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Meg Tufano
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Lived in Oak Ridge, TN
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  • Antioch University Midwest
    M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998 - 2000
  • University of Toronto
    B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies
  • St. John's College, Great Books
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Dramatic Arts
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Meg McDermott (former name used for my fiction writing).
Change your mind, change the world!
I love people. I love teaching. I love books. I love to write.  

So, I'm always having a good time loving something!

Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor of Critical Thinking for Antioch University Midwest, teaching a course entitled "Critical Thoughts" that I designed over the past year. Prospective students can get a feel for my online teaching style at the following YouTube link:

I am a founding partner, along with David Amerland, Robert E. del Sol, Shaker Cherukuri and Leland LeCuyer, of SynaptIQ+, The think tank for social era knowledge.

I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal for Social Era Knowledge which is going into its second Volume, second Issue (May 2014). This is a peer-reviewed journal, global in scope, but written in English, published online once a year by SynaptIQ+.  Its purpose is to stimulate academic research and encourage business and academic exchanges for the advancement of social era understanding.  

It also publishes short fiction, theoretical essays, best-practices in social era expertise, poetry and empirical papers for those interested in the compelling questions engendered by the introduction of the social era.  

The Journal encourages submissions by new writers (see submission requirements) and welcomes high-quality content on the practical, philosophical, scientific and human interest insights on the following subjects: 

  • social media 
  • social marketing 
  • customer relation management (Social CRM)
  • social business
  • electronic commerce
  • social shopping
  • social advertising
  • social media optimization®
  • reinvented search engine optimization (SEO) including Semantic Search (David Amerland, one of the founders of SynaptIQ+, wrote the book on Semantic Search).
  • algorithmic analysis of any or all aspects of the Internet
  • online learning and teaching
  • legal issues related to the Web
  • online identity and reputation
  • ethics of social business
  • cyber security
  • climate change
  • politics related to a wired world
  • psychology of social era 
  • social era culture
  • social era manners
  • social era art
  • social era understanding of human rights
  • personal experience of the paradoxes of our social era
You can see an example of an issue here;


Besides academic and fiction writing, one of my life's goals is to make online learning better than land-based. Why? Because online learning is coming! Probably faster than we can now imagine. I have had some success in making online learning better than land-based, so? I think we can succeed if we work hard at it.  I am an experienced (over ten years) course designer and am happy to help those who are starting out.

Information is not knowledge:  engaging learners with information so that they become enthusiastic about knowledge is at the heart of great course design!

My strongest technical expertise is in Teaching, Research, WritingEditing, Publishing and Instructional Design

Send query letters for publication of books or submissions to The Journal for Social Era Knowledge to


The background photo above is from a home I visited in Vouvay, France.


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More about Meg Tufano:

I attended St. John’s College (Great Books), and received my B.A. from The University of Toronto. My M.A. is from Antioch University. Both of my academic degrees are in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on philosophy and psychology.

I am a novelist, my book which won The Tennessee Writer's 'Best Novel Award' published by S+™ is available for purchase here.
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I designed and developed one of the most successful online humanities courses in the world and helped found a think-tank, an academic journal & publishing house.
Meg Tufano, M.A.: I am a Professor of Critical Thinking for Antioch University Midwest and am the Co-Founder of SynaptIQ+, The think-tank for social era knowledge ® for which I am also the Editor-in-Chief of its academic journal and owner of its publishing house, S+™. Concurrently, I teach teachers how to teach online, online.
Online Course Design, Leadership, Organization, Management, Educational Consulting, Curriculum Design, Program Management, Writing, Teaching, Teacher Training, Training, Instructional Design, Editing, Higher Education, Research, E-Learning, Lecturing, Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Technical Writing, Program Management, Publishing
  • Antioch University Midwest
    Adjunct Prof. of Critical Thinking, 2015 - present
    I teach Critical Thinking 100% online through a course I designed for online delivery over the past year, "Critical Thoughts." (I taught the course land-based at Webster University in Leiden, The Netherlands, through 2009.)
  • S+™
    Owner, 2010 - present
    I publish academic, non-fiction and fiction books that cover issues of the social era for SynaptIQ+ through its subsidiary publishing house, S+™.
  • Journal for Social Era Knowledge
    Editor-in-Chief, 2010 - present
  • SynaptIQ+
    Co-Founder, 2010 - present
  • Roane State Community College
    Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Religion, 2000 - 2015
  • The McDermott MultiMedia Group
    Group Leader, 2010 - 2013
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Oak Ridge, TN - The Hague, The Netherlands - Washington, D.C. - Santa Fe, NM - Annapolis, MD - Toronto, Canada - London, Great Britain - Long Island, NY - Vienna, Austria - Paris, France - Sevilla, Spain - Rome, Italy - Florence, Italy - Venice, Italy - Santorini, Greece -
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I hope I never have to think that I will never have large pleasures to hold on to .

