Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #46

An absolutely overpacked bank holiday stream here, dive in if you will and thrash around. Apologies for banging on about ethics in a very boring way….Also cover songs, Dirty Dancing to the tune of Only Fools and Horses, Beluga babies, meta-rationality and metamodernism, sincerity, modelling, first class stamps, and flag-waving for Novi Sad.

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How can you make better decisions in #complexity?What is one thing you’d like to offer to adult social care commissioners to help them decide their approach? How can you make better decisions in #complexity? How do we ensure a better #future for citizens, communities – and ourselves? How can we encourage #innovation in an over-pressurised and partly broken system? Adult social care #commissioning … Continue reading How can you make better decisions in #complexity? →chosen-path.org
When have you seen someone break a well-established pattern? What were the consequences of that action?In businessm and in life, the easiest thing is to go along with the established patterns. They’re there for a reason, they’ve been set up over decades and generations, they give us the way things are done. To change them is to go against tradition, to take on risk, to break into the unknown. Yet … Continue reading When have you seen someone break a well-established pattern? What were the consequences of that action? →chosen-path.org
23 June 2022: The Public Sector ShowBenjamin Taylor will be chairing this year’s Public Sector Show. It will be held as an in-person event at the QEII centre in London. You can book your tickets now! The post 23 June 2022: The Public Sector Show appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
How are you doing on the eight aspects of commissioning?The PSTA has been working with the Local Government Association to develop new tools for commissioners. This article by PSTA CEO Benjamin Taylor gives a first look at some of the principles that the new tool runs on. https://blog.govnet.co.uk/public-procurement/how-are-you-doing-on-the-eight-aspects-of-commissioningThe post How are you doing on the eight aspects of commissioning? appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
public | service | transformation
Fairer funding – will the wait be worth it? | Room 151Fairer funding – will the wait be worth it?www.room151.co.uk
28 & 29 April, ‘Co-designing better policy making environmentsPolicy Profession are running two workshops, seeking participants to help them co-design a new model to improve government policy making environments to deliver better outcomes for citizens. Find out more and register to attend one of these events by following this link.The post 28 & 29 April, ‘Co-designing better policy making environments appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
Fairer funding – will the wait be worth it? | Room 151Fairer funding – will the wait be worth it?www.room151.co.uk
Craig Nikolic on TwitterThere’s lots of talk about “workforce plans” recently, but many don’t get why it’s so difficult in a whole-NHS management context.Here’s just one tiny bit of why it’s so difficult, the butchered into a Twitter thread way!twitter.com
𒊓𒅂𒁓𒐗𒐕𒐗 Steve the skeptic on TwitterInteresting thread on NHS workforce modelling: (to simplify) If a lot of your work is firefighting, your workforce plan will suggest lots of firefighters not lots of safety officers to prevent fires…twitter.com
28 April, Community Power: making the dream a realityNew Local will be holding an event on 28 April, 8.30-10.00 am on the topic Community Power: making the dream a reality. Reserve your place now.The post 28 April, Community Power: making the dream a reality appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
New alliance launched to increase co-production in technology enabled care sectorHomecare Insight, ‘New alliance launched to increase co-production in technology enabled care sector’ – read more about it here.The post New alliance launched to increase co-production in technology enabled care sector appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
How can we use missions to drive innovation?How can we use ‘missions’ to drive Innovation? Find out more in this Policy briefing from UCL. M Mazzucato and G Dibb, Missions: A beginner’s guide. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Policy Brief series (2019).The post How can we use missions to drive innovation? appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
Benjamin P. Taylor on TwitterToday I celebrate #doughnutday When a most excellent civil servant asked an intelligent question and got intelligent answers! http://govtransformation.org/uncategorized/34-doughnuts-what-the-world-well-twitter-wants-to-tell-the-uk-government-about-recovery/… cc @KateRaworthtwitter.com
James Plunkett on TwitterOk, so this is bleaking me out now. How about the world’s biggest public policy successes? One obvious candidate: London schools from the late 1990s on.Quote Tweet James Plunkett @jamestplunkett · Apr 15Question: What do think are the world’s biggest public policy failures? I’m thinking of epic standalone failures where one country has screwed up a policy issue that other countries have done OK on. The top example being American healthcare. What are the others?twitter.com
Nick Golding on TwitterNever let it be said that we’re a centralised country. Ministers seeking to dictate rules for how streets are renamed. Story by @stevedownes1973twitter.com
Mark D💚LE #SeaDevils 🏴‍☠️ I stand with 🇺🇦 on TwitterOh wow we so need this kind of Involvement and Coproduction all over the Country ‘Young Commissioners’ Fantastic!!twitter.com
