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Why some jobs are more equal than others

Why some jobs are more equal than others | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
As this week's focus on the hundreds of jobs that will be lost when Hazelwood shuts down shows, some job losses appear to be more important than others.
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"The Punch and Judy show that is Australian public debate performs a very important role. All of the colour and movement, all of the parliamentary intrigue, indeed all of the talk by politicians about jobs serves to conceal some enormous truths in plain sight. Put simply, over the last 30 years we have come to accept that having at least half a million unemployed people is OK; we have come to accept that cutting taxes for the rich and benefits for the poor is OK; and we have come to accept that there is nothing we can do about it. 

 The fact that other countries have higher taxes, lower unemployment and more generous safety nets has been largely expunged from polite conversation. Sure, other countries might spend more on education, do a better job of helping retrenched workers retrain and fund such an approach through higher taxes but ... that would never work here. Whatever you do, don't mention that it used to."
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Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds

Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
The tragedy of the commons, a concept described by ecologist Garrett Hardin, paints a grim view of human nature. The theory goes that, if a resource is shared, individuals will act in their own self-interest, but against the interest of the group, by depleting that resource.

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We Are Failing At Failing - Forbes

We Are Failing At Failing - Forbes | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
We don’t fail enough; we need to fail faster, fail bigger, fail more often; convince our leaders that failure is acceptable. It’s almost as if we are saying that: “if only we were more accomplished failers, we could create miracles!” I hear such calls every day in conversations with corporate [...]

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The world has changed - certainty is a thing of the past. The only constant is change. Failure is not an option, it is an inevitability.

Successful businesses are experimenting their way through the uncertainty. The ones that are able to do this quicker and "fail faster" are learning faster and succeeding faster.
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Sure, let's get excited about innovation – but only if it makes our lives better | Charlotte Kennedy and Will Schmitt

Sure, let's get excited about innovation – but only if it makes our lives better | Charlotte Kennedy and Will Schmitt | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
By promoting an innovation nation, governments can inadvertently encourage bad innovation. Amazon may have reshaped the retail industry but it’s hardly a workforce model we’d want in Australia

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"governments need to remember what the public service itself can do, not only to create enabling environments but also to define the problem and help create solutions all on its own. After all, it was the clunky old state that created the internet and launched man into space."
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Culture, Collaboration & Capabilities vs People, Process & Technology

Culture, Collaboration & Capabilities vs People, Process & Technology | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
[TL;DR The term 'people, process and technology' has been widely understood to represent the main dimensions impacting how organisations can differentiate themselves in a fast-changing technology-enabled world. This article argues that this expression may be misinterpreted with the best of intentions, leading to undesirable/unintended outcomes. The alternative, 'culture, collaboration and capability' is proposed.] People, process…
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I doomed mankind with a free text editor — Medium

I doomed mankind with a free text editor — Medium | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
Will long and complex words make you look smarter? Meet the people who think that short words will make us dumb
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"Never use a long word when a short one will do Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. " — George Orwell
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The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
A detailed plan may be comforting, but it’s not a strategy.
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“True strategy is about placing bets and making hard choices. The objective is not to eliminate risk but to increase the odds of success.”
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5 Design Secrets from the Kids Who Will Replace You — IDEO Stories — Medium

5 Design Secrets from the Kids Who Will Replace You - IDEO Stories - Medium
A friend and I joke about the island of lost interaction designers, a place where we will all land after turning 50. Here, Adobe products…
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It will cost half a million dollars to send a child born in 2016 to an Australian private school

It will cost half a million dollars to send a child born in 2016 to an Australian private school | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
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Pleasure is good: How French children acquire a taste for life

Pleasure is good: How French children acquire a taste for life | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
If New Year's resolutions have you in an abstemious mindset when it comes to enjoyment these days, consider a pleasure recalibration based on 'l'éducation du gout.'
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"we are taught to deny pleasure and venerate self-sacrifice and hard work. And when we finally take time off to have fun, we often do things in excess. We party hard. We eat and drink too much. And then we feel guilty. When we enjoy food too much, we say we’ve been “bad.” Maybe if we didn’t deprive ourselves of simple pleasures all day every day, we wouldn’t feel so compelled to overdo it on weekends."

