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Where Gladwell gets Wrong: the Real Problem is Scale Mismatch - Zeynep Tufekci @TechSoc

Where Gladwell gets Wrong: the Real Problem is Scale Mismatch - Zeynep Tufekci @TechSoc | Mapmakers | Scoop.it

The main problems facing humanity today are climate change, resource depletion, economic devastation, environmental destruction and for those unfortunate to be living in particular regions of the world, war, epidemics, and dire poverty.

 

And all these main problems are global in scale and just cannot be affected at the local level.

 

The race-to-the-bottom structure that has been enacted through decades of neoliberal policies has effectively freed the powerful from constraints at the local level.

 

Our sociality tends to be local the scale of the action required to confront today’s problems is global.

 

What we need is simultaneous action for citizen-powered mandates on state and corporate conduct. That should wipe a few grins off smug faces. Does anyone imagine we can organize something on that global scale without the Internet? Let me know.

 

Article Gladwell: http://nyr.kr/9Y92DZ .

Article Granovetter - The Strength of Weak Ties: http://bit.ly/Ue3Raf .

 
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Seven future Trends you need to be aware of - @CaraWaters

Seven future Trends you need to be aware of - @CaraWaters | Mapmakers | Scoop.it

Thomas Frey is a futurist. It’s his job to predict the future by identifying emerging global trends. And spotting new trends is an important way of ensuring your business is well positioned for the future.

 

Frey spoke to SmartCompany ahead of his upcoming visit to Australia for the Ci2012 conference. Here are his seven predictions for the future:

 

1. Project-based working;

2. Business colonies;

3. The rise of software programming;

4. Three-dimensional printing;

5. Driverless cars;

6. Retail experiences;

7. Teacherless education.

 
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A Map of Global Population Density - @infosthetics

A Map of Global Population Density - @infosthetics | Mapmakers | Scoop.it

The map consists of a collection of geo-located circles of varying size and hue value. Maybe counter-intuitively, larger, darker circles show areas with fewer people, while smaller, brighter circles highlight crowded cities.


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Future Of Real-Time Information - @Dory_CarrHarris

   This report, developed for the United Nations Global Pulse team, identifies key trends emerging around the capture and transmission of real-time information streams. Communities and organizations can learn from the themes in PSFK’s Future of Real-Time report to create new solutions that support the care and well-being of the world’s population.

   Evolving data-rich technologies are providing organizations, governments and businesses with a rapid way to monitor the well-being of communities and individuals without significant infrastructure or spend. For organizations whose success is dependent on the ability to quickly recognize and react to high-risk situations, the proliferation of rapid access to “good enough” information is proving invaluable.

   More Info: http://www.psfk.com/publishing/future-of-real-time .

 
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Americans Make Tradeoffs They Don’t Understand - Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson

Americans Make Tradeoffs They Don’t Understand - Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson | Mapmakers | Scoop.it

   What will it really take to get the public to make tradeoffs on energy? It’s a fundamental question, because energy policy is all about the tradeoffs. No form of energy is perfect. Everything comes with pros and cons. The key to moving forward is figuring out what people will accept: how much will they pay, what risks are they willing to accept, and what alternatives we should pursue.

   The public lacks some basic knowledge about energy. A Public Agenda survey in 2009 found nearly 4 in 10 Americans (39 percent) couldn’t name a fossil fuel. Nearly half couldn’t name a renewable energy source. More than half of the public (56 percent) says incorrectly that nuclear energy contributes to global warming. About one-third of the public (31 percent) thought solar energy contributes to global warming.

 
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