(1917-2012) Eric Hobsbawm. Murió el historiador que vivió y describió el siglo XX como nadie


ERIC HOBSBAWM, Definiciones de un pensador

“Mafalda es un personaje indispensable para entender la realidad argentina” (Clarín, noviembre de 1998).

El fin del comunismo
“Marx fue un profeta sin armas” (The Guardian, enero de 2011).
“Como un intelectual joven, me parecía evidente que no había ningún comunista en la URSS”. “El colapso del socialismo real fue una catástrofe moral y material de la misma dimensión de las dos Guerras Mundiales. Y no sé si no fue aún más grave”. (Clarín, junio de 1997).
“Después de 1989, una historia de nuestro tiempo que aspire a sobrevivir en el siglo siguiente debe comenzar a considerar con desapego los campos de batalla ideológica y política de nuestra época”. (Clarín, mayo de 1996).

Holocausto y guerra
“Un fenómeno como el del Holocausto es increíble, inconcebible también para mi generación, que es la que lo vivió”. (Clarín, junio de 1997).
“Las pruebas pueden mostrar de manera concluyente que el genocidio nazi realmente tuvo lugar, pero aunque ningún historiador serio dude de que la “solución final” fue querida por Hitler, no podemos demostrar que haya dado una orden”. (The Guardian, junio de 2000).

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6 herramientas gratuitas de gestión de tareas para estudiantes

Juan David Quiñónez | http://wwwhatsnew.com

Nunca es tarde probar alternativas para sacar el máximo provecho a nuestro tiempo respecto a la gestión de las decenas de tareas que solemos recibir en nuestro centro educativo a diario. Pues bien, con ayuda de una recopilación en Mashable tenemos aquí 6 servicios para dejar atrás los errores y hacer más eficiente nuestro estudio, recuperando gran parte del tiempo que nos quita la red y optimizando nuestras labores en busca de mejores resultados.

iProcastinate

Una aplicación gratuita para Mac y dispositivos con iOS que con herramientas de sincronización tanto entre equipos como entre usuarios, permite registrar listas de tareas, gestionar proyectos, armar un calendario, crear recordatorios y llevar el control de todo lo inaludible en la vida escolar. Lo mejor es su limpia apariencia de fácil manejo, y su virtud para evitar lo que su nombre proclama: la procrastinación.


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Nunca es tarde probar alternativas para sacar el máximo provecho a nuestro tiempo respecto a la gestión de las decenas de tareas que solemos recibir en nuestro centro educativo a diario. Pues bien, con ayuda de una recopilación en Mashable  tenemos aquí 6 servicios para dejar atrás los errores y hacer más eficiente nuestro estudio, recuperando gran parte del tiempo que nos quita la red y optimizando nuestras labores en busca de mejores resultados.

iProcastinate

iprocastinate
Una aplicación gratuita para Mac y dispositivos con iOS que con herramientas de sincronización tanto entre equipos como entre usuarios, permite registrar listas de tareas, gestionar proyectos, armar un calendario, crear recordatorios y llevar el control de todo lo inaludible en la vida escolar. Lo mejor es su limpia apariencia de fácil manejo, y su virtud para evitar lo que su nombre proclama: la procrastinación. Leer más “6 herramientas gratuitas de gestión de tareas para estudiantes”

Think Tanks Are Nonpartisan? Think Again

While think tanks claim to be nonpartisan, most in Washington know their ideological leanings. One think tank scholar has posited in a new article that think tanks have proliferated to the point of devaluing the research and ideas that come out of them. (Jupiter Images)
And that’s just four of the 400 think tanks that have grown up in town, by Tevi Troy’s count. Troy is a think tank scholar himself, from the Hudson Institute (“a nonpartisan, independent policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom”). In a thoughtful new article in the journal National Affairs, he argues that think tanks have proliferated to the point of devaluing the research and ideas that come out of them. Most damning, he suggests that these institutions — once thought of as “universities without students” — have become political, stripping them of the power to float new ideas that politicians would never put forward.


