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This week’s headline quotes Starbucks’ new “Use of the Third Place Policy” that seeks to establish its stores as a third place, where customers can gather and connect and where any customer is welcome to use their spaces, including restrooms, cafes, and patios, regardless of whether they make a purchase (Associated Press “New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes”).    

Read more | 05/21/2018 - 15:28

This week’s headline quotes Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at the Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles, where the company laid out its ambitious plans to develop and commercially deploy its uberAIR air taxis, plans that require extensive partnerships to develop the aerial vehicles, the skyports they will land on, and the electric batteries that will power them (TechCrunch "Uber’s aerial taxi play").

Read more | 05/14/2018 - 16:52

This week’s headline quotes Andrew Moore, dean of the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, about the movement of A.I. and robotics researchers from faculty and research position in higher education to private labs run by big internet companies (The New York Times “Facebook adds A.I. labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, pressuring local universities”).

Read more | 05/07/2018 - 15:40

This week’s headline quotes James Fallows’ feature article in The Atlantic, reporting on years touring communities throughout the United States and finding that, through civic governance, immigration, schools, libraries, downtowns, and conservation, America may be pursuing more positive futures than we sometimes realize (The Atlantic “The reinvention of America”).

Read more | 05/01/2018 - 00:04

This week’s headline quotes Jordan Peele, speaking as president Barack Obama, in a public service announcement Peele created by manipulating video of the former president to follow a script written and performed by Peele – the video highlights the evolving threat of digital misinformation (BuzzFeedNews “This PSA about fake news from Barack Obama is not what it appears”).

Read more | 04/23/2018 - 18:48

This week’s headline quotes Lisa Jacobson, founder and chief executive of Inspirica, a New York City tutoring company that specializes in one-on-one test preparation and has steadily expanded its "homework therapist" services to support students’ emotional health and increase their achievement (The New York Times "Homework Therapists’ job: Help solve math problems, and emotional ones").

Read more | 04/16/2018 - 19:36

This week's headline quotes Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia, on the growing popularity of community colleges among students from middle- and upper-middle-class families (The New York Times "Middle-class families increasingly look to community colleges").

Read more | 04/09/2018 - 18:07

This week’s headline quotes a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “The public internet option: How local governments can provide network neutrality, privacy, and access for all,” which argues for the creation of municipally-owned ISPs as the best way to preserve net neutrality (Motherboard “ACLU: To protect democracy, cities should build their own ISPs”).

Read more | 04/02/2018 - 18:07

This week's headline quotes Video Vortex manager and “VHS Culture Captain” Josh Schafer on what he thinks makes Alamo Drafthouse’s new video rental store so special (Entertainment Weekly “Alamo Drafthouse video store to let you rent any movie for free”).

Read more | 03/26/2018 - 14:27

This week’s headline quotes Ryan Bradley’s article about pop-up restaurants - a familiar insight from another industry that speaks to the transformation of spaces (GQ “How pop-ups took over America’s restaurants”).

Read more | 03/19/2018 - 20:35

This week’s headline quotes Chris Moran, manager of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, which features tall tree houses, wobbly bridges, 20-foot climbing towers, and natural elements that introduce risk in order to help develop more self-reliant young people (The New York Times “In Britain’s playgrounds, ‘bringing in risk’ to build resilience”).

Read more | 03/12/2018 - 16:22

This week’s headline quotes Adam Neumann, chief executive and co-founder of WeWork, in a profile of the company’s bold ambitions to reinvent workplaces, residences, athletic clubs, and even education (The New York Times “The WeWork manifesto: First, office space. Next, the world.”). 

Read more | 02/26/2018 - 21:34

This week’s headline quotes Laura Norén, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Data Science at New York University, one of several professors and researchers developing ethics courses for data science, computer science, and engineering students at colleges and universities across the country (The New York Times “Tech’s ethical ‘dark side’: Harvard, Stanford and others want to address it”).

Read more | 02/19/2018 - 21:45

This week’s headline quotes edX CEO Anant Agarwal, at the U.S. Department of Education’s “Rethink School Summit,” discussing the online learning platform's MicroMasters and MicroBachelors programs (EdSurge “EdX quietly developing ‘MicroBachelors’ program”).

Read more | 02/13/2018 - 16:18

This week’s headline quotes Alannah Maynez, a Yale freshman enrolled in the overwhelmingly popular Psyc 157: Psychology and the Good Life, a course focused on teaching students how to lead a happier and more satisfying life (The New York Times “Yale’s most popular class ever: Happiness”).

Read more | 02/05/2018 - 15:28