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Laurens Martens

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Why Hierarchies are Natural, and Inevitable.

"One of the most powerful insights born from the constructal law is that social systems are natural designs that emerge and evolve to facilitate flow of the currents they represent on the landscape. 

The river basin uses its rivulets, streams, and main channels to move water from the plain to the river mouth just as surely as our respiratory system uses tiny alveoli, bronchial tubes, and the trachea to bathe our lungs with oxygen. CEOs use managers and workers to create their company’s products and spread them to their distributors and customers, just as presidents, prime ministers, and dictators use advisers and countless bureaucrats to develop and spread their policies across the land. The main channels may facilitate wider, faster flows than the smaller ones, but all are necessary to bath the entire area with the current."

Read more: http://www.mindmedley.com/blog/why-hierarchies-are-natural-and-inevitable/
The Constructal Law Reveals that Human Organizations like Governments, Businesses and the Education System Evolve to Increase Flow.
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Michael Winkler

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New post about psychological storm prediction in families.
after the feelers now the thinkers. When do they become dangerous?
Thinking Type 5: "The Observer" Orientation: Thinking Expression: Feeling Subordinate: own Acting Seeks: Competence Short circuits in storm state: Feeling - Thinking Acting - Acting FT TF AA With t...
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Ian McCarthy

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New presentation on gamification. You can view, download, and share the slides here.
There is growing interest in how gamification – application of game design principles in non-gaming contexts – can be used in business. However, academic research and management practice have paid little attention to the challenges of how to best design, implement, manage, and optimize gamification strategies. To advance understanding of gamification, this article defines what it is and explains how it is prompting managers to think about busines...
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Ian McCarthy

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Delighted to be at number 3. A ranking of the top 25 hottest articles in business, management and accounting journals (Oct to Dec 2014).
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Jo Dunaway

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Solutions for homelessness are out there and have been tested.  The cost savings is illustrated and the recovered lives then become no longer a drain on governmental services.  Wouldn't you like to see a zero veteran homelessness figure in your community?  What about the mentally or physically challenged or ill?  What about those running from domestic abuse?  The article points to solutions in Ireland and the USA.

http://www.care2.com/causes/this-is-what-happens-when-a-city-gives-the-homeless-a-home.html

#homelessness   #homelesspersons   #homelessveterans   #homelessveteransneedsoursupport   #domesticabuse   #addictions   #addictionssolutions   #homesforvets   #governmentalservicesfordisabled   #homelessshelterneeds  
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Jo Dunaway

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The statistics of families that have fragmented are sobering.  The only class of people who have an uptick in families staying together are those white higher income families.  All other family demographic groups have had sharp declines in the number of families who break apart.  Some families reunify with step-parents and merging of step-children, but the number of households with a single parent keep increasing.  Studies have shown that children from single parent families do poorer in school and poorer in higher education, as well as poorer in job prospects when they are out and on their own.  This demographic shift is stacking the decks against youngsters unfairly, but nevertheless, some will overcome the increased odds against them, yet many won't.  The rippled effect of this loss of potential will have effects for all of society.
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ULg Reflexions

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Smile, your are (legally) protected!
Taking and broadcasting photos has never been simpler since the internet became part of our lives. And questions relating to the right of personal portrayal have never been asked as much as they are today. #Marc #Isgour, lawyer and lecturer at +Université de Liège (ULg)  , has just published a work which reviews the questions raised on the subject and explores all the facets of the right of personal portrayal.
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Jo Dunaway

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In the next 10 to 15 years, cities worldwide will be connected virtually in ways many residents haven't even imagined yet.  Many city planners, however, are already planning for the future.  City infrastructures will have to be repaired and rebuilt in smarter grids and sensored for immediate data management by city management.  Some cities are gearing up, others haven't begun to even think about it, but the future will be here sooner than many suspect.  The below article from the Foreign Affairs website illustrates the coming changes.

#cityplanning   #technologyforinfrastructure   #cityfutures   #cityvirtualnetworks   #futuresofcities  
This year signals a major inflection point for the Internet of Everything, which will have a much bigger impact on the world and its cities than the Internet did in its first 20 years. The Internet of Everything is already revolutionizing the way our cities operate, creating a more dynamic global economy and enriching citizens' lives.
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Jo Dunaway

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There is a different kind of hacking - isolating a problem, conceiving an elegant solution, and implementing through all of the details in a renovation of a neighborhood.
 
Hacking a community out of a disharmonious neghborhood........

"Mimi Silbert: the Greatest Hacker in the World"...thoughts from the red planet.....nathanmarz.com

http://nathanmarz.com/blog/mimi-silbert-the-greatest-hacker-in-the-world.html
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Michael Mulcahy

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Getting behind the hype. #socialnetworking   #sociology   #socialscience  
 
Have you ever really thought about your activity online?
Do you understand what is really going on?
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Joshua T

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I'm doing a science project concerning a correlation between text language/grammar and GPA (grade point average). Please answer the following questions.
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Jo Dunaway

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Ian McCarthy

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 Research on environmental velocity highlights  "the importance of organizations operating “in time” with their environments and in synchrony across their subunits and activities". (McCarthy et al. 2010: 618) Competitive adva...
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Hi everyone! We started a blog where people can express their ideas and discuss with people interested in society in general. We are accepting article contributions. Please check us out!

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Jo Dunaway

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Developed in the Netherlands, for Beijing and other similar smog-ridden environments............
In this episode of Upgrade, we check out Daan Roosegaarde's air-cleaning project, which is planned for installation in Beijing.
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Ian McCarthy

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Competitive advantages are temporary, especially in fast changing industries. Is your company fast enough? It depends!
 Research on environmental velocity highlights  "the importance of organizations operating “in time” with their environments and in synchrony across their subunits and activities". (McCarthy et al. 2010: 618) Competitive adva...
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Scenario 25

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Horizon 2020 FP6/7/8 SSH: ‪#‎H2020‬ Humanities and Social Sciences http://cordis4.blogspot.com/2014/11/h2020-humanities-and-social-sciences.html
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Scholastica

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As part of Open Access Week 2014, the Scholastica team hosted a recorded panel discussion entitled- "Inside the Editors’ Office: Launching a Sustainable Open Access Journal." 

We were lucky to have three editors at different stages of OA journal development join the discussion: Yale University professor Olav Sorenson, editor of Sociological Science, and University at Buffalo Librarians Amy Vilz and Molly Poremski, editors of The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections. Check it out!
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Ian McCarthy

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Nice! The social media honeycomb paper is still going strong at no 4 on the top 25 hottest articles ranking 
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Ian McCarthy

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New research on entrepreneurship and network multiplexity. Understanding the multiple types of overlapping relationships in a network.
Multiplexity occurs in entrepreneurial networks when flows interact within and across relationships. It defines how these networks function and evolve and cannot be examined by studying network structure or flows separately. Despite the growing recognition of the importance of multiplexity, related research has remained limited and lacks an integrated approach to simultaneously examine structure and flows, thus restricting our understanding of en...
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