In order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (and practise the necessary “social distancing”), many teams are invited to work remotely. For the majority of them, it means working from home and for too many of them, it means suddenly ending up in your kitchen — slightly confused.

As a remote-first organisation, we know this situation can be quite challenging, especially if you’re new to the whole concept. At CodeControl, half of our team and the vast majority of our 600+ freelancers are working remotely.

To help support you on this new work setup, we’ve gathered a few tips from…

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Wandering around (photos: Margaux Pelen)

It was the summer of 2015, and I was standing in the middle of a factory floor around Shenzhen, China. I handed David, the factory manager, my business card. It read: Margaux Pelen, Prototype Chief Officer at LearningScan. Except for my name and my interest in the hardware industry, everything was fake. But it didn’t matter. David smiled and nodded. Our factory tour was about to begin.

What exactly was I doing in Shenzhen?

Here’s the official story: I was visiting the city to create and test a new device that optimized how students learned by reading their brain waves

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Ready to go back (and forth) to school? (Credits: Ecole 42 — Figaro Etudiant)

A few weeks ago, I was asked to source alternatives to classical European schools for top talent, focusing on “collaborative” and “learning to learn” skills. Inspired by the fact that a large French company was taking serious interest in this space, and encouraged by this research, I thought I would share a few players, trends, and insights from this emerging movement towards lifelong learning. This boom towards “the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfilment” is inspiring in many ways.

What are the latest trends and approaches in lifelong learning?

1/ Peer-to-peer learning (i.e. participatory learning that allows students to learn through…

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Tim O’Reilly & Evan Williams at the end of the conference (Credits: Margaux Pelen)

La conférence “Next: Economy” se tenait à San Francisco les 12 et 13
novembre 2015. L’ordre du jour ? ‘Imaginer l’impact de la technologie
sur le monde de demain pour pouvoir choisir la société que nous
voulons”, selon les mots de l’entrepreneur américain — et organisateur
de la rencontre — Tim O’Reilly
. En clair, imaginer quel sera l’impact
de la technologie sur nos manières de travailler, mais aussi de vivre.

Sur scène, une quarantaine de géants de la Silicon Valley défile. Parmi eux, Reid Hoffman, le fondateur de Linkedin — qui compte désormais plus de 350 millions de membres, Jeffrey…

From standard education to “marginal learning”.

“Once upon a time, there were physical CDs. The order of each song mattered, for the album was often played as an uninterrupted piece. Then came the computer and music became digital. You could play all your songs in the order you wanted and easily create compilations based on your musical taste. Then came the Internet and it all became messy. Streamed, remixed, compiled, Music was everywhere and listeners could seamlessly interact with it.

Once upon a time in a parallel world, there were physical classrooms and teachers. The latter had a standard curriculum to deliver to their classes and…

Context: This is the 4th article in a ten-week series about what I learnt at Singularity University this summer. Here are the 1st on space, the 2nd on biomimicry, the 3rd on Virtual Reality and Oculus Rift.

Singularity University has a natural leaning towards Biology so no wonder that, with a passion for education and learning, I would be ending up working on one of its scientific pillars : neuroscience.

The summer program is two-fold: First ‘speaking and listening’ with TED-like speakers for six weeks, then ‘doing’ through a four-week long project. Mine was called Neurofy (2:20 minute video)…

Context: This is the third article in a ten-week series about what I learnt at Singularity University this summer. Here are the 1st one on space, the 2nd on biomimicry and the 4th on Alzheimer’s and video games.

Would you like to fly or jump so fast you can see the Earth in a matter of seconds?

Would you like to feel you’re in the middle of the sea right now?

You could move around and discover land from afar, move around. You would not be on a plane, you would not be dreaming, you would just be using…

Context: This is the second article in a ten-week series about what I learnt at Singularity University this summer. Here’s the 1st article on space, the 3rd on Virtual Reality and Oculus Rift and the 4th on Alzheimer’s and video games.

I’m not a biologist. Unlike all my siblings, I’m not even an engineer and, let’s be fair, I suck at science and have no idea about how most of the things work around me. …

After 10 weeks in Mountain View, I’m back to France and HEC Paris (where I am the lucky entrepreneur in residence).

A few months ago, I won a full fellowship to live quite a unique experience along with 79 students : attend Singularity University for the summer program (the « GSP »). Now it’s over and as my friends and family, you might ask… «so, how was it » ? So many ideas. So many people. So little time to share during the program. …

From ‘digital inclusion’ to an ‘inclusive digital education’.

When Wikileaks was initially launched, online communities got really excited about the potential of knowledge it would unlock: conversations, figures, names, everything was finally available in the broad daylight. However, except for a few documented cases, the platform never really went mainstream. Why so? Probably the gap between the digital promise and how to effectively address it: Wikileaks is raw data that lacks context to help understand what’s really at stake.

This raw material is already accessible across the Internet in many forms and can be equally distributed to whomever: Wikipedia will let you access an updated…

Margaux Pelen

Chief Operating Officer at, the best on-demand freelance talent platform.

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