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21C Literacies - Only the funnest survive

At the turn of the millennium I interviewed a number of centenarians who had lived across the 19C, 20C and 21C. Not all of them were happy but most exhibited a sense of adventure and fun.

There was England's oldest man of the time (107) who proudly displayed an award for being its oldest scholar (at 104). Each night he would ring two brass bells to remind him of the voices of his two long departed wives.

And a white India born woman whose parents in the wake of the Clive massacres had taught her to use a gun at the tender age of five. She admitted that when she first arrived in England (1919) she missed Indian men because they were prepared to kill for honour.

And another who used to play the flute on her own on the heathland above her fathers Dorset farm. The only trace of 10 years spent in Queensland in her/the twenties, was a peculiar Australian drawl when recalled the name of Cairns.

I've no idea how anyone gets to live all the way up to 100. But it seems to require a certain lightness of being.
 
http://www.deepfun.com/survival-of-the-funnest/

When it's too hard for me to just assume it's all for fun, I pretend everything is playing.

I pretend that the trees are, in their own, long, slow time, stretching, dancing and waving at each other. And the clouds sometimes somersaulting, sometimes rolling downwind, and sometimes dressing themselves up as things and beings. 
It's the funnest of us that last the longest - all those individuals and species that have the most fun while they still can.
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21C Literacies - Importance of directness between strangers
 
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
I'll update it for the modern colloquy
vii. Never Tweet
Behold George Orwell's 6 rules for writing clean, tight, clear prose.
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21C Narratives - Commemorating the past and in search of a new story

Ireland is a country searching for the right way forward, with a constant questioning of received wisdom. And that extends to the way the Rising is being commemorated. “Now we can capture the complexity of things,” says Patrick Geoghegan, professor of modern history at Trinity College Dublin. “We’ve lost our simplistic narrative about the past.

- Matthew Engels, Revising Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising
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21C Innovation - Three questions to ask when innovating at scale
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In the long years since Shakespeare's been dead, There've been rumours, in fact some have said, That such as a small tomb, Doesn't have enough room, That's no reason to go lose the head. John Moyne...
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How can we close the gender gap in leadership?
The gender imbalances in the upper-reaches of politics, media, and other influential spheres are glaring. We must work hard to change this, says Carol Li Rafferty.
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21C Governance - Deliberative democracy

which puts talk and communication at the centre of politics as opposed to voting and elections which appear in more conventional models of democracy.

- Dr John Dryzek, Australian National University
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21C Governance - Between the looseness of Qual (Kirk) and the certainty of Quant (Spock)

it is absurd to denigrate people for deciding their vote on the Brexit referendum ‘simply using their emotions’. A question like this cannot and should not be answered any other way. The only way you can answer the question ‘rationally’ is by misrepresenting the question — as if it is simply a matter of maximising economic efficiency.

If that were the only question, there might be a single right answer, just as the M25 is the best way for me to get home. But we need to consider more than that: which is more likely to go catastrophically wrong — in or out? Which offers more autonomy — in or out? What is the value of that autonomy? Much as our overeducated, technocratic elite want to pretend otherwise, this is a decision for Kirk, not Spock.

- +Rory Sutherland, Ogilvy aka the #Wikiman


http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/03/always-obey-your-satnav-then-you-can-vote-rationally-on-the-eu/

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21C Affordances - Extraordinary revelatory power of historical data

This hints at an extraordinary national story over nearly two whole centuries.

Ireland is the only country in the world with a smaller population than it had in 1820.
@danobrien20 Ooh please could you tell me where I could quickly find the data for world pop by country in 1820? We might feature this in FT! TonySquiggs. Mar 17. TonySquiggs @TonySquiggs. @danobrien20 @mcdonoughnews Thats british rule for ya. Roger G Erickson · Mar 17. Roger G Erickson @rgeOps ...
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