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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: Hi Tiffany,

    What, in your opinion, could we each be doing to help shape a more developed internet? Is regularly going offline a part of this, or is it more in how we choose to spend our time when we are online?
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      Dec 4 2012: I def. thinking unplugging weekly is very important to try. I promise you will love it.

      And then when we are online, we need to be mindful that everyone we follow is influencing the connections in your brain. So we need to be mindful of who and what ideas and connections we making happen. That's all for us personally..and our minds of course, plug into this larger global collection of minds.

      On that front, I feel very strongly that we need to bridge the digital divide so we can get as many dif. perspectives and wisdom participating in these global conversations.

      People also need to be paying attention to policies that are happening that can be the reshape the global brain in the wrong way. There is a mtg happening (ITU) which is making some major decisions in info flow onilne.. You can watch this video to check out how to understand what is happening and how to get involved. https://make-dev.mozillalabs.com/en-US/projects/roll-your-own-itu-activism-video/

      I know that's a big list. I unpack it more clearly in the TEDBook which i think you would really enjoy reading. (and it has less typos;)
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        Dec 4 2012: Thank you, this is good food for thought.
    • Dec 4 2012: I like that Robert's question touches on being mindful of the way we connect in addition to understanding the importance of disconnecting!

      What is the next film we can expect in the Let It Ripple Series, Tiffany?

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