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mbeckford

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354 weeks ago @ Disruptive Leadership - It happened first in e... · 0 replies · +1 points

I recently attended an event put on by the Asia Society on the topic of "Jugaad Innovation." The panel featured the author of a book called "Jugaad Innovation." “Jugaad” is a Hindi word that essentially means the "art of overcoming harsh constraints by improvising an effective solution using limited resources.” It was a fascinating topic and reminded me of Bottom of the Pyramid by the late, great CK Pralahad, and the Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.

From what I could glean from the authors, Navi Radjou and Dr. Simone Ahuja (I have the book but have not had the time to read it yet…expect a real blog post on the book when I do), they have identified a form of innovation that comes from the often challenging conditions of rural areas in developing countries. I think a simple definition, if the authors grant me such without reading the book, is that "Jugaad" innovation is innovation that comes from the need to be both flexible AND frugal. I touched on this in a different way in this article.

379 weeks ago @ Disruptive Leadership - Work-life balance "pop... · 0 replies · +1 points

Apam

461 weeks ago @ Disruptive Leadership - Will the iPad disrupt ... · 2 replies · +1 points

Thanks for the insightful comment, Caleb. What do you mean when you say "Apple" is disruptive, beyond the fact that they have disrupted industries multiple times (e.g. PC's with the Mac, music with iTunes/iPod, etc.).

475 weeks ago @ Disruptive Leadership - Disruptive leaders - J... · 0 replies · +1 points

But does it matter if iPad becomes reading device of choice? My prediction: Amazon remains leader in e-books, whether it is on their device or not. There is no money in hardware once it becomes commoditized.

476 weeks ago @ Disruptive Leadership - Will the iPad disrupt ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Businessweek recently posted a very similar article to this, entitled "Apple's Hard iPad Sell" (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/fe... The author's conclusions are similar to mine.

476 weeks ago @ Disruptive Leadership - Rice paddies and culture · 0 replies · +1 points

Carol, as a parent of three boys, two of which have ADHD, I can clearly see the benefits. At what age is this typically taught?

476 weeks ago @ Disruptive Leadership - Rice paddies and culture · 0 replies · +1 points

Thank you for pointing that out. Apparently it is not as easy to remember for a lao wai (foreigner). I have made the correction.

477 weeks ago @ Educational Technology... - 2010 Trends: Alternate... · 1 reply · +1 points

Thin Client definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client

"Ultra-thin" client or "zero client" mentioned in this link is closest to what I consider a virtual desktop. Thin client is different than a PC in that the CPU is lower-end, has no hard drives or optical drives (uses flash). Costs are the about the same with a PC. Virtual desktops have no OS, no CPU, no HDD, etc. They just provide an interface for keyboards and mice. Software is loaded on a PC that allows multiple virtual user sessions to be distributed to multiple separate client devices.

You can get many of these questions answered through Google or Wikipedia.

477 weeks ago @ Educational Technology... - 2010 Trends: Alternate... · 1 reply · +1 points

Total cost of ownership (TCO) calculations. You can find a discussion on an article I posted to this site here: http://edutechdebate.org/individal-and-communal-c...

I reference 60%, but we've seen savings on actual deals up to 75%.

477 weeks ago @ Educational Technology... - 2010 Trends: Alternate... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yes, research demonstrating this value vs. additional access for more students would be useful. I also think it should be measured on a scale of one's age/grade. I would guess the older / higher grade a student is, the more valuable portability becomes.