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Trust

I have come across three discussions about trust this week. They just jumped out at me! 1. All of the guests on Phillip Adams' review of the year spoke about trust. I thought their discussion of geo-politics and economics was fascinating. If you do listen to the podcast, Bea Campbell provides a great perspective on Occupy London. Her commentary led me to look at the St Paul's Institute's report on Value and Values: Perceptions of Ethics in the City Today. 2. I have been reading John Dickson's Humiltas and have thought a great deal about the trust we invest in leaders and...

Learning about IKEA

I have written a number of posts about place and space in this blog. I am always on the lookout for stories about novel ideas. This week I was delighted to listen to Lauren Collins talking with Phillip Adams about IKEA. Lauren wrote about IKEA in a twelve-page article (House Perfect) in The New Yorker in October. Her full article is located behind a paywall but her interview with Phillip explores here research about IKEA. I noted: IKEA is the invisible designer of domestic life, not only reflecting but also molding, in its ubiquity, our routines and our attitudes. IKEA products are intended to work...

Noam Chomsky: Sydney Peace Prize 2011

Noam Chomsky is the recipient of this year's Sydney Peace Prize. He delivered the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture in the Sydney Town Hall on 2 November. I noted in the transcript of his speech that Professor Chomsky exhorted us "never forget that our wealth derives in no small measure from the tragedy of others". By good fortune I was able to listen to Noam Chomsky's conversation with Phillip Adams on Radio National's Late Night Live program. With a couple of prompts from Phillip, Noam Chomsky provided a fascinating account of a personal learning journey that moved from the 1930s to...

Hearing Voices

I heard two delightful radio items this week. Both items exemplified for me the invitational nature of voice and the triggering of enquiry. On 30 August Phillip Adams interviewed Ira Glass about This American Life (a weekly public radio show produced by Chicago Public Media and broadcast on more than 500 stations across America). I liked the single comment on the Late Night Live page for the program "One of my favorite radio programs talking about another one of my favorite radio programs. This was great." From This American Life's web page: The radio show and TV show follow the same format. There’s a...

John, Clegg and Paddy

I was fascinated to read John Carmody's account of War and Brotherhood in The Australian on 23 April. He wrote about two remarkable men, Clegg Kelly and Paddy Moran and their paths to Gallipoli. John notes that: The men never met -- other aspects of their lives made that unlikely -- but their stories are endlessly fascinating and, when set side by side, have much to tell us about their times. He adds that: They were born in Sydney within a few years of each other, were astonishingly accomplished sportsmen -- Moran captained the first Wallabies team to tour Britain -- and were highly...

Wireless Experience

I have been thinking about wireless systems this week. At the weekend I was in Tasmania using a wireless Internet connection that gave me access to email in a remote part of the state. There was latency and drop out but I was miles from anywhere delighted to have any connectivity! On Monday I refereed a journal article on ubiquitous computing and later in the day was involved in a discussion with colleagues about ICT support for open learning spaces. On Tuesday I followed up a link to Anthony Lincoln's (2011) paper FYI: TMI: Toward a holistic social theory of information overload...

Gaining Access

Introduction Last week (9 November) Taryn Simon was a guest of Phillip Adam's on Radio National's Late Night Live program. The basis for the interview was Taryn's project An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. It was a fascinating interview that encouraged me to think about access to research sites and to explore her work. Taryn Simon Back in 2006, The New York Times wrote of Taryn's work: During the past 50 years, American photographers have sought to reveal America to us mostly by showing, in pictures snapped casually, or better, “casually,” the weirdness hidden in plain sight — on...

Resilient Authoritarianism and Soft Power

Introduction Last Thursday I was driving into Canberra and had the opportunity to listen to Richard McGregor's interview with Margaret Throsby on ABC's Classic FM. Richard McGregor is the author of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers published in June 2010. I had heard an earlier interview with Phillip Adams too. Both interviews left me with a desire to explore the combination of resilient authoritarianism and soft power as a leadership style relevant to sport contexts. Richard explored both characteristics in his interviews. His study of the Chinese Communist party provides enormous detail about the processes and outcomes...

Happiness, Wellbeing and Habitus

Some time ago in this blog I wrote about wellbeing and demography. This week I had an opportunity to revisit some of the ideas from that post in the context of some 2010 reports and discussions. The three stimuli were: 1.Derek Bok's discussion of The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being with Phillip Adams on Radio National's Late Night Live. The book describes the principal findings of happiness researchers and considers "how reliable the results appear to be and whether they deserve to be taken into account in devising government policies"....

Synoptic Vision, James Hansen and Tony Fitzgerald

It has been a busy week for me but it has been bracketed by two remarkable Radio National items. On my drive into Canberra early in the week I heard a delightful interview between Phillip Adams and James Hansen. The podcast is trailed with this summary: A discussion with the prominent NASA climate scientist about his journey of scientific discovery, the gradual process by which he became convinced of the science of global warming, and how he believes scientists need to address current public doubt. On Thursday, on my drive home, there was a fascinating report on PM about Tony Fitzgerald's commentary...