“The report shows that material conditions are fundamental to social cohesion, particularly employment, income, health, education and housing. Relations between and within communities suffer when people lack work and endure hardship, debt, anxiety, low self-esteem, ill-health, poor skills and bad living conditions. These basic necessities of life are the foundations of a strong social fabric and important indicators of social progress. The second basic tenet of cohesion is social order, safety and freedom from fear, or “passive social relationships”. Tolerance and respect for other people, along with peace and security, are hallmarks of a stable and harmonious urban society.
The third dimension refers to the positive interactions, exchanges and networks between individuals and communities, or “active social relationships”.”—http://bit.ly/oDKDkv
“The third dimension refers to the positive interactions, exchanges and networks between individuals and communities, or “active social relationships”. Such contacts and connections are potential resources for places since they offer people and organisations mutual support, information, trust and credit of various kinds.
The fourth dimension is about the extent of social inclusion or integration of people into the mainstream institutions of civil society. It also includes people’s sense of belonging to a city and the strength of shared experiences, identities and values between those from different backgrounds.
Lastly, social equality refers to the level of fairness or disparity in access to opportunities or material circumstances, such as income, health or quality of life, or in future life chances.”—Social cohesion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Fetishising insights treats them as a thing, rather than a process, a way of looking and thinking about problems. It encourages us to get our knickers into a twist debating whether something is ‘merely’ an observation or a piece of information or whether it is a bone fide Insight. The fact that the majority of men’s bodywash is actually bought by women, not men would fail to fulfill the insistence that it evoke an exclamation of “ah ha!” There’s no profound wisdom here. There’s no deep psychological revelation. Yet this understanding has undoubtedly helped unlock growth.”—Stop Fetishising The Insight - Canalside View
“'It's the greatest, most intimidating and most condemnatory phrase they can ever utter against you. The context for this phrase is, “You won't do what I want. You won't do this for me. You're selfish. How awful you are!” But if selfishness is so bad, then why is it acceptable for the person accusing you of it to want you to do something? Nobody calls you selfish unless they want something from you, something they consider the better option. This elevates the other person’s evaluation, want or need above your own. It’s selfish of them to not want you to be selfish, according to their own definition and standards. The moment somebody says you're selfish, and therefore bad or wrong, is the moment the person making this accusation contradicts him- or herself. This should discredit the complaint upon arrival. — The number one flaw among human beings is an unhealthy and improper desire to control others. The primary means of controlling others … is through unearned guilt.'”—http://bit.ly/pMR6nO
“Kitchens are old school. They’re not necessarily democracies, even if the government they’ve grown up in is. The manners chefs in most kitchens expect might be considered ‘old fashioned.’ I say it’s better to err on old fashioned. few people will fault you for saying ‘please,’ ‘thank you,’ and ‘Yes, Chef.’ Most chefs don’t want to hear what you think or even have time for a discussion when they’re correcting or talking to you. If you think you know better, do better. If you think you can do better, what the fuck are you waiting for? If you made a mistake, be grateful your chef noticed, take [immediate!] heed, move on. If you’re sure you know better than your chef, you’re in the wrong fucking kitchen - leave and go where the chef knows more than you or become a sous chef so you can feel the pleasure of constantly being wedged between a rock and a harder place.”—Pausing For Thought - Canalside View
The psychologists call it “deindividuation”. It’s what happens when social norms are withdrawn because identities are concealed. The combination of a faceless crowd and personal anonymity provoked individuals into breaking rules that under “normal” circumstances they would not have considered.
Deindividuation is what happens when we get behind the wheel of a car and feel moved to scream abuse at the woman in front who is slow in turning right. It is what motivates a responsible father in a football crowd to yell crude sexual hatred at the opposition or the referee. And it’s why under the cover of an alias or an avatar on a website or a blog – surrounded by virtual strangers – conventionally restrained individuals might be moved to suggest a comedian should suffer all manner of violent torture because they don’t like his jokes, or his face
"Children need to encounter risks and overcome fears on the playground," said Ellen Sandseter, a professor of psychology at Queen Maud University in Norway. "I think monkey bars and tall slides are great. As playgrounds become more and more boring, these are some of the few features that still can give children thrilling experiences with heights and high speed."
After observing children on playgrounds in Norway, England and Australia, Dr. Sandseter identified six categories of risky play: exploring heights, experiencing high speed, handling dangerous tools, being near dangerous elements (like water or fire), rough-and-tumble play (like wrestling), and wandering alone away from adult supervision. The most common is climbing heights.
"Climbing equipment needs to be high enough, or else it will be too boring in the long run."
“During my time, considerable savings have been made by serving only wine at receptions rather than offering spirits. Another innovation has been to add a handful of well-respected independent wine merchants to the royal warrant holders as potential suppliers. Thanks to its nearby Halkin Street store, supermarket Waitrose qualifies as a warrant holder and its wines do relatively well in these blind tastings. It may surprise many of those thrilled by a royal invitation that they may well be served a wine remarkably similar to the one they themselves slip into their supermarket trolleys.”—http://bit.ly/q388b5
“You will get whatever you get in life. Usually, it’s a mix of opportunity, luck, cruel randomness and the consequences of your actions, not your expectations. Women’s magazines and talk shows and self-help books written by life coaches will tell you that, with their help or the help of expensive snake oil, you can game the system and control your lot. The only thing you can control in life is your reaction to the utter lack of control you have in life.”—http://bit.ly/pQy6IC
But why does beauty exist? To paraphrase Auden, beauty makes nothing happen. Unlike our more primal indulgences, the pleasure of perceiving beauty doesn’t ensure that we consume calories or procreate. Rather, the only thing beauty guarantees is that we’ll stare for too long at some lovely looking thing.
