Agriprocessors penny stock egghead an embattled kosher meatpacker google sniper a plant in Postville, Iowa, named a corporate lawyer from New York to
chief executive, responding to an ultimatum from the
leading kosher certifying organization. MIT fosters innovation and new ideas, but what if students donâ€™t know what to do with their ideas or donâ€™t understand approaches or methodologies for innovation? Thatâ€™s where
do.it@MIT â€” the Do Innovation team, a student-run organization focused on fostering innovation â€” comes in.Sneha
Kannan, a senior in biological engineering, founded do.it@MIT as a program to encourage innovation by MIT students. â€œOur goal is to understand innovation,â€ she said.
â€œWe want to get everyone on campus aware of innovation and break down some of the
barriers for those who are interested in
being a part of it.â€Since last October, do.it@MIT
has been sponsoring dinner discussions with prominent innovators in a variety of fields. Free and open to the entire MIT community, the events have drawn more than 1,000 attendees. The speakers are asked to focus their presentations on innovation, and also the importance of learning from failure.â€œTraditionally,
weâ€™ve seen that underclassmen are worried about creating
because they fear making mistakes,â€ Kannan said. â€œWe hope to bring to MIT a culture of embracing failure as a necessary step to success.â€Last
welcomed speakers from mechanical, software and biological engineering, and earlier this year hosted Danâ€™l Lewin, corporate vice president of Microsoft. This month, the group highlighted a different field when it hosted Fernando Garibay, a long-time collaborator with Lady Gaga and an executive with Interscope Records.â€œWe thought Fernando was a departure from the people MIT typically brings to campus, so we jumped at the chance to host him,â€ Kannan said. â€œWe thought he’d be
a great choice because of his dynamic personality, as well as his prominent and fascinating work.â€Garibayâ€™s
focused on how the Internet has changed the way labels approach artists, as well as how consumers look at musicians.
â€œMusic has lost its value,â€ he said.
â€œWe lost the prestige because of how accessible our artists now are.â€Garibay also talked about how labels are working
to create a 360-degree management model that embraces this new Internet culture â€” using the Internet as a tool to reach
more people in a variety of ways, from streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora to the use of
smartphone apps working in
tandem with albums.Nearly
150 students, representing a variety of majors, attended the event, which included a question-and-answer session at the end.â€œI thought it was very fascinating to get a glimpse into an industry that MIT students rarely hear about,â€ said Christina Qi, a senior studying management who attended the event. â€œLearning about the music-making process was eye-opening in that it’s much tougher than one would expect.
The event made me consider the changing relationship between music and technology in a new way.â€do.it@MIT
is continuing to host dinner discussions through the rest of the year. Its next event on Nov. 30 will feature Pranav Mistry, of the MIT Media Lab, who developed Sixth Sense, a wearable gestural interface
that augments the userâ€™s physical environment with digital information.Kannan said she hopes to continue expanding do.it@MITâ€™s
programs so that more students can understand innovation in a variety
of fields, as well as the difficulties they faced and overcame.
â€œSo many of the brilliant people who come to MIT to talk only talk about the successes,â€ she said. â€œI think it can be more worthwhile for them to talk about their mistakes, mostly because I find those lessons far more valuable.â€Decision
by movement founded by comedian
Beppe Grillo not to form coalition with left or right raises fears for Italy’s futureAs a self-denying Pope Francis settled in to the Vatican on Friday, 163 novice politicians â€“ also inspired by the saint’s frugality and ascetism â€“ arrived for the first day of the new Italian parliament.Not since the 1940s, when ex-Communist partisans arrived in force, has the Italian legislature faced such a challenge to its extravagant ways, traditions, conventions and perhaps even its very existence.
The representatives of the Five Star Movement (M5S) â€“ founded on St Francis’s feast day in 2009 specifically to draw attention to its respect
for the great Umbrian mystic’s values â€“ do not really believe in parliamentary democracy in its present form.But on their first day as lawmakers it was their adversaries who caused deadlock. After a first round of voting, no progress was made towards electing speakers for either house because the members of the two main parties of left and right cast blank
votes in protest at M5S’s refusal to
agree to cross-party deals.The movement, founded by the comedian Beppe Grillo
and his social media guru, Gianroberto Casaleggio, won about a quarter of the votes in last month’s election and holds the balance of power.
But since the M5S wants to do away with Italy’s traditionally spendthrift and corrupt
parties, it refuses to go into government with either left or right.The resulting gridlock has raised fears for the country’s future stability, and that of the eurozone. The only apparent ways forward are either a return to the polls or a non-party government like the one under Mario
Monti that the election was intended to replace.The so-called grillini, or little crickets (Grillo’s name means cricket), unexpectedly respected the rule that male Italian lawmakers must wear ties.
