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New Public How

  |  May 6, 2011

Dawn: A Mood 1 A child throws the toy, says Fort! Disappears. Reels it back, says Da! Not gone. 2 Thursday, April 28: Pub Think meet-up: not in attendance. NY is not London. Saturday, April 30: Lively discussion, according to reports rec’d. Friday, February 25: Skyped w/ Dougald. Notes on “plurality of genres,” “new institutional forms,” “new thinking […]

Kick The Bastards Out: Comparing Collapsonomics Elections with Justin Pickard

  |  May 4, 2011

Here in the United Kingdom, we have a referendum tomorrow on whether to replace our First Past The Post voting system with the Alternative Vote. Over the past year, polls have shown a strong lead for voting reform slip back to roughly even pegging, then collapse over the past two months. At this stage, it’s […]

New Public Thinking and how not to do it – the death of Osama Bin Laden

  |  May 2, 2011

Last Thursday we had our first New Public Thinking meet up. It was a great evening, with a diverse range of NPT contributors and potential contributors enjoying an animated, free-flowing discussion on what New Public Thinking is/could/ should be. Although the conversation was deliberately unstructured and wasn’t intended to come up with hard and fast […]

New Public Thinking: Beyond the Individual, Beyond the Present

  |  April 8, 2011

“We make our buildings, and then our buildings make and shape us.” (Winston Churchill) I composed many of these thoughts while I was taking a very long walk through the forest last week, and I’ve left this post mostly as it was when I jotted it down on my return. I hope you think of […]

It’s not how big your society is, it’s what you do with it

  |  March 30, 2011

As I was on the train yesterday morning, I tweeted, ‘On my way to Guildford to talk about what’s wrong with #bigsociety.’ I got a reply straight back from Mike Butcher – Editor of TechCrunch Europe, co-founder of TechHub, board member of the Coalition for a Digital Economy, and someone who has been at the […]

What Could New Public Thinking Be? Three Reflections

  |  March 29, 2011

To the Reader: This is the first of a multi-part series devoted to the question: ‘What could new public thinking be’? We invite you to think with us about what it could mean to think in public today. Sincerely, Keith Kahn-Harris, Pat Kane, & Andrew Taggart 1 Keith Kahn-Harris writes: The eminent UK sociologist Anthony […]

Agonising, Agonism and Nuclear Power

  |  March 21, 2011

‘A body of water: water’s body that seems to have a mind (and change it: isn’t that what makes a mind, its changing?)’ From Philip Gross, Betweenland 1, The Water Table It’s been a truly painful week for the people of Japan and all of us watching their tragedy unfold. Only a few hours after […]

Radical Leftist Politics, What Have You Done for Us Lately?

  |  February 28, 2011

On Sunday, February 13, I received an email to this effect: "I enjoyed reading your recent essay [“In the Land of Bloombergia,” Counterpunch, 9 February 2011] critiquing the critique of your Mayor Bloomberg. I have much the same thoughts when I read a lot of left critiques of our cultural and political elites [...]

On Engagement

  |  February 25, 2011

Without anyone really noticing, the term ‘engagement’ seems to be on the way to becoming ubiquitous in public discourse. One recent manifestation of this was a recent report on campus extremism by UK university vice-chancellors that suggested that universities should ‘engage with, rather than proscribe’ extreme views on campus. The report’s call for engagement was […]

Why We Need More Trickster Stories

  |  February 23, 2011

How we tell stories has a lot to do with how we understand ourselves and our world. My obsession with story-gathering and storytelling (otherwise known as researching and writing) is probably why I find myself working in and studying media and communications. One of the things I have learned is that once ideas and experiences […]