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Sustainable Development Goals must sustain people and planet, experts say | March 20, 2013 | sciencedaily.com

Six Sustainable Development goals from U.N. to supersede Millennium Development Goals that expire 2015, based on new appreciation of anthropocene. In the wake of last week’s meetings at the UN on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a

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Russell Ackoff’s 87th Birthday Celebration (video) | UNAM, Mexico City | February 2006

What’s the difference between a forecast and an assumption?  Ackoff illustrates through the metaphor of preparing for a flat tire.  What’s the difference between development and charity?  Teaching a man to fish, versus giving a man a fish. Ackoff at

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Robert “r0ml” Lefkowitz, “Exceptional Software Explained: Embrace Error” (MP3 audio), O’Reilly Media Open Source Conference, 2008/07/22

Lefkowitz always provides an entertaining and provocative perspective on software development with strong philosophical foundations. After realizing that no overriding methodology existed for the development of open source software, Robert Lefkowitz set about trying to develop one. After looking at

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Greg Wilson, “High-Performance Computing Considered Harmful” (MP3 audio), Jon Udell’s Interviews with Innovators, itconversations.com, 2008/05/20

Computer science is more than writing the most efficient code. Greg Wilson recently gave a talk entitled High-Performance Computing Considered Harmful. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, Wilson explains why HPC can’t be all about speed and power. Instead,

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Dambisa Moyo, “Is Aid Dead? Foreign Aid and Development” (MP3 audio), Council on Foreign Relations, 2009/04/21

Does foreign aid help the development of third world countries, or inhibit it? Roundtable Meeting: Global Health Roundtable: Is Aid Dead? A Discussion with Dambisa Moyo on Foreign Aid and Development Is Aid Dead? A Discussion with Dambisa Moyo on

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Paul Collier, “The Bottom Billion”, Econtalk, 2008/01/28

Lifting poor economics out of the depths has complications that we often don’t consider in the first world. Paul Collier of Oxford University talks about the ideas in his recent book, The Bottom Billion, an analysis of why the poorest

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  • How do Systems Changes become natural practice?
    The fourth of four lectures for the Systemic Design course at OCADU SFI focused on (a) situated practice + history-making (reframing disclosing new worlds), and on (b) commitments and the language-action perspective (applying conversations for action).
  • Whom, when + where do Systems Changes situate?
    The third of four lectures for the Systemic Design course at OCADU covered value(s), the science of service systems, and the socio-technical systems perspective.
  • Why (Intervene in) Systems Changes?
    A lecture on ecological systems for the OCADU SFI master's program opened up opportunities to discuss wei and wuwei, and get beyond an anthropocentric perspective the Canadian beaver in its habitat.
  • Are Systems Changes Different from System + Change?
    The second session of the Systemic Design course in the OCADU SFI master's program was an opportunity to share the current state of knowledge on Systems Change, in light of recent interest in Systems Change and Theory of Change.
  • Ecology and Economy: Systems Changes Ahead?
    A workshop with David L. Hawk at the CANSEE meeting in May 2019 led to an invitation to publish an article, "Ecology and Economy: Systems Changes Ahead?" in WEI Magazine.
  • Open Learning Commons, with the Digital Life Collective
    Questions about governance of online social communities led to launching on the Open Learning Commons and the Digital Life Collective, while issues of content moderation on a Facebook Group has reignited.
  • 2020/02 Moments February 2020
    Winter has discouraged enjoying the outside, so more occasions for friend and family inside.
  • 2020/01 Moments January 2020
    Back to school, teaching and learning at 2 universities.
  • 2019/12 Moments December 2019
    First half of December in finishing up course assignments and preparing for exams; second half on 11-day family vacation in Mexico City.
  • 2019/11 Moments November 2019
    Wrapped up paperwork on closing out family buildings in Gravenhurst, returned to classes and technical conferences in usual pattern of learning.
  • 2019/10 Moments October 2019
    Tightly scheduled weekdays at Ryerson Chang School, weekends in Gravenhurst clearing out family building as we're leaving the town permanently.
  • 2019/09 Moments September 2019
    Full month, winding down family business in Gravenhurst, starting Ryerson Chang certificate program in Big Data, with scheduled dinners with family and friends.
  • Plans as resources for action (Suchman, 1988)
    Two ways of thinking about practice put (i) “plans as determinants of action”, and (ii) “plans as resources for action”. The latter has become a convention, particularly through research into Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW). While the more durable explanation appears the Suchman (1987) book (specifically sect […]
  • The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago
    Does “the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now” date back further than 1988? It is time to look long and hard at the value of the urban forest and create the broad-based efforts — in research, funding and citizen participation — needed to improve […]
  • 2019/11/05 13:15 “Barriers to Data Science Adoption: Why Existing Frameworks Aren’t Working”, Workshop at CASCON-Evoke, Markham, Ontario
    Workshop led by @RohanAlexander and @prof_lyons at #CASCONxEvoke on "Barriers to Data Science Adoption: Why Existing Frameworks Aren't Working". For discussion purposes the challenges are grouped within three themes: regulatory; investment; and workforce.
  • Own opinion, but not facts
    “You are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts” by #DanielPatrickMoynihan is predated on @Freakonomics by #BernardMBaruch 1950 “Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts”. Source: “There Are Opinions, And Then There Are Facts” | Fred Shapiro […]
  • R programming is from S, influenced by APL
    History of data science tools has evolved to #rstats of the 1990s, from the S-Language at Bell Labs in the 1970s, and the
  • Bullshit, Politics, and the Democratic Power of Satire | Paul Babbitt | 2013
    Satire can be an antidote, says Prof. #PaulBabbitt @muleriders , to #bullshit (c.f. rhetoric; hypocrisy; crocodile tears; propaganda; intellectual dishonesty; politeness, etiquette and civility; commonsense and conventional wisdom; symbolic votes; platitudes and valence issues).
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