Common Threads – November 2012

  • Africa for Norway – simply amazing.
  • Daniel Bye on the Price of Everything – a work-in-progress “theatrical lecture” on the concept of value.
  • On being the “poorest” president – “I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more”.
  • Enlightenment in the Age of Materialism – a great TEDx talk by Carol Craig from the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing in Glasgow.
  • Behavioural change or societal change? – “The aspiration is for the UK to be a low carbon society not 60 million low carbon individuals.
  • Changing the discourse – a 6-page thinkpiece on framing, by Compass. Includes this great quote from Karl Polanyi on the “negative freedoms” of liberal utopianism: “the freedom to exploit one’s fellows, or the freedom to make inordinate gains without commensurable service to the community, the freedom to keep technological benefits from being used for public benefit, or the freedom to profit from public calamities secretly engineered for private advantage.
  • On reclaiming ‘freedom’ – how the value of freedom has been co-opted by market ideology – “in the context of a consumer society freedom today is less an Enlightenment virtue than it is the call to go shopping” – and how we should rebalance “rights and responsibilities that favour the freedom of the many rather than the few.
  • Thoughts on campaigning and where the dodo got it wrong – this is quite good.
Richard HawkinsCommon Threads – November 2012

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