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The Sameness of Cass Sunstein | The New Republic
"HOW CHANGE HAPPENS by Cass R. Sunstein The MIT Press, 344 pp., $29.95"
book  review  change  technocracy  politics  rant 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
Paul Ryan, Überwonk | Emmett Rensin
An entertaining parallel between Nietzsche ubermensch and wonkdom. Wonks master something but don't act.
politics  wonk  rhetoric  change  metaphor 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Warning: Your reality is out of date - The Boston Globe
Coining the term mesofact, for slow-changing facts, like world population.
facts  scale  change  knowledge 
january 2015 by tsuomela
The Nature of Philosophical Problems: Their Causes and Implications // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"John Kekes, The Nature of Philosophical Problems: Their Causes and Implications, Oxford University Press, 2014, 238pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198712756."
book  review  philosophy  history  change  explanation 
november 2014 by tsuomela
Taiga Forum | Challenging boundaries in academic libraries
"Taiga’s goal is to build a robust community of practice for senior academic library leaders who cross traditional organizational boundaries to focus on creating the future within our organizations. Whether your leadership portfolio includes digital libraries, technical services, public services, information technology, e-research, scholarly communications or collection development, Taiga welcomes all Assistant/Associate University Librarians; Assistant/Associate Deans or Directors; Chief Technology Strategists, or similarly-ranked staff to join the Taiga community. Taiga sponsors annual forums, informal discussions and social networking opportunities at professional meetings; and an engaging online community. Come join our conversations!"
libraries  library  culture  profession  change 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Enough is Enough | The American Conservative
"No more, please. No more essays about how “technology” or “the internet” is “changing everything.” They all say the same thing, which in the end amounts to: absolutely nothing. So let’s get down to cases. What technologies did you rely on today? What did they help you do? What did they allow you to avoid doing? What did they prevent you from doing that you wanted to do?  Specify. As the proverbs tell us, both God and the Devil are in the details."
technology  writing  technology-critique  media  change 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Science and the Public Square
"Perhaps it will help just understanding that the asymmetry between Conservatives and Liberals is real, but that in a democracy, having the research done that discovers impacts (or the lack of impacts) is crucial for our public discourse. It is not a temporary cultural shift nor irrationality nor a current ideology that is driving the distaste for science among Republicans. It is their core conservatism that is at issue."
science  politics  conservatism  liberalism  ideology  change  private  public  boundaries  boundary-policing 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Minerva Project Announces Annual $500,000 Prize for Professors - NYTimes.com
"The Minerva Project, a San Francisco venture with lofty but untested plans to redefine higher education, said on Monday that starting next year it would award an annual $500,000 prize to a faculty member at any institution in the world who has demonstrated extraordinary, innovative teaching."
education  prize  innovation  change 
april 2013 by tsuomela
How to be optimistic about climate change | through the looking glass
"I’ll end with an attempt at a bit of inspiration from a trained scientist famous for insisting there is no alternative: Thatcher. In some ways, her radicalism proves the hippie cliché that another world is possible. Even if we might disagree with the world she helped make, it shows that social structures can be dismantled and re-fashioned. And others can be dismantled and re-fashioned again. And again."
optimism  environment  climate-change  global-warming  activism  change  social 
april 2013 by tsuomela
We're living the dream; we just don't realize it - CNN.com
"The public sector doesn't have billions of dollars to spend on marketing campaigns to trumpet its successes. A multinational corporation invents a slightly better detergent, and it will spend a legitimate fortune to alert the world that the product is now "new and improved." But no one takes out a prime-time ad campaign to tout the remarkable decrease in air pollution that we have seen over the past few decades, even thought that success story is far more important than a trivial improvement in laundry soap. That blind spot is compounded by the deeper lack of interest in stories of incremental progress. Curmudgeons, doomsayers, utopians and declinists all have an easier time getting our attention than opinion leaders who want to celebrate slow and steady improvement."
progress  perception  incrementalism  change 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Towards a diachronic ethnography of media and actual social changes « media/anthropology
"n this paper I address the question of how to study media and social change ethnographically. To do so I draw from the relevant media anthropology literature, including my own research in Malaysia and Spain. I first sketch a history of media anthropology, identifying a number of key works and themes as well as two main phases of growth since the 1980s. I then argue that anthropologists are well positioned to contribute to the interdisciplinary study of media and social change. However, to do so we must first shift our current focus on media and ‘social changing’ (i.e. how things are changing) to the study of media in relation to actual social changes, e.g. the suburbanisation of Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s to 2000s, or the secularisation of morality in post-Franco Spain. This shift from the ethnographic present continuous to the ethnographic past tense simple (how things changed from A to B) – a move from potential to actual changes – does not require that we abandon our commitment to ethnography in favour of social history. Rather, it demands new forms of ‘diachronic ethnography’ that can handle the processual, finite logic of actual social changes."
media  change  social  ethnography  history  theory  media-studies 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Online Learning: The New Buzz Phrase Waiting for a Definition | The Transparent University
"From where I sit, the rock star projects in online learning — EdX, Udacity, Coursera, Khan Academy stuff (let’s call it “EdUCKA”) — seem to concentrate on scale and technology. What they prove, to me, is that today’s web and networks can handle rich media over a wide scale. That’s great to know, but it’s not, by definition, “online learning.” It’s a proof of concept for how to scale an authenticated LMS beyond a single institution. Although this is touted as “open online education” it’s not really open to the web. If you’re NOT enrolled in a course, if you don’t have an account, you can’t see in. If you ARE enrolled in a course, you can’t discuss the course with the larger world, unless someone from that pool of experts chooses to enroll as well. So, really, it’s not open education. It’s more like open enrollment in the Blackboard mothership (albeit, with a slicker interface and no pesky admissions process)."
education  mooc  online  courses  marketing  future  change 
july 2012 by tsuomela
A Hipstamatic Moment -- In These Times
If Hipstamatic hangs in and establishes itself as the go-to digital snapshot brand, it could double as a parable of commerce for the flat-world age: an industrial-era end-user experience without benefit of a workforce, a community or a pension plan.
business  economics  computers  technology  mobile  mobile-phone  photography  change  innovation  nostalgia 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Open the Future: The Future Isn't What It Used to Be
"And on and on. If futurists have become almost too good at technological foresight, we remain woefully primitive in our abilities to examine and forecast changes to cultural, political, and social dynamics.

