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Connecting the Dots…Out of Order.

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The Institute for the Future’s (IFTF) 2010 Map of the Decade is part of their annual Ten-Year Forecast which uses foresight and scenario planning to help organizations navigate change. Entitled “The Future is a High-Resolution Game”, the research materials demonstrate Read more ›

The Shifting Balance of Design Practice

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In the 1930s, evolutionary geneticist Sewall Wright pulled together research strands in the biology of inbreeding, the genetics of coat color in guinea pigs, statistical methods (including path analysis), and mathematics that codified the changes in gene frequencies in populations Read more ›

Weaving Haplotypes

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The word mitochondrion comes from the Greek μίτος or mitos, meaning thread and χονδρίον or chondrion, meaning granule (thanks! wikipedia). But this isn’t about the mitochondrion itself.  Rather, this is a story about how the genetic information that helps mitochondria Read more ›

Adaptation>Robustness or Plasticity>Resilience?

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Disaggregation among natural and social scientific communities can lead to misunderstandings about the different components of disaster management and  socio-ecological systems.  Terms like resilient, adaptive, robust are often used to describe systems and their processes and come up in the Read more ›

Public Engagement, Art, and Narration of Science & Technology Development

This was a post that I initially wrote for the ‘Telling Stories’ discussion group that is made up of recipients of the Wellcome Trust’s International Engagement Award.  The group practices public engagement with public health and science from a variety Read more ›

8 Digital Media and Learning Proposals about Energy & Climate Adaptation, 3 Outliers, and 3 about Water

After ManU went up 2-0 against Arsenal I started browsing and commenting on the submissions to this year’s Digital Media and Learning Competition that the MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC run each year. Some observations: Lots of games and game-like labs Read more ›

Watercasting Day 2

The first day was organized to enumerate problems and the criteria by which to evaluate responses to those problems. The second day focused on our responses as ‘designers’ and the methods that we could use to find tactical responses to Read more ›