"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Doing it Right

OK, so I griped about a graphically attractive but shallow effort to use information technology to communicate. Being negative isn't really enough, though, if you can avoid it.

Do I have any examples that I can be enthusiastic about? You betcha.

Update: Another excellent instance of web-based communication of complex concepts is here, this one regarding the relative sizes of very small objects. Others?

1 comment:

jg said...

A stunning example. The presenter adds one more dimension, that of a good storyline.

Regarding your invitation for other examples, these aren't of the same quality, but I invite you to have a look at a couple of my projects. Some time ago I asked you about orbital changes, and I created this program to collect and illustrate what I continue to learn:

orbit changes

I just added real data to it and your topic seems like a good place to share.

A second project was inspired by the numerous anti-science letters that appear in my local newspaper. I'm adding summaries of any research paper I get that can be tagged in geologic time here:

geological timeline

As I continue to work on these, I figure it's helpful to get criticism sooner rather than later.
These may be too amateur for your topic, so post my comment at your discretion.