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Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Reading the Coffee Grounds — Ninth Street Espresso

I can’t resist a good coffee rumor.

I have heard that  Ninth Street Espresso, that fascinating hipster vibe coffee house in Chelsea and in the East Village, may roll out a coffee pushcart to take around the city.

No verification with the owner.

But I did hear something. Keep in mind this is not verified. I would love it to be true. You could step out of your Madison Avenue office and line up for some delicious iced coffee during the peak summer months.

Will a coffee cart like this one dish out caffeinated nectar to coffee junkies in NYC?

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#140interviews: Lauren Vargas, Director of Community, Radian6

Lauren Vargas, Director of Community, Radian6 photo courtesy vargasl Twitter account

Starting a new series today. I interview people in 140 characters or less (a deeper interview comes later after we’ve had a chance to talk on the phone). During BlogWorld Expo in NYC, I talked to Radian6 Director of Community Lauren Vargas via Twitter after her participation in a panel called, “So You Want to Hire a Community Manager.”

The first tweet in this series is missing. I asked Vargas what told the story of the company online, the brand symbolism, or the conversation.

She responded:  @DouglasCrets the conversation should tell the story…that is priority. #140interviews

@vargasl Second question: What makes for a self-actualized network-influencing employee? #140interviews

@DouglasCrets Great question. Cultivating/participating (seamless) in the free flow of conversations across all channels. #140interviews

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Edouard Lambelet, founder of Paper.Li: “We are destined for millions of editors-in-chief”

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These are my two takeaways from the #Curation panel at #Bwenyc, also called #Bweny. It featured the commentary of former Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau, author Steve Rosenbaum, and Paper.li founder Edouard Lambelet.

The first question I found my asking when listenng to a panel at Blogworld Expo NY was, “If content curation is the new search, then what does that do to a. The tendency for the individual and the aggregated content to establish a front against the fourth estate? b. What happens to the fourth estate?”

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Will Netflix Philanthropy Trump Zuckerberg Newark Deal? #NSVSummit Tweets

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During the NewSchools Venture Summit in San Francisco Wednesday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced he would pledge enough money for eight Rocketship charter schools in Washington, DC. All DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has to do is find buildings, and according to the tweets at the summit, she said she certainly could.

As an aside, it’s interesting that the story from the #NSVFSummit that Fortune magazine chose to write about was that Zuckerberg thinks 13 year olds should be able to use the Facebook system.  Interestingly, the point Zuckerberg is making is that because 13 year olds can’t really use the system transparently, there is no way for Facebook staffers to learn how they might use the system for education. Until then, they are a bit lost.

So, perhaps Zuckerberg should take his nose out of the Facebook and start focusing on bricks & mortar, and donations to causes that create real action?

The Hastings pledge seems to trump the pledge of $100 million for Newark education, not in monetary terms,  but certainly in mission-oriented actions. This is a very specific and goal-oriented pledge of real dollars to real things.  If Henderson can supply the buildings, John Danner will apparently come along and syndicate the Rocketship model in eight schools that Hastings will fund. Open. Credible. Seemingly instantaneous.

Who will be the next philanthropist CEO to donate the cash? Jeff Bezos of Amazon?

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