+Timothy Wilson , I think you should consider this. via +Brian Wolfe 

+Timothy Wilson , I think you should consider this.

via +Brian Wolfe 

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Passionate argument for the government of the people, for the people. I suspect that the UK shou…

Passionate argument for the government of the people, for the people.

I suspect that the UK should listen to this as well, as left and right become one.

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic 

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citiz…

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This sounds very interesting. A new approach to education. It would be great to see something like…

This sounds very interesting. A new approach to education. It would be great to see something like this in the UK. It would help our very talented programmers, and encourage more.

And like the French model a entrepreneur who wants to give something back, or has a record of thinking off the wall and innovation would be a great force it. Yeah I am looking at you +Richard Branson. I think this is right up your street. 

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything | VentureBeat | Dev | by Dylan Tweney

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education.

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Three years on and G+ is still the dynamic social layer it always was. With loads of great peopl…

Three years on and G+ is still the dynamic social layer it always was.

With loads of great people sharing ideas and passion, but without the psychological baggage that pervades other social networks.

I have learnt a lot about how social networks kinda work. I have learnt that it is very difficult to recreate the nature of real social relationships and interactions in an online environment. However, G+ comes closest with the concept of circles and using interests as the focal point, the commonality between individuals driving social interaction. And leaving individuals to organically discover the other stuff of our every day lives.

I remember fairly early on discussing universal health care with +Jeffrey Hamby. I am in the UK, so the imperfect, but brilliantly conceived NHS is pretty close to my heart. I couldn't understand why the USA didn't want a system like the NHS. But Jeff gave me an insight into how it was seen in the states by some people. And I understood a bit better.

However, I discovered something else about Jeff. He loves craft ale! I had spent many years enjoying British beer and occasionally European lagers. I read CAMRA guides and sought out different beers, drinking bitter, stouts, porters and many more. Beers which were pretty much unique to brewing in the UK due to the type of yeast they used. With this background I had always viewed American beers as flavourless. But when faced with something different I do give it a go. So when Sierras Nevada IPA appeared in my local supermarket I have it a go… And well now I also ask out American ales as well. And Jeff is someone who have me some really advice on want I should look out for, and even offered at one point to send some to me! A polite gesture I think, but a gesture that suggested that G+ was something different to other networks.

Frankly, on Facebook you are as likely to be trolled and mocked by your friends, as anything else. And you know them in real life. In fact I have discovered that facebook exposes the worst in people. Ignorant and arrogant, narcissism and self loathing.

G+ just isn't like that in my experience.

I know people like +Jonathan Seyghal, who just comes across as a decent guy. Who was happy to offer advice of road bikes (incidentally I am still looking, but I like the look of a Genesis). And +Mike McLoughlin who is my go to guy on chromebooks for a start.

And then there was +Dirk Talamasca, who brought so much to G+. And sadly passed away earlier this year. The out pouring of support during his illness, the genuine heart felt grief when the news of his death spread on G+. I never knew Dirk in real life, so I found it odd to feel a profound sense of loss.

That is what G+ is to many, a connection to other people who share passion and experiences. And that connection adds something to their lives. It brings real connections, hangouts in real life, communities who can travel the world to meet people to enjoy their lives with. There so many great people I know because of this network.

Google + is an amazing place to meet people.

happy birthday G+.



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