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Economics students call for shakeup of the way their subject is taught

Economics students call for shakeup of the way their subject is taught | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
Students from 19 countries argue economics courses failing wider society by ignoring need to address 21st-century issues
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Economic modeling is a field that stands to benefit tremendously from decision intelligence.  This article is a data point confirming that.  Specifically:

- We need models that include links to other social science disciplines: how does climate impact the economy?  Medicine?  More. 

- We need to embrace the fact that the future is not like the past, and take accept the black swan nature of the economic events.  A forward systems model is the only way to do that: induction from past data is not enough

- Explicitly tracking the impact of varying assumptions (e.g. Greenspan's versus others') is essential to effectively working together.





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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, May 4, 8:55 PM

Economic modeling is a field that stands to benefit tremendously from decision intelligence.  This article is a data point confirming that.  Specifically:

- We need models that include links to other social science disciplines: how does climate impact the economy?  Medicine?  More. 

- We need to embrace the fact that the future is not like the past, and take accept the black swan nature of the economic events.  A forward systems model is the only way to do that: induction from past data is not enough

- Explicitly tracking the impact of varying assumptions (e.g. Greenspan's versus others') is essential to effectively working together.

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The unintended consequences of changing Oxbridge entry requirements

The unintended consequences of changing Oxbridge entry requirements | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
This year the powers that be at some of the country’s top universities have decreed that one A* is no longer enough to merit a place at their institutions. In a predictable attempt to solve the problem of over-subscription at our leading universities, the hopeful few sending off their UCAS applications for Oxford or Cambridge, as well as those sending off applications for select courses at Imperial College London or Warwick University later on in this academic year, will be expected to obtain at
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Action: Require two A* exam scores instead of one for Oxford / Cambridge entrance.


Intended consequence: solve the problem of over-subscription at universities.


Unintended consequence: Students who receive special coaching in test-taking are the only ones who can receive two A*s, which decreases the prevalence of "out-of-the-box" creative thinkers, creating a situation where the university is populated by good test takers.


Analysis: Test scores by definition are proxies for a student's true ability to benefit, and to benefit from, a university education.  So if test score criteria are changed, it's important to reexamine the link between those who achieve those scores, and the true outcomes for which the score is a proxy.  Is Oxbridge looking for creative thinking?   Are they looking for the diversity of thought that leads to great decision making?  If they are trying to balance these kinds of goals with the simple goal of ensuring the right admissions numbers, then they need to take a more nuanced approach to admissions criteria than simply changing one A* to two.  If you believe this article, there is a qualitative difference between the student populations that are generated by this policy, which goes well beyond what the school might be intending.







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Unintended Consequences of Obama’s ISIS Plan - Foreign Policy Journal

Unintended Consequences of Obama’s ISIS Plan - Foreign Policy Journal | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
This is not the first intervention in the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East that has resulted in unintended consequences.
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Action: US begins bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Intended consequence: Reducing ISIS' influence

Unintended consequences:

- this author says that blowback from civilian collateral damage will incentivize ISIS to attack the U.S.

- Aleppo-based al-Monitor correspondent, Edward Dark says that US attacks would stoke anti-Western resentment, and that ISIS is "secretly overjoyed" at the attacks for this reason.

- "Syria and Iraq as we know them...will disappear"


Analysis:

This is an incredibly complex situation, with wheels within wheels.  Every consequence, intended and otherwise, should be considered, including these. 

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Action: US begins bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Intended consequence: Reducing ISIS' influence

Unintended consequences:

- this author says that blowback from civilian collateral damage will incentivize ISIS to attack the U.S.

- Aleppo-based al-Monitor correspondent, Edward Dark says that US attacks would stoke anti-Western resentment, and that ISIS is "secretly overjoyed" at the attacks for this reason.

- "Syria and Iraq as we know them...will disappear"


Analysis:

This is an incredibly complex situation, with wheels within wheels.  Every consequence, intended and otherwise, should be considered, including these. 


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Open-records law turns out to be a bonanza for opposition-research firms looking for dirt on political candidates

Open-records law turns out to be a bonanza for opposition-research firms looking for dirt on political candidates | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
It was a sound idea with noble intentions: Craft legislation to identify official government records and documents available on demand to the public.
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Decision: Legislation makes government records available to the public


Intended consequence: Transparency / informed citizenry / better government participation.


