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Sunday, 22 April 2018
Text from youtube "The conversation around gender equality is changing rapidly. Laura Bates, author and founder of Everyday Sexism, urges everyone to look at the way these debates are framed and tackle the normalisation that says 'this is the way it's always been, so just get on with it'. She insists we must recognise that this moment of revealing the truth is just the beginning and the real work is in fixing the problem."
Saturday, 21 April 2018
5min @LSENews clip - Dr Michael Muthukrishna on The Causes of #Corruption - insights from evolutionary biology #rB>C
Text from youtube "Dr Michael Muthukrishna shines an evolutionary light on the problem of corruption revealing that rather than a breakdown in cooperation, corruption *is* cooperation.
One scale of cooperation, typically the one that’s smaller and easier to sustain, undermines another. The mechanisms that sustain these scales of cooperation are well understood within evolutionary biology and cultural evolution giving us new tools in the battle against corruption.
Drawing on recent work, he reveals that transparency is not enough in the places with the highest corruption, and can even make the problem worse. He explains how competition between societies and between different ways of doing things - cultural-groups selection - has been responsible for the suppression of cooperation over history. "
Friday, 20 April 2018
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Text based on that on youtube An update to their VFX award video from last year. They've added the winner from last year, this year's nominees, and a whole bunch of great updates throughout the video entirely.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
12min @TheCrashCourse clip - #Roman #Theater with Plautus, Terence, and Seneca: Crash Course Theater #6
Text from youtube "In which Mike delves into the theater of ancient Rome. It wasn't all gladiators and Christian-killing, you know. There was theater, too. Roman drama drew heavily on Greek drama. So heavily, in fact, that many of the stories and characters were lifted directly from Greek plays. This time around, you'll learn about Plautus, Terence, and Seneca, and just what they owe to Menander. "
Monday, 16 April 2018
(this post was 1st published on the Rural Presence Blog)
Reflecting on what it means to lead churches in a rural context.
The Germinate Leadership course from Germinate: the Arthur Rank Centre is an 18-month programme that "combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues including conflict resolution, team building and group dynamics, and the importance of deepening emotional intelligence."
This latter area - a session on emotional intelligence - from consultant Jill Garrett of LT Consulting - was one of the best elements in the residential gathering I attended and provided some valuable insight into my own practice as well as helping to understand others I work with.
Also excellent was the session on models and skills for leadership in rural churches from Amiel Osmaston, until recently Ministry Development Officer for the Diocese of Carlisle and contributor to to Reshaping rural ministry (the lecture was largely based on her chapter in this book - well worth a read).
Course members are a mix of lay and ordained, from different denominations and levels of experience of rural church. And this is one of the course's strengths: the opportunity to meet and share with people from across the country, so you get a wider perspective on the present realities of rural ministry. The co-consultancy groups look to be a helpful addition, as does the provision of a mentor for the duration of the course.
If you're interested, apply , the next round starts in September 2018.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Text from youtube "Britons often grumble that Americanisms are creeping into British English. Lane Greene, our language guru, asks where American words really come from—and whether they pose a threat to the Queen's English.
Are American's trashing the English language?
The Economists language expert, Lane Greene, knows a thing or two about English. Lane is a fan of words, lots of words, and Lane is an American living in London. He's become accustomed to British English slang. But Lane often hears Britons complain that there are too many American words and expressions creeping into British English, these are called Americanisms. British writer Matthew Engel can't stand Americanisms being used in Britain and even wrote a book about it.