Once seen as non-ideological “universities without students,” the American think tank has, in many cases, become a partisan stalking horse that devalues the sector’s scholarship.

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Think Think Tanks Are Nonpartisan? Think Again

While think tanks claim to be nonpartisan, most in Washington know their ideological leanings. One think tank scholar has posited in a new article that think tanks have proliferated to the point of devaluing the research and ideas that come out of them. (Jupiter Images)

And that’s just four of the 400 think tanks that have grown up in town, by Tevi Troy’s count. Troy is a think tank scholar himself, from the Hudson Institute (“a nonpartisan, independent policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom”). In a thoughtful new article in the journal National Affairs, he argues that think tanks have proliferated to the point of devaluing the research and ideas that come out of them. Most damning, he suggests that these institutions — once thought of as “universities without students” — have become political, stripping them of the power to float new ideas that politicians would never put forward.

And that’s just four of the 400 think tanks that have grown up in town, by Tevi Troy’s count. Troy is a think tank scholar himself, from the Hudson Institute (“a nonpartisan, independent policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom”). In a thoughtful new article in the journal National Affairs, he argues that think tanks have proliferated to the point of devaluing the research and ideas that come out of them. Most damning, he suggests that these institutions — once thought of as “universities without students” — have become political, stripping them of the power to float new ideas that politicians would never put forward. Leer más “Think Tanks Are Nonpartisan? Think Again”

Aprendizaje Invisible: Educación en la era digital

“El aprendizaje invisible es una propuesta conceptual que surge como resultado de varios años de investigación y que procura integrar diversas perspectivas en relación con un nuevo paradigma de aprendizaje y desarrollo del capital humano, especialmente relevante en el marco del siglo XXI. Esta mirada toma en cuenta el impacto de los avances tecnológicos y las transformaciones de la educación formal, no formal e informal, además de aquellos metaespacios intermedios. Bajo este enfoque se busca explorar un panorama de opciones para la creación de futuros relevantes para la educación actual. Aprendizaje invisible no pretende proponer una teoría como tal, sino una metateoría capaz de integrar diferentes ideas y perspectivas. Por ello ha sido descrito como un protoparadigma, que se encuentra en fase beta y en plena etapa de construcción.”


Si algo hemos aprendido de los tiempos que nos toca vivir, es que ya no se aprende exclusivamente dentro del ámbito académico. La información está más al alcance de la mano que nunca antes en la historia de la humanidad.

Cristóbal Cobo y John W. Moravec han estudiado el tema en profundidad, y lo explican con alto rigor científico en su libro “Aprendizaje Invisible, hacia una nueva ecología de la educación”, el cual podemos descargar de manera gratuita en formato PDF desde www.aprendizajeinvisible.com

A modo de introducción, y con la explícita intención de estimular la curiosidad del lector, transcribo una breve descripción de la obra, que los propios autores publicaron en la página de la que se descarga el libro… Leer más “Aprendizaje Invisible: Educación en la era digital”

Marketing para gente mayor

Vale la pena recordar que hay otros segmentos de mercado de un grupo particular de la sociedad, además del joven, que valen la atención de empresas interesadas en satisfacer las necesidades y carencias de un grupo de la sociedad.

Japón es tal vez el mejor ejemplo de un país rico con un grupo relativamente grande de gente mayor adinerada. The Economist publicó un artículo sobre la cadena de cafeterías Ueshima cuya estrategia de marketing es precisamente el sector de la tercera . allí dice que los pasillos de las cafeterías son más anchos, las sillas más sólidas y las mesas más bajas. Todo lo comestible es blando—sandwiches, ensaladas, bananas, nada difícil de masticar. El personal lleva los pedidos a las mesas. Los menúes están escritos en alfabeto japonés en lugar del occidental y el cuerpo de las letras es grande.


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Vale la pena recordar que hay otros segmentos de mercado de un grupo particular de la sociedad, además del joven, que valen la atención de empresas interesadas en satisfacer las necesidades y carencias de un grupo de la sociedad.

