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Weekly round-up- the politics of emotion, asking what Google has really done for us & more!

Published Date: 26 November 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!

Social innovation

Julie Munk: Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives

An investigation of  socio economic impact. Since it is hard to establish causality and to measure social properties when investigating impact, especially at the level of society, this book narrows down impact to one priority aspect: social innovation—understood as organisations’ capacity to generate novel ideas, ways and means of doing things, and of addressing public and social problems of many kinds. (via Taylor & Francis Group, October 2018)


Duncan Collins-Adams: If It Feels Like Capitalism is Killing You — That’s Because It is

What American Collapse Teaches Us About Capitalism (and Fascism). (via Medium, October 2017)


Megumi Koyama: A Dead Whale Washed Ashore With 13 Pounds of Plastic in its Stomach

After a dead sperm whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had nearly 6 kilograms (about 13 pounds) of plastic waste in its stomach, what is the true environmental impact of our consumption patterns? (via Time, November 2018)

Artificial intelligence

Sophie Monaghan-Coombs: Resist Google’s Attempts to Make You a Robot

Machine learning works both ways - why we should be wary of Google’s new smart reply feature on Gmail. (via Medium, November 2018)

Sophie Monaghan-Coombs: What Has Google Ever Done for Us?

Every time we use Google, we provide it with valuable data that enhances it’s value, Yanis Varoufakis argues that Google should acknowledge this by setting up public trust funds. (via Project Syndicate, October 2018)

Political correctness

So Jung Rim: What we’re really fighting about when we debate “political correctness”

Vox media dive into the thorny “PC” debate in this week’s episode of Explained.(via Vox, August, 2018)


Duncan Collins-Adams: Liberals must learn the politics of emotion to beat rightwing populists

Attachment to place and identity can be part of a radical democratic project that speaks to people’s hearts. (via The Guardian, November 2018)


Jordan Junge: Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer

At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a class-action lawsuit launched last year, alleging they underwent forced sterilizations over the past 20 to 25 years in Saskatchewan (with the latest case happening in 2017). Each woman is claiming about $7 million in damages. (via CBC, November 2018)