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CHAPTER NINE: Plenary session

Karnac Books ePub

Chair, Brian Martindale

Brian Martindale: “We have got from 3.15 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. The idea is that the distinguished colleagues on my left and right will speak for some of the time, as this is a time for your questions, comments, etc. The plan is that Rosine Perelberg is going to be available from about 3.45 p.m. If you have questions for Rosine, it would be helpful to have them beforehand, although I would welcome your exchange with her when she comes online. I have a few questions here for four speakers already, but does anyone in the audience want to ask a question or make a comment about anything that has come up? Let’s start with a question to James Gilligan from Gabby Marks.”

Gabby Marks: “This in response to Professor Gilligan’s very interesting talk and the fact that he mentioned that recidivism was completely halted in prison by giving murderers a degree course and that the people who achieved a degree didn’t come back to prison. What sort of violence is perpetrated on serious offenders, murderers, by the state in not allowing them to re-educate their minds and their psyches by continuing to offer degree course and also intensive therapy? I’m not sure if that still holds that they took away all the services that were being offered, but what you said was frightening. I thought, in general, there is so little education while people sit in prison and each time I have tried to explain it or have written the odd letter to a newspaper they see you as protecting prisoners, being on the wrong side.”

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7. Oneness

Joseph Jaworski Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

How are we educated by children, by animals! . . .
We live in the currents of universal reciprocity.

—Martin Buber

After the trial concluded, I went backpacking up in the Grand Teton Mountains. I had planned the trip for early September, but the trial had interfered, and instead of canceling, I decided to go in late October. I had been told that the snow would be heavy and it could be a difficult trip, but that was the only time I had. So I found a guide, Paul Lawrence, who had done photography work for magazines and knew about the Tetons during the winter.

Paul and I were at eleven thousand feet near Hurricane Pass between Cascade Canyon and Alaska Basin in the Tetons. It was almost noon on Friday, October 21. I was taking in the spectacular scenery—the Grand Teton itself, the snow-covered passes, crystal clear streams and brooks, running falls, icicle falls, snowshoe rabbits, and bright blue skies. At this time of year, no one else was backpacking in the mountains. We were totally alone.

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10 Cultivate Hope: Found, Not Lost

Dutton, Jane E. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Oana Branzei

Hope is a common, mundane experience, a deep belief that people and situations can and will change—for the better. Everyone hopes, some of the time. However, the consistent and persistent cultivation of hope is a virtuous and noteworthy undertaking.1 At full strength hope can be heroic, even transformational. As President Obama explained, hope is “imagining and then fighting for and struggling for and sometimes dying for what didn’t seem possible before.”2

As a way of seeing, feeling, and being, hope has fundamentally changed the course of human history. Hope has been practiced over space and time, called forth by political leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, preached by religious leaders like Mother Theresa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and harnessed into thriving organizations by modern-day business leaders like Virgin founder Richard Branson or Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus.3 Once they believed that a better future was forthcoming, these leaders actively searched for human potentiality and acted repeatedly and persistently to promote human betterment, even in the midst of adversity.

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Session - Posters

Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis, Ray Hashemi, Joan Lu, George Jandieri, Ashu M. G. Solo, Fernando G. Tinetti CSREA Press PDF
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8. Edward Castronova: Games, Economics, and Policies

David S. Heineman Indiana University Press ePub

EDWARD CASTRONOVA BEGINS HIS BOOK EXODUS TO THE Virtual World with a discussion of Star Trek’s holodeck that, at first glance, seems very similar to Eugene Jarvis’s discussion of that fictional technology in chapter 3 of this book. Castronova explains that it is a “perfect simulation room” that “allows users to enter into a deeply accurate simulation of any environment, from the Wild West to the surface of Pluto” (3). He begins that book with a discussion of the holodeck because, like Jarvis, he sees in it a model for where games might go and what they might do to and for the people who play them. Castronova’s perspective, however, offers a kind of cautionary reply to Jarvis’s enthusiasm. If the holodeck was ubiquitous, he offers, “no starship would do anything at all” (3). Instead, there would be a dramatic shift in what people did with their time, where they did these things, and what the value of that time was considered to be. Simulation, in the form of games, would introduce dramatic social change.

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