I know a young Malaysian woman. We bumped into each other this evening, me three pints in. There was of course only one possible topic of conversation. As we parted, I said "stay safe". WTAF, that I have to say that? I have a hijabi friend who is going to be living in London, and... Continue Reading →
Here we go again. Can I sit this one out? Prob not.
Shit just gets realer and realer, doesn't it? Utter uncertainty about pretty much everything political (the environment stuff - especially carbon emissions and sea level rise - are locked in now). Who will lead the Tories? Who will lead Labour? Will they even exist a year from now? Will we actually leave the EU? Under... Continue Reading →
Quote-mining Stephen Schneider
The late Stephen Schneider made a careful elucidation of the dilemmas facing those who want to warn about the risk of climate in a 1988 Discover interview, “On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but –... Continue Reading →
Brexit and climate – is the world too complex for our political institutions?
The British people have narrowly voted to leave the European Union. Britain's elites are in a state of bewilderment and fear not seen since the Global Financial Crisis hit in September 2008. Already the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will step down, and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is also being challenged. ... Continue Reading →
Civilising hypocrisies and fundamental questions: on “Emancipating Transformations
Manchester Tyndall Centre today hosted a provocative and highly interesting seminar. Professor Andy Stirling, who spent the 80s in the trenches for Greenpeace, had schlepped up to deliver a seminar on “Emancipating Transformations.” What they? Read on for an (almost) blow by blow account. [My multiple two centses are in square brackets like these.] Stirling... Continue Reading →
The sound of silence: why has the environment vanished from election politics?
Reposted from "The Conversation". Thanks as ever to the very cool editors. There’s a deafening silence in the ongoing Australian election campaign over the environment. Polling shows increasing public support for greater action on climate changebut debate has been mostly missing. And despite some blows traded over the Great Barrier Reef, the wider environment has... Continue Reading →
Failing to meet the Challenge(r) – “Organisational decay”
For reasons we don't particularly need to go into, failure fascinates me. Especially that of individuals and organisations that think they are 'all that.' When life is less "horrible (#firstworldproblems) I want to write about the differences between the 1977 Tenerife disaster and United Airlines 232 in 1989. But for now, this article I read while walking... Continue Reading →
Glossaries and my undiagnosed CDO
CDO? That's OCD, in the correct alphabetical order, dammit. So, it's been an interesting couple of weeks. Quite stressful. And one of the ways I cope with stress (a displacement activity, perhaps) is to try to categorise information. It somehow soothes me. Go figure. Here are five glossaries that I've worked on (some I started quite a... Continue Reading →
Deliberate Learning and the Evolution of Dynamic Capabilities
Ooh yeah!!! Academia that is useful!! Zollo, M and Winter, S. 2002. Deliberate learning and the Evolution of Dynamic Capabilities. Organization Science, Vol. 13, (3), pp.339-351. This fantastic article talks about "the role of (1) experience accumulation, (2) knowledge articulation, and (3) knowledge codification processes in the evolution of dynamic, as well as operational, routines." (Zollo... Continue Reading →
Barriers to learning – good article
Just read this - Elliot, D., Smith. D. and McGuinness, M. 2000. Exploring the failure to learn: crises and the barriers to learning. Review of Business, 21, 3/4 pp.17-24. Dead useful for something I am investigating at the moment. There are lots of juicy bits. Though the authors don't use the term, they are basically... Continue Reading →