Local Health Systems: Relationships Not Structures Report Launch – LGIU and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government, 26 April 2022, 10am UK time, Portcullis House London (in person)26 Apr 2022, 10:00–12:00 Venue:Attlee Suite, Portcullis House Local Health Systems: Relationships Not Structures Report Launch – LGIU Local Health Systems: Relationships Not Structures Report Launch On Tuesday 26 April, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government will host a launch of an upcoming report on integrated local health systems from 10:00 until 12:00 in Portcullis House (Attlee […]stream.syscoi.com
Dave Penman on TwitterMinisters should be obsessed with whether work gets done, rather than where. This constant attack on flexible working is an ideological rabbit hole that’s only going to deter good people from joining the service, while also demotivating those already there.twitter.com
Ash Cartman on TwitterLocal Councillor recruitment crisis! What they don’t say is that the pay is awful and there’s no pension . You do it for the love of it, and a desire to help your community. Sadly it’s becoming something only the retired or wealthy can afford to dotwitter.com
systems | complexity | cybernetics
The Curse of Systems Thinkers (Part 1) – Niall MurphyThe Curse of Systems Thinkers (Part 1) “ The Curse of Systems Thinkers (Part 1) The curse of Cassandra was to be correct, but never believed; the curse of systems thinkers is to be correct, but never valued.” APR 11, 2022 6 MIN READ Somewhere between 15 and 20 years ago, I worked for a company. It […]stream.syscoi.com
The Grammar of Systems | Major Projects AssociationThe Grammar of Systems The Grammar of Systems | Major Projects Association YouTube videos We’ll add a new tool to the page every week, so please do share and revisit. Patrick Hoverstadt Provides consultancy mainly in organisation design, strategy, business architecture and organisational change using systems approaches. He has developed a set of methodologies that […]stream.syscoi.com
Tools for Thought Rocks: March 2022 – Gordon Brander, Subconscious – YouTubeTools for Thought Rocks: March 2022 – Gordon Brander, Subconscious Tools for Thought Rocks: March 2022 – Gordon Brander, Subconscious – YouTubestream.syscoi.com
What does it take to change local systems? | by Collaborate CIC | Apr, 2022 | CollaborateWhat does it take to change local systems?Following on from two previous blogs (here and here) about our work in partnership with NPC as evaluation and learning partner to Save the Children’s Early Learning Communities (ELC) programme, in this blog we share key insights from the latest systems change evaluation report. The report summarises systems […]stream.syscoi.com
Luke Craven on Twitter: “Really excited to announce that I’m hiring two new roles in my Systems Change team at @collabforimpact. 1. Systems change practitioner 2. Learning and evaluation associate”Really excited to announce that I’m hiring two new roles in my Systems Change team at @collabforimpact. 1. Systems change practitioner https://tinyurl.com/2p9bex7z2. Learning and evaluation associate https://tinyurl.com/25zvzf3x Luke Craven on Twitter: “Really excited to announce that I’m hiring two new roles in my Systems Change team at @collabforimpact. 1. Systems change practitioner https://t.co/LlOlfVc0i3 2. Learning […]stream.syscoi.com
Cybsoc Presidents Series, Jonathan Randall, Theoretical Models in Consulting Practice – YouTubePresidents Series, Jonathan Randall, Theoretical Models in Consulting Practice Presidents Series, Jonathan Randall, Theoretical Models in Consulting Practice – YouTubestream.syscoi.com
Schizophrenia, Alcoholism, Double Binds: From Practice to System Theory | Gary S. Metcalf | ST-ON 2021-02-21 – Coevolving InnovationsSchizophrenia, Alcoholism, Double Binds: From Practice to System Theory | Gary S. Metcalf | ST-ON 2021-02-21 April 10, 2022 daviding Schizophrenia, Alcoholism, Double Binds: From Practice to System Theory | Gary S. Metcalf | ST-ON 2021-02-21 – Coevolving Innovationsstream.syscoi.com
A Constructivist’s View of POSIWID:Originally posted on Harish’s Notebook – My notes… Lean, Cybernetics, Quality & Data Science.: POSWID or “Purpose Of a System Is What It Does” is a famous dictum in Cybernetics. This is attributed to the Management Cybernetician Stafford Beer. Beer noted: A good observer will impute the purpose of the system from its actions…stream.syscoi.com
ترقوة on TwitterAmazing VidAnatomy Trains – The spiral line -[Virtual 3D Animation]twitter.com
Harish Jose on Twitter1/3 Learning is not a process of accumulation of representations of the environment; it is a continuous process of transformation of behavior through continuous change in the capacity of the nervous system to synthesize it. #Maturanatwitter.com
David Chapman on Twitter“It is not useful to merely say ‘everything is connected to everything else.’ Even though it is ultimately true, it leaves the practitioner in a nebulous, even vacuous, world with nothing to guide him but pure ‘intuition’.”—Thomas W. Meyers, Anatomy Trains h/t @awberytwitter.com
Ivo Velitchkov on TwitterEssential Balances eBook is now 50% off on Amazon, Apple, and Kobo. Paperback is 33% off.Ends on Tuesday, 19th of April.https://essentialbalances.comtwitter.com
David Chapman on TwitterEric Evans’ Domain-Driven Design explaining how technical people mostly want to avoid meta-rational work!twitter.com
Harish Jose on TwitterYou might be a hard systems thinker, if the “system” always gets the blame.You might be a hard systems thinker, if you think you can fix the “system”.You might be a hard systems thinker, if you think the “system” should have a constancy of purpose.SystemsThinkingtwitter.com
