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Civil discourse on Reddit, world innovation rankings, a new type of politics for society & more!

Published Date: 25 January 2018

Each week, the SIX team will be sharing their favourite pieces of reading. The content will be organised thematically, and each piece will tie to work that is currently being undertaken by the organisation. Enjoy!

Conversation

So Jung Rim: Our best hope for civil discourse online is on... Reddit

How a space connection for conversation and discussion has emerged in an unlikely place on the interenet. (via WIRED, January 2018)

Innovation

Jordan Junge: The U.S. Drops Out of the Top 10 in Innovation Ranking

The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled. South Korea and Sweden retained their No. 1 and No. 2 rankings. (via Bloomberg, January 2018)

Duncan Collins-Adams: The Big Man Can’t Shoot with Malcolm Gladwell | Revisionist History Podcast Transcript

The basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain had only one flaw: he couldn’t shoot free throws. In 1962, Chamberlain switched to making his foul shots underhanded—and fixed his only weakness. But then he switched back. “The Big Man Can’t Shoot” is a meditation on the puzzle of why smart people do dumb things—why excellence is such a difficult and elusive goal, even for the best-intentioned. (via Revisionist History, July 2017)

So Jung Rim: The Knowledge-Creating Company

This 1991 article helped popularize the notion of “tacit” knowledge—the valuable and highly subjective insights and intuitions that are difficult to capture and share because people carry them in their heads. Years later, the piece can still startle a reader with its views of organizations and of the types of knowledge that inform them. (via Harvard Business Review, July-August 2007)

Julie Munk: How EU Employment Policy is driving Social Innovation

SIC has produced its second 'state of the union' report, researching and mapping how EU employment policy is driving social innovation throughout Europe. (via SIC, December 2017)

Politics

Duncan Collins-Adams: Let us build the new politics starting from our everyday lives

Organiser of the Rethink Activism festival, in September 2017, Paul Natorp shares his reflections, learnings & future action points from the event. (via URBACT, January 2018)

Julie Munk: May's reshuffle and universal basic income – Politics Weekly podcast

Could a universal basic income be a solution to precarious work, automation and a happy, healthier society? It has enthusiasts from Silicon Valley to the Labour party, but would it actually work? (via The Guardian, January 2018)