An Introduction to Systems Thinking for Tackling Wicked Problems - LnuPlay - Linnaeus University MediaSpace. We are living in a society that is more complex than ever before.
We are facing more wicked problems: highly complex, stubborn and challenging problems that include multiple actors, interactions with other issues, different perspectives, conflicts over options for change, power relations and uncertainties. In this webinar, our International Visiting Professor of Systems Thinking for Sustainability, Gerald Midgley, gives an introduction to how systems thinking can help us manage wicked problems. He offers a framework of four systems thinking skills, and explains how different systems methodologies can enhance our practice of these skills.
He also offers many examples of addressing wicked problems through systems thinking, drawing on his past projects in the UK and New Zealand. For further reading after you have watched the seminar, we recommend two books. How to Grow Hydroponic Bamboo [+ product recommendations] Spiritual Intelligence: A New Paradigm for Collaborative Action. What makes a great collaboration?
CICOLAB Provisional Whitepaper [2021-01-28] You Are Being Lied to About Inflation. It Hasn’t Been 2% for 30 Years (Here’s Proof). New paper: What makes an explanation good enough? Pseudoarchaeology at the Capitol – Bones, Stones, and Books. Title image: one of my favourite quotes from Arnold 2006 If you’ve read any of my blog posts about pseudoarchaeology (A, B, C, and D for example), or read any of my pop culture reviews involving pseudoarchaeology (A and B for example), or maybe even been able to catch one of the talks I’ve given about pseudoarchaeology (like A), you’ll notice a few common themes.
Firstly, I talk a lot about the dangers of pseudoarchaeology – the fact that it can actually cause a substantial amount of harm. I often use the Ahnenerbe (Nazi archaeology program) as an example because the literal violent harm it caused is obvious. And secondly I talk about how we need to pay attention to the way pseudoarchaeology is portrayed in pop culture, because pop culture can be pretty influential. These all form the basis of my PhD research (I’ve included below a couple of excerpts from a research statement I recently wrote for a scholarship application.
Goode and Wilcock are especially strong influences. Overchoice. [Overchoice takes place when] the advantages of diversity and individualization are canceled by the complexity of buyer's decision-making process. — From Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1971 Overchoice or choice overload is a cognitive impairment in which people have a difficult time making a decision when faced with many options.
The term was first introduced by Alvin Toffler in his 1970 book, Future Shock. Psychological process Why Folklorists Hate Joseph Campbell’s Work. If you’ve ever mentioned Joseph Campbell to an academic folklorist, you’ve seen how we look when we cringe.
In this post, we’ll explain why! Here’s where I get a bit ranty, but luckily I’ve got some colleagues backing me up. Quotes in this post were excerpted with permission from a Facebook post that involved a lot of cranky folklorists venting about Campbell (because yes, even folklorists are on Facebook, despite the fact that many of us are Luddites).
I’ve got two main points and some related thoughts to share. I should also note that Alan Dundes addressed this issue in our field in his 2004 Invited Presidential Plenary Address to the American Folklore Society (now published in the Journal of American Folklore 2005, Vol. 118, No. 470, pp. 385-408). Why Folklorists Hate Joseph Campbell’s Work. Our Fairy Tales Ourselves: Storytelling From East to West ‹ Literary Hub. It’s Thursday and it’s Christmas Eve and I am reading three books to my six-year-old before he goes to sleep.
There’s the requisite “Night Before Christmas” and an elaborately illustrated book where a young girl has to wrangle Santa’s reindeer. And then there is a Japanese book I’ve never read before, set in the world of Nontan, the mischievous white cat. In Nontan! It’s Santa! , Nontan sets out in the snow clutching his Christmas stocking on Christmas Eve, hoping to intercept Santa for an early shot at his heart’s desire: a red toy car. A Computer Forecast of Religion and Atheism. In the United States, the nones have it.
The nones being people with no organized religion and increasingly no belief in God or a universal spiritual power. They have the momentum, attention, and an expectation that in the future they will become a majority of the population, just as they currently are in western Europe, Japan, and China. “Qanon” is Propaganda, and we know who’s responsible. Heading Toward a Zero-Marginal Cost Economy. Training Wild Birds to Trade Litter for Food. I have trained wild magpies in my garden to trade litter for food!
The whole project relies on mechanical design, electronics, software and the great opportunity to create a machine with parts from my 3D-printer. I have worked with this project to and from for several years, but now in recent months the project has had an exciting development, and as I write in the title... Now the magpies work as garbage collectors, payed with food! I work everyday with industrial applications of artificial intelligence (AI)... so the whole rig for the magpie project must be: - Autonomous- Reliable- Flexible- Completely remote controlled- Document and log data and video.
I spent remarkably much time creating the actual food dispenser. A dam blocking 348 miles of salmon streams hasn't generated electricity since 1958. But who will take it down? By Lynda V.
Mapes It has no license to produce electricity, hasn't generated a kilowatt since 1958, and provides no benefits for irrigation or flood control. Israeli University Develops an Advance Warning Device for Epileptics. (Kateryna Kon / Shutterstock.com) A new medical innovation developed by researchers from Ben Gurion University (BGU) in Beer Sheva, Israel may allow millions of people who have epilepsy to live better lives.
That’s because they will receive an advance warning that they will be having a seizure. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that according to the Center for Disease Control affects 3.4 million people in the US. Abnormal brain activity in epileptics causes seizures, sensations and in some cases, loss of awareness. And here. Reimagining the Future. Data gathered by LinkedIn, Coursera and the World Economic Forum was captured in a Future of Jobs Report recently published by The World Economic forum (WEF). A good summary is provided by senior writer Kate Whiting in her recent Article on the WEF website. Report content is showing up in varied places, with key findings like those below widely shared: It is estimated that, by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labor between humans and machines.
But this job disruption is counterbalanced by job creation in new fields: the jobs of tomorrow. Across the 15 industries and 26 economies covered by the report, it is estimated that some 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labor between humans, machines and algorithms. As with everything else, the report explores the impact of COVID-19 on jobs. Future skills identified by the report reflect the need for Human Traits in an Exponential World. Dear Fellow American Gun Owners. On August 31, 2019, my path crossed…