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Brian G. Dowling

Mental Modeler - Fuzzy Logic Cognitive Mapping - 0 views

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    Based in Fuzzy-logic Cognitive Mapping (FCM), users can easily develop semi-quantitative models of environmental issues, social concerns or social-ecological systems in Mental Modeler by:
     Defining the important components of a system
     Defining the relationships between these components
     Running "what if" scenarios to determine how the system might react under a range of possible changes.
Brian G. Dowling

LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems - 0 views

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    In a world filled with ever-more-complex technological, sociological, ecological, political & economic systems... a tool to make interactive simulations may not be that much help. But it can certainly try.
Brian G. Dowling

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) - Nurture Development - 0 views

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    Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to sustainable community-driven development. Beyond the mobilisation of a particular community, it is concerned with how to link micro-assets to the macro-environment. Asset Based Community Development's premise is that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognised assets. Thereby responding to challenges and creating local social improvement and economic development.
    This page will describe ABCD through five key aspects.
Brian G. Dowling

About ABCD - Nurture Development - 0 views

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    ABCD stands for Asset-Based Community Development and it refers to a type of community development based on the work of Professors Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight.

    ABCD challenges the traditional deficit-based approach that tries to solve urban and rural development problems by focusing on the needs and deficiencies of individuals, neighbourhoods, towns, villages, etc.
Brian G. Dowling

Home - Barnwood Trust - 0 views

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    Barnwood Trust's vision is to create the best possible environment in Gloucestershire for disabled people and people with mental health problems to make the most of their lives.
Brian G. Dowling

#SimplifyGov - Simplify Government - 0 views

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    It's not hard to make most things work. A little common sense goes a long way. People take responsibility. They're judged on results. 

    Our government doesn't work that way anymore. We all know that government is broken. But Washington insiders will never fix it, unless we join together to demand a historic overhaul. The solutions are relatively easy-remaking government into simple frameworks that allow people to take charge again. What's hard is overthrowing the Washington status quo. It will only happen with your help.
Brian G. Dowling

About the Journal | Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice - 0 views

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    Murmurations showcases innovative and leading-edge professional and research practice and methodology. The journal treats writing and visual media as opportunities for dialogue, as forms of relational practice, as a form of reflexive inquiry where the writer, artist or film maker holds the audience in mind. 
Brian G. Dowling

D.I.Y. Circles | Community Circles - 2 views

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    Community Circles work by following a step-by-step process that fosters creative, fun meetings that result in ideas and actions.
Brian G. Dowling

Calling Bullshit. - 0 views

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    While bullshit may reach its apogee in the political domain, this is not a course on political bullshit. Instead, we will focus on bullshit that comes clad in the trappings of scholarly discourse. Traditionally, such highbrow nonsense has come couched in big words and fancy rhetoric, but more and more we see it presented instead in the guise of big data and fancy algorithms - and these quantitative, statistical, and computational forms of bullshit are those that we will be addressing in the present course.

Brian G. Dowling

Arts Index | Americans for the Arts - 0 views

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    Arts and culture are a deep and intrinsic part of every community. Across the United States there are over 113,000 organizations dedicated to many aspects of cultural life. This activity encompasses a broad range of disciplines that ranges from performing arts production and presentation, to visual arts exhibition, to arts education and arts in healthcare, to preservation and interpretation of our collective heritage.
Brian G. Dowling

New Orleans, LA | People's Budget | You're mayor for a day. - 1 views

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    How does it work?
    We give you 602 million dollars. It's your job to balance the budget while funding the many important responsibilities of city government. We'll give you some guidelines - what do the departments do? What happens if you give them more-or less - money?
Brian G. Dowling

MIT SENSEable City Lab - 1 views

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    The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. Studying these changes from a critical point of view and anticipating them is the goal of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a new research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brian G. Dowling

Home | Santa Fe Institute - 0 views

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    The Santa Fe Institute is a nonprofit, independent research center that leads global research in complexity science. SFI scientists seek the shared patterns and regularities across physical, biological, social, and technological systems that give rise to complexity-in any system in which its collective, system-wide behaviors cannot be understood merely by studying its parts or individuals in isolation. Insights from complexity science are increasingly useful in understanding questions far beyond the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines-urban sustainability, disease networks, and financial risk, to name a few.
Brian G. Dowling

At The Intersection Of Adaptive Leadership, Design And Systems Thinking | DCulberhouse - 2 views

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    We live in a world relentlessly pushed forward by the velocity, volatility, uncertainty, disruption, and disequilibrium of constant change.  As the pace of change accelerates, so does the shelf-life of our strategies, processes, frameworks, and systems.  The rapidity of change now requires an expanding and continuously evolving breadth and depth to our repertoire of problem-solving strategies and leadership skill-sets.  Yet, even in the face of this rapidity of change and the disequilibrium it creates, too often, we find ourselves as individuals and organizations siloed in and dedicated to only one way of doing and working.  
Brian G. Dowling

MacArthur Foundation - 0 views

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    "From transforming conditions for low-wage workers to identifying internet security vulnerabilities, from celebrating the African American string band tradition to designing resilient urban habitats, these new MacArthur Fellows bring their exceptional creativity to diverse people, places, and social challenges. Their work gives us reason for optimism and inspires us all."
Brian G. Dowling

CUP: Home - 0 views

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    CUP collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities to make educational tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues.
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