Complexity and the Collapse of Western Civilisation [...]

Rachel Nuwer makes some predictions about the collapse of Western Civilisation. One of the points that she makes is the challenge of 'complexity': > According to Joseph Tainter, a professor of environment and society at Utah State University and author of The Collapse of Complex Societies, one of the most important lessons from Rome’s fall is that complexity has a ...

 

Privacy vs Security [...]

Ian O'Byrne provides a comparison between privacy and security: > **Privacy** is often defined as the right of an individual to keep his/her individual information from being disclosed. This is typically achieved through policies and procedures. Privacy encompasses controlling who is authorized to access your information; and under what conditions information may be a...

 

Technological Trust [...]

Tim Wu reflects on the rise of Bitcoin and wonders about the wider implications for society. He suggests that it may herald a move away from trust in sovereign entities to a trust in code: > Yet as Bitcoin continues to grow, there’s reason to think something deeper and more important is going on. Bitcoin’s rise may reflect, for better or worse, a monumental transf...

 

Questions for NAPLAN [...]

In response to a presentations from Ray Adams (ACER), Sara Ruto (PAL), Anil Kanjee (Tshwane University of Technology), Sue Thompson (ACER), Hans Wagemaker (ex-IEA), Sam Sellar (MMU), and Barry McGaw (ex-ACARA), Greg Thompson asks the following questions: > If NAPLAN is impactful, and I think on this we agree, why is it only ever impactful in positive ways such as in t...

 

Examples of Developing a Blog [...]

Blogs change over time: > I was recently asked by someone online how they could get their blog up and running again, beyond simply posting more often. My initial ideas were to tell a story about what you are learning right now, make something new, be the connection that gives other’s a voice or return to why. However, what matters most is where you are at right...

 

Knowledge vs. Information [...]

Tom Barrett shares an insight from Larry Prusak: > Knowledge only flows if trust is present - information can flow without trust, but not knowledge...

 

Two Collaborative Roles – Critical and Creative [...]

Reflecting on the collaboration between Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Austin Kleon talks about the importance of playing different roles. He suggests that when working alone that one strategy is to be conscious with your time: > This is a terrific argument for collaboration, and the power of two, but for those of us who work solo, we have to try to split ourselves ...

 

Purpose [...]

Simon Sinek discusses the difference between rationalising a decision and finding real purpose: > Providing jobs, driving the economy, serving the shareholder are not purposes. They are rationalizations used when a greater cause or purpose is not clear or not there.  Real purpose has a clear and definitive direction. It is a path that points towards a very specific ...

 

Innovation and Dynamic Systems [...]

As part of the investigation of systems, Julian Stodd provides a definition for innovation: > Innovation is an emergent feature of a dynamic system, not a process within a system, or a target set upon it. Innovation may be nurtured, but is equally often provoked, and here’s the funny thing: innovation itself is rarely enough, unless accompanied by the ability to ex...

 

Diversity and Resistence [...]

Providing two separate case studies, Kisha Tracy and Katharine Covino explain why diversity is so important now and offers us an opportunity to resist: > Embracing diversity, in all its forms, promotes critical thinking and empathy ... In such a place and time, forefronting diversity takes on an overtly political mien, becomes an overtly political act. Promoting dive...