Monthly Archives: November 2017

your democracy is functioning well when…

When it resists the most overt attempts at manipulation, you know your democracy is functioning well.  Even when it produces the wrong outcome, you can be confident that it’s still working correctly and will eventually outlast the geniuses who think they’re gaming it.  That’s the lesson I took from stories told in the recent books…
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disruption: public spaces

Harkening back yet again to a night of speakers on disruption (The Walrus Talks), the disruption of public space was addressed in two ways. First, Jon Kim Bell, who is an esteemed composer, conductor, writer, entrepreneur, and (intentionally last) Aboriginal man.  He made a point that resonated strongly with me: disruption is necessary when all…
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disruption: food

If we are what we eat, must we eat what we are?  Christ, I hope not!  Based on behaviour, homo sapiens isn’t very appetizing.  Continuing on the theme of disruption, Irwin Adam at The Walrus Talks recently reminded his audience that our method of sustaining ourselves is unsustainable.  He wasn’t warning or threatening us, as…
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