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Will Houghteling
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North American Lead, Minerva Project
North American Lead, Minerva Project

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Great piece in the +The New York Times about our work at the Minerva Project trying to build "affordable elitism", a Harvard-quality degree available to the world's best and brightest

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/education/edlife/minerva-strives-for-affordable-elitism.html?ref=edlife&_r=0

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Excited to announce publicly that our mission at Minerva of making higher education more rigorous, accessible and global is one step closer to reality.

Applications are now open for the 2014 Founding Class (four years free tuition) and we've announced that regular tuition will only be $10k / year, 1/4 the cost of traditional top-tier universities. 

Learn more reading this great Inc mag piece (http://www.inc.com/issie-lapowsky/minerva-project-elite-undergrad-education-for-10k.html) or if yo know any high-school students, have them apply today at Minerva.KGI.EDU. 

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Awesome opportunity to connect w/ two world leaders about important issues! Well done +Ramya Raghavan and +Mackenzie Thomas 
Pumped about our Google+ Conversation with +Nicholas Kristof and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter next week and this piece in the Times announcing it :-)

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And I thought San Francisco was the city on a hill..

In civita, Italy

#nofilter #laterplus
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Summer sunset in Nonquitt. 

Bringing #NoFilter  to the +
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Enjoyed this New Yorker piece from Atul Gawande about spreading good ideas that don't naturally 'go viral'.

Really enjoyed this paragraph in particular: In the era of the iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter, we’ve become enamored of ideas that spread as effortlessly as ether. We want frictionless, “turnkey” solutions to the major difficulties of the world—hunger, disease, poverty. We prefer instructional videos to teachers, drones to troops, incentives to institutions. People and institutions can feel messy and anachronistic. They introduce, as the engineers put it, uncontrolled variability.

The thorniest problems often can't be solved w/ a light technical solution lightly impacting millions of people. People change other people, and we shouldn't be scared of attempting ideas simply b/c they require human intervention to succeed.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/07/29/130729fa_fact_gawande

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After four exceptional years, today I "graduate" Google, diploma and all.

Thank you everyone and excited for what's ahead! 
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Great advice from Ira Glass on the importance of grit and output in pursuing creative endeavors. 

In short - people who pursue creative projects have taste, and when they start creating there's a large gap in quality between what they create and what they like, so often they quit. It takes a long time to shrink that gap, so produce a huge volume of work, and don't worry if your output isn't up to your own taste at start. 

Ira Glass on the Creative Process (www.getoutthebox.org)

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I'll miss magazine covers when everything goes digital. Great one from +The New Yorker 
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