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.” Some novels about post-collapse society describe communities and ‘tribes’ permeated by cults.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

Scientists have demonstrated that rats whose community is in turmoil or which are isolated from their community are far more prone to what we would call the symptoms of emotional illness: acts of extraordinary violence, addictive behaviours, self-destructive behaviours, hoarding behaviours etc.

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

Nevertheless, though the list of risks is far from complete, it is worth considering from a local community preparedness and adaptation perspective. Last year’s Davos Global Risk Forum “landscape” Larger clearer version with legend here. .

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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

Increasingly, however, public libraries are also seen as the meeting and co-working hubs of the many communities making up the rich fabric of urban society. In March 2018, we conducted a mapping experiment with around 35 librarians of the Prague public library.

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