How prefab language helps everybody from politicians to CEOs disguise what they really want to say: "Clichés As a Political Tool."
(plus- the day that most changed history)
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity”*…
Search for meaning at: https://bit.ly/2EnE6TX
People living in climatically turbulent regions tend to make riskier decisions than those in relatively more stable environments: "How Volatile Climate Shapes the Way People Think."
(Plus- the Doomsday Clock)
“Fortune sides with him who dares”*… (or not...)
Feel the heat at: https://bit.ly/2PtncV5
The pioneering landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson used her own farm to empower women and to build an ecological design theory through action: "Dreaming True."
(Plus- La Fronde)
“Too often the concept of nature has been used to explain social inequalities or exploitative relations as inborn, and hence, beyond the scope of social change”*…
Look to the land: https://bit.ly/2B2DDCM
Accounting for inequality: "Richer and Poorer"
(Plus- the Hunger March)
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life”*…
Search for balance at: https://bit.ly/2QkFmh2
Ricky Jay and Errol Morris: "Seven Lies About Lying"
(Plus- the ur-courtier)
“No high-minded man, no man of right feeling, can contemplate the lumbering and slovenly lying of the present day without grieving to see a noble art so prostituted”*…
Think about trickery at: https://bit.ly/2Sv6Q08
Sci-Fi Future: @eliotpeper and @MaryKayMagistad on the value of sci fi in helping us think through current crises and possible futures, and about what sci fi has seen coming and what it's gotten just plain wrong...
How mesmerism (And Benjamin Franklin) occasioned the development of the modern clinical trial
(Plus- Anna Freud)
“MESMERISM, n. Hypnotism before it wore good clothes, kept a carriage and asked Incredulity to dinner”*…
You're getting sleepy... at: https://bit.ly/2BMMmui
A showman and a scholar— one of the most gifted sleight-of-hand artists ever…
RIP, Ricky Jay
Have helped start lots of orgs (e.g., GBN, Wired, Oxygen); of late, mostly NGOs. Still practice scenario planning, mostly with not-for-profits.
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