Onstage at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, a discussion between David Lynch and writer Kristine McKenna in order to promote their new book, Room to Dream.
Watch a stimulating and thought-provoking evening with two excellent speakers.
Ian Dunt is editor of politics.co.uk. This year he published Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? Based on discussions with leading experts in politics, trade, Europe, academia and the law, his fascinating but accessible guide to the post-referendum world is essential reading for anyone (Leave or Remain) who wants to be better informed about the implications of last year’s referendum vote.
Celia Brayfield is an author and journalist. She teaches Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
In this talk, Ian discusses his book, the current state of Brexit negotiations, and the options now facing us, with Celia.
“Brexit is a long-term act of national diminishment…We have the best deal in Europe. Let’s keep it.”
Michael Dougan, Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the University of Liverpool, held the packed audience at Bath for Europe’s event hanging on his every word. Michael Dougan is renowned as a constitutional lawyer and an excellent teacher. He displayed these skills, along with his sense of humour, in his lucid, informative and engaging talk at the Widcombe Social Club on 14th March. He gave a detailed analysis of what has happened since the Referendum. He concluded by sketching out the UK’s prospects, given the government’s lack of preparedness, gross mishandling of the negotiations and fantastical claims. “There is a continuing reality vacuum in the UK,” he said.
Dougan began by laying out the contextual background for his argument. He was resolute in condemning the government’s handling of each and every phase of the Brexit negotiations which he dissected in detail: separation, transition and future relations with the EU. He highlighted how the Northern Ireland/Irish border is an insoluble problem; the government has promised irreconcilable things to different people.
Dougan painted a bleak and frightening picture of where the UK stands now and what it fac…
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Microsoft researcher and Data & Society president danah boyd talks to the FT’s Hannah Kuchler about the effect of everyday technology, such as Facebook, on society and culture.
danah boyd: The Risks and Rewards of Big Data, Algorithms, and Machine Learning | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
How do we analyze vast swaths of data and who decides what to collect? For example, big data may help us cure cancer, but the choice of data collected for police work or hiring may have built-in biases, explains danah boyd.
danah boyd has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gaps of our age — that our children’s immersion in social media may offer a kind of respite from their over-structured, overscheduled analog lives.
Steeped in the cutting edge of research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the changes it’s making to life and relationship. She has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gaps of our age — that our children’s immersion in social media may offer a kind of respite from their over-structured, overscheduled analog lives. And that cyber-bullying is an online reflection of the offline world, and blaming technology is missing the point.
I’m a big picture guy and so am more inclined to structural explanations. Yet one reason I love ROS is the way Chris in his humane narratives and conversations
always reminds me to see the
people in our crazy dramas. Still, sometimes I’m happy to tune in as I’m waking up on a Saturday morning in Tokyo and hear a structural thinker such as Mr. Blyth. His description of some of the key political economic post WWII shifts make a lot of sense, and yet I am left to wonder what he would say if he took a slightly longer view and placed the logic of capital within the greater logic of ecology.
As I see it, humanity is still struggling with two seismic shifts related to our more fundamentally existential connection with energy that have caused local and global crisis for some time and yet we rarely talk about them. An energy regime change to fossil fuels has, first, led most of humanity to leave century old occupations involved with food production and, second, led us into urban and suburban built environments. Don’t these grand dramas deserve a lot more consideration?
Furthermore, what economic theory, accepting valuation through market based realization, has failed to grasp, and what is missing from Mr. Blyth’s narrative, is the extraordinary role of energy, that makes it different than all other inputs. It’s calculated that one barrel of oil has the caloric content of 10 years of human physical labour. So how can it be valued at $20 at $50 or even $100 a barrel? Well, it has been and is it not this abundantly cheap caloric energy, this highly value adding input, that contributed greatly to the rise of the middle class and the welfare states? And hasn’t it been the rising extraction costs, and now the costs of climate change that also contributed greatly to shrinking profit margins, declining GDP and the active class warfare since the 70s we call neoliberalism?
We haven’t really come to terms with all the temporal, spacial, environmental and social impacts of this energy regime change that began with coal and steam during the industrial revolution and moved to oil and gas in the 20th century and now we are at the start of a new energy regime change that will again disrupt everything. Ecology/Energy sustains all life, is life, and it directs our economies, even if market mechanisms often distort this. Isn’t energy driven change and crises, rather than Trump, the deep structural yet mostly unvoiced source of our angst?
This presentation was recorded at GOTO Aarhus 2013 http://gotocon.com
Mike Atherton - Freelance UX Consultant
ABSTRACT Clients, Information Architects and UX practitioners need to think more like developers, looking beyond surface gloss to find what really makes for a compelling online experience, and build it into their products from the ground up.
Let’s look at how the BBC radically restructured their website using content-centered domain modelling to better map to user’s mental models, create a user experience based around meaningful connections between topics, and unlock a wealth of archive content to be more findable, pointable, searchable and sharable. Domain modelling design breaks down complex subjects into the things people usually think about. With food, it’s stuff like ‘dishes’, ‘ingredients’ and ‘chefs’. The parts of the model inter-relate far more organically than a traditional top-down hierarchy. By intersecting across subjects, links themselves become facts, allowing humans and machines to learn through undirected user journeys.
It’s a process that brings together designers, developers, users and content strategists as creative partners from the very beginning. You’ll learn to unlock the potential of your content, create scalable navigation patterns, achieve s…
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