Stop the fragmentation of research if you want to tackle complex problems

Gabriele Bammer, proponent for Integration and Implementation Science, explains why the fragmentation of research must stop.

All videos from the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation

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Teacher bureaucratization

The problem is that most schools don’t like great teachers. They’re organized to stamp them out, bore them, bureaucratize them, and make them average.

Seth Godin

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Sunday Morning 11 AM

I’m a true fan of visualizations of all kinds. But I still think plain audio should not be forgotten in our quest to understand and describe the world. Unfortunately most radio stations produce crap audio most or some of the time (drums as background to news, really?!). Luckily there is still music, and it’s easy to access nowadays, thanks to Spotify, Nokia Music etc. And some decent podcasts.

But how many people post their own audio online, compared to photos? Now FB for example seems not to even allow audio to be uploaded.


This specimen is collected using Zoom H2n on our porch. Tuula is knitting to the left, in the same direction as most birds are singing. To the front right some kids are kicking a football on the nearby small football field. The wind blows. One car passes by in the distance. And an airplane too. I’m sure you can hear the sun?

 

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About Sensemaking Approaches

George Siemens:

The future of systems such as business, government, and education will be data centric. Historically, humanity has made sense of the world through discourse, dialogue, artifacts, myth, story, and metaphor. While those sensemaking approaches won’t disappear, they will be augmented by data and analytics.

True, and I'll sure do my best to promote that development. Not in the educational sector though, I lost my 30+ year battle to transform the school I have been married to since 1980, won't wait another 30.

 

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More negativity for the New Year!

Tipped by a friend on Facebook I bought an ebook by Oliver Burkeman with the wonderful title ”The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking”. What about this:

The point here is not that negative capability is always superior to the positive kind. Optimism is wonderful; goals can sometimes be useful; even positive thinking and positive visualisations have their benefits. The problem is that we have developed a habit of chronically overvaluing positivity and the skills of ”doing”, in how we think about happiness, and that we chronically undervalue negativity, and the ”not-doing” skills such as resting in uncertainty or getting friendly towards failure.

A good reminder for the coming year.

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First snow in biking city Uppsala

Winter arriving in Eastern Sweden.

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The best global forest map ever

University of Maryland has done an amazing job in analyzing and compiling more than a half million Landsat images to make a global map on forest change. And not just any kind of map, it’s zoomable to a very local level and extremely detailed. And embeddable on any website, as you can see below. You can also choose between several data product and visualization alternatives.

Play with the map here:

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Gigerenzer on interdisciplinarity

I simply can’t understand why this short but insightful video hasn’t got more views on YouTube than a little over 200. Maybe it’s because Gigerenzer says that smart people should dear to take the interdisciplinary path and the mediocre ones stick to disciplinary science?

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Edupunk and resource cutting

The edupunk credo seems to be more and more relevant as the cuts in school budgets continue.

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Casino Beach, Hanko

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