This is a recent TED talk at Oxford University that’s only just been released …
“Ice is the canary in the global climate coalmine”, says photographer James Balog. He’s been going up north to shoot the half-alive ice of the mammoth glaciers to see the shocking effects of abrupt climate change in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. Soaring, dripping, glowing and crumbling, arctic ice requires the viewer to engage.
AUSTRALIA’S Nobel prize-winning molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn lamented recently the professional difficulties facing female scientists – and a new study proves her right.
Women still cluster at the bottom of the scientific heap, even in fields such as biology where they are well represented, according to a report released yesterday by the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies.
In her report, Women in Science in Australia: Maximising Productivity, Diversity and Innovation, Professor Bell concludes that not only do women scientists get fewer senior jobs than men, they also earn less than their male counterparts, receive less recognition in measures of scientific excellence and hold fewer memberships in scientific academies.
Federation president Ken Baldwin said the progress of women in science had stalled over the past 15 years.
“Despite impressive improvement in the participation of women in science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the retention of women at senior levels in science and technology remains poor,” he said.
In 1996, for instance, women constituted 18.1 per cent of full-time professionals in design, engineering, science and transport. That grew to 22.3 per cent this year. But in 1996, women made up 19 per cent of full-time information and communication technologies professionals, dropping to 15.2 per cent last year.
Roughly 7 per cent of the members of Australia’s learned societies are female.
While Australia’s premier research body, the CSIRO, isÂ led by Megan Clark, only 21 per cent of the organisation’s 1727research scientists are women, just 10 per cent of top salary earners are women, 8 per cent of 194 research managers are women and only three of the 12 members of the executive team are women.
Professor Bell found significant numbers of female scientists continue to report discrimination and harassment.
“Sadly, we haven’t come very far at all,” she said. “In fact, there’s been very little change in the patterns of participation and success in 15 years.”
Professor Bell offers a series of recommendations to tackle the multiple “micro disadvantages” women face from the earliest stages of their career. She suggests simple family-friendly practices such as not holding meetings before 9.15am or after 4.30pm, as well as scholarships and fellowships designed to attract and retain female scientists.
Federal Science Minister Kim Carr agreed with professors Baldwin and Bell that women’s poor representation in lead scientific roles was a matter of lost innovation as well as inequity.
“At last year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize awards, I noted that if qualified women went on to do serious research as frequently as men do, we’d have up to 400 extra scientists a year working on the big problems facing Australia and the world,” he said. “That’s a lot of squandered talent.”
Senator Carr has pledged to make funding for research and innovation a priority, while supporting measures such as 75 per cent workloads for post-doctoral fellows at the Australian Research Council.
“Nearly all of business education–even at postgraduate level–may be misguided, even misleading. In my experience, business education is faithfully based on a false premise–that the problem of business is growth. When, in fact, the problem of business is survival.
Most business leaders may be spending their time and energy on solving the wrong problem. Yes, of course, growth is critical in business but the MAIN PROBLEM is that most businesses fail to survive long enough to grow!”
Of the Fortune 500 class of 1974 only 22 of those businesses still survive. These are the big companies. The failure to survive of smaller companies is ten times worse.
Since Darwin explained the reasons 150 years ago, we know that it’s not the strongest or the largest that survive but it’s those best prepared to cope with change.
On this BIG PROBLEM of survival, most business executives are shockingly ignorant and deplete in their formal education. They lack sufficient darwinian intelligence.They know little or nothing useful about the science of strategic darwinian thinking.
They venture forth naked and ill-equipped in their approach to the chaos of the marketplace–the whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the global marketplace with its ferocious fads, toxic wastes, and vicious moods, its callous explosions and cruel extinctions putting capricious end to the blind and righteous rivalry across pointless medieval double-entry boardrooms.
Extravagant expenditures of directors’ time and energy are squandered on the talmudic reading of balance-sheets and P&Ls, like the obsessive pre-scientific study of entrails, when less than one director in a hundred could give an intelligent, educated account of what strategy it would take for their business to survive in the fast-changing environment of the next decade.