Understanding the Practice of Systemic Constellations | by Collective Transitions | Collective Transitions | MediumCollective Transitions Nov 4, 2021 9 min read Listen Understanding the Practice of Systemic Constellations In this post, we provide a foundational understanding of the practice of systemic constellations — including its unique capacity to bring clarity to challenging situations and complex issues — and discuss how the approach continues to evolve. Understanding the Practice […]stream.syscoi.com
Call for papers – deadline 30 April 2022 \ Cybernetics. Systems, Theories, Models – Philosophy KitchenCFP#18 \ CYBERNETICS. SYSTEMS, THEORIES, MODELSPK#18 Marzo 2023Edited by Luca Fabbris and Alberto Giustiniano CFP#18 \ Cybernetics. Systems, Theories, Models – Philosophy Kitchen Call for Papers Philosophy Kitchen #18 – March 2023 CYBERNETICS. SYSTEMS, THEORIES, MODELS Submission deadline (abstract): May 7, 2022                    Submission deadline (full paper):October 30, 2022 The seminar “Cerebral […]stream.syscoi.com
Object-role modelling – WikipediaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Not to be confused with object–relational mapping.Example of an ORM2 diagramObject-role modeling (ORM) is used to model the semantics of a universe of discourse. ORM is often used for data modeling and software engineering.An object-role model uses graphical symbols that are based on first order predicate logic and set theory […]stream.syscoi.com
Conference on Complex Systems 2022: Call for Satellite ProposalsOriginally posted on Complexity Digest: 19-20/10/2022, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Deadline for submission: April 10th, 2022 (strict deadline).? The call for satellites at the Conference on Complex Systems 2022 (CCS 2022) is officially open. Following the successful tradition of previous editions, CCS 2022 will host satellite events within the main conference. A satellite session is a full-day…stream.syscoi.com
Design for an Individual: Connectionist Approaches to the Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality – Watson et al (2022)Design for an Individual: Connectionist Approaches to the Evolutionary Transitions in IndividualityRichard A. Watson1*, Michael Levin2,3 and Christopher L. Buckley4 Frontiers | Design for an Individual: Connectionist Approaches to the Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality | Ecology and Evolutionstream.syscoi.com
Structured systems analysis and design method – WikipediaStructured systems analysis and design method Structured systems analysis and design method – Wikipediastream.syscoi.com
How Can an Understanding of Living Systems Inform Systems Change? – Anna Birney – YouTubeHow Can an Understanding of Living Systems Inform Systems Change? – Anna Birney How Can an Understanding of Living Systems Inform Systems Change? – Anna Birney – YouTubestream.syscoi.com
System Change: A Guidebook for Adopting Portfolio Approaches | United Nations Development ProgrammeSystem Change: A Guidebook for Adopting Portfolio ApproachesMARCH 28, 2022 System Change: A Guidebook for Adopting Portfolio Approaches | United Nations Development Programmestream.syscoi.com
Impact evaluation aided by Systems Thinking: shifting stakeholder mindset – Systems Innovation Geneva Hub, April 19, 2022 5pm UK timeImpact evaluation aided by Systems Thinking: shifting stakeholder mindsetEvent by Si Geneva HubTue, Apr 19, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM (your local time)OnlineEvent linkhttps://us06web.zoom.us/j/84338585810?pwd=N2JFVXNCcXlnOFc4eFJyRXFPZk01UT09 (2) LinkedInstream.syscoi.com
New Horizons of Systems Science – System Dynamics Society April 20, 11am EDT (free)New Horizons of Systems ScienceAPRIL 20 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDTVirtual EventFREE2022 Seminar Series – New Horizons of Systems Science – April 20 New Horizons of Systems Science – System Dynamics Societystream.syscoi.com
Living in a World of Systems, excerpts from Donella Meadows | by Arnaldo Pellini | MediumArnaldo PelliniJan 24·7 min read·ListenLiving in a World of Systems, excerpts from Donella Meadows Living in a World of Systems, excerpts from Donella Meadows | by Arnaldo Pellini | Mediumstream.syscoi.com
Living, Becoming, Process Philosophy: Systems Thinking in Time (ST-ON 2022-01-10) – Coevolving InnovationsLiving, Becoming, Process Philosophy: Systems Thinking in Time (ST-ON 2022-01-10) April 6, 2022 daviding 0 CommentsSystem thinking, coming from roots in mainstream Western philosophy, tends to orient towards (i) thinking in space,  before (ii) thinking in time.  Structure is an arrangement in space.  Process is an arrangement in time.  A critical systems perspective leads us […]stream.syscoi.com
Systems Thinking through Changes: An action learning guide | Canadian Digital Service | 2022-03-04 – Coevolving InnovationsSystems Thinking through Changes: An action learning guide | Canadian Digital Service | 2022-03-04 April 11, 2022 daviding 0 CommentsIn the 4th year of an espoused 10-year journey, the Systems Changes Learning Circle reached a major milestone.  With Code for Canada, the team conducted its first educational workshop based on the contextural action learning approach […]stream.syscoi.com
‘The interplay of Peace with Systems Thinking’ – ANZSYS Conversations, with Namrata Arora, 7pm AEST, 21 April 2022Launch Meeting Launch Meeting – Zoom ANZSYS Conversations Hello, We are thrilled to invite you to the launch of CANZSys (Circles @ ANZSys) facilitated by Namrata (Nnaumrata) Arora, who has been convening circles in various settings including the Circle of women in Systems Thinking @ ISSS (CWiST). Building on various definitions and constructs of convening, Namrata defines a […]stream.syscoi.com
organisational development / transformation
