REGENERATING THE PUBLIC REALM: Blenders, babysitters and burglars! – connecting neighbours in unexpected ways – Playing Out

“For my street – and the others who have shared their experiences – new and rich connections have grown from sharing time and fun on the street during playing out sessions. And they have changed the way I feel about living here for the better.”

We know more about regenerating a rainforest or a prairie than we do about regenerating the public realm.

We really need to get out more.

And we really need to study more.

PlayingOut, is one neccesary, but—of course—of itself, insufficient condition for this regeneration of  the public realm to take place. Pun placed intentionally!

Read and follow their excellent bloggery.

via Blenders, babysitters and burglars! – connecting neighbours in unexpected ways – Playing Out.

Give them all ASBOs! This is what advocacy for play looks like

What follows is the (obviously) unofficial view of a senior police officer on the subject of ASBOs, ABCs and other legal attempts to control the nuisance of children.

The officer is commenting on a report, which you can read by following the link below.

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The officer said:

“I am writing in a non official capacity – my role is that of *** in ***
(Force).

If I can take the opportunity to comment on your ABC report. I thought it
was spot on and I will ensure it will be sent to my officers responsible for
delivering and working with those who deliver ABCs.

I do see a use for ABCs but as you point out, when the system is vague
and threatening it does nothing to inspire me that this is a tool that will
be of any merit or worth.

Surely children who may be experiencing problems in their lives require
support and should not be growing up in an authoritarian environment?

Thank you for a thought provoking report.”

The report he or she is commenting on is this one:

Report re: The Compatibility of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts with
Article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights

By Jan Cosgrove and Matthew Cosgrove

http://www.fairplayforchildren.org/pdf/1325042991.pdf

Have any of our noble play-related university lecturers done any work in this area? I would love to see it.

 

You can find out more about FPFC here:

 

http://www.fairplayforchildren.net/what.htm

Parents Who Promote Less Rigid Lifestyles for Children Prove More Effective

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/15514/20140618/parents-who-promote-less-rigid-lifestyles-children-prove-more-effective.htm

Seems to be a balanced article about a smart bit of research.

Evidence you say? What is that? Away with you and your ‘evidence’! (NAMED AND SHAMED: GPs who miss cancer diagnoses)

plexity:

Read this blog, please. If you value any of my bloggage, read this other bloke’s blog. We need to bring as much as we can of this level of surgical precision to management.

If psychology can be a science, (a claim I find dubious having obtained a degree in it from an excellent college ranked number 3 or 4 in the UK, Hindustani).

(Hindustani? How could this idiotphone think I meant that when I wrote incidentally? This is why the robots well not take over just yurt)

As I was saying, if psychology can be a science then so can management.

There was a brief kerfuffle in the business schools about why they didn’t see the crash coming and why they failed to teach ethics to MBAs. Six months later all forgotten. Gary Wossname would have put on a conference or earned a big fee for meaculpaing, or both. Business school profs make admen look shamefaced and moral.

I’m not advocating Taylor’s Scientific Management. We have some better science now. And proper true facts are harder to come by in management consultancy. But we could work a lot harder than we do to seek truth amid opinion and cant.

Please read the wise words of the junior doctor.

Originally posted on juniordoctorblog:

If you saw the Mail on Sunday today you would have seen the above headline.

According to Wikiquotes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 4-time US senator and academic, once said “You are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts”. Rather than writing an extensive counter-diatribe of rhetoric on the ridiculousness of the article, the irresponsible attitude to health reporting and Jeremy Hunt in general, I have decided to try a new form of discussion. I call it ‘The Facts’.

Fact #1
Here are the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines for referring patients to a specialist with the suspicion of cancer. http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG27*

Fact #2
This is how common bowel cancer is: there are 47.2 new cases per 100,000 people per year (crude). This equals around 40,000 new cases nationally, which means nearly 1 case per UK GP per year.

This is how common breast cancer is: there are 155…

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http://policyforplay.com/2014/06/03/farewell-to-a-ludic-hero/

I hope there will be more tributes to Perry.

A small personal note: on learning that I would be celebrating my 50th birthday on my own, having recently isolated myself in what Bob called my ‘cave’ in the Peak District, he came over with presents: pertinently, a copy of ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

Thanks, Perry.

Now, please read Adrian’s fine words.

A Real Step To Fix Democracy – Atlantic Mobile

http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/05/a-real-step-to-fix-democracy/371898/

The rules which govern the changing of the rules of the game may be the most important rules of all. Nature knows this.

If anyone asks me nicely, I can attempt to explicate this conviction…

A Real Step To Fix Democracy – Atlantic Mobile

http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/05/a-real-step-to-fix-democracy/371898/

The rules which govern the changing of the rules of the game may be the most important rules of all. Nature knows this.

If anyone asks me nicely, I can attempt to explicate this conviction.

Things they didn’t teach me at Agricultural College…

Is Management Due for a Renaissance? http://feeds.harvardbusiness.org/~r/harvardbusiness/~3/odxH2hp0j7Q/

I wouldn’t normally give pieces like this, blog room, but David Hurst is the author of one of my favourite books, although to be honest, as is often the case for HBR, the paper it is based on is all you need. Check out his ‘Crisis and Renewal’.

Like Hurst, I have been waiting for that renaissance. We had the false dawn of applied complexity-based approached, for which I was a cheerleader, in the mid-Nineties. That little flame blew out because it couldn’t prosper within a machine approach. (Terrible sentence, I’m sorry)

Have a look, complexity and humanity fans. Have a think, too.

Ant groups ‘more efficient than Google’ in processing data, new study finds – Science – News – The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ant-groups-more-efficient-than-google-in-processing-data-new-study-finds-9436322.html

It looks like there might be a bit of a second wave of complexity research going on. This might explain why more people are becoming interested once more in the applications of these idea in management.

Nothing new in this news item, except that it validated and underlines some of the core concepts of self-organisation.

New coinage: Bio-mimetic management

BMM would, apply insights from biology to management.

An example being the use of ant-derived search algorithms to model and satisfice traffic flow.

Biologists Find New Rules for Life at the Edge of Chaos | Science | WIRED

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/criticality-in-biology/

Interesting piece. Nice to see coevolution at the edge of chaos being studied.

Shame that the first generation of pioneers like Per Bak (self organised criticality) and Kauffman, Langton and the Santa Fe posse (too many references to list) have been sidelined.

A recycled press release, methinks. Wired should work a bit harder. But well worth a read.

Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence | Brain Pickings

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/22/daniel-goleman-focus-10000-hours-myth/

Of course it’s not just the hours, it’s what you do in them as well. Top down deliberative attention is needed as well.

And feedback.

Not the same as praise. When was the last time you got feedback detailed enough to do something with?

If you haven’t already, sign up for Brain Pickings, it’s free and excellent. (The only thing wrong with it is that weird name, ugh.)

Go sign up!

Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It | Psychology Today

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201404/risky-play-why-children-love-it-and-need-it

Brilliant article, love the six categories.

I agree with Rob Wheway, a battle lost I fear, that we should say challenging play not risky play, but that is by the by.

All hail the new guru of risky play!