Here’s the situation:
A year and a half ago, I bought a friend 7 Ether as a wedding present and sent him the private keys (a $50 value at the time). He’s finally learned how to access it, and sent me an email asking if he should buy more.

Here is what I replied:
Amazing! There are four main elements to consider while deciding whether to buy more bitcoin/ether/alts. Remember, any of these coins could go to zero very quickly, so if you do decide to hop in, diversify and say goodbye.

Collective Impact is the outcome generated when stakeholders from different sectors to come together, in a structured and collaborative way, to achieve social change.

As improvisors we come together on stage, in a structured and collaborative way, to create entertaining stories and scenes.

Is it possible, then, that the principles of improvisation can help diverse organizations work better together and achieve desired network effects and change in communities?

Surely! In this article, I want to share three brief activities that we ran, in collaboration with Heather McLeod Grant, at a national conference hosted by the Collective Impact Forum. …

Last week, at an Audible for Enterprise dinner featuring authors Lisa Kay Solomon and Warren Berger, we explored how questions can enhance curiosity and learning within an organization.

Early on, Warren and Lisa discussed several novel ways to use questions. Why not frame your purpose as a “mission question” instead of a mission statement? What if you come up with a new years question rather than a resolution? Does leaving someone with a question leave a longer impression than leaving them with facts or ideas?

Motivated by these prompts, I decided to take notes using only questions.

Warren Berger and Lisa Solomon in discussion at an Audible for Enterprise Learning event

Questions Lisa and Warren asked during the panel

I’m inspired by the opportunity for creativity that Lyft finds itself in. Here are some ideas that I think could be fun for them to try out.

1. The Party Button

Send all Lyft users a message at the same time on a weekend asking if they are feeling adventurous, or if they are in the mood for a party.

If they hit yes, request a Lyft on their behalf that is set to a predetermined location. Then, send all participants to the same location. …

[note: this is an old post that I found in my drafts — likely from the end of 2014. I am just cleaning up my Medium and thinking about starting to post again. Perhaps there is something nice in here for you.]

“I have trouble understanding double, triple bottom line funds — there can only be one bottom line for impact funds. That’s why they call it the bottom.” — a paraphrase of Kevin Starr

I am thrilled by the attention the education market has been getting lately, from double bottom line, impact, and profit-maximizing funds alike. …

“Google Wave seems to be the next generation communication tool of the internet.” — Jeremy Keeshin​, September 1, 2009

“One of the cool things about Google Wave is that you will be able to embed waves into sites very easily and users can interact with the wave.” — Jeremy Keeshin, September 9, 2009

“Facebook should “adopt” Google Wave. I’m going to go ahead and say this is an unbelievable idea. First, although I think its a little sad, Google Wave is not really catching on as it should.” Jeremy Keeshin, October 4, 2009

“For every thought you write down don’t you think you’re going to look back at that and think that was stupid?” Jeremy Keeshin, February 25, 2015

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The impending doom of standardized testing

tl;dr — In five years we will not need standardized tests. Instead, the tech tools used in teaching will provide a benchmark of exactly what students know and have been able to achieve in their learning to date through data tracking and dynamic portfolios.

Standardized testing is eating education alive, and to what end? The underlying value proposition is strong: test students so you can track their progress, know how efficacious their teachers are, and benchmark one state against another. …

No need to disrupt - just evolve

As a biology student turned venture investor, I view the ecosystem of startups a little differently than most. The “Series A Crunch” is a standard carrying capacity problem, blue ocean markets are little more than keen takes on speciation, and predation, parasitism, and mutualism run rampant.

The greatest founders have a high biological (busiological?) fitness and often have strong offspring. But just like the weaker male gorillas, less brute force and more cunning tactics can yield children as well. For the most part, I think people see these parallels. …

Big lessons from small moments

Every day I work to invest in and support the best K12 education entrepreneurs through NewSchools Venture Fund. In my search for the “next big thing” I come across some pretty awesome ideas and want to start sharing some with readers. Below are the most standout thoughts of the week.

Big Ideas:

David Havens

Educator, hiking leader, improvisational analyst. Founder @cocapsf. Generally pumped on the world.

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