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  •  What "Change"? What "Environment"? (24+ / 0-)

    Depends upon the change and depends upon the environment.

    Anything that ever happened in human history began with one person.  We shouldn't denigrate individual action, even if it seems futile.

    I spend a lot of time around Harvard and MIT.  Sometimes I go to lectures where the experts are not at all aware of what another expert may have said yesterday or a few months ago.  From time to time, I mention something and someone that
    these MIT or Harvard experts don't know about but can use.  I will probably never know whether I made any difference but, when something like that happens, I say "I've done my good deed for the day."

    This week it was Howard Gardner of Harvard, he of the multiple intelligences, talking at the Graduate School of Education.  Afterwards, I asked him if he was aware of Elinor Ostrom's work on common pool resources and their governance.  He had heard of her but didn't know her work.  I spelled her name for him and he wrote it down.  Perhaps this will mean something to his work which also deals with the intellectual and ethical commons.  Perhaps it won't.  I will give Gardner a reference to the video and text of Ostrom's Nobel speech, a good introduction to  her work so at least he will have that.

    There are many other stories like that and not just from me.  Will they make a difference?  Who knows?  All you can do is what your heart and mind leads you to do.

    Don't let the naysayers get you down, DrSocMama.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 05:49:49 PM PST

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