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Seminar on women’s entrepreneurship in London

In September, I had a chance to go to London again – this time to attend an inspiring seminar on promoting women′s entrepreneurship, which was organized by the European Commission and the UK government (summary). In addition to lots of new ideas, I found new Twitter accounts to follow, as the government agencies involved in this seminar, as well as the entrepreneurs who made speeches seem to be quite active on Twitter. One regret that I had was that there was some essentialization of women (women-run business reportedly being more community-oriented and less profit-driven). This appears to be backed by data, but it is always good to explain how these trends come about. Continue reading

New trends at school

A conversation among five teenagers, overheard at a cafe today:

“She told us not to cheat during the test. Everyone googled, but we couldn’t find the answers on Google, and the highest grade in class was 6 [out of 10].” Smartphones surely brought new ways of cheating in tests, and teachers need to adapt accordingly. In many ways this trend can inspire teachers to rely less on simple tests that ask pupils to pour out the facts. Some educators are already offering free tips.