Unintended consequence: Opposition research firms hired by political candidates submit lots of requests, end up forcing office workers to spend hours photocopying, at considerable taxpayer cost.


Analysis: This is the Exploit pattern: a new system is created, and certain persons discover that it can be used to achieve an outcome that was not intended by its designers.  Now that the exploit has been discovered, it's time to do a system redesign / tweak to patch the hole.  Perhaps improvements to automation would help, funded by an access charge?

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A fragile system: Snowden claims MonsterMind could fire autonomously

A fragile system: Snowden claims MonsterMind could fire autonomously | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

"..MonsterMind software would add a unique new capability: Instead of simply detecting and killing the malware at the point of entry, MonsterMind would automatically fire back, with no human involvement. That’s a problem, Snowden says, because the initial attacks are often routed through computers in innocent third countries. “These attacks can be spoofed,” he says. “You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting back at a Russian hospital. What happens next?”


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Action: Create a powerful new system-called MonsterMind-which can respond rapidly to cyberattacks to trigger a real-world strike.


Intended consequence: powerful deterrant to cyberattacks


Unintended consequence: If true, this massive concentration of power could create an opportunity for hackers to spoof identities in order to trigger an attack.


Analysis: This seems unlikely, but if true it illustrates an unintended consequence pattern, which is overlooking a specific kind of external factor: specifically the susceptibility of a powerful new system to intrusion/spoofing/illegal activity, and the resulting opportunity for that intrusion to have an equally strong negative consequence.  Any time that information is concentrated in a single place - whether a credit card database, a facebook server, or a google server, or any  it lowers the effort and raises the benefit of a criminal attack.


Attention to antifragility principles and good system modeling would probably go a long way here.






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Do Child Labor Laws make Children Suffer More?

Do Child Labor Laws make Children Suffer More? | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
Trade sanctions limit work options available to poor children, often forcing them into more dangerous work...
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Action: A bill in the senate would ban the import of goods from countries the employ children.


Intended consequence: Reduce child labor


Unintended consequence: Children don't go back to school or remain out of the labor force.  Instead, many took jobs with unregistered workshops that have even worse conditions.


Analysis: Benjamin Powell, director of the Free Market Institute, says that economic growth, not labor laws, is the answer to this problem.  As countries become wealthy, their child labor rates fall.


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Huh? Denver Urban Homesteading opposes GMO labeling initiative

Huh? Denver Urban Homesteading opposes GMO labeling initiative | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
The Colorado Right to Know initiative, which would mandate GMO labeling, would cause hardships for smaller food sellers.
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Action: New GMO labeling law is set to come into effect: one of 35 bills in 20 states that have been introduced this year.


Intended consequence: Consumers know what GMOs are in their food


Unintended consequence: smaller grocers must incur unreasonable expense to comply, or go to jail!


Analysis: Legislators appear to have not thought through the negative impact on small grocers that the law will create.

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How the Exec Team Gets Better at Decision Making

Join TDI3 for an informative discussion about how the work done behind the conference room door is evolving, how it needs to evolve, and how “unintended consequences’ can be contained.

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Better executive decisions => reduced unintended consequences.

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, July 17, 1:24 PM

We've substantially improved many aspects of corporate life, except decision making at the executive level, which is done the same as it was 100 years ago.  Seems there might be room for improvement.  Especially as we seem to see an increasing disease of unintended consequences.

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Young adult antidepressant warnings: How the availability bias, media attention, and public health policy can lead to deadly unintended consequences

Young adult antidepressant warnings: How the availability bias, media attention, and public health policy can lead to deadly unintended consequences | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

FDA warnings about the potential danger for young people from taking antidepressants have resulted in a dramatic increase in suicide attempts.

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Decision: To add safety warnings on antidepressants based on recent studies that 1% of teens and young adults have adverse reactions, actually leading to a greater level of depression.


Intended consequence: To decrease the incidence of this negative effect among teens and young adults, and thereby decrease the depression and suicide rate in this population.


Unintended consequence: In the year following the warnings, antidepressant prescriptions fell by more than a fifth.    There has also been a 21.7 percent increase in suicide attempts by overdose with psychotropic drugs, and this number goes up to 33.7 percent in the young adult population.


Analysis: This study is "one of the first to directly measure a health outcome driven by the interaction of public policy and mass media."  The news about the 1% of patients with adverse consequences ended up drowning out the fact that under-treatment of depression can have a big effect, too. 


