November 26, 2010
On investing in technology in developing countries with the goal of social change:
The myth of scale is seductive because it is easier to spread technology than to effect extensive change in social attitudes and human capacity. In other words, it is much less painful to purchase a hundred thousand PCs than to provide a real education for a hundred thousand children; it is easier to run a text-messaging health hotline than to convince people to boil water before ingesting it; it is easier to write an app that helps people find out where they can buy medicine than it is to persuade them that medicine is good for their health.
I think this is why it’s easy for governments to spend money with (sometimes) little to show for it. Investing in education for a cause from governments, NGOs, lobby groups (e.g. energy conservation, recycling, food security, moderate Islam, etc.) does not mean there will be a proportional response in the behaviour of these “educated citizens”. Sometimes it’s just complex human capacity. [Via Chris Blattman].
To me the take home statement is you can invest and educate all you want, it will only get you so far. Sometimes it doesn’t even come close to guaranteeing a proportional response in behaviour. A sunny thought on a snowy Friday.
November 23, 2010
Albeit from GE (mind your motives), pretty compelling. Now onto wind turbine syndrome, shadow flicker, and all other things that Wind Concerns Ontario is concerned about.
November 21, 2010
I just love how the most basic of questions to challenge one’s opinion utterly shocks people. This happens to everyone. The debate light switch gets turned on where you can truly see the other side’s point of view where blinded ideology masks a real conversation.
November 11, 2010
A stop motion video on the history of stop motion. Nice tributes.
November 8, 2010
A beautifully shot short on how ink is made here in the GTA. Think of it as if TLC’s How It’s Made had an art director (or a good videographer). Watch the whole thing, they make a Vaughan factory feel beautiful. Thanks be to BlogTO.
November 2, 2010
Finally, I get some agreeance. I really feel the National could very well be one of our biggest and most important bands. Since the release of Boxer, I was hoping. Since the release of newer LP High Violet, I was believing. Q readers have called High Violet the album of the year. More here via Neil McCormick and LHB:
I think the National are one of those groups (like REM and Radiohead in their moment) who have stumbled into a zone where the magical confluence between genuinely poetic language and the songcraft of melody, arrangement and performance creates something actually greater than the sum of its parts. The rise of High Violet reminds me of how albums like REM’s Automatic For The People and Radiohead’s The Bends just sort of floated up to the pop surface, with a texture of originality and depth and melodious purposefulness that was all but irresistible to anyone exposed to it, with the result that very left-field arty bands became household favourites.
Remember remember Mr. November.