Blog: Paul M. Davis
Higher education is failing many Americans. What once seemed like a sound investment increasingly resembles a bill of goods. A recent high-profile post by a Yale senior articulates a prevailing sentiment: “We Millennials don’t stand a chance.”
The future of the cultural commons looked dim in December 2002: Napster had been shuttered a year earlier, while record labels treaded warily into selling DRM-locked music online. The FCC dismantled regulations forestalling the consolidation of media ownership. And as the housing bubble inflated, privatization — of media, public space, scientific and technological research, even the military — became the watchword of the day.
It was a big week for folks looking for healthier, and more sustainable and equitable, approaches to growing and distributing food. Last weekend, New York City was host to Farm Hack NYC, a two day idea hack bringing together urban agriculture enthusiasts from across the city.
The 2012 Presidential Election has come to its merciful end, and one of the most compelling stories arising in its wake is the increasing influence of data science in elections and society.
"Stop talking, start prototyping.
Would you rather watch cat videos or read Nate Silver’s latest election projections? Snack on traditional frosted flakes or ones dusted with maple and apple flavoring? Use a smartphone with a 3.5” or a 4.25” screen? And do these largely arbitrary decisions really improve our quality of life?
Services like Airbnb and Couchsurfing aren't the only sharing startups experiencing pushback from policymakers and entrenched interests. This week the California Public Utilities Commission issued cease and desist orders against ridesharing services Sidecar and Lyft.
You don’t need to be an urbanist to know that Los Angeles’s infatuation with the car comes with significant cost. Spending a couple hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 405 will suffice. Due to demographic, cultural, and economic shifts in the city, there’s increasing support for an overhaul of its long-beleagured public transit system.
This week in sharing, a series of events and meetups in NYC devoted to the sharing economy, the Knight Foundation releases an in-depth report on the civic tech movement, and open science and open hardware get their own weekends to shine.
Summer may have given way to fall, but for those of us in sun-drenched regions such as Texas, fall is an invitation to finally start planting vegetables. This week in sharing, we have a bounty of urban farming news for the sustainability- and community-minded green thumbs among you.
Paul M. Davis tells stories online and off, exploring the spaces where data, art, and civics interconnect. He currently works with organizations including Greenplum, Pivotal Labs, and the Center for Theater Commons. His work has also appeared in GOOD, Utne Reader, the AV Club, and the SF Weekly. Paul blogs about art, data, and civil society at Cohere.