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Ecoliteracy is not enough

in education & literacy

The existing ecological literacy, or ecoliteracy model of simply addressing the knowledge deficit, rather than addressing the real issue of the behavior deficit, has tended to yield highly knowledgeable individuals who, despite their understanding, often fail to take action. “Knowing that change is needed is clearly not enough to motivate it in most human behavior,… individuals must have a sense of urgency and personal control over prospective outcomes and goal achievement before they will commit to meaningful action or new behaviors.”[1]


  1. Institute, T.W., Orr, D.W., Prugh, T., Renner, M., Seyle, C., King, M.W., Leighninger, M., Lind, D., Gowdy, J., Hempel, M., Brown, P., M.A, M.J.J.S., Cullinan, C., Hilton, I., Geall, S., Makhijani, S., Sachs, A., Engelman, R., Weber, M.L., Kaul, I., Ivanova, M., Worthington, R., Sweeney, S., Palley, T., Alperovitz, G., Cordes, C., Bollier, D., Weston, B., Bartosiewicz, P., Miley, M., Musolino, E., Auth, K., Netzer, N., Gouverneur, J., Mitschke, J., Johnson, I., Hongyuan, Y., 2014. State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, Annual edition. ed. Island Press, Washington, USA. 

Is that so much to ask?

in education & literacy

“Every time I type a web address into my browser, I don’t need to be taken to a fully immersive, cross-platform, interactive viewing experience,” said San Diego office manager Keith Boscone. “I don’t want to take a moment to provide my feedback, open a free account, become part of a growing online community, or see what related links are available at various content partners.” “All I want is to go to a website, enjoy it for the time I’ve decided to spend there, and then move on with my life,” he continued. “Is that so much to ask?”[1]


  1. Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity, 16-Jan-2013. [Online]. Available: http://www.theonion.com/articles/internet-users-demand-less-interactivity,30920/. [Accessed: 11-Mar-2014]. 

Developing cities

in education & literacy

The fascinating thing is that the developing cities have as much to teach the developed ones as vice versa. And that’s not always the public perception. If you ask someone on the street, “What do you think we can learn from Addis Ababa?” they’ll likely say, “Not too much.” But what if you then told them about a millennium project where everybody in the city was asked to plant a tree – and that’s millions of people – and they actually did it? And then you asked them whether we could plant three million trees here in Toronto? It makes you think.

Scientific bias

in education & literacy/philosophy & ethics

Asymmetric scientific publication (favoring successful experiments such as medical trials over failed attempts) may not-only be inefficient  but also unethical.  Good thing about this video is that it is not coming from STS guys but is from a member of scientific community itself.

My World 2015 survey

in education & literacy

“The United Nations and partners want to hear from you!

MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell us about the world you want, because your voice matters.” (vote here)

pleasure of ephemerality

in education & literacy

The inculcation of the pleasure of ephemerality expresses itself at a variety of social and cultural levels: the short shelf life of products and lifestyles; the speed of fashion change; the velocity of expenditure; the polyrhythms of credit, acquisition, and gifts; the transience of television-product images; the aura of periodisation that hangs over both products and lifestyles in the imagery of mass media. He views the all pervasive search for novelty as only a symptom of a deep discipline of consumption in which desire ‘is organized’ around an aesthetic of ephemerality. … [We need] a radically altered form of consumption that would shift from a valorization of the ephemeral to one that valorizes a continuous receipt of quality, utility and performance as promoters of well-being. This implies a cultural as well as a technical transformation in our understanding of consumption. — From Appaduari (1996) as mentioned in Barry & Doran (2006).

Appadurai, A., 1996. Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. U of Minnesota Press.

Barry, J., Doran, P., 2006. Refining green political economy: from ecological modernisation to economic security and sufficiency. Analyse und Kritik-Zeitschrift fur Sozialwissenschaften 28, 250.

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