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UK riots: how do Boris Johnson's Bullingdon antics compare? | Politics | The Guardian
"'An excessive sense of entitlement" was what the mayor of London ascribed to those looting their way across our sceptred isle – but he could have been referring to himself. In the mid-to-late 80s, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – not to mention David Cameron and his now chancellor George Osborne – were members of the notorious Bullingdon Club, the Oxford university "dining" clique that smashed their way through restaurant crockery, car windscreens & antique violins all over the city of knowledge.

Not unlike a certain section of today's youth, the "Bullers" have little regard for property. Prospective members often have their rooms trashed by their new-found friends, while the club has a reputation for ritualistic plate-smashing at unsuspecting country pubs. It has been banned from several establishments, while contemporary Bullers are said to chant, at all hours: "Buller, Buller, Buller! Buller, Buller, Buller! We are the famous Bullingdon Club, & we don't give a fuck!"…"
borisjohnson  2011  uk  riots  london  entitlement  class  via:grahamje  worstkindofthugs  government  politics  inequality  corruption 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Community Media - Interactive World: Pathways to Participation - Elite Pedagogy and Revolution
"It is a sad fact that much of what we do in our younger years at school acts as barrier to our future confidence and enjoyment. The main reason is that most people are made to feel that they are failures, or fall short of the required standards.

The component of play, spontaneity, & expression, are beaten out of us with the rigour of rules & traditions; a culture of compulsion prevails together with a morbid attraction to examination & assessment regimes. Our children suffer anxiety and stress; they become miserable & unresponsive. Retreating to private worlds, they seldom gain the confidence or the creativity to comprehend their suffering; the system's ultimate victory is that the children are unable to construct meaningful forms of rebellion.

Our obsession with competition, elitism, skills' acquisition, specialisation, and a functional / instrumental approach to learning plays a major role in inhibiting the majority of individuals from participation and creative growth…"
unschooling  deschooling  education  tcsnmy  lcproject  learning  spontaneity  play  standards  standardization  testing  competition  competitiveness  failure  expression  compulsion  rules  tradition  anxiety  stress  racetonowhere  creativity  confidence  elitism  specialization  via:grahamje  specialists 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Tactical Urbanism Final
"Improving the livability of our towns and cities commonly starts at the street, block, or building scale. While larger scale efforts do have their place, incremental, small-scale improvements are increasingly seen as a wayto stage more substantial investments. This approachallows a host of local actors to test new concepts beforemaking substantial political and financial commitments. Sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, these actions are commonly referred to as “guerilla urbanism,” “pop-up urbanism,” “city repair,” or “D.I.Y. urbanism.” For the moment, we like “Tactical Urbanism,” which is anapproach that features the following five characteristics: A deliberate, phased approach to instigatingchange; The offering of local solutions for local planningchallenges; Short-term commitment and realistic expectations; Low-risks, with a possibly a high reward; & The development of social capital between citizensand the building of organizational capacity between…"
urbanism  diy  planning  gardening  publicspace  via:grahamje  tacticalurbanism  guerillagardening  space  place  chairbombing  pop-upcafes  pop-uprestaurants  pop-upstores  openstreets  playstreets  situationist  foodcarts  parkingday  cities  urban  mobilevendors  mobility  pop-upeducation  streetfairs  streets  streetlife  plazas  sharedspace  popup  pop-ups 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Teacher Pay Around the World -
"American teachers spend on average 1,080 hours teaching each year. Across the O.E.C.D., the average is 794 hours on primary education, 709 hours on lower secondary education, and 653 hours on upper secondary education general programs."<br />
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"In the United States, a teacher with 15 years of experience makes a salary that is 96 percent of the country’s gross domestic product per capita. Across the O.E.C.D., a teacher of equivalent experience makes 117 percent of G.D.P. per capita. At the high end of the scale, in Korea, the average teacher at this level makes a full 221 percent of the country’s G.D.P. per capita."
