This is a great episode of Econtalk. Bertaud uses labour markets as a lens for thinking about cities. Helpful examples of emergent order and the… Read More »Podcast Recommendation: Econtalk with Alain Bertaud on Cities, Planning, and Order Without Design
This is a great introduction (or reminder) about emergent order in the complex adaptive system that is the economy.
If you haven’t thought much about economics, this series from the BBC is a first-rate introduction to a lot of key ideas about how markets… Read More »Resource: Tim Harford on 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy
This is a really interesting episode of Econtalk, and worth a listen. Highlight 1: Accurate description of poor communities A couple of things here really… Read More »Econtalk: Mauricio Miller on Poverty, Social Work, and the Alternative
Style is content. Poet Marvin Bell reminds us that the content of a poem is not the same as a poem’s contents, reminding us that… Read More »Machine. Ecosystem. (7) – Style is content (text as system)
A few days ago I watched a schoolboy kicking a can down the road. He kicked it a couple of times and then miskicked, sending… Read More »Kicking cans: job descriptions versus culture
Okay, so machines are simple, largely linear, and predictable, and systems are complex, adaptive and ‘dispositional’… but look a bit closer and the distinction gets… Read More »Machine. Ecosystem. (6) – Kevin Kelly on the techium
A ‘system’ is an interconnected set of elements coherently organized in a way that achieves something. It is more than the sum of its parts:… Read More »Machine. Ecosystem. (5) – Duncan Green on systems thinking and development