Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

Vollmann seeks to understand how “we could not only sustain, but accelerate the rise of atmospheric carbon levels, all the while expressing confusion, powerlessness and resentment.” Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago.

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Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

In the mid 20th century America’s immersion in fantasy accelerated with the arrival of Disneyland and TV which enhanced the unreal and make-believe. Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of 15 minute podcasts over five days on the topic of Truth.

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Lessons on learning analytics from a taxi driver

Joitske Hulsebosch

It comes down to riding evenly, not accelerate or brake suddenly, but also keep your hands on the wheel for example. I've been on a surprise strip. You book a trip for three day but without having a clear where you are going to. Very exciting!

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From Intranets to DEX in 2018

Michael Sampson - Currents

DEX 2018 will be held in Sydney on June 6-8, 2018. To accelerate progress, this conference brings together intranet teams, digital teams, internal comms, IT and HR.

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Re-Imagining Aluminum Smelting

Michael Sampson - Currents

As part of Apple’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products through innovation, the company helped accelerate the development of this technology. From Apple: Aluminum is a key material in many of Apple’s most popular products, and for more than 130 years, it’s been produced the same way. But that’s about to change.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

It’s going to be a rough ride, and I was hoping it wouldn’t be accelerating as soon or as quickly as it now appears to be. Photo: Luke MacGregor for Bloomberg.

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Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

Their echolocation can detect objects smaller than the width of a human hair, over large distances, even if both they and the object are moving, and they can also detect the object’s texture, velocity, direction and acceleration. fruit bat, from wikimedia.

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

T he character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf. It has no choice in this — it is conditioned to prefer warmth and sun and surf over cold and wet and concrete, no matter how masterfully constructed and adorned the latter may be. ‘I’

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

So, psychologically, it’s better to downplay its likelihood (which is already occurring, ie 100%) and its impact (catastrophic, even just considering the effects of the destruction of forests, oceans, soils and permafrost, which are already well-advanced and accelerating).

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Fragments

How to Save the World

At an ever-accelerating rate, we are starting to appreciate that none of these beliefs is true — that we have been lying to ourselves and to each other since our species first developed the capacity to lie and the language and other tools to do it convincingly.

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Collapse Watch

How to Save the World

Since it began, every bit, 100%, of our global industrial culture’s “growth” is attributable to ever-accelerating use of cheap, readily available energy. And they’ll become more and more plentiful as climate change accelerates.

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Mapping the social innovation ecosystems around public libraries together: the Czech connection(s)

Making CommunitySense

CIDES focuses on (1) collecting and analyzing practical social innovation lessons learnt by public libraries across the country, (2) refining and extending the most promising of those lessons through a range of incubators and accelerators – and (3) disseminating these lessons nation-wide.

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