 1 000 residents live in handmade thatch huts with packed mud floors and roofs held in place by trash and rag piles Monsoon floods washed away much of the slum last year but it was quickly rebuilt Residents say cholera killed one child and snakes got another At least it s better than in the village says Shanti Kashyap a 32 year old mother of four who moved there from a rural town about 70 miles away In the village you work all day long in the field and don t even get two meals Now her husband works as a wall painter earning about 100 rupees or 2 a day Of course slums have always existed in Indian cities including in Lucknow But many advocates hoped India s modernization would reverse slums growth Instead the opposite appears to be happening Part of the problem Lucknow like many Indian cities is managed by a bewildering array of government bodies that don t always coordinate activities In theory Lucknow is led by an elected mayor and 110 member Municipal Corporation similar to a U S city council Together they share oversight of basic services such as water housing and roads But in practice the elected officials authority is sharply limited by the half dozen or more other government bodies that wield power in town Chief among them is the Lucknow Development Authority a group of unelected bureaucrats who have the authority to develop new housing projects and roads within them

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