Why is this? There isn't a single cause. "
futurism  futures  prediction  technology  social  change 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Is America Giving Up on the Future? - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"There's a glum desperation in the air that's hard to escape: volatility, futility, and a McFuture ghoulishly wagging its skeletal finger at a lost generation."
economics  recession  depression  change  future  vision  hope  rant 
september 2011 by tsuomela
By the People - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
"As developed in techniques like the door to door canvass, direct mail and, recently, Internet mobilization efforts, mobilizing politics divides the world into good versus evil, whips up emotion, and shuts down critical thought. A final element is the implication that those doing the mobilizing will rescue people. Senator Clinton voiced this perspective in the Democratic debate in Philadelphia last night, when she said she had devoted her entire life to “empowering people.�? Mobilizing politics is technocratic politics: control by well-intentioned but elitist experts who see themselves as separate from the people they are attempting to rescue.

A great challenge of our time is to develop an alternative to technocratic politics. We need a politics in which people are not empowered by leaders but rather empower themselves. "
politics  political-science  activism  mobilization  change 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Harmony of Means and Ends
"I would also add --- and this is something Henry and I have ben thinking about a lot --- that it is often not at all trivial to figure out what your interests are, or how to achieve them, and that (small-d) democrats should try to find ways to help people work that out. Actually having political clout is often going to depend on collective action, but this needs to be complemented by collective cognition, which is how people figure out what to want and how to achieve it. That, however, is part of a much larger and rather different story, for another time. "
politics  political-science  theory  change  social-movement  cognition  collective-action  collective-intelligence 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Hilter and Dreams
"In the 1930′s psychoanalyst Charlotte Beradt recorded and collected people’s dreams during Hitler’s rise to power: The Third Reich of Dreams. The material had to be smuggled out of Germany in code. In his essay at the conclusion of the volume, published in 1966, Bruno Bettelheim remarked that it was a shocking experience reading this book of dreams and seeing how effectively the Nazis murdered sleep, forcing its enemies to dream dreams that showed that resistance was impossible and that safety lay only in compliance."
history  psychoanalysis  dreams  future  hitler  nazi  change 
july 2011 by tsuomela
The Philosopher's Stone: 100 REAL THALERS
"What do I learn from this life lesson, buttressed as it is by a quotation from my favorite philosopher? Very simply, I learn that although as a blogger and an author of political writings I can with no effort at all proclaim on the largest of questions -- the future of capitalism, the possibility of socialism, the imperial thrust of American foreign policy -- when it comes to actually trying to change the world, the most I can hope to do is to make a tiny impact, utterly unnoticed by any regional, national, or transnational measures. Because the gap between what I earnestly want and what I can realistically accomplish is so vast, I must find quotidien satisfactions sufficient to sustain me, so that I will, day after day, year after year, continue to make the effort. Not to do so would be shameful, an abdication of my humanity. But to expect triumphs, or even measurable results, would be foolish indeed."
philosophy  change  activism  progress  optimism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Blogs and Bullets: Breaking Down Social Media - Whimsley
Differentiates some of the categories that connect social media and political change.
social-media  networks  politics  vocabulary  definition  revolution  change 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Chris Hedges: This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig
"This time when we go down it will be global. There are no new lands to pillage, no new peoples to exploit. Technology, which has obliterated the constraints of time and space, has turned our global village into a global death trap. The fate of Easter Island will be writ large across the broad expanse of planet Earth."
decline  declension-narrative  rant  future  global-warming  climate  change  decay 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Lose the Future « Easily Distracted
"The number and density of feelings of this kind in my life lately has a lot to do with why I found President Obama’s “Win the Future” slogan to be one of the more repellant political visions of the past three decades.....

