Matthew Taylor of the RSA, blogs about collaboration styles in education... Oiling the System.
Co-ops are Big: Egalitarian business models take off
How do you feel about the fact that the United Nations is sponsoring 2012 as the year of the co-operative? Shareable: Co-ops are Big: Charles Gould on the Int'l Year of the Co-op - http://pulse.me/s/66nFt
“They expected nature to be on their side”: Roland Huntford on Polar Exploration
They saw a conspiracy
Is the UN Using Bike Paths to Achieve World Domination? - Atlantic Mobile - http://pulse.me/s/5KIjE
A two-bit theory of social reality
Image via Wikipedia It is not obvious whether the world is analogue or binary, continuous or discrete. It’s a live question and the subject of a recent essay contest set up by the Foundational Questions Institute. That said it seems clear that much or our social lives revolves around the assumption that the world is … Continue reading A two-bit theory of social reality
Discussion of motivational reasoning
Discussing motivational insights for Transition with Stephen Rollnick and Chris Johnstone (in 2006) - http://transitionculture.org/2012/01/30/rollnick-johnstone-and-hopkins-discuss-motivational-insights-for-transition/
Why do People play the Lottery?
Well, why do they? It's the kind of question only those who don't do it would bother asking. I admit I'm one of them. The lottery is a mystery to me - self-evidently daft, like a slow-motion version of taking a pile of cash and setting fire to it. Why would anyone do it? One … Continue reading Why do People play the Lottery?
“My father told me the oceans were limitless, but that was a false signal.” NYT on collapsing fish stocks in the South Pacific. In Mackerel's Plunder, Hints of Epic Fish Collapse Related articles In Mackerel's Plunder, Hints of Epic Fish Collapse (nytimes.com)
Leadership Mismatch – what Napoleon can tell us about the evolution of leaders
The Emperor Napoleon was a consummate manipulator of other people’s expectations regarding leadership roles, and here's how you can be too... In an RSA lecture Matthew Taylor engages Mark van Vugt, author of Selected, over the salience of Cultural Theory to van Vugt’s evolutionary theory of leadership. [about 30:00 in] Professor van Vugt’s idea is … Continue reading Leadership Mismatch – what Napoleon can tell us about the evolution of leaders
A typology of disagreement
How are differences of opinion to be characterised? That is to say, if there is more than one opinion, what is its status in relation to the others? Are there different types of difference of opinion? It’s hard to write about this matter because as soon as we do so we resort to language that … Continue reading A typology of disagreement