Beauty is a particularly potent and intense form of curiosity. It’s a learning signal urging us to keep on paying attention, an emotional reminder that there’s something here worth figuring out. Art hijacks this ancient instinct: If we’re looking at a Rothko, that twinge of beauty in the mOFC is telling us that this painting isn’t just a blob of color; if we’re listening to a Beethoven symphony, the feeling of beauty keeps us fixated on the notes, trying to find the underlying pattern. Put another way, beauty is a motivational force that helps modulate conscious awareness.
“Are pointy-toe shoes in? Is anything? As has been advanced before on this very page, yes, there are spikes in popularity of a certain trend or look, and occasionally there is even the seismic, nay, cosmic coincidence of two major advertisers-I-mean-designers doing the same thing in one season. But in the main, fashion consists of a lot of people making a lot of different kinds of clothes in the hope that as many people as possible will forget about the recession and spend money. That is how fashion – as opposed to fashion journalism – works.”—http://bit.ly/pZx7bm
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damask’d, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare.
“Shame is also to do with social control. The powers-that-be saw that defence of the established political order was closely bound up with keeping people in line in their private lives. They feared that sexual anarchy could lead to anarchy per se. Indeed, political revolutions are often followed by a period of shameless sexual licentiousness, as if the revolutionaries have said to themselves: “We’ve broken one set of rules so might as well break the rest.”—http://bbc.in/nc5TfT
“At its best, shame reinforces social pressures like stigma and taboo to protect and preserve what is precious in family life. It supports unwritten moral and social conventions - discouraging one partner from being unfaithful to the other, for instance, and warning third parties not to intrude into private family business. Shame, stigma and taboo are the horizontal cultural pressures keeping us in line, correcting us when we deviate. Far better that than a set of rules written by Government, and imposed from above, vertically, by police or judges. Shame works. In recent weeks we’ve seen it doing so. I hope they remember that when they reform media regulation”—BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Today, 18/07/2011, Thought for the Day - Clifford Longley
“the architecture of Le Corbusier has been described as being largely Prospect-based. One of his main design philosophies was that man should rise above nature. He projected this in his architecture by placing buildings on sites that the building would starkly contrast. Living spaces, like that in his most famous project, Villa Savoye, were lifted into the air by thin columns and the spaces within were wide and flowed into one another. Ribbon windows were used to give the human the maximum view of their surroundings.”—Gamasutra - Features - Designing Better Levels Through Human Survival Instincts
“the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is often considered to be Refuge-based. Wright felt that the hearth was the center of the home, where the family would gather for warmth and safety. He utilized this concept in many of his building designs, and used it as his own “core mechanic” to inform everything from his room layouts to placement on sites. He liked to place houses within large groupings of trees. Even if they did not end up built in such spaces, he demanded that all perspective presentation drawings from his office be drawn with trees surrounding the house.”—Gamasutra - Features - Designing Better Levels Through Human Survival Instincts
As far as animals go, humans are pretty lame: we have no large claws or teeth for fighting, no poisons, no scary markings, no horns, no great running ability, and no armor plating. Proportionately we are weaker than ants, which can carry hundreds of times their own body weight.
We do have one huge advantage over pretty much everything else in the animal kingdom, however: our intelligence. With this amazing ability to reason, we can craft tools and gadgets that help us do everything from hunting down a wooly mammoth for our dinner to listening to hundreds of our favorite albums during our afternoon commute.
“Architecture has for centuries revolved around creating human experiences through space. It is only in the last century, with the dawn of the postmodern movement, that it has become so heavily focused on the form of the building instead of the experience of being within. Modernists understood that a building was an environment for the creation of experiences: Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier is famously quoted as saying, “The house is a machine for living in”, while Louis Sullivan expounded, “form follows function.” We can take hints from their outlooks on spatial design, especially when it comes to survival. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs highlights physiological needs such as food, water, and shelter as the most necessary to humans.”—Gamasutra - Features - Designing Better Levels Through Human Survival Instincts
“…The DIY trend is about consumers using new self-service brands to achieve and create professional-quality products, goods or services… ‘As the power of the high street diminishes further, and more store groups start to disappear, people will want greater choice and bespoke offers that.’”—http://bit.ly/nhXX9Y
“Every print women’s magazine has been looking for the right way to enter the e-commerce and social shopping space. It’s not easy to create a lasting value proposition in the category, and there’s a tendency to focus entirely on revenue as the goal. Brandon Holley (Lucky’s editor-in-chief) understands that social shopping is first and foremost about providing a great user experience – an opportunity for women to have shopping conversations that help them feel good about what they’re buying. That’s what drives engagement, loyalty and sales. You need all three to win in the space. Lucky saw that we could offer that to their audience in a better way than anyone else.”—http://onforb.es/orTDh5
“By the end of the design process, a dress can be transformed into a veritable United Nations of fashion. The evening gown, for instance, contains materials from six countries, including Japanese hanger loops, Swiss zippers, and German interlining.”—http://on.wsj.com/o8MHGm
If you’ve ever experienced Google Reader, the web-based aggregator of RSS feeds, then you’ve experienced ugly. It’s a basic utility lacking any design appeal, cluttered with text and blue hyperlinks. But for Akshay Kothari, the cofounder of Pulse, Google Reader served as an inspiration.
"When we first started the project at Stanford, we interviewed a handful of hard-core Google Reader users—it’s amazing if you sit down and chat with them," says Kothari (pictured above). "If you look at the mobile interface, it looks like an inbox—it looks the same as Gmail side-by-side. [Users] would open Google Reader and cringe at the numbers given: 1000-plus stories not yet read, with each of feed having 100-plus stories."