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His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 80 today.  His message to the world is in A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.

The present he wants most is an act toward a better world, and post then it at www.joinaforce4good.org/join/

I will do an act of peace as my birthday present to the Dalai Lama.  I encourage you to do it too.
The world is changing - let's make it for the good.
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Nice of them to release my new movie on my birthday. ;-)
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Released to mark His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, "A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World" reveals his fresh, radically different perspective on creating a better future; a vision that can be assimilated by each and every one of us on the basis of our common humanity.
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MKBHD and Google Developer Advocates explored this year's #io2015. Find all the highlights and the experiences from different perspectives in this playlist: https://goo.gl/5oPOJn
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A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent reference point for that)

Bao and Bawendi's device is completely different from traditional spectrometers: Rather than using a prism and precision optics, they use an array of 195 carefully chosen inks and a CCD light sensor. The result is rugged and cheap – a few dollars, instead of a few hundred or thousand.

This is a tool that could revolutionize all sorts of devices; the authors give an example of a tool that could identify skin cancer just by pointing at it. (Cancers contain specific chemicals which produce specific optical fingerprints, after all!)

And more to the point, it's neat.

Dear Drs. Bao and Bawendi: TAKE MY MONEY!

Via +California Academy of Sciences.
A spectrometer that fits in your mobile devices could let you scan yourself for skin cancer.
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What will you choose to do to make the world kinder and more peaceful? What can we all do? Share a birthday wish to his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama - take to any of your social channels and send a personal message of gratitude to His Holiness tagging #WithCompassion
The Global Compassion Summit will be a celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's lifetime of devotion to the work of spreading the message of the value of peace, kindness and universal compassion throughout the world. Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the Personal Emissary for Peace to His
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Let’s create the world we dream of by bringing inner, interpersonal and collective peace efforts to the next level! Join 75+ top peacebuilders – including, Deepak Chopra, Ervin Laszlo, Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, Karen Armstrong and more – for a monumental no-cost, online event, The Summer of Peace, June 13 – Sept. 21. #peace http://buff.ly/1dgv4G2
Kate Cumbo, Ph.D. | Summer of Peace https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/sop15KC/PeaceJam1/
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"Dart is a faster, modern language built to scale to millions of lines of code. Redstone is just one of many frameworks for the server that make your life as a developer easier, but it’s among my favorites because it makes great use of Dart’s code annotation features to reduce the amount of boilerplate required to set up complex server interactions."
Monty Rasmussen demonstrates how you can harvest all the benefits of Node.js (plus a few more) when you use Dart and the Redstone framework on the server.
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Why I am on G+ so much

I had to explain to a corporate colleague, yesterday, why I spend so much time and energy on G+ engaging and interacting, putting up original content (when my website should be really benefiting from it) and sharing a lot of original information and insights (which should logically be kept for my books which bring me money.) 

It was a fair question which became the initiation point for a long discussion into which were also drawn his line manager and the company's Corporate Communications expert. 

I had to delve deep into my own motivations in order to actually make sense to people who don't use G+ and see social networks only as a marketing tool. As the discussion evolved I used their Whiteboard to sketch a few connections and relationships. I began to explain that there is a high level or reciprocity within G+ that is not evidenced in Twitter or even Facebook despite the fact that the latter is mostly close friends and family.

Once I started to look at it through the prism of Trust (which is the subject of an upcoming book which has me buried in research as well as writing) things began to fall into place.

What's more, the usual 'soft' platitudes of making friends with people you have never met and actually trusting them, suddenly began to make more sense.

Everything here is a contract of sorts, running on Transactional Trust and governed by the Reciprocity Response (https://goo.gl/mPAJWc). Transactional Trust, in turn, is made up of three other different types of trust, each of which has its own key points.

Not only does this help all of us interact in ways which provide mutual gains but it allows us to interact with different people, differently, calculate 'trust' differently for everyone and differently for each situation while still understanding that it is trust we use. 

Trust is the key ingredient in establishing and strengthening connections between individuals which then begin to figure into such other concepts as identity, self-worth and the establishment of one's presence. In semantic search trust is the key value ascribed in the interaction and engagement between Entities. 

When I got home my Whiteboard doodle became the diagram you see below. Have one awesome Saturday. :) 
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I think that the more accurate sharing with specific 'circles of trust' is actually more akin to real life relationships, so they're more authentic. 
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If, like me, you did not see President Obama's eulogy for the late Rev. Pinckney, here it is in full. Drop everything. Watch. It is a moment of amazing leadership. 
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Want to keep your brain young? Change the smells in your house for 30 days. The olfactory system has one of the highest rates of neurogenesis in the brain. Brain scientist Julia Bossmann at +Singularity University. #SingularityU #GSP15 #neuroscience
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meta-community building, mindful leadership
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  • Google
    People Development, 2015 - present
    In my second dream job at Google, I am applying my meta-community manager experience to building communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at every Google office in the world.
  • Google
    Developer Relations, 2010 - 2014
    I focused on helping developers succeed using Google technology. My team within Developer Relations focused on developer community programs at a global scale. In particular, my primary area of focus was supporting the global network of 550+ Google Developer Groups (GDG) in more than 100 countries. A network that I personally grew from less than 200 GDGs in about 50 countries at the time I started.
  • HP, Metaphor, Apple, Taligent, Adobe, Icarian, VeriSign, Krillion
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Introduction
Van Riper has a Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT. Van has more than 20 years of experience as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He was a core member of the engineering team at Adobe that built the award winning Adobe PageMill web authoring program. Since 1999, he has focused on developing web applications in Java.

Back in April of 2003, he was the founder and still is co-leader of the Silicon Valley JUG with more than 4000 members. In May of 2008, Van was selected by his peers in the Java developer community as a Java Champion. Back in January of 2008, he was the co-founder of Google Developer Group Silicon Valley that has grown to 7000 members.

In December of 2010, Van joined Google Developer Relations as a Developer Community Advocate. His official title was Global Program Manager for Google Developer Groups (GDG). There are 550+ active GDGs in 100+ countries to date. These groups are holding local developer meetups at a rate that is averaging upwards of 15 meetups on a daily basis. You can find your nearest local GDG chapter in the GDG Directory.

In January of 2015, Van moved into People Development at Google. He now leads the effort to build communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at all Google offices in the world.

From 2007 onward, Van has also been a member of the core organizing team for Silicon Valley Code Camp. This is the largest free community organized Code Camp in the US and possibly in the world. We had almost 3000 attendees in 2014.

Finally, Van is the lead organizer of the annual West Coast Community Leadership Summit (AKA CLS West) and a member of the core organizing team for the annual International Community Leadership Summit.

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  • MIT
    Computer Science, 1976 - 1980
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