|

Transitioning to World Care: A New Approach to Method in Futures-thinking (Draft paper)

This is a draft of a paper I wrote on futures-thinking. It is a response to an article by Steve Cork et al. in a 2023 issue of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. PDF (31 pages) Other posts onFunctional Collaboration

| |

Functional Collaboration as Futurology

In April 2023, I made a presentation to the Australian Lonergan Workshop (held in Melbourne, Australia) on functional collaboration as futurology – the functional specialties link research and policy and dynamically lean forward into the future. Below is a video, audio and PDF of my presentation: Video (22min 5 sec) Audio (22min 5 sec) PDF…

|

Transitioning to World Care: Functional Collaboration

In June 2023, the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology was held in Melbourne. Included in this post are the text and slides of my 15 minute presentation. Presentation (PDF – 5 pages plus slides) Video presentation (15 minutes) Audio of presentation (15 minutes) Your feedback on these presentations would be welcome. You can post…

| |

Livability, equity and well-being as values: what role does housing play?

In July 2022, the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research held its annual conference online. Included in this post are the text and video of the short presentation as well as an expanded version. Presentation (PDF – 5 pages plus slides) Video (15 minutes) Expanded version (PDF – 12 pages) Your feedback on these presentations would…

|

The new economics

The starting point for a new economic heuristic is to distinguish two different circuits of production: A basic circuit which produces goods and services such as food, housing (or housing services), refrigerators, cars etc. which are sold into a community’s standard of living (in green in the image above) A surplus circuit  which produces the means…

| |

Functional collaboration post

“A cycle of functional specialties: a framework for collaborative creativity” Functional collaboration is a new way of understanding and doing science. It is a cyclic process that is aligned with how we make progress. As such, by facilitating collaboration between specialists, it improves the prospects of making progress in any area of human endeavour. Functional…

| |

Towards an integrated comprehensive heuristic for housing research

One of key challenges of housing research is to develop a comprehensive heuristic that can be used as a framework for understanding any housing system. (A heuristic is guide for undertaking research. It identifies the basic variables and their relations that constitute housing.) To date most housing heuristics have had a limited focus, either on…

|

Thinking is hard work

Thinking is hard work. As any student, post-grad or researcher will affirm, it bring with it many emotions – tension, anger, doubt, elation. To be a researcher involves being able to live with the tension between not-understanding and understanding. Where we reach or sense we might reach conclusions that upset our taken-for-granted beliefs and values,…