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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:
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/how_the_internet_is_shaping_our.html

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: how do you see the link btw online and offline connections? Howard R talked long ago about the strengthening and connection-building effect of online communities. how do you experience that yourself?
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      Dec 4 2012: Great question. Both kinds of connections are important. I see this a lot when our "connected the film" facebook community comes to an live event. Nothing replaces the value of real life interaction.

      Even with you. We met on Twitter as we both are interested in the same kind of ideas. Then when I told you I was coming to Europe you tweeted to a conference and made a talk/screening happen and I got to meet you in person. Love that. There needs to be a special word for when you meet someone you have only followed on twitter. I think "Twenchante" would work when we finally meet;)

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