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About this project

Have you ever wondered what celebrities, athletes, rock stars, pop stars, authors, events, or ideas you might be connected to?  

Discover your connections with the James Burke Connections App.*

About James Burke

James Burke has been referred to as one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world. (Washington Post, 1994). The hallmark of his thinking style is to identify the connections among seemingly unrelated events. Using a network of links and nodes and highlighting the inter-connections among them, James' unique gift is the ability to see relations among people and ideas where others have not.

He has created dozens of books, articles, and television series around the notion that, as he says so famously, Everything is connected to everything else, including you too of course.  

Check out the recent David McRaney article and interview about James and the App at https://boingboing.net/2016/11/17/james-burkes-new-project-ai.html 

Hear the Dan Carlin interview with James and the App at http://www.dancarlin.com/common-sense-home-landing-page/ 

You can receive access to the App, James' books or DVDs, and get a personal thank you from James by contributing to the campaign. Please see the Rewards section.



If you have never heard of James or would like a review, click here to check out examples of his work.

About the Connections App

His thinking is, in so many words: Creative. Innovative. Insightful. Unexpected. Delightful. And with the James Burke Connections app, you can put the power of connected thinking to work for you.

How does the James Burke Connections app work? The app combines the unexpected connections of the K-Web with the rich and extensive content housed in Wikipedia to create a new type of knowledge tool.

With the App, you can Explore, Discover, and Present new ideas, connections, and knowledge in ways never before possible. 

See the current Connections app prototype!  You can also see future design plans in the video below.

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For a deeper look at James' unexpected connections, see the K-web overview below.

              

 

Supporting Wikipedia and Education

Once the Connections app is live, a portion of the net revenue generated by app sales will be donated to Wikipedia on an annual basis.  James himself asks that he receive no compensation in relation to this project/product. Instead, he asks that any such revenue be directed to the non-profit James Burke Institute to support the use of the App in education.  If you have interest in using the Connections app for educational purposes as part of a systematic program, please contact us with Educational Use in the Subject line.

*This opening was suggested by Dr. Ingram's Student Team 3 (Lexi Kozlowski, Shannon Evans, Seth Yale, Olivia Gaber).

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest concern we had starting out is the technical feasibility of making the app work within acceptable parameters (eg, latency pulling and processing Wikipedia info). Our early prototypes have shown that this is not an issue. See the current prototype at the link above.

A second concern has to do with the thinking that the information in Wikipedia is less accurate and reliable than information gleaned from other sources. In comparison studies, Wikipedia has generally fared as well or better than other traditional non-primary sources. Clearly, Wikipedia is a valuable resource for a first-level examination of content, as well as for webbing interconnections of content, such as involved in the JB Connections App. For an extended discussion of this issue, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia.

Another issue is the familiarity of James Burke and his work. This is important for getting the word out to potential backers. We think people who know James and his work will be very receptive to the app. However, 10 years ago, James commented that "people under 50 have never heard of me and people over 50 think I'm dead." The JB Connections App dev team consists of rabid Burke fans (some actually young), but we are not sure to what degree this fandom extends to others. Who knows, maybe the App will introduce and energize a whole new Burke audience. We ask that all Burke fans solicit the support of their friends and colleagues to make the App happen.

A fourth area is the degree to which supporters will volunteer to edit Wikipedia in order to put the corresponding Burke K-web links in the Wikipedia articles. For fans familiar with Burke's Magical Mystery Tours, for example, the editing would take maybe 5 minutes. So again, we ask for Burke fans old and new to help us out in editing the links. Without the unexpected Burke links, the App still functions as a very useful graphic interface to Wikipedia and a unique tool for knowledge creation. However, it is really the Burke links that make the magic happen.

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    James Burke Wikipedia Editor/Badge*

    The $5 donation allows you to register and serve as an Editor to help map James Burke K-Web links to Wikipedia. All registered James Burke Wikipedia Editors will be listed on the project webpage at http://www.JBConnectionsApp.com. Students and Teachers welcome! Make it a class project. (Instructions for editing will be provided.)