99 Dumb Ideas | Management BlogTodd raised his hand. “I have an idea,” he said, in response to my question to the group. I nodded, he continued, explaining a thumbnail of a solution to the problem. “That’…managementblog.org
Learning from Ockenden – governance traps for all to avoid in the NHS – Illusions of AutonomyThe Ockenden report contains lessons not only for maternity services, but for all in healthcare. Specifically, it makes observations on how not to ‘do governance’. Beyond its criticisms about relationships between midwives and obstetricians, staffing, inadequate risk stratification of pregnant women, poor medical management, inappropriate emphasis on natural birth, and a failure to listen to…illusionsofautonomy.wordpress.com
The Form of the Firm | Baecker (2006)The Form of the FirmDirk Baecker2006, Organization (6) The Form of the Firm | Dirk Baecker – Academia.edustream.syscoi.com
Thea Snow on Twitter“…hierarchy is an amoral metaphor, a map, a shape which allows me to efficiently explain that this is contained by that… I don’t care about hierarchy. It’s just a shape. I care about power dynamics.” Great piece by @RichDecibels via @allinotetwitter.com
Alidad Hamidi on Twitter“External supervision may correct errors, but only internal supervision can prevent their occurrence.” Eric TristSuch a simple concept and still we have most of “modern workplaces” infested by control and layers of management systems.twitter.com
ethics in public service
Priti Patel Announces £6,400 House Party Fine In Crackdown On People Breaking LockdownThe government will introduce tougher new penalties for attending parties during lockdown with fines of up to £6,400 for persistent offenders.www.politicshome.com
Ryan Mac 🙃 on TwitterMusk is talking about “his obsession with truth” on stage right now. Four years ago, he tried to get me to write that a British cave rescuer in Thailand was a “child rapist” because of false information fed to him by a fake private investigator.twitter.com
Lewis Goodall on TwitterOn Rwanda, former Home Office Permanent Secretary Sir David Normington tells me: “Let’s assume it is going happen and the govt is serious about it. My assessment: well, first of all it’s inhumane, it’s morally reprehensible, it’s probably unlawful and it may well be unworkable.”twitter.com
Dr. Theresa Tam on TwitterGood indoor ventilation combined with other public health measures can help reduce the spread of #COVID19 and other respiratory illnesses. Here are some practical steps you can take to improve the air quality in your space: https://canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/ventilation-helps-protect-against-spread-covid-19.html…twitter.com
Ollie Henderson 🚢 on TwitterIf ever there was an example of a company’s culture preventing their people from making common-sense decisions then this is it. Come on  @Ryanair , how did this happen?!twitter.com
Priyamvada Gopal on TwitterWholesale transferring of dehumanised peoples deemed disposable to regions deemed less worthy is not just a Nazi idea. It’s also a colonial idea, predating Nazism. Your reminder, along with concentration camps, that Nazism & British Empire had significant ideological overlaps.twitter.com
Eric Feigl-Ding on TwitterFinally official acknowledgement that aerosols is the main method of transmission. Deeming #COVIDisAirborne places a burden on businesses, schools, and other indoor venues to ensure proper masking & revamping air systems or adding filtration & ventilation.twitter.com
Henry Dyer on Twitter: “Are we not getting the Rishi Sunak apology as a snazzy graphic with his signature on it?”Are we not getting the Rishi Sunak apology as a snazzy graphic with his signature on it?twitter.com
Richard Whitehouse on TwitterBig news in Cornwall this morning as it is revealed it will get less than half the replacement EU funding which Cornwall Council previously said was “crucial”twitter.com
‘Bring back facemasks and social distancing’, says NHS leader Chris Hopson | News | The Sunday TimesPeople should be encouraged to socially distance and wear facemasks to protect the health service, a senior NHS leader has said.Chris Hopson, chief executivewww.thetimes.co.uk
Between The Preferable and Detestable – by Stowe BoydWe’re in there somewhere.www.workfutures.io
Amazon intentionally made it difficult to cancel Prime subscription in secret project | The IndependentProject ‘Iliad’ put multiple layers of questions and offers between the main Amazon page and the final cancellationwww.independent.co.uk
Warning over unused 1st and 2nd stamps that will become ‘unusable’ next year – Manchester Evening NewsMartin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, warned people to use their stamps up to avoid being left out of pocketwww.manchestereveningnews.co.uk
How Banks Destroyed HaitiHaiti #History #ImperialismJoin me to learn how one major event changed the course of Haiti’s history, and lead it to becoming the nation it is today. The i…www.youtube.com
CIA vs. the RADICAL LEFTSartre, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari all hit the streets in May 68. Their names were also written down in the notebooks of American intelligence agents. Th…www.youtube.com
Adam Bienkov on TwitterAsked if Boris Johnson has checked whether any of his other ministers are non-doms, his spokesperson says that “we want to attract talent to work and live in the UK.”twitter.com
Prof. Christina Pagel 🇺🇦 on TwitterNHS pressures still getting worse.https://thetimes.co.uk/article/f675c4ca-bdad-11ec-84c4-70cc6ae427fb?shareToken=e4efe6207295c366ab2b59c75689eb80…Are we ever going to talk about a sustainable plan for the NHS in the age of covid?twitter.com
Shoshana Zuboff on TwitterFriends, Musk/Twitter headlines are all variants of ‘what will Elon do?’ It’s a signal of how lost we are. We obsess over one man and his whims because we don’t yet have the democratic rule of law needed to govern our information spaces. Without law power is dangerous.[1/8]twitter.com
