Of Mice and Men - redux? Chastening and often stunning images of the impact that global recession can have in our day and age might suggest so, yet the blooming sunflower might suggest too that hope springs eternal or, as Roy Harper puts it so lyrically, "through all destruction flies new dawn".
According to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions:
Half a century since Dr King spoke, and still as powerful and relevant as ever...
Meanwhile, in a unique tribute programme from the BBC, global figures celebrated the legacy of Dr King by reading the words of "I Have a Dream".
There appears to be a growing consensus that mainstream education practices may not be fit for purpose to meet future global challenges, and that a wide range of alternatives should be explored.
There is a wide range of methods and strategies for fostering innovation. A collection of videos featured top innovators (the example below focusing on creating an innovative culture) across many industries, who articulated what innovation means to them.
Karl-Erik Sveiby on aboriginal cultures:
- Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World's Oldest People
- The First Leadership? The non-hierarchical model of the Australian Aborigines
- Aboriginal Principles for Sustainability
- Keep All Alive!. An Aboriginal model for Sustainability
- Nhunggabarra Knowledge Painting and story.
- Halcyon Sustainability archive (to follow)
Philosopher Raymond Tallis and RSA CEO Matthew Taylor debated competing claims about the ability of neuroscience to explain behaviour, culture and society. Tallis argued that recent "mania" for putting neuro- in front of concepts as diverse as aesthetics and law is based on a reductionist overestimation of our current understanding of the brain.