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Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks

Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks

http://www.ted.com/talks/nicholas_christakis_the_hidden_influence_of_social_networks.html

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Global Civic Policy Society Greeting Fluency Salon 2013 Wednesday September 25th, 2013. 3:00 – 4:30 pm followed by light refreshments. Performance Centre at the Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews $10.00 CASH at the Door RSVP lzanatta@globalcivic.org What is a Hacker? Copyright © 2001 Eric S. Raymond As editor of the Jargon File and author of a few other well-known documents of similar nature, I often get email requests from enthusiastic network newbies asking (in effect) "how can I learn to be a wizardly hacker?". Back in 1996 I noticed that there didn't seem to be any other FAQs or web documents that addressed this vital question, so I started this one. A lot of hackers now consider it definitive, and I suppose that means it is.

Community Networking Resources Community networks go through distinct phases of evolution and each phase is marked with distinct opportunities and challenges. Nobody knows the precise formula for successfully developing and sustaining community networks. There are, however, several guidelines that should prove helpful. The first is that the community-network organization must itself be a community. Life Lessons From Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life.

Brisbane Between the Wars : A History by Design T.R. Hall's and G.G. Prentice's original classical revival plan for Brisbane's grand new city hall called for a 300-feet clock tower supporting a sculpture of an 'Angel of Peace', facades on Ann and Albert Streets topped with chariots drawn by prancing horses, and corners capped by copper domes. Many of the decorative features were sacrificed in subsequent cost cutting. At its opening on 8 April 1930, the hall was proclaimed a "symbol of civic pride", "an inspiration for citizenship" and an "edifice which for grandeur, dignity and architectural effect was without its peer in the Commonwealth". (Qld Heritage Register – www.epa.qld.gov.au) Pacifying Police Unit Behind the back of the attentive Christ the Redeemer the UPP guards the entrance and the water tank of the favela Santa Marta The Pacifying Police Unit (Portuguese: Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, also translated as Police Pacification Unit), abbreviated UPP, is a law enforcement and social services program pioneered in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which aims at reclaiming territories, more commonly favelas, controlled by gangs of drug dealers. The program was created and implemented by State Public Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame, with the backing of Rio Governor Sérgio Cabral.

Blog Taking the Reigns: Slum Dwellers Drive the Upgrading Process in Pune, India By Ariana K. MacPherson, SDI Secretariat In March I came across Mukta Naik’s piece for Global Urbanist blog on her firm’s involvement in a project to redevelop two slum clusters in Delhi as part of the national Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) housing scheme. How do we reconcile the planner's perceptions with the slum dwellers' reality? India's Rajiv Awas Yojana The Government of India has launched the Rajiv Awas Yojana, a grand housing scheme for a 'slum-free India'. But can grand schemes work when planners and policymakers neither understand the reality of the urban poor nor connect to their aspirations? The urban housing shortage in India, officially pegged at 24.7 million in 2007 and unofficially at about 40 million, largely exists in the low-income segment. Indian policymakers stubbornly refused to acknowledge urbanisation as a reality for decades; as a result all aspects of city development, including housing, have been neglected for far too long, and poor people have had no option but to 'squat' on interstitial land tracts. Around 110 million Indians live in slums in tiny makeshift homes, with variable access to basic services like water, sanitation and sewage, uncertain tenure and even more uncertain futures. Following RAY's guidelines, our design scheme was developed through a series of community interactions.

The four keys to urban expansion identified at the World Urban Forum At the World Urban Forum in Naples last week, both global urban policy and quantitative research efforts converged on a single conclusion: that the spatial planning of massive new urban expansion areas surrounding their cities is one of the most important things any government can do to make urbanisation sustainable. Some 8,000 registered participants and 16,000 exhibition visitors made their way to the World Urban Forum 6 in Naples last week, the flagship biennial event organised by UN-HABITAT. Round tables of ministers, mayors, parliamentarians and other leaders were convened, hundreds of discussions on everything from accelerating housing supply to slowing down cities were hosted, and thousands of chance encounters ensured an impossibly busy week for everyone.

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