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17 años, 8 meses y 1 día. Admit complexity: a few takeaways from MSF’s “Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed” « Find What Works. I snagged a free copy of a recent volume published by Médecins Sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders).

Admit complexity: a few takeaways from MSF’s “Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed” « Find What Works

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience is a series of case studies from a range of humanitarian contexts, combined with a few essays that take broader looks at how MSF’s approach has evolved over the years. The value of this book stems from the willingness of current and former MSF leaders to take a critical look at how they’ve dealt with incredibly difficult situations over the years.

Here’s the meta-lesson I took away from it all: Admitting failure is for sissies. Let’s admit complexity instead. Much of the complexity discussed in the book arises from the politics of delivering aid. Even logistics gets political. Hiring a car in Somalia results in a series of compromises. If getting a car is that hard, imagine what happens when you start providing medical care. (Emphasis mine.) The closing essays put the case studies in a broader framework.

Where to get it: Mondialisation. Diplomatie & Geostrategie. Newsroom - Calendar - Europe Day 2012 – 62nd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. Fri 18 January 2013 Institutional affairs | Council of the EU Coreper I Mon 21 January 2013 Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health | Council of the EU Eurogroup Wed 23 January 2013 Coreper I, II Thu 24 January 2013 Coreper II Fri 25 January 2013 Coreper I Sat 26 January 2013-Sun 27 January 2013 External relations and foreign affairs EU-CELAC Summit Wed 30 January 2013 Coreper I, II Thu 31 January 2013 Regions and local development | European Commission RegioStars Awards Mon 04 February 2013 Environment, consumers and health / Institutional affairs | Council of the EU General affairs Council Thu 07 February 2013-Fri 08 February 2013 Institutional affairs | European Council European Council Mon 11 February 2013 Eurogroup Mon 18 February 2013-Tue 19 February 2013 Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health | Council of the EU Competitiveness Council Mon 04 March 2013 Eurogroup Mon 11 March 2013 General affairs Council European Council Coreper I.

Newsroom - Calendar - Europe Day 2012 – 62nd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

La otra cara de la moneda: el rechazo 2.0. Are any of these the Web's next big thing? Internet start-up ventures ply their wares at LeWeb conference in ParisEntrepreneurs hope their innovations can match success of Twitter or FacebookInventions range from Wi-Fi bathroom scales to 3D instant messengers Paris, France (CNN) -- With more than 2,000 Internet movers and shakers, the LeWeb conference in Paris is an ideal spot for start-up ventures to hoping to attract the investment and attention that will propel them to Twitter or Facebook-style success.

Are any of these the Web's next big thing?

A series of stalls across the venue -- a giant arts complex converted from a disused morgue -- saw fresh-faced entrepreneurs demonstrating gadgets and applications they insisted will change the way we interface with the Internet. These might just be the inventions that everyone will be talking about next year or they could simply slip below the radar. Either way, all will face the same question still being leveled at today's household names -- can they make money? "Will it be successful? Netvibes. True World Order Part 1. Why the future of work is play - TNW Industry. Is this what you look like right now?

Why the future of work is play - TNW Industry

You’re not alone. But it doesn’t have to be like that. On Friday at the annual PSFK conference in New York City, Founding Partner and CEO of Undercurrent, a digital strategy firm and author of Game Frame Aaron Dignan took the stage to discuss why the future of work is play. For years, society has polarized “play” and “work,” associating the former with laziness and the latter with grave importance. But in these two pictures below, who looks indolent and who looks filled with competitive ambition?

“There’s a clear difference in emotion, sensation and engagement when people are engaged in gaming because it’s rich in structure and there’s a reward. Why aren’t people doing what they want to do and why aren’t they engaged at work? Real life is full of unstructured spaces and in contrast, games are incredibly structured experiences. Why? “If you’re not playing you’re not learning,” says Dignan. Observatoire International des Crises. Département des Études de la Prospective et des statistiques- Enquête sur les pratiques culturelles des Français.

The Future Of Work Is Play. Humans love games.

