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.

2018 76

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. We advance our own truth claims with our own biases and live in echo chambers which are amplified by social media.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

Its effects are not limited to humans; they affect all mammals and other “social” creatures whose core sense of identity is connected to their culture. What most manifests this early acedic stage of social collapse is a moving away from caring.

2018 74

Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

They are highly social: They regroup in their roosts daily to be closer to ‘friends’, favour matrilineal relatives, demonstrate sharing and other altruistic behaviours, and rub noses as greetings and to confirm identities. fruit bat, from wikimedia.

2018 74

Fragments

How to Save the World

So, unhappily burdened with this fearful, ridiculous ‘self’, he grew up socially awkward, and mystified by lies, deceptions, fierce emotional reactions, and acts of selfishness and cruelty.

2018 51

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.

2018 46

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

Making CommunitySense

Thus, public libraries are getting new, societal roles as city labs and social innovation catalysts. In the project, I used my experience with knowledge sharing for social innovation to help conceptualize the KnowledgeCloud methodology, network, and platform.

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