The Humans and the Viruses: The World Economic Forum and the Coronaviruses The humans and the viruses are two forms of life with parallel but different adaptive strategies. According to the abbreviated story I am offering you, our pre-hominid ancestors crossed the line separating non-human from human and became homo sapiens when they became the cultural animals. It culminated […]
Perhaps the most important of these suggestions is that to achieve emancipation, rather than over-emphasising relations of production, we should instead identify – in order to, if necessary, transform – the deep moral and legal structures that frame markets.
Coronavirus. Wars. Refugees. Racism. Sea levels rising. Stock markets falling. Most human labour becoming redundant as a factor of production and valueless in the labour market. The irreversible loss of the delicate chemical and physical balances that make the biosphere possible. Let me stop at eight. Any one of us could go on and on listing one after another nightmare that unfortunately is not a dream but is real.
Bounded organizations theories negate aeons of evolution; the result is that homo sapiens can’t manage its affairs. It can’t create a humane society. It cannot sustain the conditions for life. The Unbounded Academy is about rewriting the script, recasting the characters, resignifying the activity systems.
…the proposal that implementing just two principles will make the impossible possible; namely, a pro-social attitude plus doing what works; or alternatively, a pro-social attitude plus structural understanding.
Indeed, something is wrong, basically wrong. Here I will illustrate what is basically wrong with an incident in the history of bees (or, more broadly, pollinators). Although important progress has been made in spite of adverse dominant cultural and social structures, the bee story illustrates why survival requires avoiding now inevitable collisions between economics and physical reality.
This article offers reflections on the predicament we as humankind face, as well as offering a way forward, a way that transforms debilitating humiliation into life-giving dignity. As the heart- breaking coronavirus pandemic unfolds, the hope is that it works as a wake-up call for us to answer the following question together: How must we, humankind, arrange our affairs on this planet so that dignified life will be possible in the long term?
Note Three: Ending Mass Unemployment and Poverty Prof Howard Richards Unbounded Organization Aacademy http://www.unboundedacademy.org 2020 The causa causans Keynes identified in a passage cited in the previous note was investment. Investment by profit-seeking investors is regarded as the source of employment. If it stops, employment, stops. At least that is true when one sees the […]
…nothing is really going to change police brutality, racism, militarism, hypocritical foreign policies, or any of a host of other evils until there Is a more just distribution of wealth, a more ethical use of property, and an economic system powered by a different dynamic. In general, the ́deep structure ́ has to change.
We are trying. We keep bees. We use reusable shopping bags, not plastic. We plant trees. We create new fertile soil with compost, manure, potting soil and worms fed with table scraps. We heat water with solar energy. We recycle glass and metal. We walk, bicycle, or take public transportation and keep our houses well insulated in the winter.
Millions of others are trying too. To cite one of innumerable examples: People living on welfare benefits, organized by eco-activists, cultivate organic gardens on the rooftops of apartment buildings in large cities
Introducción del editor: a la luz de la discusión actual sobre la recuperación económica pospandémica, invitamos a Howard Richard’s a ofrecer sus ideas, para inspirarnos a pensar de nuevo sobre este componente crucial de un mundo renovado. Tenemos el honor de compartirlos entre Corona Connections.
From PS on Point Apr 27, 2020 MYOUNG-HEE KIM:
Government testing and tracing alone did not halt the spread of the coronavirus in South Korea. The country’s civil-society organizations also played a critical role by monitoring the situation closely, helping to hold the authorities accountable, and reaching vulnerable social groups
submitted in accordance with the requirements for the degree of DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
in the subject
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
(creative commons) by Godelieve Spaas 2016
Supervisor: Prof. Catherine Odora Hoppers, South African Research Chair in Development Education
(Afrikaans) Emancipatory learning and educational research
Educational research plays a critical role in bringing about social change in South Africa. The knowledge contributions made by researchers not only shape what is accepted as the science of teaching, but also forms the basis of the education systems, policies and practices.
The recent calls for decolonisation can be accepted as symptomatic of the crisis of relevance and applicability of among others, knowledge in curricula and school education. This is not a technical crisis of low pass rates and the improvement of academic performance by educational authorities, but a crisis of collapse and reproduction of social inequalities still prevalent in society, reminding educators and researchers that schools are sites of struggle, as they have been considered in the past by community activists such as Neville Alexander.
What economies and living conditions will be like after the coronavirus pandemic is a matter of uncertainty and foreboding. The pandemic may never go away. It may continue to propagate itself indefinitely. It may mutate several more times. If so, human cultures will not only have to evolve, but will have to evolve several times, in order to cope with changing physical realities. Surely, in any case, we human beings will be wiser to organize ourselves collectively to defend ourselves than we would be simply to wait while fate determines our destiny. In the process of species-self-defence, teachers are key.
This short note will be a sketch, or rather an illustration, of a proposal. As Peter Drucker and many others have said, intriguingly and I think to some extent truly, you cannot predict the future, but you can invent it.
The cognitive crisis in Africa is a knowledge crisis, and a crisis of the academy (Odora Hoppers 2014) and of the modern university (Fataar and Subreenduth 2014) [and] requires rethinking on levels of worldview and practice – in terms of the ways in which disciplinary knowledge is organized and developed, and ontologies, epistemologies opened up and rethought to become truly representative of Africa.
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Hello! Is everything ok?
We are students of school Sister Irmã Theodora in the municipality of Marabá, located in the northern region of Brazil:
WE ARE AMAZONIANS!
