Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Mississippi God Dam

    The US Army Corps of Engineers has been playing God again.  It decided to flood around 130000 acres of farmland rather than let an historic town, Cairo, Illinois, be inundated by the Mississippi.  It did this by busting a hole...

  • That almost perfect job – in Paris with no income tax

    Unesco is advertising five managerial positions in its education sector. One of these is Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development Reading the advert (in a disinterested fashion, I should say), it seems that the post is more about DRR than...

  • New Patron, anyone?

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if the new Duchess of Cambridge were found to have a closet interest in the environment?   Well, NGOs in need of a Patron take note: Kate Middleton has a keen appreciation of the natural world...

  • William, Kate, and those Welsh Fish

    Well, eventually I managed to find an environmental angle to the wedding.  It seems that the use of Welsh gold for the wedding rings might (just might!) pose a threat to trout and salmon spawning.  As TIME notes: Conservationists and...

  • The Web of Hope

    I've written two blogs now for the Web of Hope.   The latest, about to appear, is about teaching –  the idea that we are all teachers now whether we like, or know, it or not.  We teach through our...

  • I, being Born a Sinner and Distressed, ...

    If you've been a sinner but have now seen the light, there's nothing like a public confession to let the world know of your repentance, and to show off your shiny new anti-whatever-it-was credentials and zeal.  St. Paul has a...

  • Hobson's choice: Osteoporosis – a Cat's home – and Friends of the Climate

    Shopping in Waitrose today (I know!), I was, as usual, faced with deciding which local charity to support with my solitary little green token.  The choice was between a local osteoporosis support group, a cat's home (actually: Kat's), and the...

  • Globaloney

    The most recent Schumpeter column in The Economist discussed a recent book: World 3.0: global prosperity and how to achieve it.  The column's headline is: The case against globaloney: at last some sense on globalisation, which gives the reader a sense...

  • A Grand Occasion in Plymouth

    I was in Plymouth on Thursday night to be at Stephen Sterling's professorial inaugural lecture.  It was a fittingly splendid few hours.  Stephen was welcomed formally to his new role with an appropriately generous appreciation of his human and professional...

  • Cut off from the World

    Back on line after 3 days with no home broadband, and now recalled to life – but the first thing I learn is that Catherine Z Jones has depression!   Well, I'm off to Plymouth for Stephen Sterling's Inaugural –...