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Much has been written about Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s missteps and leadership failures in the bushfire crisis that has consumed Australia this summer. His refusal to meet with fire and emergency leaders months before the fires to ...
06.02.2020 · From The_Conversation_Australia
Ils émettent leurs souhaits par voie de presse en commentant les actions de l’exécutif, expriment leurs opinions sur les politiques publiques, et emploient parfois des hauts fonctionnaires : les think tanks semblent désormais incontournables dans la vie politique française. Et pourtant, s’ils ont été objets de toutes les curiosités du début des années 2000 au milieu des années 2010, ils connaissent depuis un essoufflement pour le moins certain. L’attrait de la nouveauté ayant petit à petit laissé la ...
30.01.2020 · From The_Conversation_France
There is an old Yiddish proverb that says “Man plans and God laughs”. Most – if not all – of us have experienced the truth of this proverb, and faced the failure of our plans. No matter how well we are planning, fluid, changing and unpredictable business environments will prevent our plans being fully implemented. So the question is whether we should continue planning, knowing that circumstances will render our plans unviable. Shouldn’t we just “go with the flow” and improvise our way into the future? Maybe it isn’t a question of either/or, but rather a question of both/and. In t…
30.01.2020 · From The_Conversation_France
The UK government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, recently said he was mounting a drive to recruit more scientists and engineers into the civil service. His comments echo the much-discussed call by the prime minister’s chief special adviser, Dominic Cummings, for more data scientists and other “assorted weirdos” to become civil servants. From our experience working with and in government departments, we know that there are many problems in how the civil service uses evidence to support decision-making. And scientists (an…
30.01.2020 · From The_Conversation_UK
Since the Great Recession, most of the nation’s rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people. The story is markedly different in the nation’s largest urban communities. I’m writing from Iowa, where every four years presidential hopefuls swoop in to test how voters might respond to their various ideas for fixing the country’s problems. But what to do about rural economic and persistent population decline is the one area that has always confounded them all. The facts are clear and unarguable. Most of th…
07.05.2019 · From The_Conversation_USA
The federal government recently announced a $20 million initiative to reduce diesel dependency in up to 15 remote Indigenous communities. At first glance, the program seems like an exciting opportunity for these communities to achieve stable, reliable and affordable clean energy on their own terms. About 250 remote communities are not connected to Canada’s electricity grid and rely on local, diesel-powered generator…
24.04.2019 · From The_Conversation_Canada
What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood? That happened to some Californians in spring 2018, when Google Maps changed the moniker of three San Francisco neighborhoods – Rincon Hill, South Beach and South Market – to “East Cut.” Given the extensive reach that Google has in the transmission of geographic data, through Google Maps and its geospatial analysis software Google Earth Engine, the name quickly spread and was adopted by other businesses, such as Uber. But residents decried the change. “It’s degrading to the …
22.04.2019 · From The_Conversation_USA
Cyclone Idai tore through Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique and devastated local communities. Hundreds were killed and more than a million people were displaced. Much of this devastation occurred in southern Africa’s rapidly growing coastal cities. The city of Beira in Mozambique, which faces rising sea water, was nearly wiped out entirely. How do African cities grow and develop in a sustainable way to ...
02.04.2019 · From The_Conversation_Africa
Out of 13 recommendations in the Regions at the Ready report, the government has accepted only five without reservation. Eight months is a long time in politics. (If you don’t believe me, take a look at what’s happened in the federal parliament in the past week.) So waiting eight months for a response to a parliamentary report raises certain expectations. When the federal government delivered its response last week to an ambitious parliamentary blueprint for regional Australia, the almost eight-month wait had led many of us to expect something detailed and sophisticated. Many of us…
18.02.2019 · From The_Conversation_Australia
When it comes to urban planning, the question is not so much how to physically plan our cities differently. Rather, the question is how to convince both the public and our politicians to implement change. The evidence of human-induced climate change is clear. At minimum, climate change will cost us dearly due to the economic impacts and lives lost from the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events. At worst, it presents an existential threat. Living in North American cities often means heavy reliance on the automobile. Many planners ...
07.01.2019 · From The_Conversation_Canada
Children are not being considered when it comes to urban planning. Children are being left out of decisions about the environments created around them, when really, their needs should be at the heart of them. In the UK, children are becoming less healthy – physically and mentally – and spend more time indoors than previous generations. Society is so caught up in discussing children’s health, education, safety and social media use, that little time is spent looking at the effect urban planning has on their lives. Children growing up in towns and cities have less freedom to mov…
12.12.2018 · From The_Conversation_UK
When government policy turns out to be a dud and goes off the rails, no one is happy. Support for democracy and trust in politicians is falling. We hear a lot about evidence-based policy as a way to stem this decline, but less about how that evidence should be generated. One idea that may generate the type of evidence that will help make more informed decisions appears, paradoxically, fairly unpopular with the punters. Perhaps the problem is that not enough has been done to explain to the public what this idea - carefully testing new policies on small groups first - might me…
06.12.2018 · From The_Conversation_Australia
España está a punto de convertirse en el país con mayor esperanza de vida del mundo. También en el de menor tasa de natalidad. Vivimos un momento histórico inédito, cuando es habitual encontrar miembros familiares de cuatro y cinco generaciones en los hogares españoles. Esta madurez demográfica se ha alcanzado por indicadores como el aumento de la esperanza de vida al nacimiento -80,43 años para hombres y 85,80 años para mujeres- y el descenso de la natalidad y fecundidad -entre 2018 y 2032 nacerían en torno a 5,7 millones de niños, un 16,2% menos que en los 15 años previos-, que nos …
19.11.2018 · From The_Conversation_Spain
Globally, we are currently experiencing tremendous social and political turbulence. At the institutional level, liberal democracy faces the threat of rising authoritarianism and far-right extremism. At the local level, we seem to be living in an ever-increasing age of anxiety, engendered by precarious economic conditions and the gradual erosion of shared social norms. How might we navigate these difficult and disorienting times? Emile Durkheim, one of the pioneers…
12.11.2018 · From The_Conversation_Canada
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