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Malcolm Gladwell Explains Why Human Potential Is Being Squandered

Highlights from a PopTech Talk by Sociologist Malcolm Gladwell, author of "Outliers: The Story of Success." "When we observe differences in how individuals s...
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"We have a scarcity of achievement... not because we have a scarcity of talent. We have a scarcity of achievement because we're squandering our talent. And that's not bad news that's good news; because it says that this scarcity is not something we have to live with. It's something we can do something about."

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Collapse of Complex Societies by Dr. Joseph Tainter

http://localfuture.org The collapse of complex societies of the past can inform the present on the risks of collapse. Dr. Joseph Tainter, author of the book ...
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2010 International Conference on Sustainability: Energy, Economy, and Environment organized by Local Future nonprofit and directed by Aaron Wissner.

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What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies

What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies | cognition | Scoop.it
Why are modern afflictions like diabetes, obesity and hypertension largely non-existent in tribal societies? Do traditional societies have superior ideas a
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Join Jared Diamond as he draws on his experiences from over five decades working and living in New Guinea, an island that is home to one thousand of the world’s 7,000 languages and one of the most culturally diverse places on earth. He will explore how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from child rearing to old age to conflict resolution to health.

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Insights into the status of old age
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Poor Us: an animated history - Why Poverty

Poor Us: an animated history - Why Poverty | cognition | Scoop.it
Amazing documentaries about poverty. Stories that encourage people to start asking questions about poverty. Watch the films and add your voice to the debate.
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The World in 2050

This talk draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The World in 2050 combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data-everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections.

Laurence C. Smith  takes as big forces demographics, natural resources, globalization and climate change.

- slowing but still very fast growth rate. developed world: dropping

aging: esp. china

- urbanization: demand for electricity, metals,... (esp. growing word)

   -> relying on globalized companies <-> forgetting basic skills
- water stressed regions will be even more so ("resource wars")

- 1893: phyiscs of climate change prooven -> real problem

   -> greatest uncertainty in prediction

   -> long time to see the results / difference between actions

   -> multiplied in north regions ("greenland-potatoes", polar->grizzly)
   -> arctic ice shelf; shipping - warmer winters

   -> greenland cruiseship tourism <-> permafrost, ice roads melting

- oil and gas in the arctic (est. 13%oil, 30%gas prv. undisc.)

   -> conflicts about territory <-> UNCLOS article 76, geol. diplomacy

   -> Russias oil / gas importance <-> unconventional sources

   -> Canada

- current trend of globalization continuing (north countries =/ Russia)

 

 


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RSA - The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

RSA - The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People | cognition | Scoop.it

Cultural historian Roman Krznaric reveals how the art of empathy can not only enrich one's own life but also help to create social change.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselv...
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Jared Diamond - How Societies Fail-And Sometimes Succeed - Long Now Foundation

Jared Diamond articulately spelled out how his best-selling book, COLLAPSE, took shape. At first it was going to be a book of 18 chapters chronicling 18 coll...
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At first it was going to be a book of 18 chapters chronicling 18 collapses of once-powerful societies--- the Mayans with the most advanced culture in the Americas, the Anasazi who built six-story skyscrapers at Chaco, the Norse who occupied Greenland for 500 years. But he wanted to contrast those with success stories like Tokugawa-era Japan, which wholly reversed its lethal deforestation, and Iceland, which learned to finesse a highly fragile and subtle environment...

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Read of the day: Social evolution: The ritual animal

Read of the day: Social evolution: The ritual animal | cognition | Scoop.it
Praying, fighting, dancing, chanting — human rituals could illuminate the growth of community and the origins of civilization.

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As an example of how rituals can cause values and preferences to become sacralized, Atran points to his studies showing that, in the United States, people who attend church more frequently are more likely to consider the right to bear arms a sacred value11.

“Emotionally intense rituals have bound us together and pitted us against our enemies throughout the history of our species,” says Whitehouse. “It was only when nomadic foragers began to settle down did we discover the possibilities for establishing much larger societies based on frequently repeated creeds and rituals.”

The big question, he says, is whether this kind of unity can be extended to humanity at large. For Whitehouse, understanding the ways that rituals shape group behaviour is the first step towards finding out how they can be harnessed to dampen down conflict between groups. He hopes that such insights could help policy-makers to “establish new forms of peaceful cooperation, as well as bringing down dictators”.


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Wildcat2030's curator insight, January 24, 2013 8:19 AM

An important step in understanding civilization and modern culture

Valentin Chirosca's curator insight, January 27, 2013 6:52 AM

same areas have same rituals...

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Imaging Conflict Resolution | Conversation | Edge

Imaging Conflict Resolution | Conversation | Edge | cognition | Scoop.it

The advantage of neuroscience is being able to look under the hood and see the mechanisms that actually create the thoughts and the behaviors that create and perpetuate conflict. Seems like it ought to be useful. That's the question that I'm asking myself right now, can science in general, or neuroscience in particular, be used to understand what drives conflict, what prevents reconciliation, why some interventions work for some people some of the time, and how to make and evaluate better ones.

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Inequality: Why egalitarian societies died out - opinion - 30 July 2012 - New Scientist

FOR 5000 years, humans have grown accustomed to living in societies dominated by the privileged few. But it wasn't always this way. For tens of thousands of years, egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies were widespread. And as a large body of anthropological research shows, long before we organised ourselves into hierarchies of wealth, social status and power, these groups rigorously enforced norms that prevented any individual or group from acquiring more status, authority or resources than others.*

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