It Ain’t Easy

Making Cheetos is no easy process.  You can read all about the science of cornmeal, friction, frying, and applying cheese powder here.  But after I spent some time reading about how Cheetos are made, I was most struck by the end of the process: Quality Control....

The Importance of Process

In the summer of 1998, the world of chess was changed.  Battles between chess grandmasters and computers ten years earlier were dominated by human intellect and intuition.  Then in 1997, the $10 million supercomputer “Deep Blue” soundly defeated Gary...

Creating a Smaller Here

The following paragraphs are taken directly from Stephen Johnson’s blog. In his essay introducing The Long Now Foundation, Brian Eno tells the story of visiting a wealthy friend in her downtown loft, in an otherwise destitute Manhattan neighborhood circa 1978: I...

Caring for Volunteers

As a staff team, we think about the life of a KidsWorld volunteer in four simple phases: recruiting, placement, training, and care.  Probably the hardest phase for me to address is care.  In the remainder of this year, one of my goals is to come up with one...