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Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Do What Works, Not What’s Satisfying: Pseudo-Striving and our Fear of Reality-Based Planning
"The Pseudo-Striving Hypothesis
It’s significantly more pleasant to pursue a goal with a plan entirely of our own construction, then to use a plan based on a systematic study of what actually works. The former allows us to pseudo-strive, experiencing the fulfillment of busyness and complex planning while avoiding any of the uncomfortable, deliberate, often harsh difficulties that populate plans of the latter type."
gtd  work  success  planning  tips 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Global Futures Studies
"The Millennium Project was founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University, Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgments from over 2,500 people since the beginning of the project selected by its 40 Nodes around the world. The work is distilled in its annual "State of the Future", "Futures Research Methodology" series, and special studies."
future  futures  research  scenario  planning  wicked-problems  problem-solving  learning  discussion  collaboration  collective-intelligence  social-science 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Strategic Plan: Neither Strategy Nor Plan, but a Waste of Time - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"This interchangeability of visions for the future underscores the fact that the precise content of most colleges' strategic plans is pretty much irrelevant. Plans are usually forgotten soon after they are promulgated. My university has presented two systemwide strategic plans and one arts-and-sciences strategic plan in the past 15 years. No one can remember much about any of those plans, but another one is in the works. The plan is not a blueprint for the future. It is, instead, a management tool for the present. The ubiquity of planning at America's colleges and universities is another reflection and reinforcement of the continuing growth of administrative power."
college  university  academia  business  planning  strategy  management  business-as-usual 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Get High or Die Trying by Mike Deri Smith - The Morning News
The initial Outside magazine account of Ralston’s tale, written by Mark Jenkins, concludes, “It’s the survivors’ ingenuity—not their errors—that leaves the most lasting impression.” But it’s their errors we should learn from, not miraculous survival that promotes the myth that those who take risks are bulletproof supermen. ...

I’m not saying people should stop climbing, but stories glamorizing risk increase the chance of future disaster. The screenwriter of 127 Hours celebrated Ralston’s heroics saying, ”He was heavily criticized after the accident for going out into the wilderness alone, but that’s the purest way to experience it.”

Well, it’s not so pure to use rope. Or a take a map. Or to turn back. But when you’re hacking through your arm with a blunt knife, clawing your way out off a glacier with a broken leg, or explaining to parents why their children are dead, purity loses its power.
outdoor  outdoors  mountain-climbing  sports  risk  safety  mythology  planning  caution 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Plan.txt : The Most Effective Productivity Tool That You’ve Never Heard Of
My plan.txt file takes advantage of this reality. It allows my brain, each week, to do what it does best: figure out a very workable short-term plan for making progress on what’s important. This is freestyle productivity in action. My tasks are captured. My goals clear and steadfast. But my short-term work habits are incredibly pliable as I mold and re-mold them to the new challenges I face.
gtd  advice  research  planning  text  tips 
september 2010 by tsuomela
New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Driven by discoveries, and enabled by leaps in technology and imagination, our understanding of the universe has changed dramatically over the course of the last few decades. The field of astronomy and astrophysics is making new connections to physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Based on a broad and comprehensive survey of scientific opportunities, infrastructure, and organization in a national and international context, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics outlines a plan for ground- and space- based astronomy and astrophysics for the decade of the 2010's. - decadal survey
astronomy  science  infrastructure  funding  planning  survey 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Planetizen | Urban Planning, Design and Development Network
Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.
urbanism  urban  planning  design  news  commentary 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Weblog on infrastructure, transportation, planning, etc.
weblog-group  infrastructure  architecture  design  transportation  politics  planning 
february 2010 by tsuomela
International Energy Agency - Technology Roadmaps
There is a pressing need to accelerate the development of advanced clean energy technologies in order to address the global challenges of energy security, climate change and sustainable development. This challenge was acknowledged by the Ministers from G8 countries at their meeting in June 2008 in Aomori, Japan where they declared the wish to have IEA prepare roadmaps to advance innovative energy technology.

To achieve this ambitious goal, the IEA has undertaken an effort to develop a series of global technology roadmaps covering 19 demand and supply-side technologies
environment  energy  reform  climate  global-warming  technology  future  planning 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Rotman School of Management - Most Managers are Logical Sloths, says new Rotman research
Strategic managers, lacking training in how to build their own situational models and reasoning strategies as opposed to 'implementing' blueprints and recipes, tend to choose easy problems to make sense of their predicaments and use sub-optimally simplistic methods of framing complex problems, shows new research from the Rotman School of Management.
management  business  strategy  planning 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Daily Kos: State of the Nation
part of series of essays on local emergency planning
emergency  planning  disaster 
march 2007 by tsuomela

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