teaching  teachers  comparison  us  pay  salaries  workday  hours  via:grahamje  2009  international 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Vietnam's New Money | Foreign Policy
"An influx of wealth and privilege is shaking up this socialist country. But, as pro-democracy activists are jailed and the network of power tightens, the Communist Party's strong hand may be turning economic progress into a social disaster. ... But the state's control over Vietnam's expansion is troublesome. The marriage between party and private interest is distorting the economy toward the wants of the few rather than the needs of the many. And networks of crony socialism are becoming a threat to Vietnam's future stability. Vietnam risks the fate of many of the World Bank's previous poster children -- boom followed by bust."
via:grahamje  vietnam  communism  class  money  economics  society  progress 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Mute magazine - Culture and politics after the net
"California dreaming turns to California nightmare as decades of agribusiness, real estate development and exploitation of migrant workers take their toxic toll. Gifford Hartman takes us on a guided tour of the Golden State's darkside"
technology  art  culture  internet  economics  media  geography  activism  michaelpollan  california  politics  capitalism  crisis  economy  ecology  marxism  us  agribusiness  agriculture  realestate  labor  via:grahamje 
december 2009 by robertogreco
"A documentary film by Kaspar Astrup Schröder about movement in urban space. The film explores the way Parkour and Freerunning is changing the perception of urban space and how the space is changing the traceurs and freerunners. Mainly set in Copenhagen the film follows the making of the first dedicated parkour park in the world. Designed by the danish team, Team JiYo. The film also travels around the world to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore the common understanding of exploring the urban space seen from a traceur and freerunners perspective. Founding architect of B.I.G. Architects, Bjarke Ingels in participating in exploring a untraditional path in perceiving a new approach to urban architecture and together with Team Jiyo he travels to Shanghai and Shenzhen to meet with a different people and culture. Does travelling to the other end of the world change our understanding of movement in the urban space that surrounds us?"
freerunning  parkour  urbanism  space  cities  architecture  movement  place  sports  bjarkeingels  big  design  urban  via:grahamje  documentary  denmark  copenhagen  tokyo  japan 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Art and Community Engagement on Vimeo
"Initiated by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Art and Community Engagement is a group for artists, art organizations and institutions, and anyone else with similar goals to share through video how they're using art to creatively foster community–wherever that may be.
via:grahamje  collaboration  artists  art  society  video  vimeo  organizations  institutions  creativity  community  activism  resources  communities 
june 2009 by robertogreco | The first all Ireland professional network for artists working with children and young people.
" is the website of the first professional network in Ireland, for artists working with children and young people. is an on-line collaborative research space reporting on artists' practice with children and young people currently in development by Kids' Own, in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland. The aim of this research is to raise the standard, validate practice and to support artists working with children and young people."
via:grahamje  art  arts  artists  glvo  children  collaborative  networks  ireland 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Tracking The Future
"The emerging infrastructure is different. Varnelis describes it as something multiple and shifting: “networked ecologies,” plural “infrastructures” that are “hypercomplex” and as likely to consist of legal mechanisms and barely visible cell-phone networks as the heavy stuff of tunnels and bridges. Inherently less apparent than the infrastructure that came before, they’re also as likely to be owned by corporations as by governments—meaning these networks can’t really be controlled, only “appropriated” according to their own logic. With traditional planning made impotent by capitalism and NIMBYism, rebuilding the city now requires a “new type of urbanist,” a designer Varnelis compares to a computer hacker who reimagines a new use for the underlying rules and codes. It’s a compelling vision, but it’s darkened by a Marxist conviction about the malevolence of the corporation. Infrastructure has always been a public initiative that complements private investment."
via:grahamje  urbanplanning  urban  urbanism  cities  kazysvarnelis  architecture  future  politics  infrastructure  networks  planning  subway  us  underground  barackobama  public  private 
february 2009 by robertogreco
PLATFORM - Desk Killer
"By shining a light into the world of the bureaucrats, planners and businessmen who contributed to Nazism and the Holocaust, the desk killer raises a critical question as to whether such an event can be viewed as a finished, historical episode or whether the psychology and behaviour that enabled genocide to occur then is not only still present today, but exists quite specifically both in the institutional culture of transnational corporations and in the mindset and activity of many individuals working for such corporations."
