DiEM25 and the Universal Dividend

DiEM25 ‘unveils its European New Deal’ summary document.

Of particular interest is the proposal to create a Universal Dividend which could be funded from the dividends of a ‘Commons Capital Depository’.

Not a bad idea if one considers that capital is not entirely created by capitalists who should not, therefore, have the exclusive right to its returns.

For further information, check out the summary report here.

Also, remember to refer back to DiEM’s website in March 2017 when the white paper European New Deal: An Economic Agenda for European Recovery will be launched ‘in the context of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome’.

Digital Scholarship

In Being a Scholar in the Digital Era: Transforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good, Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite explore how digital media can be used to support scholarship and teaching and also further the pursuit of social justice. Paul Webb recommends this fascinating book for showing how digital scholarship can help generate robust research with genuine impact and can enable the convergence of academia, activism and journalism in productive ways.

If this appeals, take a look at my review at LSE Review of Books here.

 

A Theory of Change

Why not take a look at Matthew Taylor’s lecture entitled Why policy fails – and how it might succeed?

During an interesting lecture, Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, outlines his theory of change with reference to the Scottish Constitutional Convention, the ban on smoking in public places and the minimum/living wage.

He also refers to the RSA’s work on developing a model of Basic Income.

The lecture is available here.

The RSA report – Creative Citizen, creative state: the principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income  can be downloaded here.

Research as activism

JustPublics@365 have produced some interesting skills guides for scholars who wish to build an audience for their work beyond academia. Example guides include a Social Media Toolkita report: Engaging Academics and Reimagining Scholarly Communication for the Public Good and thought provoking material on altmetrics.

The site is particularly interesting because of the collaborations which it encourages between scholars, activists and journalists in the pursuit of social justice.

So why not take a look at their resources here ?

Ethnography

In Watching Closely: A Guide to Ethnographic Observation, Christena Nippert-Eng presents a new guide to undertaking ethnographic observation, providing both exercises and advice for researchers. This book will be of use to scholars regardless of their level of experience [….. and combines] solid instruction in the technicalities of ethnographic research methodologies with an engaging, inspiring and insightful approach.

If this sound interesting, why not check out my review at LSE US Centre  here ?

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Creative Communication

What creative methods of research communication can help scholars get their message ‘out there’ effectively? In Creative Research Communication: Theory and Practice, Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp offer a new guide which will be accessible to researchers working across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. Wilkinson and Weitkamp successfully blend the theoretical and the practical in an approachable manner in an excellent book full of interesting and relevant content for academics and non-academics alike.

Click here to see my complete review in LSE Review of Books.