The Future Of Work Is Play

Just check the current news cycle for evidence: The Xbox 360’s sleek, new controller-free gaming device, Kinect, is the fastest-selling consumer electronic product ever. Foursquare has attracted millions of badge-seeking users and aspiring “mayors.” And new programs like Quest to Learn are bringing game dynamics into our educational system. What is it about games that makes them so appealing? And how can we translate our enthusiasm for play into the workplace? What’s the most basic definition of a game? I’m partial to the definition put forth by Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman in their book Rules of Play: A game is a system in which players engage in an artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in a quantifiable outcome. What are some examples of how I could use the power of games to keep myself motivated during a long, personal project (say, making a documentary film)?

Smaller self-imposed challenges can spark your creative drive in ways you don’t expect. Future. The Blueprint for a New Civilization. Introducing Waysphere: Holonic Social Mapping for Human Beings. OECD – Your Better Life Index. Spain. How’s Life?

Spain

Spain performs favourably in several measures of well-being, and ranks close to the average or higher in several topics in the Better Life Index. Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Spain, the average household net-adjusted disposable income is 22 847 USD a year, slightly less than the OECD average of 23 047 USD a year. But there is a considerable gap between the richest and poorest – the top 20% of the population earn more than six times as much as the bottom 20%.

In terms of employment, around 58% of people aged 15 to 64 in Spain have a paid job, below the OECD employment average of 66%. Having a good education is an important requisite for finding a job. In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Spain is 82 years, two years higher than the OECD average of 80 years. Simulateur 2011 - Australie - Qui serez vous ? Où serez vous en 2011 ? 10 Deadliest Cities. Better World... Projetos. Noticias para Señales de los Tiempos mie, 18 jul 2012. Data Finder: WorldDevlopIndicators. Nanointervencionismo » Destaque » Instituto Millenium. Futuristfi. Futures Thinking.

Productivity Future Vision (2011) April 7-9, Belgrade, Serbia. World Clock. What is going on in the world? Envisioning Development: What is Affordable Housing? I Do Not Want Mercy, I Want You To Join Me. Tim DeChristopher, who was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison and a $10,000 fine for 'disrupting' a Bureau of Land Management auction in 2008, had an opportunity to address the court and the judge immediately before his sentence was announced.

I Do Not Want Mercy, I Want You To Join Me

This is his statement: "… those who write the rules are those who profit from the status quo. If we want to change that status quo, we might have to work outside of those rules because the legal pathways available to us have been structured precisely to make sure we don’t make any substantial change. " (Portrait by Robert Shetterly - Used with Permission) Thank you for the opportunity to speak before the court. Mr. There are alternating characterizations that Mr Huber would like you to believe about me.

In nearly every paragraph, the government’s memorandum uses the words lie, lied, lying, liar. Mr Huber also makes grand assumptions about my level of respect for the rule of law. This is really the heart of what this case is about.

Critical Thinking

Future Pearlers. Magazines & News. Future Analysis. Devices, Tools, Inventions. Fracture numérique : 25% des Français n’ont pas accès à Internet. The Great Debate Contributors: Matt Ridley. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves Matt Ridley turns from investigating human nature to investigating human progress.

The Great Debate Contributors: Matt Ridley

In The Rational Optimist Ridley offers a counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better. Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than 6 billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors. The availability of almost everything a person could want or need has been going erratically upwards for 10,000 years and has rapidly accelerated over the last 200 years: calories; vitamins; clean water; machines; privacy; the means to travel faster than we can run, and the ability to communicate over longer distances than we can shout.

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code. LROC Image Browser - wac_nearside. The Rise of the New Global Elite - Magazine. F.

The Rise of the New Global Elite - Magazine

Scott Fitzgerald was right when he declared the rich different from you and me. But today’s super-rich are also different from yesterday’s: more hardworking and meritocratic, but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunity—and the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind. Stephen Webster/Wonderful Machine If you happened to be watching NBC on the first Sunday morning in August last summer, you would have seen something curious.