Our lands are always warm, but we are literally on fire and it is not even the time of the St. John’s feast (in June, when everyone gathers around a fire).
Our forest burns in flames, our animals are dying, losing their habitats and their lives. and all because of ‘progress’. We cannot understand what kind of progress this is and whom it serves. Our greatest wealth, which is biodiversity, is in mourning. Mother nature cries.
Oi! Tudo bem?
Somos alunos da escola Irmã Theodora, do município de Marabá,
localizado na região norte do território brasileiro, SOMOS
Nossas terras são sempre quentes, porém, estamos literalmente pegando fogo e nem é época de são João.
Nossa floresta arde em chamas, nossos animais estão morrendo, perdendo seus lares, sua vida e tudo isso por causa do “progresso”. Não conseguimos compreender que progresso é esse e para quem serve. Nossa maior riqueza, que é a biodiversidade, vive dias de luto. A mãe natureza chora.
This article advocates a naturalist and realist ethics of solidarity. Specifically, it argues that human needs should be met; and that they should be met in harmony with the environment.
Here the concept of basic cultural structure (BCS) is used to argue that Gandhi, with deep roots in a different basic cultural structure, is able to offer a deeper and in the end more realistic critique of, and alternative to, neoliberalism than critiques that remain within the basic cultural structure of modernity.
While it appears to be easily grasped, phronesis is complex, nuanced and paradoxical, seen as an unorganised set of characteristics in the management scholarship domain. We argue that the neglect of phronesis in modernity flows from the challenging nature of developing it, itself the consequence of its indistinctness. It calls for Einstein’s words “I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity”.
Where do we stand, as humankind? The author of this book offers this analysis: We have dug ourselves into a multitude of perilous crises, both despite and because of what we call progress. We engage in systemic humiliation – sociocide and ecocide – or the shredding of the social fabric and plundering of the planet. At the same time, there are also immense windows of opportunity waiting to be used. Unfortunately, so far, instead of recognising the depth of the crises at hand and grasping the historic opportunities to exit, it seems that most of us choose to stay myopic. Therefore, this book focusses on all of human history – on big history – because only a wide view makes the primary problems visible that spawn secondary, tertiary, and quaternary ones.
Taking as an example the ‘structural trap’ by which the good intention of complying with social human rights, such as health, ends up discouraging economic investment, it is suggested that effective large scale moral education can help to overcome structural obstacles to solutions to social and ecological problems.
Organisation Workshop stands for a body of practice derived from the pioneering work that Clodomir de Morais did with the Brasilian Peasant Leagues starting in the early 1960s and shown to be relevant today in situations of high unemployment. Two essential ingredients are a large group and a common resource pool. The Organisation Workshop method is illuminated by Leontiev’s “objectivised activity” concept, as well as impor- tant insights from 3 generations of activity theory (CHAT). Moraisean thought and practice are shown to open up new avenues to community development and to break new ground in the social psychology of the large group.
It will be documented in the following that social, economic and political dimensions are highlighted in the Neapolitan context, a philosophical understanding of the relationship between humanity and nature is at the centre in the Japanese analysis, and the historical imprint of colonization upon the human mind is foregrounded in the South African case. These different ways of approaching an understanding of contextual conditions are not mutually exclusive, however, and together they are seen as valuable contributions to an analysis that sees no disciplinary borders in finding ways of understanding human agency in relation to contextual conditions. I shall, therefore, discuss how these different ways of understanding human agency have one thing in common: They all meet criteria of transdisciplinarity.
The focus of this article is on the role and contribution of policy research in contexts of social transformation. With reference to education transformation policies in post- apartheid South Africa, the argument is developed that research varies in their contri- bution to change, as a function of the paradigmatic assumptions and methodological choices of the researcher.
The purpose of this memo is to propose a methodology featuring role-play for improving motivation in organizations and in communities. It advocates an ideal of unbounded organization where individuals identify with the missions and values of their organizations, while the missions and values of their organizations, in turn, serve the common good of humanity and the planet.
Presentación: el abordaje hacia una economía solidaria En un sistema de laissez-faire el nivel de empleo depende en gran medida de lo que se llama el estado de la confianza. Si se deteriora la confianza, cae la inversión privada. Sigue una caída de la producción y del empleo (este resultado se genera directamente y también […]
Over time, families who concentrate single-mindedly on accumulating capital and then reinvesting it to accumulate more capital will, ceteris paribus, by the laws of compound interest gain more power and influence than the good citizens who care and share.
Resumen: Se proponen cuatro principios fundamentales: el derecho de vivir y percibir entradas para poder vivir por pertenecer a la familia humana; una coupure epistemologique en la filosofía de la ciencia; organización ilimitada, y una ética solidaria que llama a compartir el excedente. Algunos de sus aplicaciones se muestran relatando experiencias en un territorio determinado ubicado en […]
It is in the news that millions of people around the world –inspired by a Swedish teenager so honest that looking at a picture of her will cure a headache—have taken to the streets demanding that something must be done. I will use this paper to offer an answer to the question what must be done: The basic cultural structures of the modern world must be transformed.
The Climate Crisis (and Other Crises) Require the Transformation of the Basic Cultural Structure of the Modern World
On February 7, 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York introduced in the United States House of Representatives a RESOLUTION Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
Cyril Ramaphosa… now the President of the Republic of South Africa, has recently been talking in his sleep: I do not understand what happened to me. I do not understand what happened to me. I do not understand what happened to me…