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June 12, 2012

Students’ questions arising from lecture “The good life in reflexive communities: Aristotle & Lash”

Questions my students asked: Isn’t a world of good lives in reflexive communities too utopian?.. how does what you are saying...what do you mean by...do you have examples of...?
May 28, 2012

Lecture on the good life in the reflexive community: Aristotle & Lash

Instead of looking to science to stop our world from ending, we need to look at ourselves and learn to imagine and create a new world… Slavoj Zizek
September 28, 2010

Local Place and its Co-Construction in the Global Network Society – Hazel Ashton’s concluding thesis chapter

Hazel Ashton writes: I submitted my doctoral thesis in 2008 and now, some two years later, have just re-read my conclusion. I think issues raised are still relevant and I'm hopeful that material can assist in conversations between communities, policy/decision makers and academia especially about new opportunities ...
June 11, 2010

Lectures on Ancient Greek Economy & Leisure

Why do we work? According to Aristotle, to sustain ourselves materially. Why do we sustain ourselves materially? For the sake alone of material sustenance and more material sustenance, and more, or even simply of material pleasure? Can our enquiry simply rest here?
June 1, 2010

From Localities to Network Localities & Nations of Well-Connected Villages

The wider aim of such projects is to support the development of an innovative nation of network localities, or well-connected local "villages" - to more effectively meet unprecedented economic, socio-cultural and ecological challenges and identify new opportunities.
May 12, 2010

Village Theory Think Piece: How to better understand the global from the perspective of the local

Drawing on Don Ihde's account of how macroperceptions can and do interact with and affect microperceptions. For a quick way into this piece, think about how Muslims have been perceived before and after two aeroplanes flew into the Twin Towers in New York on Sept 11
November 13, 2009

Finding Leaders

In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the number of times I’ve heard people call for a leader – someone who can take charge, someone who “we” can follow, someone will lead us from the wilderness, from the uncertainty, someone who will know what to do, and who will act in our interests …
April 30, 2009

“Whole of locality DVDs” – innovative transdisciplinary collaborations

What do academic disciplines and institutions have to offer society on matters of concern to it? What tools does sociology have to reach an alerted, potentially-receptive, risk-focused public?
April 20, 2009

Socially fragmented ethical individuals and powerful, self-interested networks

As this new century unfolds, it seems that people are not as enthusiastic about calling on community to address current problems as they once were; instead they are coming to call on the ethical and responsible individual. I have some major concerns about where this very individualized trajectory is leading us.
March 12, 2009

Locality-Academia partnership for economic and ecological transitions

The question I wish to discuss is how we can think effectively about local development that meets the needs of villagers in their local environments.
March 6, 2009

The right answer begins with the right question

Theory Cafe opens with a discussion of this issue on March 12 2009.
February 13, 2009

Credible warnings of environmental crisis unless there is pre-emptive action

David King, the chief scientist for Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Britain wrote in the British Science magazine, 9 January 2004, “Climate change is real, […]