via:grahamje  bureaucracy  management  administration  corporations  anticapitalism  globalization  markets  art  history  psychology  leadership  activism  politics 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Making art a team sport - Los Angeles Times
"Of all the city’s cultural resources – prestigious schools, ambitious museums, a robust gallery scene – the most significant by far is its ever-welling population of artists, and it’s from this pool that these organizations have arisen: institutions that function, to one degree or another, as art projects in themselves, driven by ideas and a spirit of collaboration, whose offbeat programming aims to challenge the boundaries of what we conceive art to be."...“The idea with Machine,” says Allen, “was that we would feed in ideas & different people & different technologies and it would be generative, it would be constantly producing projects, so that the people who might be our audience one day might be teaching a class the next day, and somebody who learns something in one of the classes might be producing a project with that knowledge later in the gallery. So that there was more of a flow of resources, more of a rhizomatic model, if I dare, than the sort of traditional gallery system.”
machineproject  museums  museumofjurassictechnology  centerforlanduseinterpretation  farmlab  batelevel  lcproject  culture  art  arts  institutions  organizations  dangerouscurve  music  technology  tinkering  make  diy  accessibility  nonprofit  sundownschoolhouse  activism  gardening  losangeles  community  education  politics  california  artists  exhibition  via:grahamje  collaborative  collaboration  nonprofits 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Steven Poole: Working for the Man
"But videogames seem more and more to resemble work in a different sense: working for the Man. They hire us for imaginary, meaningless jobs that replicate the structures of real-world employment." ... "This can’t be the only way. In replacement, we might imagine a new videogaming manifesto inspired by the Slow Food movement. It would speak of games where you really could choose your own adventure, but also where, if you preferred, you could just take time to smell the coffee, with no shadowy boss figure watching your clock and tapping his foot. It would be called Slow Gaming. Gamers of the world unite: you have nothing to lose but your boring virtual jobs."
videogames  gaming  play  games  design  gamedesign  psychology  philosophy  slow  consumerism  capitalism  via:grahamje  work 
december 2008 by robertogreco
The "Steal This Election" Citizen Investigation Map
"Does Arizona practice Darwinist voting? What happens in Florida if your registration has a typo? Below, click orange areas on the map for analysis of voting hot spots and states with known shenanigans. Want to take part in MoJo's continuing citizen investigation into issues around voter suppression? Click on your state to see and record observations of the voting process in your hometown this election season. Plus: On (and before) Election Day, we'll post updates from other organizations following this issue, including more options for sending live reports from your polling station."
via:grahamje  maps  mapping  politics  elections  voting  2008  corruption  fraud  democracy  us 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Open Anthropology Project
"This project is part of an ongoing critique of institutional and disciplinary anthropology, insofar as it has or may continue to support, justify, participate in, or abide by imperial projects. My central interests are ongoing colonialism, recolonization, anti-imperialism, indigenous rights, Caribbean culture, and discourses of liberation and social transformation. Tied up with those is an interest in “public anthropology,” and “radical anthropology” of a loosely defined anarchist and sometimes what some might call a primitivist leaning. I write against the corporatization of the university, the conservative “professionalization” of ideas, the way that knowledge is compartmentalized and “disciplined,” and the way that print and other media capitalists have monopolized knowledge dissemination in the most anti-democratic fashion."
via:grahamje  anthropology  capitalism  activism  academia  open  research  collaboration  anarchism  practice 
october 2008 by robertogreco
The Reinvention Centre at Westwood
"The Reinvention Centre at Westwood is a classroom facility on The University of Warwick's Westwood campus which was designed and refurbished by the Reinvention Centre in 2006.

The space is designed to deal with the complexity of the teaching situation in a way that does not reduce teaching to pre-ordained formats.

