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Linking the Village to the Modern World
70% of the Italian urban fabric is made up of centers with less than 5000 inhabitants, almost all of them with an historic village of medieval origin. In Italy, since the beginning of the twentieth century society started to change and the economy quickly moved from mercantilism, rooted in local knowledge, to the most unrestrained capitalism, open to the globalization of the markets, many villages started to suffer depopulation and phenomena of abandonment. The city is a combination of urbe and civitas, the physical place, the people, the social relations, the economy: without inhabitants the villages can not regenerate and every intervention from the outside is destined to fail.

Guglielmo Minervino, urban planner and researcher, studies the traditional urban planning of Mediterranean villages in search of strategies for their rebirth, while also finding solutions to the problems of modern cities.

Biourbanism
Linking the old to the new by using villages and small towns to create a network.

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Remembering Bernie DeKoven
learn to play

If you want to read his best known work, it's available from +Humble Bundle this week in a bundle of game design books for $8 ($15 if you want even more crunchy goodness).

Bernie's opus, now certainly a virtual collector's item, is $28 by itself as a dead tree volume from +The MIT Press, so this is a nice way to remember a friend and get some good reads for your e-reader too.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/game-studies-books?hmb_source=navbar&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=tile_index_2

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#NEVERAGAIN is about empowerment. It’s about young people realizing they can create change directly – not just rely on their parents and other adults. #NEVERAGAIN has created a platform that highlights a new sense of adolescent civic self-efficacy.
#NEVERAGAIN
#NEVERAGAIN
clayforsberg.net

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21C Awareness: Essential Character & Evolutionary Purpose

Essential character: selfhood

Proaction: sovereignty

Econormalisation: healthy soul, mind, body, tribe, community, region,…

Ritual turned presence: service

Continuity & change: synthesis

Lacking enaction sourced from essential character, we are easy prey for prefab narratives.

Lacking proactive ability, we are easily swayed by information, turned obedient cogs inside FB machines.

Lacking econormalisation we remain stuck inside unnaturalness and addiction.

Lacking presence, we confuse ends and means.

Lacking continuity, we resist pain and change and remain in non-mutual, non-learning contexts.

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Bottom Line: The Emperor’s Clothes.

The three assumptions that I highlight in my talk support three political stances reinforcing the status quo. First, the costs of status quo climate policies are low. Second, the costs of inaction are already extremely high. Third, climate diplomacy is on track because a future, unproven, massive technology will save us. Without these assumptions, each of these political stances is questionable — or at least, should be opened to questioning. While important assumptions go unchallenged and challenging questions go unasked, the IPCC is about to release a report on 1.5 degrees (fantasy land).

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Just found that and wanted to share it with you. Some mind-bending food for thought in this journal.
Der Spiegel: And what takes the place of philosophy now?
Heidegger: Cybernetics.
Der Spiegel, May 31, 1976.
http://journals.openedition.org/ejas/12266
via Ivo Velitchkov (https://goo.gl/xMtykX)

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"I can’t commend the women who are coming forward and sharing their heartbreaking stories enough. We need to bring all this sick and perverse behavior out into the sunshine, that’s a huge step towards preventing it in the future. But, as I said, men, “the good ones,” should step up and say I was/am part of the problem, here is why I did it, and these are the steps I’m taking to change.
Just because I have an ego made from broken glass doesn’t mean anyone should pay a price for my failings, my shortcomings. I am not perfect, I never will be but I am trying to grow as a human being.
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(NOTE: I will be updating this with a list of things men shouldn’t do to women, the so-called “small things” that take place all across the country every day and, though they might seem like “small things,” they are the toxic seeds that help perpetuate the cycle we’ve been stuck in)"

https://medium.com/@samgrittner/the-conversation-we-should-be-having-1156c61da602

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Yes, the world is crazy right now — and here’s what you can do about it…
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