SBF on Twitter1) FWIW, some thoughts on what a decentralized Twitter might look like:twitter.com
Sam Freedman on TwitterYes this goes much further than Rwanda. It’s about permanently removing the ability of people to claim asylum in the UK even if legitimate. Which of course if every country did it would make asylum seeking impossible.twitter.com
Andrew Levi on TwitterThe Rwanda refugee deportation policy has been compared with deranged Nazi plans to deport “Jews” to Madagascar (Nazis, not you, decided “what” you were), & with British Empire concentration camps.But what about the camps to which the UK sent Jews. And the deportations?A/1.twitter.com
Marwood on TwitterIn the 60s, Joseph Weizenbaum developed ELIZA, a chabot imitating a Rogerian therapist, thinking it would show human-machine interactions as superficial. But his subjects were mesmerized by their conversations. He denounced his invention, saying it would be a slow acting poison.twitter.com
🇺🇦Prof Colin TALBOT (aka RED TEAM)🇺🇦 on TwitterELECTION PURDAH?“Purdah” is the period in the run up to an election where the Government is not supposed to make any major policy announcements.It is being used to delay publication of the SUE GRAY report into #partygateSo why is it OK to announce a big RWANDA policy?twitter.com
Andrew Ellson on TwitterAstonishing statisticOne in every ELEVEN MPs faces an allegation of sexual misconduct !twitter.com
Daisy Cooper MP 🔶 on Twitter“These people are locked behind their doors because the outside world could kill them. It would be devastating for the #immunocompromised if Britain doesn’t place an order [of the protective drug #Evusheld ] soon.”twitter.com
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡 on TwitterPriti Patel seems to have lied to Parliament.Consequences? Almost certainly none in these post-truth, post-morality, post-shame times.twitter.com
Alidad Hamidi on TwitterOn the night of 10 Mar 1945,the United State dropped 1600 tones of bomb on Tokyo by 279 Boeing B29 burning out much of eastern Tokyo, killed 100,000 Japanese civilians & 1 million were left homeless, making it the most destructive single air attack in human history Lest we forgettwitter.com
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡 on TwitterInteresting to see Boris Johnson making a party political speech during purdah, with a smattering of Partygate apology in the mix.twitter.com
Matt Stoller on TwitterHere’s Apple CEO Tim Cook today arguing that antitrust laws against big tech are bad for privacy and bad for national security. In honor of his speech, I thought I’d do a little thread on just how bad these tech firms are for American security.twitter.com
Benjamin P. Taylor on TwitterQuestions to which the answer is ‘yes’Quote Tweet The New Statesman @NewStatesman · Apr 10Is it time we stopped talking about “generations”?https://newstatesman.com/comment/2022/04/should-we-stop-talking-about-generationstwitter.com
David__Osland on TwitterMrs Sunak’s cleaners probably pay a higher rate of tax than Mrs Sunak. If Sajid Javid wants to talk about the morality of taxation, let’s start there.twitter.com
Russ Jones on Twitter2. Sunak insisted he should not be associated with his spouse for tax purposes3. This came as a shock to the rest of us, for whom our spouse’s income affects every personal tax matter, every mortgage application, and all benefits claimstwitter.com
Kevin Rothrock on TwitterPolice raid an antiwar concert at a Moscow cultural center, disrupting a performance by pianist Alexei Lubimov. But he still managed to finish his last tune. https://t.me/sotavision/38741twitter.com
PoliticsHome on TwitterRishi Sunak, who has been fined by the Met Police over the events in Downing Street, claimed in the Commons in December 2021 that he “did not attend any parties”twitter.com
Jim Pickard on Twitter“I have been repeatedly assured….that there was no party”Quote Tweet Jim Pickard @PickardJE · Apr 12this Johnson quote in Parliament from December looks all the more remarkable given he’s just been fined for attending lockdown partiestwitter.com
Benjamin P. Taylor on TwitterGoat rodeotwitter.com
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡 on TwitterAs you tuck into your Sunday lunch, spare a thought for the truck drivers in Kent enduring what for many will no doubt be their last ever professional trip to the UK…twitter.com
Peter Stefanovic on TwitterWorld’s biggest truck stop as M20 becomes a 30-mile lorry parktwitter.com
Jo Maugham on TwitterMy understanding is that Javid entered into the failed tax avoidance scheme the subject of the UBS and Deutsche Bank Supreme Court decision and settled his tax liabilities under that scheme several years after becoming an MP.twitter.com
Kara Swisher on TwitterGiven hard times across the world over the last few years, I am thinking a lot today about this astonishing Frederick Douglass quote: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”twitter.com
Nick🇬🇧🇪🇺🇺🇦 on TwitterJust thinkIf we weren’t paying £1.4 billion to send a few hundred refuges to Rwanda we could pay millions of pensioners’ heating bills to keep them alivetwitter.com
Russ Jones on TwitterSo by Sunday we’d discovered Sunak was chancellor of one country while legally domiciled in another, claimed his wife didn’t pay tax cos she was from a 3rd, got paid by a trust fund in a 4th, and was secretly breaking the rules of his job to give money to a 5thtwitter.com
Russ Jones on TwitterJohnson wrote in the forward to the Ministerial Code that to “win back the trust of the British people we must uphold the very highest standards of propriety, and this code sets out how”That very same Ministerial Code says ministers must resign if they lie to parliamenttwitter.com