This is an illustration of a cognitive bias called the "availability bias".  Our brains tend to take a short-cut: instead of analyzing the facts, we use the frequency of an incident in the media as a proxy for its true frequency.  In this case, even doctors were fooled.

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Flies take time over tough decisions

Flies take time over tough decisions | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

They spend more time choosing between a strong and a weak smell if the difference is small.

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Thanks to Steve Omohundro for these insights:

"Just like us, fruit flies dwell on difficult decisions, according to a study published in the journal Science.

They spend more time choosing between a strong and a weak smell if the difference is small.

The research links this deliberation to a particular gene, FoxP, and the activity of fewer than 200 neurons.

Mutations in FoxP, also associated with cognition and language in humans, made flies' decisions even slower without affecting which choice they made.

Gathering information before committing to a decision is a hallmark of intelligence. If the information is unclear, the choice is trickier and the decision takes more time.

We do it, other primates do it, even rats and mice do it - but now it seems that flies do too.

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Unintended consequences of regulating prepaid SIM cards in Papua New Guinea

Unintended consequences of regulating prepaid SIM cards in Papua New Guinea | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
Papua New Guinea (PNG) may shortly introduce regulations to address the uncontrolled sale of prepaid SIM card mobile phones. Currently there are no…
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Decision: to regulate the sale of prepaid SIM card mobile phones in Papua New Guinea


Intended consequence: to reduce use of "burner" phones for criminal and terrorist activities


Unintended consequences:

  1. Loss of communication to Wantoks (i.e. friends and family).
  2. Negatively impacting on PNG national emergency warnings and evacuation plans in times of natural disaster such as tsunami or major volcano eruptions.
  3. Increased cost to telecommunication providers and consumers.
  4. Reduced revenue for telecommunication providers.
  5. Growth in black markets for fraudulently registered or stolen prepaid mobile phones


Analysis: This article names a number of effects that come from tracing the cause-and-effect links out a little further than just the crime-reduction impacts.  A full systems model might discover a way to make this decision that does not have these consequences: a "sweet spot" that achieves all intended outcomes, and perhaps even more.

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David Suzuki on the unintended consequences of geoengineering solutions to reduce climate change

David Suzuki on the unintended consequences of geoengineering solutions to reduce climate change | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

"Because nature doesn't always behave the same in a lab, test tube or computer program as it does in the real world, scientists and engineers have come up with ideas that didn't turn out as expected."

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  • Decision: Implement geo-engineering schemes, such as dumping iron filings into the sea, or building giant reflectors
  • Intended consequence: Reduce climate change
  • Unintended consequences: "potentially severe side-effects", according to a research lab in Germany
  • Analysis: Suzuki says that geo-engineering solutions are only part of the problem, and need to be considered as part of the whole system to avoid unintended consequences
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Unintended Consequences: Fracking and the Flow of Drugs

Unintended Consequences: Fracking and the Flow of Drugs | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
Energy production and the drug war are colliding in Texas.
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Decision: Build roads to support fracking operations in Texas

Intended consequence: More efficient fracking

Unintended consequence: Better roads for drug smugglers

Analysis: Missed the link between roads and drugs

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Unintended consequences: Research reveals concerns over EU ban on discarding fish

Unintended consequences: Research reveals concerns over EU ban on discarding fish | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
New EU rules that ban fishermen from throwing away unwanted fish they have caught could actually harm wildlife and fail to improve fish stocks, according to a new report.
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Decision: Ban fisherman from throwing away unwanted fish

Intended consequence: Improve fish stocks

Unintended consequence: Decrease fish stocks

Analysis: A key link in the chain was not understood: discarded waste from humans is valuable in the ecosystem

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Decision: Ban fisherman from throwing away unwanted fish

Intended consequence: Improve fish stocks

Unintended consequence: Decrease fish stocks

Analysis: A key link in the chain was not understood: discarded waste from humans is valuable in the ecosystem

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Unintended consequence: U.S. Syrian airstrikes could create ISIS/Al-Ansari coalition

Unintended consequence: U.S. Syrian airstrikes could create ISIS/Al-Ansari coalition | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
There may be unintended consequences of the air campaign -- in a way that will give the West a headache.
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Action: US airstrikes in Syria

Intended consequence: impair ISIS

Unintended consequence: ISIS and Al-Ansari, who had previously experienced a "bitter split", could call a truce and/or unite under one banner, according to CNN, producing a level of power that could overwhelm more moderate rebel groups.