The space is designed to facilitate research-based learning. The space encourages interaction between teacher and student. The furniture is easy to move around the room so that the shape and purpose of the space can be transformed easily and quickly, producing an atmosphere of creativity and innovation."
via:grahamje  schools  schooldesign  lcproject  tcsnmy  classrooms  pedagogy  teaching  learning  design  architecture  interiors  environment  space  creativity  classroom 
october 2008 by robertogreco
notes on rhetoric
"In negotiating the so-called 'blogosphere' you will need to be aware of certain obligatory rhetorical tools with which to rebut opponents. The following are a few I have noted at random, and can be used in comments boxes or when critiquing a publication:"

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via:grahamje  blogging  blogosphere  humor  language  writing  words  philosophy  discourse  reasoning  argument  rhetoric  blogs  culture  commenting  logic 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web | Video on
"At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?"
onemachine  kevinkelly  via:grahamje  spimes  ubicomp  internet  ubiquitous  cloudcomputing  cloud  brain  convergence  digital  ai  semanticweb  future  futurism  predictions  technology  ted  statistics  data  email  communication  computing  computers  trends  media  web  networks 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Bringing the outside in - schools encouraged to discover local heritage and architecture to bring the curriculum to life
"Exploring monastic ruins of Fountain’s Abbey in Yorkshir...studying layout of local high street could be on books for children as part of the Government’s ‘Engaging Places’ plan to offer schools ways to connect with local heritage & architecture.
curriculum  pedagogy  schools  uk  culture  classideas  place  local  teaching  learning  education  via:grahamje  engagingplaces 
june 2008 by robertogreco
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
"laboral will be a space for exchange between different art disciplines; a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary centre and a dynamic environment for creators / works / researchers / teachers / audiences."
art  spain  technology  education  play  museums  via:grahamje  exhibitions  españa 
may 2008 by robertogreco
the Think Tank that has yet to be named
"With realization that so-called “artist” is often hapless, or even willing, tool of hipster-fication, sanitization & homogenization of urban space, we were compelled to critically acknowledge our roles as & subsequently interrogate & challenge this c
activism  art  philadelphia  learning  pedagogy  cities  urban  urbanism  architecture  gentrification  education  design  curation  psychogeography  planning  politics  collectivism  collaboration  place  via:grahamje 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Art Education 2.0
"for art educators...interested in using digital technologies to enhance & transform art teaching & learning...explore ways of using technology to promote effective art education practices, encourage cultural exchanges & joint creative work, and support a
via:grahamje  art  education  digital  technology  learning  pedagogy  web2.0  instruction  socialnetworks  community 
march 2008 by robertogreco
How The University Works- "The triumph of corporate university. PhDs in crisis. The tuition gold rush...
"Contingent faculty militance. The collapsing tenure system...A nightmarish world of underpaid, overworked undergraduates. Ad the steady conversion of professoriate to the 'tenured bosses' of students & contingent faculty."
academia  universities  colleges  via:grahamje  employment  academics  economics  politics  capitalism  education  precarity  us  culture  edubusiness 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Power League | About
"By repeatedly casting votes, students create league, ranked in order of most powerful, important, popular, influential....results often unexpected...surprised to see how peers voted...good starting point for discussion. Why does this person have more pow
learning  teaching  via:grahamje  power  influence  voting  popularity  social  groups  onlinetoolkit 
march 2008 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | | A blog about technology from BBC News | Mobiles bridge physical and digital worlds
""w/17 phones sold every second the Finnish firm is bigger than Microsoft, Linux & arguably more influential than Google...visited scientists, researchers at lab in Palo Alto to talk about future of mobile phones in 3-8+years...shown three projects"
Nokia  future  research  technology  mobile  phones  computing  telephony  location  awareness  gps  via:grahamje  nanotechnology 
march 2008 by robertogreco
BBC - Film Network - Salaryman 6
"modern tale of day-to-day life of salaryman, shot in Tokyo...boasts exceptional footage of everyday vistas of metropolis...mundane & repetitive life...attempts to piece together...using aid of pocket camera, after losing his memory"
alienation  via:grahamje  japan  tokyo  salaryman  work  life  time  place  space  urbanism  identity  film  cinema  cities  lifestreaming  photography 
march 2008 by robertogreco
The city in the age of web 2.0 a new synergistic relationship between place and people - Information, Communication & Society
"how development of Web 2.0 resources is providing new ways of seeing, experiencing & understanding the city...particular focus on increasing role of user-generated geolocational data & opportunities this affords to reimagine & experience metropolis"
via:grahamje  cities  urbanism  urban  academia  geography  locative  location-based  experience  mapping  maps  research  web2.0 
march 2008 by robertogreco
010 publishers: Ground-up City. Play as a Design Tool
A handle for urban strategy on playgrounds & new perspective on meaning of play...maps continuing history of urban design strategy for play in city. Liane Lefaivre has developed a theoretical model for tackling playgrounds as an urban strategy. She steps
architecture  playgrounds  play  books  design  children  urbanism  urban  theory  learning  cities  via:grahamje 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Experimental Geography
"This exhibition explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide (and possibly make a new field altogether)."
