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Developing Peace: TAZ, Empathy and Radical Listening

Was great to meet up with Kevin Corcoran again last night, who’s got another group of students from Calvin College in the US over in London and Belfast to explore issues of peace and reconciliation. I made some notes for a talk I gave to them which I thought I’d upload here. Please – these

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Snow and Strangers and TAZ [2]

As the snow continues to fall, a continuation of the extract from ‘Other‘: Christmas had long passed when the snow fell, but those few February days were picture-postcard scenes of winter and as we trudged through snowy woods near the house I was reminded of the carol: Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast

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Snow and Strangers – TAZ excerpt from Other

With the current snowy and icy conditions in the UK I thought I’d post an extract from ‘Other’ which links the huge snowfalls we’ve had in the past couple of winters to the idea of TAZ which is one of the central themes of ‘Other‘ – a welcome addition to anyone’s Christmas present pile, heartily

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TAZ and Virtual Communities

Another question via email: On the concept of TAZ (and in particular Greenbelt) I want to tell you about my 16 year old. He has come to love the Greenbelt over the past couple of years as, like many of us, it gives him an amazing space to meet people (ok many are girls!). He

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Is Greenbelt a TAZ?

Interesting group of posts on TractrorGirl’s site, relating to Other, and the nature of TAZ, which Jonny has critiqued too, and I’ve responded to here. One thing in particular from TG’s site: the question about whether Greenbelt is a TAZ or not. In the book I use it as an example of one, based on

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In Defence of TAZ – A Response to Jonny’s Review

Jonny has posted a very comprehensive review of ‘Other’ on his blog, which is well worth a read. He admits that he found it tricky to get right given the back-and-forth we’ve had recently over the issue of institutions, but I think he’s done a good job. It seems that the book is causing quite

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Playing Pirate with the Web | Privacy, Privatisation and Militarisation

With the recent furore over The Guardian and Washington Post’s revelations about PRISM, and the apparent willingness of pretty much every large tech company to give the US government direct access to its servers, I’ve been mulling on a great book that Barry Taylor recommended to me: Geert Lovink’s Networks Without A Cause. It’s perhaps

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Digital Privacy: Techno-Conservatism, or a Matter of Freedom?

Brilliant weekend away over the Bank Holiday, with loads of surfing, go-karting and some great evening conversations with a bright and challenging bunch of friends. One of the most interesting areas we talked about was around privacy in future technologies, and, when I outlined my major concerns about Google Glass-type devices I was quite surprised

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Pancakes and Carnivals | Fools and Dirty Revolutions

Pancake Day falls this coming Tuesday in the UK… thought I’d post a few thoughts about its origins, and how we might use them to think beyond…well, munching loads of pancakes. Like so many traditions over here, Pancake Day has some origins in the Christian calendar… Shrove Tuesday, as it has historically been known, is

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