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Are police body cams always a good thing? There could be serious downsides.

Are police body cams always a good thing?  There could be serious downsides. | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

In the rush to video record everything so we always know for sure "what happened," it is important not to lose sight of the risk of unintended consequences. Two studies, not directly involving police and body cams, illustrate the point.

Lorien Pratt's insight:

Transparency seems like a good thing, but it can lead to unintended behaviors based on the fact that observed persons know they're being watched.  It can reduce (good) risk-taking, and the use of judgment and intuition.


Another cause here: rules in any situation cannot capture every nuance of a situation, and so the use of context-based judgment is goes beyond optional and occasional to absolutely essential.  Create too tight control - as can happen with the use of cameras - and you throw the appropriate use of instinct out with the inappropriate bad judgment bathwater. 


Perhaps an adjunct or even substitute for cameras would be to train good judgment more effectively through role-playing and a deeper systems understanding and then, still, to trust your officers.

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Australian NAPLAN testing program creates negative side-effects

Australian NAPLAN testing program creates negative side-effects | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
QUEENSLAND’S Education Minister wants a wide-ranging review of NAPLAN amid controversy over the writing task this year.
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Action: Creation of the NAPLAN: The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy


Intended consequence: Improvements to education through objective measurement


Unintended consequence: stress symptoms amongst students


Analysis: This is a classic example of the "side effects" unintended consequence pattern: where an intervention with largely positive results creates some negative effects in certain students.  As with side effects from medicine, a side effect can be considered acceptable if it is rare enough and if the impact is small enough compared to the benefit. 


Also as with medicine, a better understanding of who is susceptible to the side effect, along with design of mitigation strategies for affected populations, can increase the net positive impact of the intervention. 


As always, a good visual model showing the cause-and-effect pathway to desired as well as undesired outcomes can be helpful.

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Congress Will Review The Transfer Of Military Weapons To Police Forces After Ferguson

Congress Will Review The Transfer Of Military Weapons To Police Forces After Ferguson | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
The top defense lawmaker in the Senate is calling for a rethinking of the policy giving billions of dollars worth of military gear to local police departments.
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Action: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was established out of concern that local law enforcement agencies were literally being outgunned by drug criminals.


Intended consequence: Drug enforcement


Unintended consequence: Unnecessary escalation in Ferguson.


Analysis: This situation illustrates four unintended consequence patterns:

1) focus on just one outcome (law enforcement) instead of multiple outcomes from the decision (potential for unnecessary escalation of a conflict). 

2) Underemphasis on the impact of one lever (training in the proper use of this equipment)

3) Underemphasis on two intangibles:

a) value of training

b) causal flows involving psychological / social factors

4) ignoring a feedback loop / vicious cycle: (armed cops->angry citizens->more use of force->etc.)

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Worst business decisions are frequently the result of unintended consequences.

Worst business decisions are frequently the result of unintended consequences. | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
Q: What was the worst business decision ever made?
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I hadn't realized this!  Bad decisions often come from unintended consequences, and most of those can be seen as arising from a lack of ability to see the entire system.  Ergo: solve them through better systems thinking.


We seem to be suffering from an epidemic of hindsight, judging the situation by the data, not the system.  It's like trying to predict where the elephant will walk based on  her footprints (or maybe something else she leaves behind) rather than actually understanding elephants themselves.


Many of the bad decisions in this articlecan be seen a consequence of this lack of deep systems knowledge / systems navigational ability: the firing of Steve Jobs, Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial, Fed moves that led to the Great Depression, and many more.


Wow.  Hadn't realized.  Let's fix this together, OK, friends???!!

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, July 24, 2:05 PM

I hadn't realized this!  Bad decisions often come from unintended consequences, and most of those can be seen as arising from a lack of ability to see the entire system.  Ergo: solve them through better systems thinking.


We seem to be suffering from an epidemic of hindsight, judging the situation by the data, not the system.  It's like trying to predict where the elephant will walk based on  her footprints (or maybe something else she leaves behind) rather than actually understanding elephants themselves.


Many of the bad decisions in this article can be seen a consequence of this lack of deep systems knowledge / systems navigational ability: the firing of Steve Jobs, Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial, Fed moves that led to the Great Depression, and many more.


Wow.  Hadn't realized.  Let's fix this together, OK, friends???!!

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Change one thing. Change everything.

