I was asked to present an overview of Donella Meadow’s thesis on ‘leverage points’ for the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty. The given timeframe (15 minutes) was tight, but it was a fun challenge to squeeze as much of a ‘systems introduction’ as possible into this window (as much as I hate trying to talk this fast). It was also an opportunity to brush up on Prezi.
This presentation is an inadequate and (honestly) futile skimming of the surface of its topic. I’m posting it here in case it might serve to spark some curiosity. If you want to explore these ideas further, I highly recommend reading Meadow’s paper in its entirety.
Last night was pretty remarkable. About thirty thoughtful, brilliant, inquisitive, and respectful individuals gathered together to discuss the idea of starting a group to discuss ideas. Very meta, yes, but also very compelling. I kicked things off by sharing a brief, skeletal overview of the vision, and then the collective took over from there.
On the Podcast: About two weeks ago I presented a seminar about Information Glut at the Public Sociology @ Western group (Western University). It is an informal, colloquial riff on a number of ideas related to the question of how we differentiate the important from the superfluous in a world of exponentially increasing knowledge. (Recorded on Friday, March 6, 2015)
Podcast episode: Albert Bandura described self-efficacy as a person’s ability to believe in their own ability to succeed. How is this different from believing that the secret for getting what you want is simply wishing for it hard enough?
Is what we believe about our skills as important as our skills themselves?
I recently sat down with my friend Forrest Bivens (@ForrestBivens) to chat about white privilege, class, and racism. This is one of those conversations that I wish I could have face-to-face with everyone. I’m very thankful to Forrest for taking the time to engage on this topic. I hope that our dialogue can play some small part in fostering further conversations, too. Your thoughts, reactions, and perspectives are welcome.
Podcast episode: The “Dunning–Kruger effect” shows that people who are unskilled and incompetent often tend to overestimate their abilities. The problem with not being good at something is that you don’t know just how bad you really are. There’s something to be said for not thinking of yourself as “above average”… such people tend to be a bit more honest with themselves.
When you stop and think about it, you and I have a lot of expectations for today… and how well reality meets our expectations seems to have enormous sway over our emotions. In this podcast we ask, Are we our expectations?