Behind the slogan was the 21st Century version of dark satanic mills: we must be ever more dire and invasive in the way we ratchet competitive pressures into education and work, ever more aggressive in how we extract productivity at every stage of social and economic life. The speed setting on the treadmill must go up each week without fail. The usual range of boogeymen was trotted out: in China they are prepared to eat their own young, so we must as well! In India they chain their elementary-school students to a slave barge fueled by the study of calculus and SQL, and so must we! "
future  rhetoric  politics  change  psychology  history 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011 | The Nation
"At its best, revolution is an urban phenomenon. Suburbia is counterrevolutionary by design. For revolution, you need to converge, to live in public, to become the public, and that’s a geographical as well as a political phenomenon. The history of revolution is the history of great public spaces: the Place de la Concorde during the French Revolution
revolution  rebellion  change  politics  middle-east  urbanism  public-space  suburbia 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Peter Suber, Nomic
"Nomic is a game I invented in 1982. It's a game in which changing the rules is a move. The Initial Set of rules does little more than regulate the rule-changing process. While most of its initial rules are procedural in this sense, it does have one substantive rule (on how to earn points toward winning)
games  philosophy  change  emergence 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Avengers Help You Understand Your Fears About Transhumanism | Science Not Fiction | Discover Magazine
"Transhumanism is a big, complicated, sprawling idea. The central concept – that humans can be made better with technology – touches on a lot of hopes and fears about the future of humanity. Though I’m always going on about how great human enhancement could be, I’ve got my fair share of fears myself. But my fears are probably way different than many of your fears. But how in the world can we represent those concerns? As it turns out, I’ve found a pretty good set of archetypes that represent our hopes and fears: Marvel Comic’s Avengers."
transhumanism  future  biology  psychology  change  metaphor  comics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
How to get to 100 percent renewables globally by 2050 | Grist
News post on an optimistic report on changing world energy supplies. We just need to divert 3% of world GDP to efficiency, renewables, and infrastructure. Whew!
energy  environment  infrastructure  reform  change  climate  global-warming  electric-grid  electricity  model  future  growth  optimism  efficiency 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Innovation Isn't About Math - James Fallows - National - The Atlantic
"Fostering innovation, in other words, isn't just a matter of improving the quantity or quality of math and science education. It's a matter of restructuring how we approach and teach all our subjects, from the liberal arts to math, science and engineering. And it means focusing as much on teaching how to combine those fields of knowledge and think in flexible, integrative, and creative ways, as we do on the subject matter itself. "
innovation  education  creativity  novelty  change  reform  pedagogy  academia 
march 2011 by tsuomela
A clash of networks and institutions | LabourList.org 2.0.2 | LabourList.org
"The shift of balance from the institutional society to the network society will topple dictators, bring down governments, occasionally create terror and mayhem, create economic risk and opportunity, and quickly eliminate some traditional civic and state institutions. Things will seem stable one minute and unstable the next. Sometimes institutional power will out for good or bad (as depressingly seems to be the case in Libya- not least because of the weakness of international institutions.) Often though, institutions and their leaders will be crushed by the power of networks. It creates new possibilities alongside new risks. Our success as a movement is determined by our ability to build enduring institutions of change out of networks of outrage. Wisconsin, Egypt, Tunisia, London, have all found themselves caught in this shift. Social media is only the very superficial surface of this"
networks  social-media  protests  change  revolution 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Real and Fake Realism « Easily Distracted
"And so again and again, the realists, pundits and technocrats and advisors, find themselves dully amazed to be on the wrong side of history, staring forlornly from a ditch at the side of the road as their ride disappears into the distance. Eventually they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and say, “I knew it all along”. And a few days after that, “We must be realists about what will happen next”, as they restore a managerial composure, make scenarios, wargame out the possibilities, repaint and reframe what was for them a black swan event."
politics  revolution  change  realism  management  business-as-usual  liberalism 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Views: The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted - Inside Higher Ed
"The role of social networking and online communication in anti-authoritarian uprisings is a topic that gained special currency during the protests over the Iranian presidential election in June 2009. And the discussion often resonates with the familiar themes of what might be called the new digital populism: established authority shaking in its boots before the distributed power of the ‘netitizens. Watching American television coverage of the Egyptian events, in particular, one could be forgiven for supposing that new media sparked the uprising, since nothing in that country’s history over the past three decades is discussed as much as the arrival of Twitter and Facebook."
politics  revolution  social-media  change  twitter  facebook  communication 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Twitter Revolution Must Die
"So why does the image of a revolution enabled by social media continue to grab headlines and spark the interest of Western audiences, and what are the dangers of employing such imagery? My fear is that the hype about a Twitter/Facebook/YouTube revolution performs two functions: first, it depoliticizes our understanding of the conflicts, and second, it whitewashes the role of capitalism in suppressing democracy."
politics  revolution  social-media  change  twitter  facebook  communication  capitalism  conflict 
february 2011 by tsuomela
SpringerLink - Climatic Change, Volume 98, Numbers 1-2
Over 100 years of daily and monthly temperature data collected in western Montana, USA are analyzed for long-term changes in seasonal averages and daily extremes.
climate  global-warming  scale  regions  change  national-parks 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Simple Software That Could -- but Probably Won't -- Change the Face of Writing - James Somers - Technology - The Atlantic
I have a few theories, but they all start with the fact that writing is fundamentally about the final draft. It's not like writing code, say, where recording one's every change is standard practice. (Ask any coder worth her salt whether she uses a "version control system." If she says "no," well, she's not worth her salt.)

