Maria Popova (@brainpicker)
2/4/13 6:20 AM
Neurologist Oliver Sacks on memory, plagiarism, and the necessary forgettings of creativity – a must-readj.mp/11GkBaK
for creativity may require such forgettings, in order that one’s memories and ideas can be born again and seen in new contexts and perspectives.
Confusion over sources or indifference to them can be a paradoxical strength: if we could tag the sources of all our knowledge, we would be overwhelmed with often irrelevant information.
Indifference to source allows us to assimilate what we read, what we are told, what others say and think and write and paint, as intensely and richly as if they were primary experiences. It allows us to see and hear with other eyes and ears, to enter into other minds, to assimilate the art and science and religion of the whole culture, to enter into and contribute to the common mind, the general commonwealth of knowledge. This sort of sharing and participation, this communion, would not be possible if all our knowledge, our memories, were tagged and identified, seen as private, exclusively ours. Memory is dialogic and arises not only from direct experience but from the intercourse of many minds.spot on..
what is attributable?
how are any of us - not we..?
2/4/13 6:20 AM
Realizing #agriculture’s potential as driver of #foodsecurity & #econ opp req shifting operations ow.ly/hnW7occ @andykristian
realize the potential.. of... kids turned onto agriculture.. per choice. in the city. as the day.
“The system should be strategic, not crisis-driven. Most of our energy is currently absorbed by reactive rather than proactive measures. Managing crises instead of thinking about the future leads to defensive attitudes. We must adapt to a changing world, not defend outdated models.”
prep for uncertainty
Financial stability depends on transparency and accountability, which have yet to make their appearance on financial markets. Instead, what rules is what Bill Black, author ofThe Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One calls “systemically dangerous institutions (SDIs)” that create “criminogenic environments for Accounting Control Fraud” and hetakes the WEF to task for ignoring them.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, explores this territory in his fascinating new book, Antifragile. For Taleb, an ex-Wall Street hedge fund quant, small and redundant is beautiful. It is perhaps no coincidence for our argument that he has been called “The Ghost of Davos” (for his warnings at a previous annual meeting of WEF).
“When these guys in Davos try to take the idea of dynamic resilience, they’re still trying to have tomorrow resemble the world of yesterday,” he said recently on CNBC’s Power Lunch. “You need to break eggs and what we need to break first is the banking system”.
Too much centralization of power, as in the banks, creates intolerance for error, Talib says – and it is the ability to make errors and learn from them to come back better than before that marks true resilience. Only economies that can tolerate “randomness, volatility and disorder as drivers of response and innovation,” he asserts, will survive disasters – and not only survive, but thrive
it is the ability to make errors and learn from them to come back better than before that marks true resilience
The word is there again, the one that’s on everyone’s mind: risk.
The lesson of Davos is perhaps that “risk resilience” will require a willingness to up-end the extant power relationships that privilege the big and strong against the small and weak. It will take cooperation, rather than competition, horizontal governance rather than autocracy, and a willingness to let solutions bubble up from below.
That way, when catastrophe strikes, humanity will get stronger.
2/4/13 6:23 AM
#HNY Leena Will do! @LAlOlaimy @ReachScale pls have look at 1st #Bahrain Responsible Business survey bit.ly/XExu3P #RBSBahrain #CSR