Performance Lecture: The Price of Everything

November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is nice work in progress. Make sure to watch to the end.

Link Loving 30.11.12

November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • Dead matter has no goals of its own, yet life is constantly striving. That makes it a deep puzzle for physics. Vlatko Vedral.
  • The Otesha Project UK is hiring a Green Jobs Director.
  • The takeover of environmentalism by the neo-liberals is not a paradigm but a confidence trick. Paul Evans.

Link Loving 29.11.12

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • Behavioural change or societal change? The aspiration is for the UK to be a low carbon society not 60 million low carbon individuals. Tim Chatterton.
  • Thoughts on campaigning and where the dodo got it wrong. Jim Coe.
  • How I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race. Jay Smooth.

How The Financial System Needs To Change – Part 1 – Tax Havens

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

The New Economics Foundation is fast becoming one of my favourite organisations. This new series of videos investigates different areas of the financial system – each one introducing a major challenge that needs urgent reform. The first one focuses on tax havens – enjoy!

Link Loving 28.11.12

November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Beyond The Small Life: A Letter To Young People

November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

This just rocked my world. Roberto Mangabeira Unger is a professor at the Law School and I’m joining a small group of students to have dinner with him tomorrow. Check this out!

Link Loving 27.11.12

November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • It is wonderful to see former UK Youth Climate Coalition leaders go on to do super inspiring work. Gemma Bone is doing a PhD exploring how we can make the financial system work in service of people and planet. She’s now blogging about what she’s learning – well worth following.
  • The new governor of the Bank of England will, despite his potentially exciting credentials, be more of the same. Ann Pettifor.
  • Four questions worth answering. Seth Godin.
  • Really inspiring stuff from Laura Billings and Lambeth Council.

Link Loving 26.11.12

November 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • The stories you tell impact your health, or, how you change your mind when you choose your words. Inge Schilperoord.

 

Transforming Behaviour Change

November 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

The RSA is becoming a go-to place for the latest thinking on social- and behaviour change. Charlotte Millar sent me a great piece coming out of the RSA Social Brain Project – including this stellar quote.

“While we know a lot about how hard it is to change bad habits, we know much less about how we form good habits. A recent study authored by Phillipa Lally at UCL suggests that it takes about 66 days for a behaviour to become habitual, by which she means completed without thinking about it. In other words it is not easy to form a good habit. You need repeated practice, and to find a way to keep motivation high. As Canadian magician Doug Henning once elegantly put it:

The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.

This point explains why habituation has a social dimension. We rarely succeed in changing our habits and thereby shaping our lives in the way we want to if we ‘go it alone’. Instead we need what Avner Offer called ‘commitment devices’. Offer argues that humans have unhitched themselves from the institutions that are protective against the inherent short-sightedness of the human condition, including religious institutions.

For the hard to become habit, we need social reinforcement, for the habit to become easy we need to shape our habitats accordingly — places to practice and people to teach us or work with, and for the ‘easy to become beautiful’ we need social rewards, such that the new found habit is socially endorsed. The issue is therefore not so much to change people’s habits, but to make the social process of habituation more consciously shared. However, while the social dimension is important, we also need to pay close attention to the way the habituation process arises in ourselves. In Kegan’s terms, we need to be less subject to our habits, and make them the objects of our attention.”

I love this – making change social and making it beautiful. Sign me up!

Link Loving 25.11.12

November 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

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