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The Revolution in Asking & Answering Questions

I just received an email of a new blog post from one of my online mentors, Dan Russell, has posted this video of his TEDxYouth talk at Palo Alto High School.  



Published on Apr 29, 2014
Daniel Russell is a senior research scientist at Google. He investigates and analyzes Google users' habits and practices in an effort to improve the search experience. His innovative Google-A-Day encourages users to flex their searching skills to find answers to intriguing questions.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

In his email/blog post, he writes 
"Historically,  "doing research" meant doing a bunch of things that don't actually have all that much to do with understanding the questions at hand.  You know what I mean:  going to the library, collecting photocopies of articles, organizing them, punching sets of holes so they'll go into your binder, copying data from one place to another, filtering it, cleaning things up.  If you think about it in terms of pure efficiency, doing research is hard partly because there's so many OTHER things you have to do along the way to get to your goal.  
So, what's the core of research?  
I think it's asking the right questions, getting some kind of answers back, and then iterating on that idea.  Ask a little, learn a little; refine your ideas and then test them out."  (http://searchresearch1.blogspot.ch/2014/05/the-revolution-in-asking-and-answering.html)

As he says in the video, to do research today, (or to move from not-knowing to knowing) you need to understand the tools, the gendre, the media, the content.