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A teacher gave her 8-year-old students iPads and discovered one huge drawback

A teacher gave her 8-year-old students iPads and discovered one huge drawback | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
When Launa Hall, a teacher in northern Virginia, gave each of her third graders an iPad, they were psyched. Many of them had never had a tablet, and the appeal, was immediate and powerful, she writes in the Washington Post. Hall didn’t choose to give her students iPads. Her school received money—more than $100,000 per grade—to...
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"even countries which have invested heavily in information and communication technologies (ICT) for education have seen no noticeable improvement in their performances in PISA results for reading, mathematics or science.”

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Why Fascism is Rising Again (And What You Can Learn From It) — Bad Words

Why Fascism is Rising Again (And What You Can Learn From It) - Bad Words - Medium
We thought it was gone forever. We were wrong. Here’s why.
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"The demagogue’s dangerous appeal is this: he locates the source of stagnation in those who do not belong, who are inferior, not just morally, but existentially, and points his finger at them at the poison within society. It is much easier to believe society is being poisoned by a corrupt set of people who do not belong than to believe that the social contract is broken, and must be rewritten— and so the demagogue rides a rocket to power."

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A history of sugar – the food nobody needs, but everyone craves

A history of sugar – the food nobody needs, but everyone craves | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
Like many great challenges of the 21st century, the science identifying the problems with sugar seems clear. What's lacking is the will to address them.
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"In many ways, the story of sugar and tobacco are closely aligned. Both products were initially produced through slave labour, and were originally seen to be beneficial to health. And although both sugar and tobacco have ancient origins, it was their sudden, mass consumption from the mid-17th century onwards that created the health risks we associate with them today."

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Mary Meeker's 2016 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

Mary Meeker's 2016 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
The internet is slowing down, messaging is taking on the home screen, and voice search is big.
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Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week Just Thinking — Life Learning — Medium

Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week Just Thinking - Life Learning - Medium

Warren Buffett, the CEO of the fourth largest company in the country, isn’t as busy as you are. By his own estimate, he has spent 80% of his career reading and thinking. Buffett’s schedule may seem like an anomaly. In reality, he’s a trailblazer.


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Alibaba advances: How China is using fintech to take control of global trade

Alibaba advances: How China is using fintech to take control of global trade | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
Fintech people don't appear to understand the power of China. The Chinese government's fintech war chest is about $100bn, four times the rest of the planet. China's platform approach to finance being done by companies like Alibaba and banks like Ping An Bank, isn't just a couple of years ahead of the US and Europe, it's a light year ahead.

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Jason Leong's insight:
"If you are banker and you are in transaction banking, you are foolish if you think in five years' time the majority of your customers' transactions will be conventional supply chain transactions, or conventional trade transactions. They and a growing host of new businesses, often global SMEs, will be trading through platforms like Alibaba. So the banking side of the business will gravitate towards Alibaba, and there may be one or two other platforms competing alongside them."
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Lessons Learned -- Why the Failure of Systems Thinking Should Inform the Future of Design Thinking

Lessons Learned -- Why the Failure of Systems Thinking Should Inform the Future of Design Thinking | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
The drive to nail "design thinking" down has the same normative flavor that has restricted the spread of systems thinking. The urge to create a framework that specifies what and how a design thinker proceeds seems not just futile but dangerous to the survival of a movement aimed at expanding the kinds of thinking that managers, policy makers and citizens engage in.
Jason Leong's insight:
"The drive to nail "design thinking" down has the same normative flavor that has restricted the spread of systems thinking. The urge to create a framework that specifies what and how a design thinker proceeds seems not just futile but dangerous to the survival of a movement aimed at expanding the kinds of thinking that managers, policy makers and citizens engage in."
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So Many Corporate Innovation Labs, So Little Innovation — BIF Speak