    Includes a James Burke Editor Badge to show on your website or social media accounts. *Digital suitable for printing

    Includes free access to the web version of the James Burke Connections app.

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    James Burke Noodler Badge*

    Noodler as in deep thinker. Show your support for James; display your James Burke Noodler Badge on your website or social media accounts. *Digital suitable for printing

    Registered James Burke Noodlers will be listed on the project webpage at http://www.JBConnectionsApp.com.

    Includes free access to the web version of the James Burke Connections app.

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    Signed Postcard - Burke Pioneer

    Show your support for James by displaying this postcard, highlighting a picture of James and your role in creating the James Burke Connections app.

    Includes free access to the web version of the James Burke Connections app.

    Once the funding goal is met, additional postcards will be offered to donors in other countries.

    This reward was suggested by Dr. Ingram's Team Autobots (Blake Seymour, Nicholas DiNardo, Samantha Bravo, Abby Isom, Nicole Mangialardi).

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    JB App Gift Card – Web access

    Just in time for holiday shopping. This holiday season, give the gift of creativity by helping people think like James. Provides access to the web version of App.

    Makes a great gift for friends and family, teachers and students, nieces and nephews; anyone who could benefit from thinking in new and innovative ways.

    The gift card can be viewed and printed out for wrapping at http://www.knowledgediscoveries.com/free-access-web-version.

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    Teacher Ambassador Badge*

    Show your support for James by volunteering to promote the use of the Connections app for Creativity and Deep Learning in your classroom. Display your James Burke Teacher Ambassador Badge on your website or social media accounts. *Digital suitable for printing.

    Teacher Ambassadors will be given access to a section of the JB Connections App web where they can collaborate with other Teacher Ambassadors on lesson plans and other ideas for the classroom.

    Includes free access to the web version of the James Burke Connections app.

    This reward was suggested by Dr. Ingram's Team DLJJ (Darcie Warren, Lauren Hann, Jenna Hendly, Josie Till).

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    JB App Gift Card – Web/mobile access

    Just in time for holiday shopping. This holiday season, give the gift of creativity by helping people think like James. Provides access to the web and mobile versions of App.

    Makes a great gift for friends and family, teachers and students, nieces and nephews; anyone who could benefit from thinking in new and innovative ways.

    The gift card can be viewed and printed out for wrapping at http://www.knowledgediscoveries.com/free-access-web-mobile-version.

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    Signed Picture of James Burke*

    Tell the world you are a James Burke fan; suitable for framing. *Digital suitable for printing

    Includes free access to the web and mobile versions of the James Burke Connections app (iOS or Android).

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    James Burke Book - Burke Pioneer

    Includes the James Burke book of your choice (paperback), with a personalized thank you note from James Burke, recognizing you as a Burke Pioneer in the development of the James Burke Connections app.

    Choose from Connections, The Day the Universe Changed, Circles, Twin Tracks, The Pinball Effect, The Knowledge Web, American Connections.

    Includes free access to the web and mobile versions of the James Burke Connections app (iOS or Android).

    Once the funding goal is met, additional books will be offered to donors in other countries.

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    James Burke DVD Set - Burke Pioneer

    Includes the James Burke DVD set of your choice, with a with a personalized thank you note from James Burke, recognizing you as a Burke Pioneer in the development of the James Burke Connections app.

    Choose the DVD set Connections 1 or The Day The Universe Changed.

    Includes free access to the web and mobile versions of the James Burke Connections app (iOS or Android).

    Once the funding goal is met, additional DVD sets will be offered to donors in other countries.

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    Webinar on Creativity and Deep Learning

    Includes a 1-hour online webinar on how to use the James Burke Connections app to promote Creativity and Deep Learning in the classroom or business setting. Presented by the ideator of the James Burke Connections app: Richard Ingram.

    Also includes a personalized thank you note from James Burke recognizing you as a Burke Pioneer.

    Includes free access to the web and mobile versions of the James Burke Connections app (iOS or Android).

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