"It is not worth it to me to live a bleak life devoid of small pleasures so that one day I can make a single large purchase. I will never have large pleasures to hold on to."
Poor people make decisions that appear bad to the rest of us. They make those decisions because they don't see a future where they're not poor. Why save money by abstaining on small luxuries to be able to afford a major luxury? They don't think they're EVER going to be able to afford that major luxury. 
And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.
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At some point an habitual liar forgets what IS the truth

JUST the kind of person to have nuclear codes! "Oh I THOUGHT I saw..."


From +Bill Moyers
> Donald Trump's lies aren't just politically motivated. In Virginia, he invented an historic Civil War encounter on a golf course he owns. “It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!” declares a riverside plaque, below a Trump family crest. “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot,” the inscription explains. “The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’” Local historians told the NYT's Nicholas Fandos that nothing of the sort happened. “How would they know that?" replied Trump. "Were they there?”
Historians say a plaque installed by Mr. Trump at a golf course on the Potomac River commemorates a Civil War event that never happened.
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The parallels between these two liars, Obama and Trump are simply amazing? The lies are different, but the mechanics are identical?

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+scarlet red But they do! This one spoke to you.
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Makes too much sense .

+Fareed Zakaria says that we cannot win if we bring the fight to Syria (on CNN); but Bernie is saying we can win if we make the local countries in the MidEast fight the war.

Makes sense to me!
In terms of overall strategy, only Bernie Sanders demands that Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries lead the fight against ISIS. It's this road map that will defeat ISIS, not the lofty rhetoric of Clinton or diatribes from Trump.
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+Jeffrey Kunkel I think your insights are what make the most sense going forward. The GOP seems not to get it that "more war" is creating more instability. (Nature abhors a vacuum.) President Obama is a lame duck. And Hillary seems to see the world as it used to be.

With our understanding of what does NOT work, we need to get out of the way. Saudi just paid for some number of South Americans (!) (mercenaries) to fight.


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A stand of hybrid poplars in the fog on the outskirts of Marcola, OR 
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+Hal Cooper For now, I'll just love their existence.
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The Refugees We Are Taking in HAVE BEEN Screened !!!!!
Refugees undergo more rigorous screening than anyone else we allow into the United States. Here is a step-by-step guide to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S:
A step-by-step guide to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S.
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One Must Get a Sense of Humor

The ridiculous behavior by colleges provides endless teachable moments.
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“Do not comment despairingly [disparagingly?] on others.” I do think this "despairingly" was a Freudian slip. Even the protesters can scarcely believe what they're doing, methinks.
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+Denis Labelle Does it again! Wondering what's happening with Google? Voila!
#Googlepedia - Start Here
Google EcoSystem
The Google ecosystem is made for business, and it is time to create a broader map of how the apps all fit together.
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. Google Pocket Book ->
. Google Collection ->
. Get Help In Google Product Forums ->
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Are We Playing into the Hands of ISIS?

Who thinks that these refugees are a threat? For heaven's sakes. They spent two years preparing for this. We should be teaching them why they made a good choice!
Madeleine Albright says stop being wusses fearing refugees

Former US Secretary of State and former refugee from Hitler is horrified at conservatives' panic over plight of people fleeing Daesh (ISIS)
The U.S. must do its part to alleviate the crisis
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I love birds.
The Blue Jay
 A beautiful bird with a very distinct call! Happy Tuesday and to everyone in the U.S.and to those who celebrate it, have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving this coming Thursday!

