engaging with reality

Every fortnight, since 2009, I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@EmilyHaber [German Ambassador to USA] — “Hannah Arendt, a German Jew, political theorist and philosopher, was born on this day in 1906. One of her many legacies: Totalitarianism can flourish where people systematically refuse to engage with reality, and are ready to replace reason with ideology and outright fiction.”

@NeinQuarterly“Our discontent. It can’t wait til winter.”

@JasonHickel“Capitalism produces ecological crisis for the same reason it produces inequality: because the fundamental mechanism of capitalist growth is that capital must extract (from nature and from labour) more than it gives in return.”

@DavidOBowles “I’ll let you in on a secret. I have a doctorate in education, but the field’s basically just a 100 years old. We don’t really know what we’re doing. Our scholarly understanding of how learning happens is like astronomy 2000 years ago.
Most classroom practice is astrology.”

@edmorrison“Teams are the smallest unit of systems change. And within teams, the smallest unit of change is the conversation.”

Achieving Swing, by @rhappe

SWING: The elusive, hard-to-define feeling when near-perfect synchronization of motion occurs in the shell, enhancing performance and speed. The rower feels almost weightless. Once they feel the swing, rowers spend many hours trying to recapture the experience.

A BC research project gave homeless people $7,500 each — the results were ‘beautifully surprising’

She said it costs, on average, $55,000 annually for social and health services for one homeless individual. According to study data, the project saved the shelter system approximately $8,100 per person for a total of roughly $405,000 over one year for all 50.

“The common belief is that the status quo is cheap … in fact, it is incredibly expensive,” said Williams.

problems and cures

@_workchronicles — “Prevention is better than Cure. But which one makes a better story?”

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