Going into its 45th season, Sesame Street gives us a glimpse of its future. Plus, clips from our favorite historic episodes.
If you are under the age of 50, there’s a good chance you are fiercely attached to Sesame Street, the show that shepherded so many of us through our toddler years.
You may remember sitting in rapt attention, wondering if anybody would believe that Mr. Snuffleupagus was real, or giggling hysterically about Oscar the Grouch’s musical ode to trash. For generations of viewers, Sesame Street is a portal to a simpler, more innocent time in their lives. This creates something of a quandary for the show’s producers: how do you keep evolving a show so it doesn’t get stale without offending its devoted fans?
Some people are born with natural intelligence or ability. Other people learn through their mistakes and become skilled through effort. Most people combine both. But which is more important: effort or talent?
The CEO of JoyTunes, a music-learning app, is now giving away his product to the 40 of its previously paying customers who use it most.
Sacrificing 40% of your profits? It’s certainly a leap of faith. But Kaminka—and his investors—feel that to do otherwise would be to miss out on a big opportunity. “This technological trend happening now in music education means for me that I can be dominant here. Someone will take over and be the standard, and that’s the opportunity for JoyTunes,” says Kaminka. It’s not merely a question of grabbing the most market share, either, he suggests. He thinks that by making JoyTunes more broadly accessible, he can actually grow the market of digital music learning in its entirety.
When we’re left to our own pace to complete training, do we take advantage of the flexibility or fizzle out?
Employers and employees still value training. But the old gold standard—sequestering employees in classes for extended periods of time—is falling out of favor.
“We’re seeing a huge decrease in the amount of time people are spending in training rooms and classrooms,” says Janet Pogue, principal and global workplace leader at Gensler, a design firm that studies how people use office spaces (among other things). Instead, employers increasingly rely on modules that allow people to learn at their own pace, on their own schedules.
There are people who don’t feel pain. Now, that might sound cool, but it’s not. If you can’t feel pain, you could get hurt, or even hurt yourself and never know it. Pain is your body’s early warning system. It protects you from the world around you, and from yourself.
Classes are starting back up again and that means thousands of underfunded schools and teachers are in need again.
This weekend, for any donation you make to projects on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform for teachers that was featured as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies this year, none other than Bill and Melinda Gates could help your donation go further.
Friday through Sunday, for all projects that raise 50% of their goal, the Gates Foundation will contribute the other half. So, say a $500 project raises $250 in donations—the Gates Foundation will give the other $250 (it will spend up to $1 million dollars). Essentially, it’s a 50%-off clearance sale on doing good.