Japón es tal vez el mejor ejemplo de un país rico con un grupo relativamente grande de gente mayor adinerada. The Economist publicó un artículo sobre la cadena de cafeterías Ueshima cuya estrategia de marketing es precisamente el sector de la tercera . allí dice que los pasillos de las cafeterías son más anchos, las sillas más sólidas y las mesas más bajas. Todo lo comestible es blando—sandwiches, ensaladas, bananas, nada difícil de masticar. El personal lleva los pedidos a las mesas. Los menúes están escritos en alfabeto japonés en lugar del occidental y el cuerpo de las letras es grande.  Leer más “Marketing para gente mayor”

50 Best Websites 2010


More Drama, Obama

It wasn’t until the end of President Barack Obama’s first full press conference in three months that a problem became clear.

In the last question of the hour-plus session in the East Room of the White House on Friday morning, Fox News correspondent Wendell Goler asked the president about the Islamic center being constructed near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, requesting that Obama “weigh in” on the “wisdom” of establishing a “mosque” near the site of the 9/11 attack. (Goler balanced out the question with a reference to the would-be Koran-burning pastor.) Obama delivered a heartfelt, forceful, and extensive reply. He noted that a bedrock principle of the nation is that all men and women “can practice religion freely.” If you can build a church, a synagogue, a Hindu temple on a site, he said, then you should be able to build a mosque. “We’re not at war with Islam,” he proclaimed. Referring to US soldiers, he said, with his voice rising, “I’ve got Muslims fighting in the uniform of the armed services of the United States. They’re putting their lives on the line for us…They are Americans!” His point: Should they be denied the freedom to practice their religion?


— White House photo/Pete Souza

At his press conference, the president delivered an impassioned defense of religious freedom, but failed to get worked up about the No. 1 issue: the economy.

— By David Corn

It wasn’t until the end of President Barack Obama‘s first full press conference in three months that a problem became clear.

In the last question of the hour-plus session in the East Room of the White House on Friday morning, Fox News correspondent Wendell Goler asked the president about the Islamic center being constructed near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, requesting that Obama “weigh in” on the “wisdom” of establishing a “mosque” near the site of the 9/11 attack. (Goler balanced out the question with a reference to the would-be Koran-burning pastor.) Obama delivered a heartfelt, forceful, and extensive reply. He noted that a bedrock principle of the nation is that all men and women “can practice religion freely.” If you can build a church, a synagogue, a Hindu temple on a site, he said, then you should be able to build a mosque. “We’re not at war with Islam,” he proclaimed. Referring to US soldiers, he said, with his voice rising, “I’ve got Muslims fighting in the uniform of the armed services of the United States. They’re putting their lives on the line for us…They are Americans!” His point: Should they be denied the freedom to practice their religion? Leer más “More Drama, Obama”

Reveladoras declaraciones sobre lo que ocurrió en la Casa Blanca el 11-S


President George W. Bush with U.S. Secretary o...

El próximo sábado se cumple el noveno aniversario

Las declaraciones las realizó la ex asesora de seguridad Condoleezza Rice, en una entrevista que todavía no se publicó

La ex secretaria de estado nacional estadounidense Condoleezza Rice le prohibió de manera tajante al presidente George W. Bush volver a Washington tras los atentados del 11 de septiembre de 2001, según cuenta la propia Rice en una entrevista radial.

En la conversación, que será emitidacon motivo del noveno aniversario de los atentados contra el World Trade Center en Nueva York, la entonces secretaria señala que ordenó a Bush que se quedara en Florida para después colgar el teléfono.

“El presidente estaba bastante molesto conmigo, para decirlo de manera diplomática”, añade Rice. Su actitud, sin embargo, se debió a que nadie sabía qué podía pasar y a que la Casa Blanca podía ser objetivo de un atentado, agrega.