Change one thing.  Change everything. | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

As human beings, we cannot change the past. We have control only of our individual destiny and the decisions that we make today. The tagline for the movie The Butterfly Effect is, “Change one thing, Change everything.”

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An analysis of the situation with the U.S. border children through the lens of unintended consequences.

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, July 22, 12:55 PM

An analysis through the lens of unintended consequences of the situation with the U.S. border children.

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Study Finds Unintended Consequences of Raising State Math and Science Graduation Requirements

Study Finds Unintended Consequences of Raising State Math and Science Graduation Requirements | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
Raising state-mandated math and science course graduation requirements (CGRs) may increase high school dropout rates without a meaningful effect on college enrollment or degree attainment, according to new research published in Educational Researcher (ER), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
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Action: Raise state-mandated math and science course graduation requirements.


Intended consequence: Improve college enrollment, college degree attainment.


Unintended consequence: Increasing dropout rates


Analysis: misunderstanding of the fact that raising standards, without a commensurate improvement in education to allow students to meet those standards, can increase dropout rates.

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When the right pill is wrong

When the right pill is wrong | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

"In our culture of immediate gratification and quick fixes, the role a medical doctor unwittingly plays in substance abuse or addiction relapse sometimes boils down to simply prescribing a standard medication to resolve a temporary medical issue: Ambien (zolpidem) or Lunesta (eszopiclone) for difficulty sleeping; Soma (carisoprodol) for a sprained back muscle; Vicodin (hydrocodone) for a root canal; or butalbital for a headache. "

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Decision: a doctor prescribes a medication for certain symptoms


Intended consequence: relief of symptoms


Unintended consequence: support for an addiction


Analysis: For certain patients,, a short-term, salient effect swamps understanding of a longer-term, larger negative impact.  Shall we name this unintended consequence pattern "short term salience swamps long-term net negative?"  


Solution: from the article: "...a significant number [of doctors] have had less than half a day of training in prescription drug diversion in medical school, residency, or continuing medical education. " 


Doctors need to be trained on the drug addiction impacts of prescriptions to avoid this consequence. 

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Unintended Consequences of Pension Reform

Unintended Consequences of Pension Reform | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
Illinois’ pension reform has pushed hundreds of state employees into early retirement. It’s also canceling an annual celebration in Macomb.
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Decision: Pension reform in Illinois

Intended consequence: Reduce pension costs

Unintended consequence: Wave of early retirements, with impacts like this festival being canceled this year

Analysis: As a transition like this one is implemented, often there are transient oscillations and other temporary effects before it re-equilibrates. These transients can have unintended negative consequences that are not characteristic of the new system, but can be painful for those impacted by the transition.

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The U.S. Intelligence Community's Kodak Moment

The U.S. Intelligence Community's Kodak Moment | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
The game is changing rapidly. Can Washington's intelligence community keep up?
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Another article by Josh Kerbel.  Like the last one I shared, I'll say if you read anything this month, this should be it.  Kerbel is one of our generation's great thinkers, and this article reflects his insightful prescription for how one complex, data-rich organization - the Intelligence Community (IC) in the US -  must evolve to understand context, interdependencies, systems, nonlinear effects, sensemaking, and more.  This is the essence of Decision Intelligence (no wonder, since Kerbel was very influential on our early work).


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EU judgement against Google has ramifications far beyond its scope | Business-Cloud.com

EU judgement against Google has ramifications far beyond its scope | Business-Cloud.com | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it
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Decision: A new EU law supporting the "right to be forgotten" to protect privacy

Intended consequence: Privacy

Unintended consequence: Criminal activity can be forgotten, too

Analysis: Probably a known negative side effect


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Another Federal Judge Trolls Scalia While Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban

Another Federal Judge Trolls Scalia While Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban | Unintended Consequences | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in Idaho on Tuesday joined the growing list of jurists who have embraced the words of Supreme Court marriage equality opponent Justice Antonin Scalia while striking down a state ban on same-sex marriage.

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Decision: In a 2003 ruling striking down an anti-sodomy law, Scalia says this opens the door to all laws based on moral choices, like same-sex marriage

Intended consequence: To strike down the anti-sodomy law

Unintended consequence: Judges in Utah, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma and Michigan have all cited the 2003 ruling in their support of declaring same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional

Analysis: Scalia overlooked the fact that invoking morality would translate to an argument against stigma, which would produce the opposite effect of his intent

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