Archive for December 2022

Persistence & Patience With Change

How can we get people to understand societal changes that are desirable and achievable if they embrace and support such pursuits?  More specifically, how can we energize support for transformation of health, education, and energy ecosystems to achieve desirable, high priority outcomes?  Consider related achievements in similar arenas in the past.  Abolitionism, or the abolitionist […]

Lifeline to Existence

Nathaniel Philbrick in Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War (Basic Books, 2006) provides the following chronicle of John Howland’s voyage (pp. 32-33). “In the Fall of 1620, the Mayflower’s ability to steady herself in a gale produced a most deceptive tranquility for a young indentured servant name John Howland. As the Mayflower lay […]

Experience vs Evidence

A critical issue arises.  We convene an august group of experts to address the issue and recommend ways forward.  The expert panel recommends courses of action.  Those empowered to act embrace one or more recommendations.  They endorse and resource ways forward. Does this work?  Sometimes experiences can preempt needs for evidence.  Vietnam, Gulf War, Opioids, […]

Misinformation and Disinformation

We have of late experienced an accelerating infodemic of misinformation and disinformation.  The former relates to erroneous information that is forwarded without the sender realizing it is erroneous.  The latter concerns information that is intended to deceive.  In this post, I highlight a reading list of a dozen sources that, in effect, provide a short […]