Bravo London: the failure of hate

On Saturday, Londoners, in a move that repudiated their Prime Minister’s explicit effort to spread fear and hate, elected Sadiq Khan their mayor. Whether he will prove a good mayor is moot. What matters is that citizens turned their backs on those who promote fear of the other.  (For those who weren’t following the pre-election … More Bravo London: the failure of hate

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Complexity? Begin at the beginning. And don’t make assumptions.

Here it is…..the SUV that was parked on a street beside our hotel. The notices on the windows are a little hard to read. They invite anyone passing by to take shelter in the SUV which is unlocked, contains a blanket and pillow, and is free. We were unsure how to respond to this….at first … More Complexity? Begin at the beginning. And don’t make assumptions.

Before you rush to a solution, make sure you have a problem.

Ever heard of the “peace dividend”? That was the problem we in the West were supposed to have after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Without an enemy, we were going to have all this extra money that used to be allocated to defence spending, but wasn’t going … More Before you rush to a solution, make sure you have a problem.

No Robot can Replace Me!

Creativity, innovation, complex critical thinking, and emotional engagement with other human beings….if you can’t do these, you can be replaced by a robot, argues Edward Hees in Learn or Die (Columbia University Press, 2014). No wonder most of us left school feeling very replaceable. Schools, generally, are not places that enable innovative thinking, difficult conversations … More No Robot can Replace Me!