Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“If you focus on sickness, you’re going to end up with doctors as the key actors. If you focus on well-being, you’re going to end up with communities as key actors.” —@CormacRussell
“Collaboration is a necessary technique to master the unknown. Academics are slow to explore and understand the process. For now, practitioners provide the best laboratory to learn the complexity of collaboration.” —@EdMorrison
Sagan Standard: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”
Hitchens’ Razor: “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence”
They conveniently failed to mention that their in-group is who controls what is or isn’t considered evidence. —@haig
“The media’s 6 months behind on remote work again” by @Chris_Herd
What I’m hearing from most recent internal surveys:
remote full-time: 35%
3+ days remote: 30%
2+ days remote: 20%
1+ days remote: 10%
full-time office: 5%
It’s. Not. Even. Close.
“Capitalism will always find a way to exploit common resources. It’s just a matter of time.”
‘Loot’ is a word that he used a lot at the time. It was the primary theme of the closing talk Bob [Hughes] held at the last Dust or Magic conference he led.
Our world is built on looting what others have to give — what we make them give.
And we’re fine with it.
We’re all fine with looting.
Blaming the individual is a tried and trusted playbook that we have seen in the past with other industries. In the 1970s, Coca Cola and the beverage industry did this very effectively to convince us we don’t need regulations on waste disposal. Because of that we now have a global plastic crisis. The same tactics are evident in the gun lobby’s motto, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, which is classic deflection. For a UK example look at BP, which gave us the world’s first individual carbon footprint calculator. Why did they do that? Because BP wanted us looking at our carbon footprint not theirs.
So, essentially, we made the rubble bounce for two decades and ended up right where the Russians, the British, the Persians, the Mongols, and Alexander the Great ended up. Brave men and women were tossed into a country that has resisted the brave men and women who came to fight there for millennia, and we’re leaving having killed the mastermind of the attacks that sent us there. The truth of the matter is that nobody really wants Afghanistan except the people who live there, and they want to run the place their own way. They keep trying to demonstrate this to the wider world, and the wider world never gets the message.