#birds   #birdphotography   #bluejay   #naturephotography   #birdsgallery  
#BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson and +Terrie Gray
+Birds GALLERY by +Heinrich Wagner and +Susan Wilkinson 
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene and +Dorma Wiggin
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How can a person navigate G+ without +Denis Labelle ?
About Denis Labelle
Denis Labelle's influential work on Google is recognised worldwide for its pioneering approach, continuing to define and lead the industry. He's an entrepreneur passionate about coaching/applying Google solutions/products to new markets and works with world class companies and some of the world’s largest brands.

He has been voted by the users as the
> Top 3 people who should be Google+ spokesperson,
> #10 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (,
> Best Google+ User (,
> Most  knowledgeable about Google+
> and selected as an official Google+ Ambassador by Google.

Google for Business, Work, Entrepreneurs & coaching.

Graduated in High Performance Coaching (Sport) - Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC), World Level.

. Co-founder of the International Triathlon Union (
. Head Coach, Team Triathlon Canada (Top 3 in the world)
. Co-designer of an Olympic Medal
. International expert in sport development (

Contact Information  (Montreal, CANADA & Tokyo, JAPAN)
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The Plot Against Trains - The New Yorker

This week’s horrific Amtrak derailment renewed arguments about Americans’ failure to build for the common good.

Those who can

IMAGINE a job where excellence does nothing to improve your pay or chances of promotion, and failure carries little risk of being sacked. Yo

From "Open" to Justice #OpenCon2014

Here are the transcript and slides from the talk I gave this morning at OpenCon 2014. I was a little nervous as to how well this would be re

MegTufanoWinter2013 - SynaptIQ+ Social Era Knowledge

The Journal for Social Era Knowledge Meg Tufano, Editor-in-Chief Publisher, S+™ Author of "The Deep Dark Web, The NSA, and Personal Privacy:

Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot ha...

Take the kids downtown to go shopping at Sears for back to school clothes the last week of August. Get everyone a new pair of corduroys and

James Risen calls Obama 'greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation'

• Journalist refuses to reveal source of story about CIA operation • President’s support for press freedom called ‘hypocritical’

Hack Education Weekly News: Carpe Diem

RIP Robin Williams and RIP Michael Brown – my god, this week has been so painful. Education Law and Politics. “Education Department Awards 4

Russell Berman

Payday loan lenders are the most prevalent business in the U.S. – moreso than even Starbucks or McDonalds. This boggled John Oliver's mind.

Tales of the cities: the progressive vision of urban America | Gary Youn...

A union leader is being hailed as a possible mayor in Chicago while elsewhere mayors are pursuing policies Obama has been unable to enact on

SynaptIQ+ Social Era Knowledge

Homepage for SynaptIQ+, The think tank for social era knowledge. Access to business and educational consultants, a library of resources for

Iran Hawk Lindsey Graham Says We Need to Work With Iran to Fix Iraq

Sen. Lindsey Graham shocked and confused many by imploring the United States to work with Iran to stabilize Iraq. Just last year, Graham pus

digitallibraryderrickwlodarz - SynaptIQ+ Social Era Knowledge

How the Digitial Revolution Saved the Library by Derrick Wlodarz, edited by Meg Tufano for The Journal for Social Era Knowledge, Spring 2014

Writing Tip: Seven Common Weaknesses You Can Fix in Your Non-fiction Wri...

I have worked on so many non-fiction books that I sometimes feel like a family doctor who has cared for so many patients he can diagnose a p

When did mass shootings become so frighteningly mundane in America? | Su...

Isla Vista. Seattle. Las Vegas. Now Troutdale. The summer of 2014 has killing everywhere, and we've yet to reach the equinox

#YesAllWomen and Ed-Tech Conferences, or Why ISTE is Unsafe

#YesAllWomen in ed-tech. Earlier this week, Ariel Norling published an incredibly brave article — an incredibly difficult to read article —

How Search Works - The Story – Inside Search – Google

Search starts with the web. It's made up of over 60 trillion individual pages and it's constantly growing. Google navigates the web by crawl

Westerners Fighting in Syria Could Pose a Terrorist Future Threat at Home

This week, an American Islamists who has been fighting with an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria perpetrated a suicide strike, the first to be

Don't regulate professors' tweets | Al Jazeera America

University social media policies don't just quell free speech, they impede scholars' ability to grow

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