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Alastair Parvin
Systems designer. CEO Open Systems Lab. , Plan✕,
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Richard Feynman 14h
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Fall in love with some activity and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about and it doesn't matter.
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Alex von Tunzelmann 17h
Marcus Rashford’s feed of businesses stepping up to give children free meals is deeply moving and reminds me of the end of It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s really wonderful that they’re doing this. What a failure of the state, though, to force hungry children to rely on charity.
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Alastair Parvin 15h
Replying to @robin_white13
Even the metaphor of family silverware is generous in a way. We don’t really *need* silverware. Selling public land is more like a family raising cash by selling their own house / clothes / organs..
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Geoliberal🔰🇮🇸🇱🇮🇳🇴🇨🇭 17h
Good point in this thread on how electoral reform gives parties a much broader geographical interest:
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Ben Newmark Oct 22
Can we have a massive shout out to all cleaners in schools right now? I get to school SUPER early (6.30ish) and arrive to a spotless site. Then many of the cleaners go on to other places to begin all over again later, and those that don't are still with us. It's MIGHTY work.
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john thackara 约翰·萨卡拉 Oct 22
the food-farm-school nexus can be huge: in China 7,000 farms have official status as classrooms (the one below is BIOfarm in Shanghai). The biocanteens movement in Europe is also doing great work
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Alex Evans Oct 22
Fun fact: Henry George, who invented land value taxes, is also the orginator of the idea that we're all passengers on spaceship Earth - all the way back in 1879.
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
Replying to @cdlariviere
(Admittedly less good when I went out and left it open, and returned to find my bed transformed into a sleeping-puddle 💦 🛏)
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
Replying to @cdlariviere
Also heavenly when it rains. When a student in Sheffield my bed was in loft under a huge skylight. It also gave this view back down over the city, so you could hear city but you had to stand on tiptoes to see it. Very good for the soul.
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
Replying to @carolynsteel
Basically, imagine an education / dinners system designed by
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
Immy nailed it. Universal / part of education / part of the curriculum / as connected as possible to UK farms and businesses etc.
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
(Also interested to hear refutations of the specific points/observations I made in the thread, if you have time.)
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
So what Im suggesting is, now that ‘capitalism’ so discredited in the eyes of most reasonable people, it is helpful to be more specific about precisely which legal mechanisms/systems we want to change, and how. (eg money, Banking licenses, land ownership, incorporation, IP etc)
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
As talks about in her incredible book, in practice that system is actually written/coded as a broad array of legal patterns that came about via an accretion of legal enclosures / concessions etc since feudalism.
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Alastair Parvin Oct 22
Replying to @Seo_Dale
You’re right - Capital is a (superb) critique of a social & economic system. But that system is not a single mechanism. It was not designed by a single person. There is no button anywhere labelled ‘turn off capitalism’.
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Paul Downey Oct 19
Job! We're looking for someone to lead the planning and other policy work in our lovely digital team:
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Alastair Parvin Oct 21
By way of a perfect follow up to this tweet, what an unexpected privilege to spend some of this afternoon listening to at If everyone could see the world through her (incredibly lucid) lens... Thanks
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Alastair Parvin Oct 21
Replying to @AlastairParvin
This should be elicits, not illicits. In my defence it was quite an *early* morning thought...
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Alastair Parvin Oct 21
Replying to @eliotfineberg
It wd. Not sure abt ‘healthy’ but for ‘less unhealthy’, I remember reading a paper somewhere about the link between the relative / success / resilience of the 🇩🇪 economy (esp manufacturing) and the fact that so many (90%) co’s there are family owned.
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Alastair Parvin Oct 21
Replying to @AlastairParvin
5. There is a world of difference between the behaviour of companies that have external shareholders expecting unlimited profitable exits / dividends and companies that.. don’t. Even family-owned companies behave quite differently.
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