the latest issue of The International Journal of Social Quality

A bit of advertisement – the copy of a mail I received via a mailing list: Dear Colleague, We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of The International Journal of Social Quality has recently been published by Berghahn Journals.  In this issue, the articles consider multiple approaches as they address societal issues such … Continua a leggere

Sharing economy …

… or being Pawlowian dog? There are so many “likes” and endorsements and people one “knows”, i.e. with whom one is “friends” or to whom one is linked in, gated in a research “community” …, and one gets frequently messages about having been found or people following you on academic sites while you are yourself … Continua a leggere

About the real realities of the presence …

… not the realities of a proposed future in the making, There we are talking about digitalisation, the abundance of today’s society and zero-marginality, of course often or not, considering, admitting, commiserating the poverty, asking even for changes of the distribution and policies of distribution, allowing the “inclusion”. Looking honestly at the other sides, we should surely … Continua a leggere

Social management – brief overview and introduction

A brief look at social management is given in a lecture to students at Plekanov university and can be accessed on my YouTube channel. Preparing the presentation was interesting, as actually on the Internet the search for social management does not show any results anymore …. – only issues around social media are schowing up. So, in this light the … Continua a leggere

Employment – is that really the core issue?

In a brief presentation at ФГБОУ ВПО “РЭУ им. Г.В. Плеханова” (Plechanov University) in Moscow I addressed issues around employment, labour market policies and the structural challenges our economies and moreover societies face today by putting them into the perspective of critical and problem-solving research (Cox). This presentation is part of the research I outlined with … Continua a leggere

The power of love – the love of power … The need for genuine truth

I am sure many of you know it: What Did I Do Is For Your Own Good – apparently “one of these videos”, going viral … (sorry, it is youtube but you may manage – or look for “What Did I Do Is For Your Own Good」 – Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Singers” Can make somebody … Continua a leggere

books not only written for their own times

Of course, books are written at a specific period in time, reflect the era and contribute to their stabilisation or change. And they are reflected upon. One of the outstanding works is Thomas Paine’s Rights of man so much to be criticised and rejected, beginning with the title, not acknowledging the need for A Vindication … Continua a leggere

Sure: Shock !! – But also Surprise ??

Yes, he made it – and the world is surprised, and comes increasingly to the conclusion that it should not be surprised. Demograph’s a joining democrats, looking for reasons behind the success of demagogues – not just in Trump’s empire to be; and illusionists reflect on the majestic power of the new magician, money. We … Continua a leggere

The no-problem-society III – Beautification of living trying to gain space

No problem, of course – indeed, only if there is shadow, there will be light. And the one-sided view, so prevalent as it is so easy, allows to ignore seeing the ‘dark side’ – which of course is a problem for those actually sitting in the middle of the shadow. In other words, what really … Continua a leggere

Yes I am

I definitely are very much in favour of internationalization of education – though my recent comments may have suggested something else. As said in Shanghai, the questions are What for? and Controlled by whom? – Thanks Julia.