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Rural Resilience

Just when you thought it was safe to read a book, I found myself reading one documenting new combinations of things to be scared about. Simultaneous climate change and peak oil are the worries in Planning for Rural Resilience, edited by Wayne J. Caldwell. The subtitle is Coping With Climate Change and Energy Futures. More […]

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Grosvenor Square

Grosvenor Square North Americans thinking back to the turmoil of the 1960s can easily forget that there was other turmoil elsewhere. One spot that has gone down in in the history of protest is Grosvenor Square, London. The year was 1968. This was the local manifestation of Russia invading Czechoslovakia, student protests in Paris, political […]

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Rodney King

Everything is related to everything else, they say (quoting ecologist Barry Commoner). This is proven to be true in cities every day. If a driver slows on on an expressway, there’s a chain reaction back a few miles which slows everybody down. When this causes 1,000 people to be late for work, there’s a loss […]

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Walking Tours

Walking tours are a great way to see a city. Wear good shoes, dress for the weather, pack a snack, and meet at pre-determined landmark or transit stop. This is how I saw a lot of Berlin, New York, and countless themed tours of London—Bloomsbury, Shakespeare, the World Wars, and so on. The companion Beatles […]

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Bylund

There are very few researchers who document the positive effects of disasters. But a very few do note that a disaster also injects a lot of new money into a region. Tough way to get a little economic activity going, but the imperative is to repair. Per L. Bylund is one of the rare birds […]

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Focus Groups

  I’ve written often about the concerns I have with research techniques.  This column was inspired by my attendance at a focus group.   I was just asked to attend some focus groups and I was reminded of the dozen or so reasons I don’t like them.   First, rich and busy people usually won’t […]

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Research Design Issues

  I have many concerns about the quality of research conducted in political campaigns, by those governing and by industrialists.  I even see those in the not-for-profit sector spending precious money on unproductive research.  “Original” research in universities is often only conducted at the doctoral level.  Research that is done often involves relatively unproductive statistical […]

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Anamatics

Competitive advantage can be achieved in a political campaign through the better use of a blackboard and chalk, more phone lines for the phone bank, more volunteerdrivers or better use of new technology.  We’re never sure which technological wave will stick and which one will affect the outcome of a particular campaign.  I speculated about such […]

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