art  cartography  cities  ecology  exhibitions  geography  maps  mapping  place  space  via:grahamje 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Experimental Geography
"This exhibition explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide (and possibly make a new field altogether)."
art  cartography  cities  ecology  exhibitions  geography  maps  mapping  place  space  via:grahamje 
march 2008 by robertogreco
iniva - Creative Mapping
"How & why are contemporary artists from around world opening up concept of mapping? This project explores potential of new cartographic languages, deepening our understanding of identity, place & power to reflect on multiple spaces we inhabit."
via:grahamje  artists  art  cartography  maps  mapping  workshops  identity  place  power 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Snow City Arts
"Every day, Snow City Arts Foundation teaches hospitalized children the art of creative writing, music, painting, photography, and filmmaking. Young patients can take part in art workshops seven days a week as they cultivate their skills."
children  arts  education  health  learning  participation  via:grahamje  chicago  organizations 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Life: a user's manual
"'Life: a user's manual' is a series of public performances and online mappings that examine the hidden stories captured by private wireless CCTV streams and how they intersect with the visible world around us."
art  cameras  sousveillance  surveillance  cctv  cities  culture  mapping  performance  privacy  security  identity  wireless  via:grahamje 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Ethanol and water | Don't mix |
"backlash against federally financed biofuels boom is growing around country, “water could be Achilles heel” of ethanol"...typical ethanol factory producing 50m gallons of biofuels a year needs about 500 gallons of water a minute"
via:grahamje  biofuels  business  ethanol  water  resources  economics  energy  sustainability  climate  capitalism 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Bush orders clampdown on flights to US | World news | The Guardian
"The US administration is pressing the 27 governments of the European Union to sign up for a range of new security measures for transatlantic travel, including allowing armed guards on all flights from Europe to America by US airlines."
via:grahamje  us  fear  georgewbush  security  surveillance  terrorism  europe  stupidity  anxiety  politics 
february 2008 by robertogreco / Columnists / Clive Crook - Why Democrats must choose Obama
"once-in-a-generation possibility...outstanding intellect, magnetic personality...running on one-nation platform...been waiting awfully long time for politician like Obama...if so close...still...nominate Clinton...will regret for years, maybe decades."
via:grahamje  2008  us  elections  barackobama  hillaryclinton  politics  democrats  future 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Google Mac Developer Playground - Google Code
"Many developers at Google work on interesting open-source projects, some full time, some in their 20% time. This page is a collection of several such Mac-related projects."
via:grahamje  innovation  mac  opensource  osx  programming  google  webdev  software  cocoa  applications  webdesign 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Segregation in British education | News crumb |
"A new book suggests none of the 'radical' education initiatives of the past 20 years have made any difference to the social segregation of schools."
education  class  inequality  uk  schools  policy  history  markets  private  public  via:grahamje 
january 2008 by robertogreco
"Most workers waste at least 4 hours/week in unproductive meetings...Our uniqueness: we use every meeting, workshop, and face to face encounter as the central time and place where change happens. "
business  capitalism  collaboration  efficiency  management  meetings  productivity  via:grahamje 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Urban Think Tank :: RESEARCH
"UTT Films seek to create new discursive spaces in order to raise questions about how cities are shaped and for whom. Seeking new means to express critical public opinion, our urban films fall into the genealogy of the ‘theory film,’ a largely ignored
cities  films  urbanism  policy  urban  via:grahamje  urbanthinktank  venezuela  architecture  latinamerica  caracas  slums 
november 2007 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Swedish model of 'free schools'
"rather than complaining or simply going private, Lundquists decided on a route currently not available to most British parents - they actually set up a brand new state school themselves with other local parents and helped run it just how they liked."
education  schools  choice  sweden  children  competition  learning  via:grahamje  charterschools 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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