James Felton on Twitter: “I demand an inquiry into how I would have got away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids https://t.co/vOBj61miDX”I demand an inquiry into how I would have got away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kidstwitter.com
Dr Roopa Farooki on TwitterJust gonna say that when my dad deliberately didn’t pay UK tax claiming non-dom as Pakistani, while having a wife+family home+kids in school here, he went to prison for 6 monthstwitter.com
Malvina Bairn on TwitterRishi Sunak was an MP for 6.5 years, a UK government minister for 3.5 years and Chancellor of the Exchequer for 1.5 years – all while holding permanent residency of the United States. Universal Credit claimants need to provide proof of residence for £60 a week.twitter.com
Arthur Holland Michel on Twitter25/ Namely, why did they feel like they had to build this in the first place? Especially given how they’re “highly uncertain” of what good it is. Much of the document is written, as @mtrc wrote, “as if some otherworldly force is making this system exist.”Quote Tweet mike cook @mtrc · Apr 8Is there actually a point at which these ethical studies would result in work halting? Because if not, you might as well not bother doing them, right? Like the phrasing on this bit in particular is *bizarrely* detached, as if some otherworldly force is making this system exist.twitter.com
Ashley on TwitterI just realized my non-US friends probably don’t know how US insurance works.twitter.com
Full text: Theresa May’s conference speech | The SpectatorFull text: Theresa May’s conference speechwww.spectator.co.uk
Peter Tennant on TwitterOur new study confirms the tragic consequences of delaying the UK’s first lockdown.If it started 1 week earlier, there would have been 20k-35k fewer deaths. The required duration, for the same exit incidence, would also have halved from 69 to 35 daystwitter.com
World Health Organization (WHO) on TwitterVaccines alone do not prevent the spread of #COVID19. Please keep: Wearing well-fitted masks Safe distancing Avoiding crowds Cleaning your hands Opening windowsDo it all to lower your risk!twitter.com
Ben Cowdock on TwitterSecuring greater access to information on those who control companies in British Overseas territories is vital to effectively targeting Russian wealth (and illicit funds from elsewhere). Was this issue not discussed on this visit?? https://theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/23/uk-minister-in-bvi-for-urgent-talks-on-sanctioning-russian-oligarchs…Quote Tweet George Greenwood @GeorgeGreenwood · Apr 13Interestingly, there appears to have been no ministerial level contacts between the FCDO and British overseas territories around beneficial ownership registers since the start of February and the Russian invasion of Ukraine…twitter.com
Anushka Asthana on TwitterNew: As I exclusively revealed yesterday, it has now been confirmed that the Home Secretary did issue a “ministerial direction” to get Rwanda policy through. That means the most senior figure in the Home Office- the permanent secretary – objected to the policy 1/twitter.com
Gabriel Pogrund on TwitterA Tory MP “lied” under oath, a High Court judge has ruledAndrew Bridgen lobbied local police officer to investigate estranged brother, then lied about itHe said he was forced out of family firm: he quit to reduce divorce paymentstwitter.com
environmental and social justice
Selling Albright as a ‘Feminist Icon’: Was the Price Worth It? – FAIRWhen Madeleine Albright died of cancer last month, a stream of fawning obituaries hailed her as a hero of NATO and a feminist icon.fair.org
All The Lonely People, That’s Where Fascism Comes From — indi.caHow the loneliness of capitalism trends towards fascismindi.ca
Andy 🇺🇦 on Twittercovered in dandelions and daisies a few days ago for spring pollinators. Miles of verges being cut where there’s no safety issues and it’s not open space. Why?! Mowers use fuel, create pollution and costs tax payers. Madness!twitter.com
Women in England’s poorest areas die younger than in most OECD countries | Life expectancy | The GuardianExclusive: average life expectancy in most deprived areas is 78.7 years, worse than the average of any OECD nation except Mexicowww.theguardian.com
Peter Foster on TwitterAnd Cornwall, per capita, did massively well relative to the rest of England.Quote Tweet Richard Whitehouse @rwhitehouse13 · Apr 14Big news in Cornwall this morning as it is revealed it will get less than half the replacement EU funding which Cornwall Council previously said was “crucial” https://cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/cornwall-set-less-half-replacement-6950559twitter.com
Benjamin P. Taylor on TwitterUgh. If you ever need to travel more than c180 Miles in a day, do *not* get an electric car, not in the UK anyway. I hired one and it has been a stressful, annoying waste of time. Nice driving mind you…THREADtwitter.com
Stew Elliott on TwitterGenuinely think it would be a good idea for anti-cycling councillors to be offered an all expenses paid trip and guided tour to somewhere like Utrecht, or Copenhagen, just to see people getting groceries, carrying kids and moving furniture by bike without fuss…twitter.com
Bob From Accounts 🚲 on TwitterOn this day, in 1974, experimental temporary road closures were put in in De Beauvoir, Hackney, to reduce through traffic. The filters were controversial, some people loved them, and some did not. 48 years later, no one has requested that the filters be removed #LTN#hackneytwitter.com
58: Meet A Woman Who Saved Millions of LivesAlso: Garfield in a bowl of fruit for some reasonironicsans.substack.com
