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Teaching and learning about communication at Manchester Metropolitan University.


The end of capitalism has begun | Books | The Guardian

The main contradiction today is between the possibility of free, abundant goods and information; and a system of monopolies, banks and governments trying to keep things private, scarce and commercial. Everything comes down to the struggle between the network and the hierarchy: between old forms of society moulded around capitalism and new forms of society that prefigure what comes next.


Why Web Design is Dead | UX Magazine

When something can be successfully automated, it means that its practices and standards are established enough as not to need much human input. And this is obviously the beginning. There will be a fierce competition about which service can deliver better designs, faster, and with less human intervention.


Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.” — Medium

'Piketty: When I hear the Germans say that they maintain a very moral stance about debt and strongly believe that debts must be repaid, then I think: what a huge joke! Germany is the country that has never repaid its debts. It has no standing to lecture other nations.'


Daniela Rus | Rise of the Robots

'Yet the objective of robotics is not to replace humans by mechanizing and automating tasks; it is to find ways for machines to assist and collaborate with humans more effectively. Robots are better than humans at crunching numbers, lifting heavy objects, and, in certain contexts, moving with precision. Humans are better than robots at abstraction, generalization, and creative thinking, thanks to their ability to reason, draw from prior experience, and imagine. By working together, robots and humans can augment and complement each other’s skills.'


Live Streaming: Social Control from Afar | MIT Technology Review

These applications are revolutionary because they shift the role of the audience from passive observers of distant events to active participants in them. With recorded video, the audience cannot affect what is happening on the screen. But these live broadcasts are portals to another place. What you are seeing is happening now—and you can affect the future.


Gran circa 1940?

One of the motivations for wanting to do the life story work at the Nicky centre has to be the mysteries surrounding my Gran, Louisa Barnet.


W. Edwards Deming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Experience by itself teaches nothing." This statement emphasizes the need to interpret and apply information against a theory or framework of concepts that is the basis for knowledge about a system. It is considered as a contrast to the old statement, "Experience is the best teacher" (Deming disagreed with that). To Deming, knowledge is best taught by a master who explains the overall system through which experience is judged; experience, without understanding the underlying system, is just raw data that can be misinterpreted against a flawed theory of reality. Deming's view of experience is related to Shewhart's concept, "Data has no meaning apart from its context".


Holding space - the practical power of empathy

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From Heather Plett talking about how a palliative care nurse 'held space' for her and her family during the death of her mother. From the experience she abstracts the following principles:

  1. Give people permission to trust their own intuition and wisdom. 
  2. Give people only as much information as they can handle. 
  3. Don’t take their power away. 
  4. Keep your own ego out of it. 
  5. Make them feel safe enough to fail. 
  6. Give guidance and help with humility and thoughtfulness. 
  7. Create a container for complex emotions, fear, trauma, etc. 
  8. Allow them to make different decisions and to have different experiences than you would.