“Conozco al presidente desde hace mucho tiempo y sabía que no quería otra cosa que estar en su sitio y tomar el mando”, cuenta también Rice, que ocupó entre 2005 y 2009 el puesto de secretaria de Estado.  Leer más “Reveladoras declaraciones sobre lo que ocurrió en la Casa Blanca el 11-S”

Blair, Bush, and the Problem of Political Judgment

by Laurence Prusak

(Larry Prusak, Brook Manville, and I are at work on a book on judgment and how to cultivate it as an organizational, not just individual, strength. Over the next few months, we’ll each be authoring posts in this blog to test-drive ideas and invite input as the research progresses.)

We’re being treated to two new memoirs, one just out and the other due in early November, reflecting on some of the most momentous events of the past decade. The memoirists, Tony Blair and George Bush, have been greatly vilified for some of their decisions. Their books will provide, say the publishers and publicists, their justifications given the context in which those decisions were made.

Context is hugely important, as my coauthors Tom Davenport and Brook Manville and I have discovered. (We are at work on a book on judgment in the context of organizations.) Decisions are never made in a vacuum. So it will be quite interesting to see how these two pols describe the contexts that shaped their thinking.


Tony Blair and George W. Bush shake hands afte...

by Laurence Prusak

(Larry Prusak, Brook Manville, and I are at work on a book on judgment and how to cultivate it as an organizational, not just individual, strength. Over the next few months, we’ll each be authoring posts in this blog to test-drive ideas and invite input as the research progresses.)

We’re being treated to two new memoirs, one just out and the other due in early November, reflecting on some of the most momentous events of the past decade. The memoirists, Tony Blair and George Bush, have been greatly vilified for some of their decisions. Their books will provide, say the publishers and publicists, their justifications given the context in which those decisions were made.

Context is hugely important, as my coauthors Tom Davenport and Brook Manville and I have discovered. (We are at work on a book on judgment in the context of organizations.) Decisions are never made in a vacuum. So it will be quite interesting to see how these two pols describe the contexts that shaped their thinking. Leer más “Blair, Bush, and the Problem of Political Judgment”

The WikiLeaks Debate: Journalists Weigh In

WikiLeaks and potential imitators could be game changers for the relationships between journalists and the governments and companies they cover. The merits or dangers of those changes are, however, big points of contention for both the organizations that have experienced leaks and the journalists who cover them.

While it’s tough for anyone to speak about WikiLeaks with total authority, we turned to four diverse thinkers in the field: A varied group of experienced journalists with something to say.

Their insights could help the rest of us find the proper perspective on this new development in media and technology. Read on for four takes on what WikiLeaks means, and let us know your own thoughts in the comments below.
“WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped”

“WikiLeaks is not a news organization,” said Marc Thiessen. “It is a criminal enterprise.”

Thiessen is a conservative political commentator who has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, National Review and USA Today, and his August 3rd op-ed in The Washington Post titled “WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped” is one of the most scathing indictments of WikiLeaks in a mainstream publication.

Thiessen, who served as a speechwriter for U.S. President George W. Bush, views WikiLeaks through the lens of national security. He is of the opinion that WikiLeaks’ ethics are simply nonexistent.

WikiLeaks’ collection and publication of confidential military data “arguably constitute material support for terrorism,” he said. He believes the administration of President Barack Obama not only has the right, but the responsibility to track down founder and spokesman Julian Assange and throw him in prison; then shut down his entire organization.

The post said that WikiLeaks has already exposed over 100 friendly informants and one U.S. operative, whose lives and families could now be in danger.

With at least 10,000 more documents still unreleased, Thiessen considers this an issue of national security and believes that the United States should take whatever action is necessary to prevent those documents from being released, even if it means infringing on international laws that might protect Assange and his associates.


WikiLeaks and potential imitators could be game changers for the relationships between journalists and the governments and companies they cover. The merits or dangers of those changes are, however, big points of contention for both the organizations that have experienced leaks and the journalists who cover them.

While it’s tough for anyone to speak about WikiLeaks with total authority, we turned to four diverse thinkers in the field: A varied group of experienced journalists with something to say.

Their insights could help the rest of us find the proper perspective on this new development in media and technology. Read on for four takes on what WikiLeaks means, and let us know your own thoughts in the comments below.


“WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped”


“WikiLeaks is not a news organization,” said Marc Thiessen. “It is a criminal enterprise.”

Thiessen is a conservative political commentator who has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, National Review and USA Today, and his August 3rd op-ed in The Washington Post titled “WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped” is one of the most scathing indictments of WikiLeaks in a mainstream publication.

Thiessen, who served as a speechwriter for U.S. President George W. Bush, views WikiLeaks through the lens of national security. He is of the opinion that WikiLeaks’ ethics are simply nonexistent.

WikiLeaks’ collection and publication of confidential military data “arguably constitute material support for terrorism,” he said. He believes the administration of President Barack Obama not only has the right, but the responsibility to track down founder and spokesman Julian Assange and throw him in prison; then shut down his entire organization.

The post said that WikiLeaks has already exposed over 100 friendly informants and one U.S. operative, whose lives and families could now be in danger.

With at least 10,000 more documents still unreleased, Thiessen considers this an issue of national security and believes that the United States should take whatever action is necessary to prevent those documents from being released, even if it means infringing on international laws that might protect Assange and his associates. Leer más “The WikiLeaks Debate: Journalists Weigh In”

Net Neutrality: What’s Really Going on?

“Net neutrality is dead!” “Net neutrality lives!” “Google has sold out!” “Google denies selling out!”

The past couple of days have seen contradictory reports about the state of the Federal Communications Commission’s push for network neutrality, all culminating yesterday when the FCC announced that it had called off closed-door net neutrality talks between major industry players such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and Google. Net neutrality refers to the principle that ISPs should not be allowed to block or degrade Internet traffic from their competitors in order to speed up their own.

What you need to know about the FCC’s broadband plan

Since the flurry of activity surrounding net neutrality yesterday was often confusing, let’s try to pin down what we know.

The New York Times got the ball rolling two days ago when it reported through anonymous sources that Google and Verizon were near a deal that would let Verizon “speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.” While the deal between Verizon and Google was separate from the talks the FCC had been having with major industry players, the newspaper noted the deal between two major industry players “could upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service.”

It didn’t take long for net neutrality advocates for sound the alarm, as Free Press President Josh Silver wrote at the Huffington Post that the Verizon-Google deal would mark “the end of the Internet as we know it.” Google, which has traditionally been viewed as a proponent of net neutrality and has worked with consumer advocacy groups to press for net neutrality in the past, quickly denied that it had reached any sort of deal with Verizon. The FCC, fearing a backlash from consumer groups over its backroom negotiations, soon after called off its separate talks with industry leaders.

Artwork: Chip TaylorSo where does all this leave network neutrality? The answer is that no one really knows, although the commission could always go back to its previous plan outlined by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this past May, where the commission would reclassify ISPs as common carriers while at the same time insisting that ISPs be exempt from the vast majority of regulations in the current common carrier rules. But this plan has run into a buzzsaw from both the telecommunications industry and from members of Congress in both parties, who implored the FCC to drop its reclassification plan and instead either work with Congress to get net neutrality rules or simply drop the subject all together.


Brad Reed, NetworkWorld

Net neutrality is dead!” “Net neutrality lives!” “Google has sold out!” “Google denies selling out!”

The past couple of days have seen contradictory reports about the state of the Federal Communications Commission’s push for network neutrality, all culminating yesterday when the FCC announced that it had called off closed-door net neutrality talks between major industry players such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and Google. Net neutrality refers to the principle that ISPs should not be allowed to block or degrade Internet traffic from their competitors in order to speed up their own.

What you need to know about the FCC’s broadband plan

Since the flurry of activity surrounding net neutrality yesterday was often confusing, let’s try to pin down what we know.

The New York Times got the ball rolling two days ago when it reported through anonymous sources that Google and Verizon were near a deal that would let Verizon “speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.” While the deal between Verizon and Google was separate from the talks the FCC had been having with major industry players, the newspaper noted the deal between two major industry players “could upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service.”