That's because code is so fragile, and simple changes can propagate in complex and unpredictable ways. So it would be stupid not to keep old versions -- i.e., versions that worked -- close at hand.

Writing is different. A writer explores, and as he explores, he purposely forgets the way he came.
writing  technology-effects  cvs  tracking  change  software  technology 
december 2010 by tsuomela
3quarksdaily - What is Julian Assange Up To?
"For Assange in 2006, then, the public benefit of leaked information is not the first-order good of the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world (free information is its own reward), nor is it the second-order good of the muckrakers* (free information will lead the people to demand change). What Assange asks of leaked information is that it supply a third-order public good: he wants it to demonstrate that secrets cannot be securely held, and he wants it to do this so that the currency of all secrets will be debased. "
wikileaks  secrecy  politics  change  theory 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Slippery Slopes to Nowhere
"The fear of slippery slopes is not the fear of a legislative or judicial process leading by its own wicked logic to the abandonment of common sense. It’s the fear of cultural change. Or rather, the fear that the future will not always agree with you. Less charitably, it’s the fear that you might just be plumb wrong on a lot of things that you would find highly embarrassing to reconsider."
argument  slippery-slope  change  fear 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Is the Climate Problem in Our Heads? - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com
A task force assembled by the American Psychological Association hopes to spur more research on the role of the human mind in shaping the behaviors resulting in rising greenhouse-gas emissions as well as on traits that can impede an effective response to global warming and similar slow-building environmental risks.
environment  climate  psychology  change  global-warming  sociology 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Smarter Planet, the Swap and the Surrealism of Now
So we live suspended in a surreal now, where the vast majority of media coverage is focused on the (irrelevant) Swap, our political systems are rusted into position (trying to keep cars, coal and cul-de-sacs going as long as possible) and yet the exploration of bright green cities has never been more exciting or the people exploring them more energized.
environment  activism  suburbia  change  habit  green  energy  lifestyle  cities  culture  politics 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Get Ready To Be a Changemaker - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review
To be effective in this new world, you will need to master the skills of empathy and teamwork, as well as leadership and driving change. You will need to know how to function in a world that is not a hierarchy but a kaleidoscopic global team of teams, with no boundaries between sectors and change that happens at an escalating pace.

This is a rare moment in history. Are you ready to be a changemaker in the private sector, the citizen sector, or both? Do you and your employees have the necessary skills? How will you and your organization fit in this new world?
business  organization  business-model  citizenship  change  social-responsibility 
february 2010 by tsuomela
The Great to Good Manifesto - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
Going from great to good is the single most disruptive move a country, company, or person can make today. Here are five principles from going from great to good — contrasted with their Good to Great predecessors.
economics  business  reform  change  manifesto 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Hearts and Minds « Easily Distracted
But here we are, all helpless. All talking about the wrong things. All strangling in the poison of scoring points against each other in a game that long since stopped being real, that then became farce, and is now just a sick joke. My head isn’t involved: I’m not going to whip out a better ten-point policy plan or even pretend to care to have undying passion for single-payer or this plan or that initiative, to judiciously stroke my chin and puff my pipe while I commend the approach of Sweden or Singapore or Massachusetts.

It all feels wrong, not just health care but so much else. And I think I give up now any hope that it can become right in anything like a well-ordered, incremental process where the participants just want to do the right thing. What it is, it is.
politics  reform  change  despair 
february 2010 by tsuomela
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