But that was as much compromise as they were prepared to make.Just
as Pope Francis travelled to work by bus in Buenos Aires, so the M5S arrived by public transport and, in one case, on a bicycle.
Another came toting a toddler for whom a creche had to be hastily arranged.During the lunch break, a group of the movement’s lawmakers tried to get in to the canteen used by parliamentary employees, but were turned back at the
door. An M5S deputy â€“ or rather, “citizen spokesperson” (grillini disown the titles of deputy and senator) – did manage to get in to the self-service restaurant in the basement, where he paid â‚¬6 for his lunch, before posting the bill on the internet.Earlier, the M5S’s representatives had been first
in to the august Chamber of Deputies, all red plush and gilt, but did not occupy a wedge of seats on the right or left. Instead, they ranged themselves around the back of the amphitheatre-like chamber.”Neither right nor left, but above (and beyond),” wrote one of their number, Tiziana Ciprini, on her Facebook page, reflecting Grillo’s view that the M5S cannot be fitted into
conventional political categories. She went on to explain that
the choice of seating was symbolic in another way: it would allow the movement’s representatives, seated above and behind the members of
the other parties, to breathe down their necks.Grillo
vowed to open up parliament like a tin of tuna and one of his lawmakers posted a photo of a can opener perched symbolically on a parliamentary bench.
Already, as part of its campaign for greater transparency, the M5S has demanded that any talks its representatives have
with delegates of other parties must be relayed to the internet via a live stream.The movement’s other big concern is the environment.
Casaleggio said in a recently published book-length interview that one reason it
had been decided to launch the party on St Francis’s feast day was
that it shared his respect for animals and the environment.The grillini have refused the mineral water that is available everywhere in parliament. Their leader in the chamber found a drinking fountain issuing what the M5S terms “public water”, but was then dismayed to see it had to be
drunk with a plastic cup.
She said she would bring her own glass to parliament on Saturday.Five Star MovementItalyBeppe GrilloEuropeJohn Hooperguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.
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More Feeds David Axe’s entry in the ‘comic reporting’ genre takes readers deeper into the conflict that shot to notoriety in Kony 2012 filmJoseph Kony’s campaign of violent conflict in the Congo became the notorious cause of well intentioned teens last year
when millions shared a viral
video. Now Kony
is the unlikely subject of a comic book, created by freelance reporter David Axe who spent six weeks in 2010 reporting
the violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
The result, published Tuesday, is the graphic novel, Army of God: Joseph Kony’s War in Central Africa â€“ the latest addition to the niche genre of “conflict-based, nonfiction comic reporting”. It is not, of course, a light read. A chapter in
is devoted to Patricia, a 14-year-old girl who was captured by the LRA at 13 and saw her father murdered and her brother kidnapped before being “taken as a wife” by the LRA, which means she was
She was then told
to kill someone with a machete, which she refused to do.
After speaking with her, Axe knew he had to write the book.
both horribly common and one of the
most terrible things I’ve ever heard,” Axe said.Army
of God reports
on the key players in the conflict including residents of the Congo, Hillary Clinton and international aid organizations.
The latter includes Invisible Children, the California-based advocacy group that gave Kony his sudden notoriety with the Kony 2012 film, released just over a year ago. Axe spoke to members of Invisible Children during his 2010 reporting trip and has a
positive opinion of the group. “Anything that draws attention to this conflict from
outside world is a good thing, unless of course it’s egregiously inaccurate, but Invisible Children is not a propaganda outfit,” Axe said. “They
a video that millions of people watched; millions of people learned more about the Congo conflict than they would from another source.”Axe’s story was first serialized on the Dutch website Cartoon Movement, which showcases graphic journalism and political cartoons created by authors from all over the world. Though graphic journalism might sound like a buzzphrase, covering conflict through comics is not new. “Comics is a medium. It’s like TV, it’s like print, it’s like radio, it’s just a medium â€“ you can do anything with it,” Axe said. “People have been doing serious comics for decades.”He
became interested in that method of reporting after stumbling upon Ted Rall’s To Afghanistan and Back which covers the Afghanistan war in comic, photo
and written form.
“I had never seen this before, this land of comics and prose, covering nonfiction, covering war,” Axe said.
“It was amazing, I loved it, I devoured that book.”
Axe began his freelancing career in Iraq a few years later and approached the publishers of Rall’s book to see if they would publish his graphic novel about his experience in Iraq. The publishing house did, and the result was War Fix, which he wrote with Steve Olexa. For Army of God, Axe collaborated with artist Tim Hamilton, whose past work includes a graphic novel adaption of Fahrenheit 451.Comics
and graphic novelsJoseph KonyKony 2012War reportingUgandaAfricaAmanda Holpuchguardian.co.uk
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U.S. stocks declined, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to its lowest level in six years as economic reports raised concern that government efforts won’t curb the recession.
The worst results came when kids picked up on a sense of helplessness, especially among