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“Earth Week Lecture” | Joel Salatin | April 27, 2012 | Colorado College

Feeding grain to pigs and chickens, says @JoelSalatin, is ecologically wasteful. On homesteads, pigs foraged and chickens ate kitchen scraps. Herbivore-based cultures relied on nature rather than performing the work of tillage. [24:30] In the future, we will, of necessity,

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Bill McKibben, “Building the Climate Movement” (MP3 audio), Colorado College, 2007/09/18

The ecology and economy are interlinked, and can’t be considered separately. Bill McKibben, environmentalist, author and scholar in residence at Middlebury College, is the author of many books including “The End of Nature” (the first book for a general audience

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  • Inquiring systems and asking the right question | Mitroff and Linstone (1993)
    Fit the people around an organization; or an organization around the people? Working backwards, say @MitroffCrisis + #HaroldLinstone, from current concrete choices to uncertain futures, surfaces strategic assumptions in a collective decision, better than starting with an abstract scorecard to rank candidates.
  • Doing, not-doing; errors of commission, errors of omission
    Should we do, or not-do?  Russell Ackoff, over many years, wrote about (negative) potential consequences: There are two possible types of decision-making mistakes, which are not equally easy to identify. (1) Errors of commission: doing something that should not have been done. (2) Errors of omission: not doing something that should have been done. For […]
  • Systemic design agendas in education and design research
    The final publication of the October 2016 Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium workshop "Some Future Paths for Design Professionals: DesignX and Systemic Design" was published as “Systemic Design Agendas in Education and Design Research” in FormAkademisk, following 2 years of rewrites, reviews and revisions.
  • A federated wiki site on cPanel
    Federated wiki is deployed on a node.js server, an environment which has become available on some cPanel shared hosting providers. Here are some instructions written while restoring a wiki site originally installed in 2014-2015 on a cloud provider.
  • Artificial intelligence, natural stupidity
    Reading The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis, reminded me of a PhD course at UBC with Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, before they were recognized as Nobel prize candidates.
  • The impacts of platforms
    Platforms have had only a short history, so much of the research is still definitional, with proposed frameworks.
  • 2019/04 Moments April 2019
    End of a 23-day visit in Shanghai, readjusting to Eastern Time with the many lecture, meetup, friends and family distractions of Toronto.
  • 2019/03 Moments March 2019
    Month of intensive lectures and research meetings, in Toronto and then in Shanghai, with social breaks on local excursions to clear minds.
  • 2019/02 Moments February 2019
    Reduced exercise outside with a cold and snowy February, with excursions out of the house to warm places with family, friends and colleagues.
  • 2019/01 Moments January 2019
    January in Toronto has lots of intellectual offerings and artistic exhibitions to attract the curious out of warm homes, through cold and snow.
  • 2018/12 Moments December 2018
    Tried to have a normal month, with a busy social calendar of birthdays, a funeral plus Christmas season, while daily temperatures hovered just above freezing.
  • 2018/11 Moments November 2011
    Mentally busy month with a conference coming to town, and maintaining the regular pattern of local meetings, travel around town only by bicycle.
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