Matthew Taylor of the RSA, blogs about collaboration styles in education... Oiling the System.
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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
Introduction to Grid-Group Cultural Theory
Did I mention that Matthew Taylor of the RSA wrote a very good introduction to Cultural Theory in the Guardian newspaper last October? I have now. It's called 'The Search for Clumsy Solutions'.
Do we have free will?
Matthew Taylor of the RSA sometimes writes about cultural theory and when he does it's always worth reflecting on. At the very end of 2009 he was looking at the idea of free will: Faced with a social choice we can do what we want or feels right for us (individualistic impulse), do what the … Continue reading Do we have free will?
A visual summary of Grid-group cultural theory
Service designer Nick Marsh has created a nice visual summary (of Matthew Taylor’s summary) of grid-group cultural theory Nick writes: The really interesting thing about this way of looking at culture is that it provides us with an off balance, high tension way of thinking about competing agendas and arguments in situations where there is … Continue reading A visual summary of Grid-group cultural theory
On the relationship between behaviour and context in Cultural Theory
In reply to Matthew Taylor's question over at his RSA blog: "how can it be true both that there are some social environments which encourage particular attitudes and behaviours (which could be said broadly to fit an egalitarian outlook) while, at the same time, in relation to any specific problem or decision, a set of … Continue reading On the relationship between behaviour and context in Cultural Theory
Energy Efficiency: Running to stand still?
Is energy efficiency a key factor in reducing greenhouse emissions? Matthew Taylor of the RSA thinks home energy efficiency should take priority, and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute is also very keen on large scale efficiency gains. The Jevons Paradox is the idea formulated in 1865 that making coal-burning more efficient will lead … Continue reading Energy Efficiency: Running to stand still?
Climate Change: time to focus
Matthew Taylor at the RSA has recently argued that the Green movement is its own worst enemy. This is so, he says, because in holding that ‘every little helps’ there has been a lack of policy focus on global warming solutions. This exposes a ‘scattershot’ approach to global warming (my term, not his) that has … Continue reading Climate Change: time to focus
How to be a Fatalist
Of the four worldviews of grid-group cultural theory, the one cultural theorists themselves most often exclude from the discussion is fatalism. They do this by claiming it is ‘passive’ (Michael Thompson), or ‘isolate’ (Mary Douglas), and by claiming fatalism opts out of policy debates, or is excluded by the others by definition. This betrays a … Continue reading How to be a Fatalist