So Many Corporate Innovation Labs, So Little Innovation - BIF Speak - Medium
10 Reasons Corporate Innovation Labs Produce Tweaks
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"Corporate innovation labs see emerging technologies through the lens of today’s business model, as opposed to a catalyst for an entirely new model."
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The Smart Home: After the Death of the App, what’s next? — User Experience Design (UX)

The Smart Home: After the Death of the App, what's next? - User Experience Design (UX) - Medium
The Smart Home in the Post-App era
Jason Leong's insight:
"Every time we want to control something using an app, we go through the APSARA process: Access Phone, Search App, Run App. That’s quite a hoop to jump through if all you want to do is switch on the light in your living room or start a timer on your smart toothbrush. That is exactly why people stop doing it."
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These Will Be The Top Jobs In 2025 (And The Skills You'll Need To Get Them)

These Will Be The Top Jobs In 2025 (And The Skills You'll Need To Get Them) | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
As work changes at warp speed, here are 2025's hottest job sectors and the skills you'll need to work in them.
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9 Ways Senior Leaders Subconsciously Sabotage Innovation - Center for Creative Leadership

9 Ways Senior Leaders Subconsciously Sabotage Innovation - Center for Creative Leadership | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
Are you sabotaging innovation without meaning to? Be aware of the signs that you’re killing the new ideas that could boost your business.

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"Leaders allow innovative ideas to be de-risked. As ideas travel through layers of management to the C-suite, the original idea is often de-risked. In the process, the real innovation opportunity can be lost."

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The Realest Comic About Growing Up Asian American, And Hating Yourself

The Realest Comic About Growing Up Asian American, And Hating Yourself | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
The moment that I knew graphic novel American Born Chinese was something special, and real, was in its second chapter.
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"Self-hatred is a complicated emotion that I’ve experienced firsthand. For a couple of years, my sister and I were two of the only Chinese kids in our public school, amongst a sea of white faces. But there was another kid in my school who was more ‘Asian’ than I was. His mom made his clothes for him. He didn’t speak English at home. And our families were friends — our moms told us that we needed to stick together. So we did so — but only to an extent.

One day, he brought in some of his mom’s homemade sushi. The kids around him all turned up their noses, making a big show of how disgusting it was. I really liked sushi, but to my shame, I joined in making fun of him. It was a misguided need to belong, but it was also a self-hatred of my Asian identity — it felt good to kick someone who was more Asian than I was"

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In praise of tension. Consensus as permanent state in the organization, is collective coma. | Leandro Herrero

In praise of tension. Consensus as permanent state in the organization, is collective coma. | Leandro Herrero | Systems in Society | Scoop.it

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We are all Martin Shkreli — The Lighthouse — Medium

We are all Martin Shkreli - The Lighthouse - Medium
Our drug prices are out of reach of the people who need them, even in our own country, but especially around the world. People — many of them children — die of preventable diseases every day because we in the West, who have 90% of the world’s wealth, aren’t willing to donate a tiny percentage of it to bring down drug costs and keep people alive. We are too interested in our wealth and our bottom line.
Jason Leong's insight:

"Our drug prices are out of reach of the people who need them, even in our own country, but especially around the world. People — many of them children — die of preventable diseases every day because we in the West, who have 90% of the world’s wealth, aren’t willing to donate a tiny percentage of it to bring down drug costs and keep people alive. We are too interested in our wealth and our bottom line."

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Noel Pearson: Indigenous Australia thwarted by 'rednecks and greenies'

Noel Pearson: Indigenous Australia thwarted by 'rednecks and greenies' | Systems in Society | Scoop.it
Lawyer and activist scathing about political right and left in Australia and says Cape York people ‘torn between ideological thinking and political pressure’
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"He described the people of Cape York, one of Australia’s native title strongholds, as being “torn between two tribes of ideological thinking and political pressure”.

The left and the right both treated that community’s four core goals – land rights, welfare reform, maintaining culture and economic development – as mutually exclusive propositions."

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