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Live Q&A today at 3:30 Eastern: How is the developing brain of a child like the emerging global brain of the Internet?

"The Internet, like the developing brain of a child, is in a rapid phase of growth and change. This means that just as we must be mindful in how we nurture our children's minds, we must also pay careful attention to how we develop our global brain."

In conjunction with her TED Book, author and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain has put together an excellent short film explaining her fascinating ideas about how brain development in kids parallels the development of the Internet.

You can watch the 10 minute film here: http://youtu.be/zLp-edwiGUU

And then read the book:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A30S24S
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/brain-power/id576233926?ls=1

And here's an article in the Harvard Business Review about the project:

Author Tiffany Shlain ( http://www.ted.com/profiles/91428 ) will be joining us here for a one-hour Q&A Tuesday, December 4th, from 3:30-4:30pm. Mark your calendars!


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    Dec 4 2012: Tiffany, I remember that pivotal moment you showed in Connected where you saw how your "connectedness" with the world was impacting the connectedness with those closest to you (your daughters, husband, close friends and extended family).

    Is there a similar ah-ha moment recently as a parent while you were working on Brain Power, specifically in working/nurturing children?
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      Dec 4 2012: yes. I remember the exact moment. Originally when we were working on "Brain Power" it was just focusing on how to best nurture children's brains. We were talking to this brilliant neuroscience Dr. Patricia Kuhl (she has a great TED Talk) and she says, "the goal is with children is to get all the different parts of the brain connected. They are born with 100 billion neurons but the connections between those neurons are not there yet. She explained how your interacting with them creates those connections. " a big lightbulb went off. this is like the internet. We only have 2 billion people online. We must try to get everyone online in order to see it's full potential." A lot of the neuroscientists talk about the "first 2000 days" of a childs brain being extremely imp. to set the foundation for the future. I realized we are in that first "2000 days" of the internet's growth and we need to be just as mindful how we are growing and shaping it.
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        Dec 4 2012: Wow. That put such weight to it! We are talking about fundamental changes in history just as we are impacting our children by either engaging them in intentional parenting....or not.
        • Dec 4 2012: What evidence supports classifying the internet within "the first 2000 days?" More importantly, what would signify to you, Tiffany, that the internet has reached full maturation? Is it possible that the total content and connection size of the Internet would only continue to increase, remaining in a perpetual sensorimotor/preoperational stage of development?

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