There, on the set of Meet the Press, the host, David Gregory, was interviewing a guest who made a forceful case that the U.S. economy had become “very distorted.” This diagnosis, though alarming, was hardly unique: drawing attention to the divide between the wealthy and everyone else has long been standard fare on the left. This widening gap between the rich and non-rich has been evident for years. In a plutonomy there is no such animal as “the U.S. consumer” or “the UK consumer”, or indeed the “Russian consumer”. Homepage. A conversation on TED.com: What is the next big thing? MERIP Home. Open Society Foundations. David Brin's Existence will make you think about the future a whole new way. WHITE POPPIES FOR PEACE. World population densities mapped. National Geographic has a look at where and how we live: The map shows population density; the brightest points are the highest densities.

World population densities mapped

Each country is colored according to its average annual gross national income per capita, using categories established by the World Bank (see key below). Some nations — like economic powerhouses China and India — have an especially wide range of incomes. But as the two most populous countries, both are lower middle class when income is averaged per capita. It's interesting, but the map is a little wonky, because the income levels and population densities differ in granularity.

There are also three other slides that follow the map (like the one below), but they're mostly just run-of-the-mill list of facts with cutesy icons to show percentages. I dunno, I'm on the fence here. [National Geographic | Thanks, Laura] Complete Original '07 Zeitgeist With 2010 Updates by: Peter Joseph. Alternative Technology Association website.

FutureMe.org: Write a Letter to the Future. But does it float. L'Observatoire des Tendances. Futurity.org. Tomorrow is built today. The Future of Science 2021: A Multiverse of Exploration. For the last year, my colleagues and I at Institute for the Future have been researching the future of science to identify big areas of science we think will have a transformative impact over the next decade. We read a lot of papers, conducted interviews, hosted an Open Science unconference, held an expert workshop with researchers from UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, UC Davis, SETI, and private industry, and spent many weeks synthesizing what we learned. The result is this map, titled "A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 2021. " You can click the image to see it larger or download the PDF (front and back) here.

Marina Gorbis, Ariel Waldman, and I wrote it. Ariel, Jean Hagan, and Karin Lubeck made it beautiful. The map focuses on six big stories of science that will play out over the next decade: Decrypting the Brain, Hacking Space, Massively Multiplayer Data, Sea the Future, Strange Matter, and Engineered Evolution. Invisibility cloaks.

The next 10 years will be very unlike the last 10 years. Future Shock. Term[edit] Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a "super-industrial society". This change overwhelms people. He believed the accelerated rate of technological and social change left people disconnected and suffering from "shattering stress and disorientation"—future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems are symptoms of future shock. In his discussion of the components of such shock, he popularized the term "information overload.

" In the introduction to an essay entitled "Future Shlock" in his book, Conscientious Objections, Neil Postman wrote: "Sometime about the middle of 1963, my colleague Charles Weingartner and I delivered in tandem an address to the National Council of Teachers of English. Development of society and production[edit] Alvin Toffler distinguished three stages in development of society and production: Agrarian, Industrial and Post-industrial. Fear of the future[edit] Domínio Público - Pesquisa Básica. Como se tornar um líder do século 21. 025: The Next Big Thing. Telecom - Infraestrutura de Telecomunicações terá 12,7 bilhões até 2015. Home page - The Research Council of Norway. Knowledge Management and the Smarter Lawyer. Stand Up for Owners' Rights. If you buy something, you can do with it—and do away with it—as you want. Right? The digital age is challenging this most basic of expectations in a few ways, and EFF and its allies are on the lookout.

The Supreme Court will soon review a court decision that, if upheld, could put handcuffs on our ability to sell digital goods, or even physical goods with copyrighted logos or artwork, simply because the goods were manufactured outside the U.S. This case is important, but its also just a small piece of a larger assault on ownership rights. Over the past decade, courts and copyright owners have quietly been creating a world in which digital goods are never truly owned, but only licensed. EFF has signed on to the Citizens' Petition for Ownership Rights, urging the U.S. government and the courts to protect our basic assumption that if you buy it, you own it, and can dispose of it as you please. The petition was prompted by Kirtsaeng v. In Kirtsaeng, the U.S. RESPONSIBLE THINKING.

10 Questions for Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman.