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EU comission's Digital Single Market Strategy leaks - and it isn't all terrible

I know there is a reflex to immediately criticise just about anything that comes out of Brussels but this one is could be good news for SMEs. While it remains to be seen what they'll eventually deliver, the evidence file shows that the commission has understood the challenges of the digital economy - and the fact that Europe is trailing far behind.

Personally, I'd recommend to take some time and read the leaked documents but those who are too busy might be interested in this short summary by Politico (with links to the originals): http://bit.ly/1Kkc8la
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"Stiglitz wrote in a Guardian article last autumn: “Regardless of how fast GDP grows, an economic system that fails to deliver gains for most of its citizens, and in which a rising share of the population faces increasing insecurity, is, in a fundamental sense, a failed economic system.”
Heather Stewart: the suggestion that there’s more to life than growth at all costs caused a furore, but many economists agree
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Homelessness – Symptom of a Wider Crisis has been published by Francis Sealey

This is an article written by Alan Hardy in the run up discussion around the GlobalNet21 meeting being held on Homelessness, Evictions & The New Poverty.

Similar to working tax credits, housing benefit is a benefit that goes to landlords, not those who 'receive' the benefits. If one seeks to reduce the housing benefit costs, the answer is rent controls and building social housing, which charge lower rents. Benefit paid to social housing goes from central government to councils or ...
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Issue Driven Politics has been published by Francis Sealey

When Tony Benn left Parliament and as he got older, he began to question the way the Party system was developing in the UK. He no longer saw the Parties as mission driven and providing a platform for debate around the major issues of our day. He rather saw them as reflections of a corporate society where they sidelined members and focused on contact with institutional elites. Rather than being instruments of change, they were fast becoming conduits for UK Ltd where MPs fought for promotion ...
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WEBINAR - The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Community

Anyone with an interest in community building may find this interesting. It's free.

http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/166095022/

In the last 30 years the idea of community and community building has been under attack but recently there has been resurgence as people understand in times of turmoil and austerity self reliant communities are vital to the health of the nation. This resurgence has taken many forms.

This Webinar looks at one area of resurgence and charts the development of Asset Based Community Development(ABCD), exploring its theoretical underpinning, which suggests that the decline of community and community capacity transpired alongside the growth of free markets and public service professionalisation.
We look at the consequences of this to citizens and communities and track the recent shifts back to mobilising community and its assets through ABCD.
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Seven Ways That Even The Smartest Companies Kill Great Ideas

Ah...one of these 7-this, 5-that and 10-other things posts...makes me wonder how innovative content writers are these days :)

► Inc.com: http://bit.ly/1DDzIop
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What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong

Much more significant that all that mobilegeddon panic. We either have a web of extremely effective websites or most of them aren't fit for purpose. I'd say it's the latter.
If you’re an average reader, I’ve got your attention for 15 seconds, so here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these…
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+Thomas Sering Thanks, that was a very interesting article, and it was news to me, thanks for posting it here.
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"Narcissism is demonstrated by a belief that you are more intelligent, more attractive and generally better than others, although with some level of underlying insecurity. Psychopathy involves a lack of empathy and regard for others and a tendency toward impulsive behavior"
Seemingly-harlmess selfies which clog up your social media newsfeed could actually be a sign that your friend has a more sinister problem, according to a new study.
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Should it spell "be" rather than "by"...?
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"The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse..."
Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning. Secondly…
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I really liked this. I'm an engineering professor - not a philosopher. Still in our discipline we get into the "I have a right to my opinion" problem. It's further complicated when the proponent of a idea selectively uses only that portion of data that supports his/her cause. I fear that this is getting worse with time. So many people hold positions on important issues when all they really know comes from sound bites they get from the popular media.
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Network Or Partisan Approaches to Community has been published by Francis Sealey

We held an interesting meeting recently in the House of Commons hosted by the Shadow Local Government Minister, Andy Sawford MP. The meeting was about building resilient communities and there were many there from the re emerging community sector that is now growing and developing its own idea of what community democracy should be.

What became clear was the disparity between this new and vibrant force in society and the formal democratic system and party politics. The formal system seems ...
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A Nation Of All Faiths And None has been published by Francis Sealey

 
Britons should be "more confident about our status as a Christian country", the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has recently said causing a number of leading voices to express concern in a letter to the Daily Telegraph.

This is an unusual statement for a British Prime Minister in a country like the UK that does not display religion openly like for example the United States. And it is open to debate as well. As the letter to the Telegraph points out, " Repeated surveys, polls and ...
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