It didn’t take long for net neutrality advocates for sound the alarm, as Free Press President Josh Silver wrote at the Huffington Post that the Verizon-Google deal would mark “the end of the Internet as we know it.” Google, which has traditionally been viewed as a proponent of net neutrality and has worked with consumer advocacy groups to press for net neutrality in the past, quickly denied that it had reached any sort of deal with Verizon. The FCC, fearing a backlash from consumer groups over its backroom negotiations, soon after called off its separate talks with industry leaders.

Artwork: Chip TaylorSo where does all this leave network neutrality? The answer is that no one really knows, although the commission could always go back to its previous plan outlined by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this past May, where the commission would reclassify ISPs as common carriers while at the same time insisting that ISPs be exempt from the vast majority of regulations in the current common carrier rules. But this plan has run into a buzzsaw from both the telecommunications industry and from members of Congress in both parties, who implored the FCC to drop its reclassification plan and instead either work with Congress to get net neutrality rules or simply drop the subject all together. Leer más “Net Neutrality: What’s Really Going on?”

John Maxwell on Leadership: “Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You…”

Not too long ago I went to a seminar just to hear someone because I knew he charged $100,000 a day to speak. What could anyone possibly say to justify that kind of rate?

Was he going to deliver a few long and eloquent speeches? Was he going to regale us with tales of celebrities and presidents? Maybe he’d spend 5 hours telling us how he became so successful I thought. I hoped not. I could read that in one of his many books. What I was hoping for was that he might actually say something genuinely remarkable. Something life-changing. Perhaps even just one thing that I could take away…


by jeremywaite

Not too long ago I went to a seminar just to hear someone because I knew he charged $100,000 a day to speak.  What could anyone possibly say to justify that kind of rate?

Was he going to deliver a few long and eloquent speeches?  Was he going to regale us with tales of celebrities and presidents?  Maybe he’d spend 5 hours telling us how he became so successful I thought.  I hoped not.  I could read that in one of his many books.  What I was hoping for was that he might actually say something genuinely remarkable.  Something life-changing.  Perhaps even just one thing that I could take away…

Leer más “John Maxwell on Leadership: “Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You…””

John Maxwell y las 21 Leyes Irrefutables del Liderazgo

Una persona muy querida me regaló un libro de John C. Maxwell llamado “Las 21 Leyes Irrefutables del Liderazgo”. El prólogo de ésta edición es de Stephen R. Covey, que se sitúa en el puesto número 16 de la Lista de Accenture de los 50 Gurús más Importantes del Management. Les dejamos con un resumen y análisis de las Leyes Irrefutables de John Maxwell, aunque algunas opiniones, conclusiones y apostillas son propias. Gracias Vicky, por el regalo de éstas navidades..


Una persona muy querida me regaló un libro de John C. Maxwell llamado “Las 21 Leyes Irrefutables del Liderazgo”. El prólogo de ésta edición es de Stephen R. Covey, que se sitúa en el puesto número 16 de la Lista de Accenture de los 50 Gurús más Importantes del Management. Les dejamos con un resumen y análisis de las Leyes Irrefutables de John Maxwell, aunque algunas opiniones, conclusiones y apostillas son propias. Gracias Vicky, por el regalo de éstas navidades.. Leer más “John Maxwell y las 21 Leyes Irrefutables del Liderazgo”

George W. Bush Has Joined Facebook


Facebook%20%7C%20George%20W.%20BushThe 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, now has a Facebook profile. The man who famously said he liked to “use the Google” to look at arial maps of his ranch will now have a presence in arguably the most democratic publishing community in history.

So far the reaction has been almost entirely positive. That’s because you have to “like” Bush in order to be allowed to comment on his wall. For a large portion of the world, putting “I like George Bush” into their newsfeed would be like garlic to a vampire. You are, remember, either with him or against him.

It will be interesting to see if he adds the annual Bohemian Grove gathering to his Facebook events listings, or what kinds of organizations he “likes.” You know he’s going to get confused by the privacy settings – who doesn’t?

That is all. Go now, and write messages on his wall. Leer más “George W. Bush Has Joined Facebook”