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Help bridge the gap between the current use of innovation and technology and their potential to create social impact.
Develop new skills for new tools, and help organisations and individuals shift their perspective and harness complex information ecosystems.
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How do we make a difference to water resilience? Today’s report, published by Ofwat and compiled by the independent Water Resilience Task and Finish Group, contains ten UK-focussed recommendations for improving water resilience.
citizen science, embodied cognition, social development theory, human-centered design
Citizen science is a pretty wonderful phenomenon that is changing the dynamics of knowledge generation in the same way that open access is changing the dynamics of knowledge ownership. So how can we make it even better?
influence mapping, network mapping, tools, human centered design
We are surrounded by complex systems and power structures, not least of which are the networks of links between people by which they change and are changed. Understanding these links can sometimes have important consequences - for instance if you see that a policy-maker has strong personal ties to a lobbying organisation, you may see their decisions in a different light.
decision support, global systems science, influence mapping
As Adam Bly identified in 2012 at Ars Electronica: The Big Picture, complexity is the challenge of our time and what we need is an image that captures it. We think it is critical to develop the tools that will help reduce this complexity to its essentials, and make it easier to understand and more accessible. That way, we can face some of our time’s difficult challenges armed with the best information we can get.
functional programming, static site generator, haskell, hakyll, nix
I’ve recently started to learn Haskell and have been in the books for a few months, so didn’t yet have to experience the practical side of what comes with the workflow of working with Haskell.
I decided to try getting my hands dirty with a simple project, migrating the iilab website to the Haskell static site generator Hakyll. In this post I look at how I setup my development environment, and hope to ease the pain for others that are used to the simple npm install style workflows by looking at the latest in how to deal with Haskell dependency problems also known as “cabal hell”.
Last week we had the opportunity to take Open Droplet to LOTE4: The Stewardship. Open Droplet was one of the five projects looking at physical assets, and the only one that involved Internet of Things. IoT got a pretty bad vibe going from the get-go because of the associated scary privacy and control problems. (Alberto gave me a steer to Bruce Sterling’s “The Epic Struggle for the Internet of Things” , which goes a good way to explaining the issues).