My new paper with Prof. Isa Baud in Habitat International just became available online. [gated, but write me] It is part of a special issue on Configuring Knowledge for urban water-related risks and vulnerabilities. Though several shorter pieces written for a lay audience will follow, the paper centres on why despite the fact that all the knowledge needed for managing floods in Chennai is locally available, there are distinct barriers to knowledge sharing, based on framings that determine what it relevant to consider as flood management, or not. keep reading
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This is a really useful infographic that actually uses the benefits of spatial relationships inherent in mindmapping. Beyond the capitalist paradigm is a mapping from BlaqSwans and the P2P foundation and their blog the Commons Transition. These guys are working on what the sharing economy actually means, going beyond discourse as a marketing tool and putting it into practice. It’s always inspiring to see people actually working on these big questions. keep reading
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Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method tells the story of the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Jung’s patient-turned-lover-turned-colleague, Sabina Spielrein. There’s a particularly striking scene when Jung and Freud are chatting on a steamboat to America. Jung shares one of his dreams, which they analyse together, and it represents the changing nature of their relationship. Jung then asks Freud to share a dream of his own. Freud declines, saying something along the lines of ‘I had a dream, rather rich and complex, but I don’t think I should share it, for I fear undermining my authority’. It hit me like a brick. keep reading
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