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August 3, 2014

I have always been interested in the American Civil War. It was a conflict which, in many ways, introduced the industrial warfare that became so deadly in the 20th century. It was for example the f…

Source: universitydiary.wordpress.com

History must be a guide for present and future conflicts. We are remembering World War I in a world full of small wars, some going on for so long that no one seems to remember anymore the why. Maybe it is time to learn something from past ones.

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Quo vadis, Europe? | openDemocracy

July 13, 2014

“Europe, just like the rest of the planet, is nowadays a dumping ground for the globally generated problems and challenges. But unlike that rest of the planet and almost uniquely, the European Union is also a laboratory in which the ways to confront those challenges and tackle those problems are daily designed, debated and tested in practice. I would go as far as to suggest that this is one (perhaps even the sole) factor that makes Europe, its dowry and contribution to world affairs, exclusively significant for the future of a planet faced with the prospect of a second seminal transformation in the modern history of human cohabitation – of the crushingly toilsome leap, this time, from the ’imagined totalities’ of nations-states to the ’imagined totality’ of humankind. ”

[via @jordi_a]

Source: www.opendemocracy.net

My insight: Europe sometimes looks like an entity from “Alice in wonderland”: you have to keep running just to be in the same spot. But maybe that is its identity marker …

20 small changes to modernise the workplace learning experience

June 21, 2014

Here the key slides from my recent interactive presentation at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum 2014

Source: www.slideshare.net

Sensible advice, and sensible clues for further develpoment …

Europe’s New Status Quo: ‘Ukraine Is Fighting Our Battle’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE

May 24, 2014

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“Three things have changed internationally: The EU is being confronted with a fundamental threat for the first time, America once again values the transatlantic partnership, and Ukrainian identity has been strengthened. Anyone who thinks Putin is a strategic genius should take a look at what he’s achieved. If he had allowed things to continue as they had, America would gradually have drifted away from Europe, (former) President Viktor Yanukovych would have continued to ruin Ukraine and the Europeans would have kept doing what they were doing.”

[via @observadorpt]

Manuel J. Matos‘s insight:

It is easy to worry about local stuff, easy to overlook things that happen in a “planet” far, far away … And we do it to our own peril!

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Manuel Castells – A obsolescência da educação

May 24, 2014

(in spanish)

 

[via @sergiolagoa]

PS: I love the setting for the piece, 😉

Crisis of the Eurocrats – NYTimes.com

May 24, 2014

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“And the European elite’s habit of disguising ideology as expertise, of pretending that what it wants to do is what must be done, has created a deficit of legitimacy. The elite’s influence rests on the presumption of superior expertise; when those claims of expertise are proved hollow, it has nothing to fall back on.”

 

[via @PCMagalhaes]

Manuel J. Matos‘s insight:

Harsh words, but sound ones …

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Why have we lost control and how can we regain it?

May 3, 2014

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“This is notably true of leaders who are driven very much by a combination of individualist impulse and hierarchy. That model of leadership is no longer sufficient. Nor is the wider resort to charisma (emotion) and concentrated power (hierarchy) that underpins such leadership. We need to get creative if we are to face enormous collective challenges in the midst of dizzying change. Charisma and concentrated power currently overwhelm more creative, nimble forces.”

[via @anthonypainter]

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