Caroline Lucas on Twitter“No-one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark… No-one puts their child in a boat unless the water is safer than the land” Warsan Shire’s words never more important. Priti Patel’s #Rwanda plans are vicious & grotesque – utterly shameful. Britain is better than thistwitter.com
John C. on TwitterMichael Gove, the levelling up secretary, said: “The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to unleash the creativity and talent of communities that have for too long been overlooked and undervalued.”Look closer…..oh!twitter.com
Layla Moran 🔶 on TwitterDespite the awful news this week, there was a chink of light…repealing the Vagrancy Act. 4 years and 21 days since I first asked the then PM, we’re here! I credit the students who brought me this idea in the first place – this is what democracy is and there can be no delay.twitter.com
Evening Standard on TwitterAntonio Guterres: “Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals – the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels.” #XRtwitter.com
Extinction Rebellion UK 🌍 on TwitterBREAKING: In the early hours of this morning @metpoliceuk raided and arrested nonviolent protesters who have taken part in the protests this week.This criminal government is trying to outlaw protest, but we will not give up.Support us now: https://chuffed.org/project/xrapril2022twitter.com
Mark Pack 🔶 on TwitterICYMI:Voters oppose government plans to exclude trans people from conversion therapy bantwitter.com
more brain food
Welcoming, thought-provoking and fun – is Novi Sad Europe’s most surprising city break? | NewsChainSerbia’s second city has been designated a European Capital of Culture for 2022. There couldn’t be a better fit, says Sarah Marshall.www.newschainonline.com
Currents 061: Nora Bateson on a Return to Earnestness – The Jim Rutt ShowJim talks with filmmaker, writer, and educator Nora Bateson about ecologies of communication and the value of earnestness.www.jimruttshow.com
How to become a brain myth buster – Ness LabsAnyone can become a brain myth buster and contribute to dispelling neuromyths, whether in education, at work, or in their daily lives.nesslabs.com
Food, and the creativity between chaos and orderFood, and the creativity between chaos and orderHow to get creative things doneChristian Lemp Food, and the creativity between chaos and orderstream.syscoi.com
Jamie Gnuman197… on TwitterGiant.twitter.com
Sam⚖️🗽🌊🇺🇸🇺🇦🏳️‍🌈 on TwitterThey get so big, but start out so tiny.twitter.com
Rachy 🦙 on Twittertoday was my brother’s bday party. we discussed my brother’s middle name, Arturo (Arthur in Spanish).Mom: There was a popular Star Wars character loved in Peru named “Arturito,” so we went with that.Me: WAIT DO YOU MEAN R2D2?!Dad: Yes, the robot.WHAT??!!!twitter.com
Benjamin P. Taylor on TwitterI think that IT helpdesk activity is a daily and object lesson in #metarationality in @meaningness ‘ terms.twitter.com
Mission Blue on TwitterDiatoms make up to 20-25% of Earth’s oxygen through photosynthesis. These tiny organisms are single celled algae, and play an important role in Earth’s ecosystem!Photo from the California Academy of Sciences Diatom Collection, arranged by A.L. Briggertwitter.com
Open Ocean Exploration on TwitterSooo…this is a snail. It’s lost its shell, uses its foot as a flappy flappy, & has a long mouth like an anteater. Heteropods live in the open ocean, and a friend told me they’re curious & will follow you around like puppies #DailyJelly Vid: http://bit.ly/2U7FzBAtwitter.com
Venkatesh Rao on TwitterMy biggest disagree-but-commit position is that the AGI people are deeply and entirely wrong at the foundations about every philosophical question but will still invent the next era of computing. Like the alchemists seeking the philosopher’s stone invented chemistry.twitter.com
Peyman 𝕄𝕀𝕃𝔸ℕ𝔽𝔸ℝ on TwitterGo ahead AI, count the number of people in this photo.twitter.com
Josué with an accent 🦕 on Twitter“That’s the fear, too much creativity in the world. As a result, there’s too little.” – Dr. Russell Ackofftwitter.com
manvir singh on TwitterIn the 1970s & 80s, anthropologists working in small-scale, non-industrial societies fastidiously noted down what people were doing throughout the day. I’ve been exploring the data & am struck by one of the most popular activities: doing nothing. [thread]twitter.com
Fact on TwitterYou should delete your browser cookies before buying airline tickets – Ticket fares go up when you’ve visited a site multiple times.twitter.com
The Dodo on TwitterFish are smarter than we thinktwitter.com
Matt Jugo on Twitter: “Have you tried allowing yourself to be swooshed by the problem yet… “Have you tried allowing yourself to be swooshed by the problem yetQuote Tweet R(ealized R)ival Voices @nosilverv · Apr 12Impro: stop blocking offers to go on more adventuresPsychoanalytic diagnosis: neurotics must lower defences to reconnect to the power of the Id.All things shining: the quintessential modern metarational skill is when to allow yourself to be swooshed by moods and when not to.twitter.com
Benjamin P. Taylor on TwitterAs error messages go, “you can’t move or copy this folder because there are too many items in the folder” is a stonker. #shamepointtwitter.com
Complexity-Informed Evaluation – An Exploration in Understanding Pattern, Predictability, and How Change Happens.Originally posted on Evaluation Uncertainty: Description I am presenting a professional development workshop at the upcoming meeting of the European Evaluation Association. The workshop description appears below. The content of this workshop will be a succession of lectures, group discussions, and breakout exercises to provide participants with the understanding needed to recognize how complex behavior…stream.syscoi.com