Experiment: Ask any director you know to demonstrate their strategic understanding of Darwin’s Theory and to show how s/he uses that knowledge to safeguard the future of the company in the faster-changing environment of the marketplace. If you get a clear, articulate response it will be a surprise.
Is there any business school in Australia that insists their graduates understand the strategic business application of the darwinian imperative? Are there any of the endless ‘case studies’ churned out by business schools devoted to darwinian business strategy?
Do let me know if you find one.
— ADVANCED TRAINING:
Meanwhile, as part of the ADVANCED LEADERSHIP TRAINING I’ve added a new module to help raise your darwinian intelligence, your ability to survive and grow in rapidly changing environments.
It’s called: Think Darwin!
This bonus training module consists of an additional ten lessons designed so that anyone can understand, get their head around and then harness the amazing power of Darwin’s Theory in their daily life, career and business.
For example, what do you know about ‘memes‘?
If you’re in management, marketing, media, or HR/training memes are a must. You’ll become very up-to-date with them on this course. Darwin’s Theory is widely regarded as the most powerful theory in all of science!
TASMANIAN-born Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn is one of the world’s leading medical researchers.
The molecular biology researcher, who now lives in the US, is this year’s Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, sharing it with two other researchers. Their award was for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said yesterday: “Australia has made frequent contributions to the world’s great discoveries and Professor Blackburn’s work continues that proud tradition,” he said. “She must also be acknowledged for her reputation as an Australian scientist who places as much weight on the ethics of research as on the practice of science.”
Professor Blackburn was famously appointed, then removed, from then US president George W. Bush’s bioethics advisory council because she objected to the practice of having religion rather than science guide its work, especially in the field of embryonic stem cell research, which was tightly restricted by the Bush administration.
— Click here to see, in her press conference, how the Nobel laureate discusses the difference between academic research and commercial research — between curiosity and business-planning … watch?v=7jVKUIJOlMs
In Melbourne, Australia in 1970, Michael Hewitt-Gleeson designed the Career Acceleration Program (CAP).
This was a train-the-trainer algorithm, for converting knowledge into skill. In training CAP instructors, six principles were emphasised. To become successful trainers they had to master these Six CAP Principles:
SOT members are already familiar with the spaced training method used by SOT.
Spaced training is an effective way to produce skills because it allows for repetition over time. This is the training strategy that is used by the military, the music conservatory, the aviation school and other institutions where virtuosity is the training goal, not just knowledge.
Many business and academic institutions use massed training which tries to cram training into one or two sessions. Massed training is a far less effective strategy for retaining knowledge or developing skills. It is completely ineffective for achieving virtuosity.
Repetition became unfashionable as a teaching strategy in education about 30 years ago. However, at SOT, we have evolved our own training method over that time to see what delivers better results. Repetition is a powerful strategy in the human brain because the brain is a patterning system and the architecture of patterns is repetition.
The brain thrives on repetition not distraction. One of the problems with multi-tasking is that the brain is distracted from acquiring the necessary depth of patterning to cement knowledge into skill.
We send out daily email lessons with small amounts of information to learn–spaced out over time. These lessons arrive at the desk of the trainee day by day … by … day by day.
Each lesson has a DFQ (Daily Feedback Question) and the member can not only post their own answer to the DFQ but can also review the answers of other SOT members. This SOT method of reinforcement and repetition has proven to be a very effective one which produces measureable results.
Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows
Think you can talk on the phone, send an instant message and read your e-mail all at once? Stanford researchers say even trying may impair your cognitive control.
People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time, a group of Stanford researchers has found.
Data from video cameras can bring virtual cities to life …
Virtual globes such as Google Earth or Microsoft Visual Earth provide great bird’s-eye views of urban landscapes. But those streets are empty, transforming the world’s cities into ghost towns.
Now a system that can draw on real-time video from traffic and surveillance cameras, or weather sensors, is set to change that. It populates virtual towns with cars, people and realistic skies.
The video above shows how computer scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta put the idea into practice using video feeds from cameras around the city. Their augmented version of Google Earth incorporates sports scenes, traffic flows, the march of pedestrians and weather.
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