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  • The Leakage Problem -- An example of the kind of thinking that will be needed to restore public confidence in and support for badly needed infrastructure projects. #mbi_context --
  • Randomness Rules -- We tend dramatically to underestimate the role of randomness in the world. -- We keep looking for causes, and someone to blame. An interesting article suggesting that, often, that cause is random chance. #mbi_context --
  • Med Schools Are Now Denying Biological Sex -- A look at what happens when the all-out pursuit of a political agenda collides with objective reality. #mbi_context --
  • Kanieke’ha:ke social worker Wanda Gabriel on trauma -- A short video discussing intergenerational trauma and its impacts for indiginous peoples. #mbi_colleague --
  • Get Ready for the 'No-Buy' List -- For those concerned about giving Big Tech too much control over what we think and worry about, a new threat – restricted access to the financial system. #mbi_context --
  • At Tyler Cowen University, No One Would Have Tenure -- Something we need more of, serious efforts to think about how universities can more effectively address their many problems. #mbi_context --
  • Ideas that work -- Truth, knowledge, justice – to understand how our loftiest abstractions earn their keep, trace them to their practical origins #mbi_context --
  • A Taxonomy of Fear -- A call for much more courageous and determined efforts to defend the right to voice and debate inevitably controversial thoughts on how to build a better society. #mbi_context --
  • What Germany Can Teach America About Polarization -- Another "if it's been done, it must be possible" story. This one looks at how Germany has used public media to help limit levels of destructive hyper-polarization. #mbi_context --
  • What’s Ripping American Families Apart? -- The estrangement of family members from one another, an another destructive type of conflict that needs more attention. #mbi_context --
  • The Biosophical Institute -- BI's mission is to cultivate a community and culture of peace encompassing life wisdom and deep relationships through character and peace education. #mbi_colleague --
  • How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition -- Meritocracy prizes achievement above all else, making everyone—even the rich—miserable. Maybe there’s a way out. #mbi_context --
  • The Cross of Gold: Brazilian treasure and the decline of Portugal -- In one of history's great ironies, Portugal's colonial plundering of Brazil's gold undermined rather than enhanced its wealth and power. #mbi_context --
  • Civic Voice and Side Environmental Events -- A digital way for stakeholders and individuals to provide data and evidence to Congress to build local civic input on environmental issues. #mbi_colleague --
  • The Myth of Panic -- An exploration of the many problems that arise when governments are unwilling to honestly tell their citizens about the challenges that they face. #mbi_context --
  • To means-test or not to means-test -- More thinking about who should and shouldn't be entitled to various forms of governmental assistance. #mbi_context --
  • A Review of "We are Bellingcat" by Amy Zegart -- A look at our new world in which access to extremely sophisticated (and often quite invasive) "intelligence" is available to ever-growing segments of the population. #mbi_context --
  • The Incoherence of Gender Ideology -- With respect to gender-related conflicts, a long and careful exploration of the complexities and pitfalls of promoting social change by altering the way in which language is used. #mbi_context --
  • Wise Interventions -- A video explaining the notion of wise interventions and the searchable Wise Intervention database that can be used to design processes that work with people's psychology. #mbi_colleague --
  • You’re Being Manipulated -- A big reason why we can't get along is that political partisans are using social media to divide, dominate, disorient, and demoralize us to the point where we quit trying. #mbi_context --
  • Teaching Race in Kindergarten -- This is where the debate over "critical race theory" really matters – in deciding what and how we teach the next generation about how to make our diverse and flawed society really work. #mbi_context --
  • The rise and importance of the Secret Congress -- Evidence that there is a functional U.S. Congress that's getting things done by "flying under the radar" and staying away from the hot button issues. #mbi_context --
  • Destruction and Hope in Portland -- From Portland, food for thought on the nature of protest, civic unrest, and the line that separates destructive from constructive forms of social advocacy. #mbi_context --
  • Are the Elite Hijacking Social Change? -- An important book that challenges those of us working for social justice within existing systems of power to consider whether we are helping to perpetuate the problems we seek to solve. #mbi_context --
  • Jayne Docherty: When the Militia Are Your Neighbors and Your Community is a Microcosm of the Country -- Stereotypes and distrust are hampering cooperation, but with effort, joint projects can bring people together to the benefit of all. #mbi_knowbase --