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A thesis about trade unions and Basic Income

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 5:51am in



Luca Michele Cigna has written a master’s degree thesis about trade unions’ positions on Basic income: Looking for a North Star? Trade unions’ positions in the Universal Basic Income debate First, unions’ propensity to support a UBI depends onthe degrees of socio-economic insecurity. In contexts characterised by high levels of poverty,unemployment and precariousness, UBI proposals […]

2020 Korea Basic Income Fair International Conference

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/09/2020 - 5:51am in

The original plan was for an international conference in Korea in February 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic caused the event to be postponed. An international conference has now been held online, and a wide range of speakers and discussants from around the world have contributed. Session 1 was on ‘steppingstones to Basic Income: pilots and […]

Launch of the new Bank of England Agenda for Research

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 7:40pm in

Today the Bank launched the new ‘Bank of England Agenda for Research’ setting out the key areas for new research over the coming years and a set of priority topics for 2021.  The agenda is available on the Bank’s website here. Belinda Tracey, Managing Editor

$4.4 Million Grant for Philosophical Exploration of Honesty

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 12:58am in

Christian B. Miller, the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, and a team of researchers, have been awarded a $4.4 million grant for his “Honesty Project.”

[Jacob Jordaens, “Diogenes Searching for an Honest Man”]

The Honesty Project brings philosophy together with psychology, as well as business, economics and political science, to focus on five main questions about honesty:

  • What is the definition and value of honesty? What are the behavioral and motivational requirements for being honest or exceptionally so?
  • To what extent are people honest? How does this vary by culture?
  • What contextual and internal factors encourage honesty and shape its development in individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • What are the consequences of honesty and dishonesty for relationships, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • Under what conditions is dishonesty justified, if any? What factors lead people to be receptive to or offended by honesty?

The grant, awarded by the John Templeton Foundation, is the largest grant ever awarded to the humanities at Wake Forest University. It will support research projects, conferences, seminars, and research competitions in philosophy and science. You can learn more about it here.

The post $4.4 Million Grant for Philosophical Exploration of Honesty appeared first on Daily Nous.

Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 22/08/2020 - 12:24am in



Curt Bonk and I recently published a Preface for a special issue of ETR&D on Systematic Reviews of Research on Learning Environments and Technologies. It is largely a collection of personal stories and reflections about the arc of learning technologies over the last 30 years. However, we close with some advice which I believe to be profoundly important for everyone working in and around the learning technologies field, include open advocates.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the field of learning technologies is the way it obsesses over technologies while devaluing or even ignoring problems faced by learners around the world. For decades, learning technologies like those discussed in this special volume have been elevated to objects of study in and of themselves. All too frequently, those working in our field respond to questions about their research agenda with answers like “I study iPads,” “I study augmented reality,” or “I study open educational resources.” We question whether this fetishization of learning technologies will help us make sustained, meaningful improvements to the world in the future. As long as we are focused on the tools themselves, the ongoing march of learning technologies will resemble an endless series of waves eternally breaking on the shore only to draw out and come crashing in again without making a visible difference in the surrounding landscape.

We encourage learning technologists to follow the old advice, ‘fall in love with the problem, not the solution.’ The world is full of so very many problems that desperately need solving—racism, poverty, crime, climate change, war, Internet access, educating refugees… the list goes on and on and range from the local to the global. At the very least, we encourage the reader to consider adding a problem to their answer to the question above. For example, “I study how to help young women maintain their interest in science and math into their high school years. iPads show real promise for mitigating this problem.” Or “I study how to make higher education more effective and affordable to students who are most at-risk. Open educational resources have an important role to play in making that happen.”

Fall in love with a problem—let it be your “standing wave.” Then as the inevitable extended, connected, and repeated waves of learning technologies roll past over the years, you will have a steady foundation from which to evaluate and use them instrumentally to make the world a better place.

You can read the full article online.

Contract Talk: New Research on Teachers Unions

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 9:41pm in



Teachers unions are the biggest impediments to fixing schools and improving student achievement. That mantra has been at the heart of school reform efforts for more than a decade – but is it true? Education researchers Adam Kirk Edgerton and Mimi Lyon both started their teaching careers at a time of peak hostility to unions (remember Waiting for Superman?). When they left the classroom to go back to school, both were intent on researching unionization in order to better understand its impact—on teachers, students, and on progressive policies in states where unionization has been hindered. Oh, and did we mention that Adam and Mimi are the runners up in the 2020 Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest? 

Complete transcript of the episode is here. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon or donate on PayPal.

Have You Heard · #94 Contract Talk: New Research on Teachers Unions


Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 19/08/2020 - 1:54am in




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Join in on the AllSides Connect “Hackathon” Starting Today!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 18/08/2020 - 9:00pm in



All are invited to test drive the freshly renamed civil discourse digital platform, AllSides Connect, and give your feedback! For the next three days, August 18th, 19th, and 20th –  NCDDers AllSides and Living Room Conversations are hosting the AllSides Connect “Hackathon”, and we encourage you to check it out! Folks may remember the platform by its’ former name, “Mismatch”. This platform is an opportunity to build connections and share conversation, which many of us are greatly in need of during these times of increased physical distancing due to the coronavirus. Read more in the post below and sign up here! Thank you so much to Kristin Hansen, Director of AllSides Connect, for sharing this announcement with us!

AllSides Connect “Hackathon!”

AllSides and Living Room Conversations request your help! Please sign up for the AllSides Connect “Hackathon,” taking place this week – August 18th, 19th, and 20th.
What is AllSides Connect?
A realtime video platform that is purpose-built to foster civil discourse and dialogue across geographic distance and political, racial, faith-based, and other divides in America. AllSides Connect has been built collaboratively by Living Room ConversationsAllSides, and Bridge the Divide. AllSides Connect is intended to broadly serve and scale the bridging/dialogue/civil discourse field. (You might know the platform by its prior name, “Mismatch.”)

What’s the Hackathon, and how do I sign up?
Join the hackathon to experience online civil discourse, test drive the realtime video platform, and give the AllSides Connect team your feedback on the experience … all in 30 minutes or less!

Best of all, you don’t need to be a techie to “hack” AllSides Connect … non-techies needed!

All you need to do is sign up for one 30-minute slot on Tues Aug 18, Wed Aug 19, or Thurs Aug 20. Up to six people can sign up for each time slot.

Here’s the link to sign up: AllSides Connect Hackathon – Sign Up Form – Aug 18, 19, 20

What happens next?
Next, you’ll receive a calendar invite, a URL link, and some basic instructions about how to join your scheduled conversation. You’ll be joined with one or more other “hackers” to hold a short online conversation, with a built-in guide.

Thank you for helping these organizations to scale civil discourse, respectful dialogue, and empathetic listening across America!

Basic Income and microcredit together

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 5:47am in



Katrin Oemmelen has written an article, ‘Using poverty reduction policies in the fight against COVID-19’, which is a summary of her dissertation. The results of a six-year research project in Namibia shows that access to financial tools such as universalbasic income and microcredit, in combination with financial literacy, can have a measurable impact inNamibia, especially […]

Researcher sought to study the Maricá experiment

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 5:46pm in


News, research

Details of the unconditional local currency income experiment in Maricá can be found here; with a translation in Portuguese here. The European Commission is advertising for a post-doctoral researcher to study the unconditional local currency experiment in Maricá in Brazil. Details of the opportunity can be found here.