Like a Lemon to a Lime, a Lime to a LemonOriginally posted on SLIME MOLD TIME MOLD: We recently wrote a post about Maciej Cegłowski’s essay Scott And Scurvy, a fascinating account of how the cure for scurvy was discovered, lost, and then by incredible chance, discovered again. At the time we said that this essay is one of the most interesting things we’ve ever…stream.syscoi.com
I Put A Million Monkeys In A Room With Typewriters And They Wrote Shakespeare, But It Wasn’t Worth It | by Tyler Gooch | Slackjaw | Apr, 2022 | MediumIt’s true what they say, if you put a million monkeys in a room with a million typewriters, eventually they will write Shakespeare. But what they won’t tell you is that in the process of writing…medium.com
FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 16: The 16th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB2022)FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 16: The 16th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB2022)20-23 Sep 2022 Cergy-Pontoise (France) FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 16: The 16th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB2022) – Sciencesconf.org via Ivo Velitchkovstream.syscoi.com
Yishan on TwitterI’ve now been asked multiple times for my take on Elon’s offer for Twitter.So fine, this is what I think about that. I will assume the takeover succeeds, and he takes Twitter private. (I have little knowledge/insight into how actual takeover battles work or play out)(long )twitter.com
Jay Daigle on TwitterThis is a really great essay on (1) the history of the discovery of ascorbic acid as a cure for scurvy, and (2) the way we should relate to new evidence that apparently contradicts our theories.twitter.com
Jens Notroff on TwitterIt’s a mystery how ancient Egyptians could have moved these stones. Archaeologists are still baffled.Or wait, are they? Is it?twitter.com
SwiftOnSecurity on TwitterHelpdesk, properly leveraged, is the most privileged position in an organization for training. You take a client as an individual artifact and hear user intent behind logs. IT are negligent cattle owners. One user’s pain should matter – it doesn’t to them. That’s where they fail.twitter.com
Benjamin P. Taylor on TwitterOne of our clients legitimately uses elyq.XX.sender@workflow.mail.XXX.oraclecloud.com as their email address to send purchase order pdfs from… the only text is “Review the purchasing document and any files that are attached to the message” HOW are we supposed to avoid phising?twitter.com
State of Science: Evolving Perspectives on ‘Human Error’ – Read et al (2021)State of Science: Evolving Perspectives on ‘Human Error’July 2021Ergonomics 64(4):1-46 Follow journalDOI: 10.1080/00140139.2021.1953615Gemma ReadSteven ShorrockGuy H WalkerPaul Matthew Salmon (15) (PDF) State of Science: Evolving Perspectives on ‘Human Error’stream.syscoi.com
hardmaru on Twitter: “A Modern Self-Referential Weight Matrix That Learns to Modify Itself “In principle, such neural networks can meta-learn to learn, and meta-meta-learn to meta-learn to learn, and so on, in the sense of recursive self-improvement.”A Modern Self-Referential Weight Matrix That Learns to Modify Itself“In principle, such neural networks can meta-learn to learn, and meta-meta-learn to meta-learn to learn, and so on, in the sense of recursive self-improvement.”https://arxiv.org/abs/2202.05780 (1) hardmaru on Twitter: “A Modern Self-Referential Weight Matrix That Learns to Modify Itself “In principle, such neural networks can meta-learn to […]stream.syscoi.com
interlude
Fiona Apple & Elvis Costello “I Want You”Fiona Apple & Elvis Costello “I Want You”www.youtube.com
The obscure Eastern European city break that promises both culture and hedonismNewly-minted European Capital of Culture Novi Sad offers ‘the same hedonistic atmosphere as war-ravaged cities like Beirut’ says our writerwww.telegraph.co.uk
Bo Burnham: How The World Works – YouTubeBo Burnham: How The World Works Bo Burnham: How The World Works – YouTube Woah, meta. h/t Helena Gallbostream.syscoi.com
Springsteen/Costello/Grohl – London Calling (Improved Audio)Joe Strummer tribute live at The Grammys (February 23, 2003).www.youtube.com
Margaret Killjoy 🏴 on Twitterfun lesbian facts: england tried to outlaw lesbian sex in 1921 but was afraid writing it into law would give women ideas. germany tried to outlaw lesbian sex in the late 1800s but they couldn’t figure out exactly how two women could go about having sex.twitter.com
Double back flip! 🐶🙈🥺😄 : SuperAthleteGifsGifs of Super Athletes in Action. Other Exciting Sports Gifs Are Welcomed.www.reddit.com
Bo Burnham: How The World WorksHere’s a happy little song about the world sung by Bo Burnham and his special friend, Socko.Bo Burnham: Inside is streaming now on Netflix.Subscribe: https:/…www.youtube.com
Dahlia Adler on TwitterWhat’s your favorite cover song that is not Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Whitney Houston’s “And I Will Always Love You,” or Jeff Buckley or Rufus Wainwright’s “Hallelujah”?twitter.com
Atlantic City – The BandAtlantic CityThe BandJericho1993 Pyramid Recordswww.youtube.com
CIA Document Claims Soviet Union Was Developing Cybernetic TelepathyCIA Document Claims Soviet Union Was Developing Cybernetic TelepathyNewly released CIA documents ask the important question: Is ESP compatible with Marxism?By Matthew Gault28.3.22 CIA Document Claims Soviet Union Was Developing Cybernetic Telepathystream.syscoi.com
Five poems to make you love Leonard Cohen – The Globe and MailSinger-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s lesser-known works continue to inspire authors and musicianswww.theglobeandmail.com
Guy Thomas on TwitterSo, this is a thing…twitter.com

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