Category Archives: Civil Society

[Bad] TV Really Does Turn Your Brain to Mush

[from the July 20th on-line Washington Post.] How trashy TV made children dumber and enabled a wave of populist leaders Monitors at RAI television studios in Rome display Silvio Berlusconi’s message announcing his political debut on Jan. 26, 1994. (Franco … Continue reading

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An appreciation of Kincey Potter: ‘She was just a force’ – Capital Gazette

[A touching tribute to Kincey by Pat Furgurson — with my thanks for a wonderful synthesis. http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-kincey-potter-appreciation-20180923-story.html] An appreciation of Kincey Potter: ‘She was just a force’ Kincey Potter, who died Sept. 15, leaves a deep legacy for area waterways through … Continue reading

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The Boomers’ Fail

Ron Morgan called my attention to this profound critique of modern social/political deficits by David Brooks from the NY Times, May 29th. —————— The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite By David Brooks Opinion Columnist May 28, 2018 CreditBrian Snyder/Reuters … Continue reading

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Tools for Change — Donor Advised Funds

from Slate [personal note — Kincey and I have a couple of donor advised funds, funded through local Community Foundations. Commercial fund managers like Fidelity are not the only tools that can be used by individuals to set up a Donor … Continue reading

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Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem

[From the on-line aggregation site Medium, originally a post from the Design, Use. Build Lab, by Kate Starboard, Asst. Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at UW. Researcher of crisis informatics and online rumors. The best exposition I’ve seen about … Continue reading

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How to Increase the Integration of Cuban Science and Technology with the Global Community

[In my experience both working with Cuba in UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook program, and during birding trips to the island, I’ve been greatly impressed by the depth of Cuban expertise in many science and technology fields. There is a major … Continue reading

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A Favorite Theme: They’re Killing the Non-Profits

from the Stanford Social Innovation Review <http://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_nonprofit_starvation_cycle&gt; Philanthropy The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle A vicious cycle is leaving nonprofits so hungry for decent infrastructure that they can barely function as organizations—let alone serve their beneficiaries. The cycle starts with funders’ unrealistic expectations … Continue reading

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